7 Aug 2020

Wireless

Taiwan Star launches commercial 5G service

Taiwan Star has become the latest of the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) to announce the commercial launch of 5G services, Digitimes reports, following launches from Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile... more

Vodafone UK claims British first with switch-on of OpenRAN 4G site

Vodafone UK claims to have become the first British mobile network operator (MNO) to switch on a live Open Radio Access Network (OpenRAN) 4G site. In a press release regarding... more

FCC finalises bid procedures for December 5G C-band auction

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established final application and bidding procedures for ‘Auction 107’ of 280MHz of ‘C-band’ 3.7GHz spectrum for 5G and other advanced wireless services scheduled... more

beCloud switches on LTE-800 to boost MNOs’ rural coverage in Gomel region

IT.TUT.BY reports that Belarus’ three mobile operators – A1, MTS and BeST (life:)) – have expanded their 4G LTE coverage in rural areas of the Gomel region, working in partnership... more

Lifecell joins Kyivstar, Vodafone in 4G sharing pact; Intertelecom 4G ambitions stalled

Ukraine’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers Lifecell yesterday announced on its website that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with rivals Kyivstar and Vodafone Ukraine on the shared... more

Al Madar restores mobile services in city of Sirte

Libyan cellular operator Almadar Aljaded (Al Madar) has announced its maintenance teams have restored mobile services in the city of Sirte. The city, which was captured by the rebel Libyan... more

Broadband

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

Offshore surveyor Fugro has begun a pre-installation and route engineering survey project for a new repeater-based cable system between Stavanger (Norway) and Newcastle (UK), dubbed NO-UK. Fugro’s project will run... more

TelOne opens new fibre link in northern Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s state-owned fixed line incumbent TelOne has commissioned a new fibre-optic link between Makuti and Chirundu in the north of the country. The new cable was deployed at a cost... more

Corporate/Financial

H1 sales down 8% at CKH Group Telecom, but up 5% for HAT

The Hong Kong-based industrial group CK Hutchison has reported its interim results for the six months to end-June 2020. Its CKH Group Telecom unit, which includes its 3 Group operations... more

Vodafone Idea registers quarterly net loss of INR255bn

Beleaguered Indian cellco Vodafone Idea has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 June 2020, booking a net loss of INR254.6 billion (USD3.4 billion) for the period,... more

StarHub’s Q2 profits down 5.6%, revenues tumble 18.0%

Singaporean operator StarHub said that the second quarter of 2020 was the first full financial quarter affected by the coronavirus pandemic as it reported a 5.6% year-on-year fall in net... more

Ncell becomes public limited company, launches fixed-wireless broadband

Axiata Group has announced that its Nepalese mobile network operator Ncell, previously registered as Ncell Pvt Ltd, has been converted to a public limited company and will now be known... more

Rostelecom Q2 revenues up 13%

Russian fixed line giant Rostelecom has reported its Q2 2020 results including revised 2019 pro forma figures for recently consolidated cellco Tele2 Russia. The group’s total revenue grew by 13%... more

Bell Canada revenues fall 9.1% in Q2

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) reported that its operating revenue fell to CAD5.354 billion (USD4.030 billion) in April-June 2020, down 9.1% compared to Q2 2019, due to reduced consumer and commercial... more