19 Jan 2022

Mobile

Verizon’s C-band 5G network goes live; rollouts limited near airports

Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it will launch its delayed C-band 5G network today (19 January). However, the new cell towers will not go live in areas around airports, as... more

T-Mobile US aggregates 600MHz, 2.5GHz bands across ‘much of network’

T-Mobile US has announced that it has introduced 5G carrier aggregation (CA) across ‘much of its network’, combining frequencies in the 600MHz and 2.5GHz bands. The press release notes: ‘These... more

Rostelecom asks permission for 5G subway tests

Russia’s Rostelecom has applied to the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) for permission to test 5G mobile services using 3.3GHz-4.1GHz frequency bands in the metro (subway) train networks of... more

CVT to proceed with 5G pilots this year if govt provides clarity on vendors

Chairman of the board of directors of Cabo Verde Telecom (CVT), Joao Domingo Correia, has told news agency Lusa that the telco and its mobile subsidiary CV Movel aim to... more

Telenor Montenegro reports 37% growth in mobile internet traffic in 2021

Telenor Montenegro ended 2021 with significant revenue growth, a stable customer base and as a leader in customer satisfactions, CEO Branko Mitrovic has told Mina, adding that the company is... more

Tele2 Latvia to launch VoLTE in Q2 2022

Swedish-owned cellco Tele2 Latvia has announced plans to launch VoLTE in Q2 2022. Regarding the plans, the company noted that traditional voice calls are still the predominant form of communication... more

Jio pays INR308bn towards deferred spectrum dues

Indian full-service provider Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) has paid INR307.9 billion (USD4.1 billion) towards deferred spectrum liabilities for airwaves purchased at tenders in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and acquired through... more

Digicel licence renewal to be discussed in May; new licensing provisions under review

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has confirmed that Digicel BVI has formally applied for a renewal of its operating licence, ahead of the expiration... more

Nokia confirms seven-year RAN contract with GO Malta

Nokia has released more details of its 5G equipment contract with GO Malta. The Finnish vendor says it has been awarded a seven-year deal to supply RAN equipment from its... more

ice selects TEOCO’s 5G planning solution

Norwegian mobile network operator (MNO) ice has selected TEOCO’s ASSET 5G planning solution to deliver 5G services to its subscribers. In announcing the development, it was noted that the contract... more

Fixed Broadband

DITO’s home broadband launch edges closer

The Philippines’ third telco DITO Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel) now intends to launch a fixed wireless access (FWA) product using its 5G network in the first quarter of 2022, having initially... more

Public Accounts Committee raises concerns that UK gigabit rollout targets will not be met

The UK’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) – which is tasked with examining the value for money of government projects, programmes and service delivery – has said that it is unconvinced... more

Rogers announces FTTP project for 314,000 New Brunswick premises

Canadian fixed and mobile network operator Rogers Communications has budgeted CAD200 million (USD160 million) to deploy fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) to up to 314,000 homes and businesses in New Brunswick starting in... more

Pronatel assumes temporary control of RDNFO

Peru’s National Telecommunications Programme (Programa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, Pronatel) has assumed temporary control of operation and maintenance of the National Fibre Optic Backbone (Red Dorsal Nacional de Fibra Optica or... more

Corporate/Financial

Vodacom Group shareholders approve plans for acquisition of Vodafone Egypt stake

At an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held on 18 January, Vodacom Group investors approved a planned transaction which will see the UK’s Vodafone Group transfer its 55% stake in Vodafone... more

TIM exec outlines strategy as alternative to KKR takeover

The General Manager of Telecom Italia (TIM), who is expected to become the firm’s new CEO, has outlined a draft plan for TIM’s future strategy as an alternative to the... more