24 Nov 2020

Wireless

Timor-Leste invites applications for 1800MHz, 2300MHz and 2600MHz spectrum

Timor-Leste’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANC) has invited mobile operators to submit applications for the allocation of spectrum in the 1800MHz, 2300MHz and 2600MHz bands. The move... more

Slovakia’s 5G sale raises EUR100m

Slovakia has completed its auction of 5G-capable 700MHz spectrum as well as spare frequencies in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands. The sale raised a total of EUR100.23 million (USD119 million),... more

SilkNet rolls out gigabit LTE network

Georgian telecoms operator SilkNet has announced the deployment of a ‘gigabit LTE’ network in the capital Tbilisi. The rollout of the new mobile data network is aimed at ensuring the... more

Etisalat selects Ericsson for UAE 5G network rollout

United Arab Emirates (UAE) telco Etisalat has awarded Ericsson a contract for the rollout of 5G radio and core network equipment. The deployment will focus on use cases such as... more

A1 Bulgaria launches 5G in Sofia

A1 Bulgaria has confirmed that it has switched on its 3.6GHz 5G network in capital city Sofia. From launch the cellco says that the network supports coverage of Sofia’s main... more

Nokia 4G/5G solutions supporting Telus network strengthening, expansion

Finnish vendor Nokia has reported on how its 4G/5G solutions are enabling Canadian operator Telus to deliver greater network scale, performance and efficiency, helping to strengthen and expand its high... more

MCI to auction 30MHz block of 2300MHz frequencies for mobile services

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI), known locally as Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika (KemKominfo), has reportedly begun the formal selection process to award 30MHz of radio frequencies in the... more

Magyar Telekom expands Budapest 5G using Ericsson Dynamic Spectrum Sharing

Magyar Telekom has claimed that it is the first Hungarian operator to expand 5G mobile services using the 2100MHz frequency band, via Ericsson Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology. Telekom launched... more

Smart completes VoLTE rollout

PLDT Inc. mobile arm Smart Communications has completed the national rollout of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) on its network, providing clearer, uninterrupted calls for end users. Both ‘Smart Prepaid’ and ‘Smart Signature’... more

Orange launches 5G in Logrono, Pamplona and Zaragoza

Orange Espana continues to expand its 5G network, with Logrono, Pamplona and Zaragoza all added to the cellco’s footprint. Coverage will typically be available in central areas of these cities... more

Broadband

Tiscali joins TIM’s FiberCop business

Telecom Italia (TIM) and Tiscali have agreed to cooperate on TIM’s last-mile networks business FiberCop. The two firms have formalised a co-investment arrangement which was agreed in principle in August... more

Uganda unveils phase four of national fibre network

Uganda’s President Museveni has inaugurated the country’s fourth national fibre-optic network rollout project. The deployment of the new infrastructure covering the West Nile and Karamoja regions was begun in May... more

Corporate/Financial

Cellcom reports revenue increase for 3Q20, but net loss widens

Israel’s Cellcom has reported a 3% year-on-year increase in revenues for the third quarter of the year, but cited pointed to the coronavirus pandemic as continuing to ‘adversely affect [its... more

Altice USA commences new USD2.5bn share buyback

Altice USA has commenced a modified ‘Dutch auction’ tender offer to repurchase up to USD2.5 billion of its Class A common stock at a price not greater than USD36.00 per... more

Miscellaneous

Decree scraps subordinate regulatory agencies Rossvyaz, Rospechat

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a decree ‘On improving public administration in the field of digital development, communications and mass media’ abolishing the Federal Communications Agency (Rossvyaz) and the... more

Osiptel launches app for consumers

Peruvian telecom sector watchdog the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has launched an application to assist customers with various services.... more