5 Jun 2020

Wireless

Orange plans Poland 5G launch on 1 July

Orange Polska says it plans to launch its first 5G mobile services on 1 July under the name #hello5G. The firm says that around six million people will be covered... more

MegaCom launches data-free mobile TV

Kyrgyzstan’s largest cellular operator by subscribers MegaCom has launched a mobile TV service, ‘MePlay’, provided to its customers on a zero-rated data basis i.e. without users incurring any mobile data... more

Red Compartida taps HISPASAT for satellite backhaul

Mexican open access 700MHz operator Red Compartida has enlisted Spanish satellite provider HISPASAT for the provision of satellite backhaul access. The Amazonas 5 Ka-band satellite will connect 65 remote base... more

Broadband

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

Huawei Marine Networks (HMN) has announced the completion of the marine survey for the Maldives Sri Lanka Cable (MSC) aiming to connect Hulhumale, an island in the Maldives archipelago, to... more

ACCC consulting on separation undertakings process following passing of TLA Act

A consultation has been launched by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) related to the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Act 2020 (the ‘TLA Act’), which received Royal... more

Gilat expands VSAT services to all African countries

Gilat Telecom has announced that its VSAT services are now available in every country in Africa. Operational in the continent for 20 years with a strong base in East Africa... more

Enel CEO: broadband network company should be independent

The chief executive of Italian utility group Enel says a combined nationwide fibre network should remain independent from any one service provider. Enel is a 50% shareholder in Open Fiber,... more

Eesti Energia inks EUR70m loan deal to fund fibre rollout

Estonian utility firm Eesti Energia has signed a EUR70 million (USD79 million) loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) which will allow the energy company to deploy an open... more

Corporate/Financial

Orange denies reports of MASMOVIL bid

Orange Group has formally denied Spanish press reports linking it with a rival EUR26 (USD29.3) per share takeover bid for alternative operator Grupo MASMOVIL. Reuters quotes an official statement from... more

Power Grid hit with USD1.8bn licence fee demand

State-owned energy utility Power Grid Corporation of India has received a demand from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for INR136.1 billion (USD1.8 billion) in relation to the company’s national long... more

Smartfren's Q1 losses balloon to IDR1.77tn

Struggling Indonesian mobile operator PT Smart Telecom (Smartfren) reported a net loss of IDR1.77 trillion (USD125.22 million) in the first quarter of 2020, significantly higher than the loss of IDR424.66... more

Turk Telekom takes USD100m EBRD loan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a USD100 million loan to Turk Telekom, supporting plans for investment including modernisation of fixed broadband infrastructure using energy-efficient technology,... more