20 Apr 2021

Wireless

DCMS proposes reforms aimed at eliminating mobile ‘not spots’, speeding up 5G rollouts

The UK government has proposed changes to laws which it claims will ‘boost ongoing efforts to improve connectivity for people who live, work and travel in rural areas’. Announced by... more

Indonesia’s 2.3GHz tender enters auction phase

Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI, known locally as KemKominfo) opened the auction phase of the 2360MHz-2390MHz (2.3GHz) tender on 19 April 2021, IndoTelko reports. The MCI confirmed via... more

Vodafone begins 3G shutdown in three German cities

Vodafone Germany has said that it has largely completed the necessary technical preparations for the shutdown of its 3G network and will begin the process on 3 May in the... more

Africell Angola launching in December

Angolan mobile market new entrant Africell has confirmed a commercial service launch target of December 2021, according to Matias Manuel da Silva Borges, national director of telecommunications and information technologies,... more

Verizon commences C-band 5G rollout; Ericsson, Samsung supplying gear

Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it has commenced the installation of C-band 5G RAN equipment from Ericsson and Samsung Electronics. Verizon secured an average of 161MHz of C-band spectrum nationwide... more

Indosat Ooredoo kicks off OpenRAN trials in Maluku region

Indosat Ooredoo has carried out a 4G Open RAN field trial which includes proof of concept and functional testing, conducted in Maluku region as part of the cellco’s efforts to... more

MASMOVIL 5G footprint now covers 200 cities across 35 provinces

Grupo MASMOVIL has announced that its 5G network now covers more than 200 cities and municipalities across 35 Spanish provinces. New locations covered include the likes of Cordoba, Coruna, Granada,... more

Energy firm looks to promote internet access in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean utility firm Zonful Energy is looking to improve connectivity in rural areas with the aid of a grant from the GSM Association (GSMA) via its Innovation Fund for Mobile... more

Algeria’s number portability decree approved

An executive decree defining the conditions and procedures for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) in Algeria has been approved following its presentation to the government on 14 April... more

Broadband

VOO launches gigabit broadband service in Liege

Belgian cable operator VOO has introduced a 1Gbps broadband service in the Liege area following the deployment of a new DOCSIS 3.1 network. The service costs an extra EUR15 (USD18)... more

VodafoneZiggo tests 10Gbps access

The Netherlands’ largest broadband operator by subscribers VodafoneZiggo has tested a download speed of 10Gbps on its existing fixed network, at the VodafoneZiggo TEC Campus in Amsterdam. A press release... more

Wireline

Crnogorski Telekom ordered to reduce call prices from 1 May

Montenegro’s telecoms watchdog the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (EKIP) has ordered Crnogorski Telekom (CT) to reduce the price of calls on its fixed network with effect from... more

Corporate/Financial

Millicom sells Tanzanian unit to Axian, exits African market

Millicom International Cellular has announced the signing of an agreement for the sale of its operations in Tanzania and Zanzibar. The firm has agreed to sell the entire unit, which... more

EQT puts Adamo up for sale, report says

Swedish investment firm EQT Mid Market has put its Spanish ISP subsidiary Adamo Telecom up for sale, Cinco Dias reports. Market sources have informed the publication that EQT – which... more

Virgin Connect parent faces bankruptcy lawsuit over tax debts

Trivon Networks, the management company for Russian broadband and MVNO operator Virgin Connect, has received a bankruptcy lawsuit filed by the Inspectorate of the Federal Tax Service (IFTS) for tax... more