22 Oct 2020

Wireless

Airtel Lanka allocated 850MHz spectrum for 4G; mobile broadband launch to follow ‘soon’

Bharti Airtel Lanka has been awarded 4G-suitable spectrum in the 850MHz band by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) and says it will ‘soon’ launch its high speed... more

Cellcom formally awarded 5G licence

Israel’s Ministry of Communication (MoC) has confirmed the official awarding of Cellcom’s 5G concession in a press release, paving the way for a commercial launch by the cellco. Although it... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Ericsson, GrandPad and Orange Belgium have partnered to make connectivity more accessible for the elderly to stay socially connected with family, friends and caregivers. GrandPad creates connected tablets and services... more

O2 UK 5G rollout ahead of plan; network now available in 108 locations

Mobile operator O2 UK has announced that its 5G network rollout is ahead of schedule, with its infrastructure now covering a total of 108 towns and cities across the country,... more

PLDT-Smart completes Sun rebrand

PLDT Inc. wireless arm Smart Communications says it has successfully completed the rebrand of ‘Sun Prepaid’ services to ‘Smart Prepaid’ with customers also retaining their existing Sun numbers while benefiting... more

LTA slaps USD4m fine on Orange, Lonestar Cell-MTN over surcharges dispute

The Daily Observer newspaper reports that the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has slapped fines of more than USD4 million on domestic GSM operators Orange Liberia and Lonestar Cell-MTN, seeking restitution... more

MTS, Skoltech launch 5G OpenRAN pilot zone

Russian mobile giant MTS has partnered Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) to launch a pilot 5G network at the Skolkovo innovation centre, focusing on industrial ICT solutions, reports... more

Broadband

Vodafone completes gigabit cable rollout in 13 states

Vodafone Germany has rolled out gigabit cable speeds for an additional 730,000 homes, announcing the completion of its network upgrade for around 12.6 million homes in 13 federal states. The... more

Telekom begins marketing FTTH for 600,000 homes in 60 areas

Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has begun marketing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections for around 600,000 households in 60 municipalities. From next year, customers will be... more

Rogers expands wireless home broadband in southwestern Ontario

Rogers Communications has announced the expansion of its wireless home internet service across more than 100 communities in southwestern Ontario including areas around Halton Hills, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.... more

Corporate/Financial

Cogeco agrees to buy DERYtelecom, Quebec’s third largest cableco

Canadian cable network operator Cogeco Connexion has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase DERYtelecom for CAD405 million (USD309 million). Saguenay-based DERYtelecom provides cable internet, TV and telephony services to... more

GI Partners acquires Vast Broadband

San Francisco-based investment firm GI Partners has teamed up with industry veteran Rich Fish to acquire Vast Broadband, an ISP which provides internet, pay-TV and fixed voice services in South... more

Big three report revenue growth for 9M 2020

China’s three full service providers – China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom – have each published their financial results for the first nine months of 2020. The market’s largest... more

Verizon 3Q20 revenues down 4.1% to USD31.5bn

US telecoms giant Verizon Communications has reported total operating revenues of USD31.5 billion for the three months ended 30 September 2020, down 4.1% on an annualised basis, from USD32.9 billion.... more

Q3 profit up 5.7% for Etisalat

UAE-based telecoms group Etisalat has posted revenues of AED13.0 billion (USD3.5 billion) for the third quarter of 2020, up from AED12.9 billion in the year-ago period. Sales in its domestic... more

Telia sees drop in sales in third quarter, though profit climbs

Sweden’s Telia Company has reported a 2% year-on-year increase in net sales for the third quarter to SEK21.53 billion (USD2.47 billion), though on a like-for-like basis sales were down 3.7%.... more

Miscellaneous

Commerce Commission reveals draft Telecommunications Development Levy contributions

New Zealand's Commerce Commission has released its draft determination on the allocation of payments for the government’s NZD10 million (USD6.63 million) Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) for the period covering 1... more