17 Sep 2021

Wireless

Viettel achieves 5G speeds of 4.7Gbps

Viettel has successfully researched, tested and achieved a 5G data transmission speed of more than 4.7Gbps, report Vietnam News. The tests were carried out in partnership with Ericsson and Qualcomm... more

Govt approves sector reform package; green-lights AGR rationalisation and deferment of dues

India’s Cabinet has approved a reform package for the beleaguered telecoms industry, which the government says will promote healthy competition, encourage investment and reduce the regulatory burden on service providers.... more

Indosat teams with Nokia to launch 5G in Surabaya

Nokia and Indosat Ooredoo have announced the launch of commercial 5G services in Surabaya, a port city on the Indonesian island of Java. The Finnish vendor is supplying the cellco... more

T-Mobile US to shut down 3G network on 1 July 2022

T-Mobile US has confirmed that it will shut down its 3G network on 1 July 2022. The cellco’s official clarification comes a matter of weeks after internal employee documentation indicated... more

Orange Espana activates 700MHz 5G node in Valencia

Orange Espana has confirmed that it has activated its first 700MHz 5G node. The node is located at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia and will support the telco’s ongoing ‘Plan... more

Broadband

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

Google’s Grace Hopper submarine cable has arrived at Bude, Cornwall (UK), following its landing at Telxius Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Sopelana (Spain) earlier this month. Grace Hopper will consist... more

Liquid completes wireless optical communications link between Kinshasa and Brazzaville

Liquid Intelligent Technologies has begun offering connectivity to communities in Kinshasa, having completed the deployment of a high capacity communications bridge between the city and neighbouring Brazzaville – on the... more

Galaxy Broadband delivers OneWeb connectivity in Canada, Arctic

Low Earth orbit satellite operator OneWeb has announced a new Canadian distribution partner, Galaxy Broadband, to deliver OneWeb’s high-speed, low-latency communications services across Canada and the wider Arctic region. A... more

Corporate/Financial

Ooredoo and CK Hutchison agree USD6bn Indonesian mobile merger

Qatar-based Ooredoo and CK Hutchison Holdings of Hong Kong announced yesterday (16 September) the signing of definitive transaction agreements for the proposed merger of their respective telecommunications businesses in Indonesia,... more

CityFibre raises GBP1.125bn in financing to support and accelerate network deployment

British pure fibre provider CityFibre has secured GBP1.125 billion (USD1.55 billion) in its latest capital raise, claiming the financing to be ‘the largest capital raise ever dedicated to Full Fibre... more

SDC snags majority stake in Florida’s IQ Fiber

Funds managed by SDC Capital Partners have acquired a majority interest in IQ Fiber, a new residential fibre-optic ISP headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The transaction provides IQ Fiber with significant... more

Telemach Croatia to invest HRK1.7bn on mobile and fibre rollouts

Telemach Croatia says it plans to invest HRK1.7 billion (USD267 million) to modernise its mobile network and deploy 10Gbps fibre-optic infrastructure. Fibre rollouts have already commenced in Zagreb. Telemach Croatia... more