5 Aug 2020

Wireless

T-Mobile claims ‘world first’ Standalone 5G nationwide launch

T-Mobile US has announced that it has become the first mobile operator in the world to launch a commercial nationwide Standalone (SA) architecture 5G network. In the near-term, the SA... more

DOCOMO reached 240,000 5G subscribers at end-July, CEO says

Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, the president and CEO of Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO, said his company had a total of 240,000 5G subscribers at 31 July 2020, roughly four months after... more

APT contracts Nokia for 5G rollout

Finnish vendor Nokia has been selected by Taiwanese mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) as the latter’s sole vendor for 5G New Radio (NR) in a deal that also encompasses... more

Kyrgyzstan's MegaCom reaches 90% 4G footprint

Kyrgyz state-owned mobile market leader MegaCom has announced reaching 90% 4G LTE network population coverage, following a project to increase the footprint from a little over 50% at the end... more

Kyivstar, Vodafone expand LTE across villages in six regions with new 900MHz services

Since their LTE-900 operating licences became valid at the start of July, Ukrainian cellcos Kyivstar and Vodafone have deployed 900MHz 4G network services to thousands of settlements – mainly remote,... more

Uzbektelecom completes national 3G/4G upgrade project

State-backed Uzbektelecom (Uztelecom) announced on 3 August 2020 the completion of a large-scale project to expand and modernise its mobile network using 3G/4G technologies in all regions of Uzbekistan. The... more

Broadband

Virgin Media extends gigabit connectivity to three more cities

British broadband provider Virgin Media has announced the launch of gigabit broadband services to almost one million homes in the cities of Bradford, Glasgow and Leeds. In a press release... more

Magenta rolls out gigabit speeds across Vorarlberg cable network

Full-service provider Magenta Telekom, which was formed last year from the merger of wireless operator T-Mobile Austria and cableco UPC Austria, has upgraded its entire cable network in the Vorarlberg... more

Fastweb and Linkem expand Italian broadband partnership

Italian broadband providers Fastweb and Linkem have expanded their fixed-wireless access (FWA) partnership to cover an additional four million households in underserved digital divide areas. The original agreement signed by... more

Corporate/Financial

Brookfield, Canada Pension Plan mulling Oi fibre bid, report says

Brookfield Asset Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are considering launching a bid for Oi’s fibre-optic unit, Bloomberg reports, citing two people familiar with the matter. The unit,... more

Viettel Global posts 10% rise in H1 revenue

Viettel Global, the international investment unit of Vietnam’s Viettel Group, has reported revenue of VND8.61 trillion (USD370.8 million) in the first six months of 2020, an increase of 9.7% from... more

TIM Group service revenues down 8.2% in Q2; KKR decision due end-August

Telecom Italia Group (TIM Group) says service revenues were down 8.2% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020 on a comparable basis at EUR3.56 billion (USD4.19 billion). The fall was... more

Entel books 2% dip in revenue as lockdown impacts sales

Chilean telecoms group Entel has reported a 2% year-on-year dip in total revenue for Q2 2020, recording turnover of CLP476.1 billion (USD623 million) for the three months ended 30 June... more

Kcell’s revenues rise 2% in Q2; inks cellular backhaul deal with Gilat

Kazakh mobile operator Kcell, backed by state-owned Kazakhtelecom, reported that its second-quarter 2020 revenues increased by 2.0% year-on-year to KZT38.63 billion (USD91.3 million) supported by handset sales which jumped by... more