10 Dec 2019

Wireless

Optus completes 5G data call using 2300MHz spectrum

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus claims to have successfully established an end-to-end 5G data call using its spectrum in the 2300MHz band, in what it has claims is a... more

Angorascom mobile launch set for February 2021 in partnership with Angola Telecom

Angolan mobile start-up Angorascom Telecomunicacoes – a partner of state-backed fixed operator Angola Telecom (AT) – will launch services in February 2021, according to the schedule handed to it under... more

ETECSA updates on fixed, mobile network developments

Cuba’s state-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) has signed up more than 124,000 residential fixed broadband customers since the service was officially launched in March 2017, reports... more

Vodafone New Zealand turns on 5G in four cities

Vodafone New Zealand has become the first operator to launch 5G mobile services in the country, after switching on its network in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. The... more

Poland’s UKE opens 3.5GHz consultation

The Polish telecoms regulator, the Office of Electronic Communications (Urzad Komunikacji Elektronicznej, UKE), has opened its consultation into its planned auction of four licences in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band. The watchdog... more

Slovenia delays 5G spectrum sale

The Agency for Communications Networks & Services (Agencija za komunikacijska omrezja in storitve, AKOS) in Slovenia has said it is being forced to postpone its planned 5G spectrum auction to... more

Broadband

Vodafone, Deutsche Glasfaser agree FTTH partnership

Vodafone Germany and Deutsche Glasfaser have announced an agreement to cooperate on the expansion of fibre-optic networks for residential customers. Under the wholesale partnership, Deutsche Glasfaser will deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH)... more

Google Fiber scraps 100Mbps service; focuses on gigabit speeds

Google Fiber – which was one of the pioneers of gigabit broadband in the US when it launched back in November 2012 – has announced that it has discontinued its... more

Hughes, Yahsat satellite JV goes live in Brazil

US-based Hughes Network Systems and UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) have announced that their joint venture (JV) to provide satellite broadband services in Brazil is now live. Operating... more

CHT Holdings unveils Dominican Republic broadband plans

CHT Holdings Dominicana has unveiled a plan to boost broadband connectivity options in the Dominican Republic by leveraging the infrastructure of the Empresa de Transmision Electrica Dominicana (Dominican Electricity Transmission... more

Corporate/Financial

DoT warns licensees not to delay payment of AGR dues, estimated to total USD50bn

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has advised all companies – including non-telcos – not to delay payment of dues related to the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) ruling and to seek... more