3 Jun 2020

Wireless

Malaysian communications minister issues unexpected directive allocating 700MHz spectrum

In an unexpected development, it has been revealed Malaysia’s communications minister, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, has issued a directive ordering the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to assign spectrum in... more

Telefonica Deutschland selects Ericsson for 5G core network

Telefonica Deutschland has announced it has selected Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson for the supply of its 5G core network. Telefonica Deutschland will implement a completely independent 5G core network with... more

Rakuten Mobile and NEC to co-develop container-based standalone 5G core network

Rakuten Mobile is teaming up with NEC Corp to jointly develop a container-based standalone (SA) 5G core network (5GC) to be utilised in the mobile start-up’s fully virtualised cloud native... more

Nokia and Vodafone Idea complete first stage of DSR deployment

Finnish vendor Nokia and Indian cellco Vodafone Idea have completed the first phase of what they claim is the world’s largest deployment of Dynamic Spectrum Refarming (DSR) technology. In a... more

5G-suitable C-band spectrum to be made available on an accelerated basis

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has announced that the repurposing of 3.7GHz C-band spectrum for 5G services will move forward on an accelerated timeline. In a public notice,... more

Bell, Telus both select Ericsson, Nokia as dual 5G suppliers

Bell Canada yesterday (2 June 2020) announced that Ericsson of Sweden will provide radio access network (RAN) equipment for its national 5G mobile network rollout. The announcement follows Bell’s first... more

Broadband

Telkom completes fibre upgrade in Serang City and Lebak Regency

Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has announced the successful completion of its fibre-optic network upgrade programme in Serang City and Lebak Regency. IndoTelko reports that Telkom's Network & IT Solution Director, Zulhelfi... more

Swedish city networks call for more state support

The Swedish Local Fibre Alliance (Svenska Stadsnatsforeningen, SSNf) is calling for more government support for municipal fibre networks. The association, which represents the country’s many small, regional network developers, says... more

Italy’s GO appeals 3.5GHz licence decision

Italian wireless ISP GO internet has launched an appeal with the Council of State (Consiglio di Stato, CdS) in an attempt to overturn a decision to not renew its 3.5GHz... more

Cosmote continuing fibre expansion

Greek telco Cosmote, which is part of OTE Group, says its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks now pass some 180,000 premises across the country, with 30,000 lines added so far this year.... more