11 Dec 2019

Wireless

FCC’s Auction 103 gets underway; third US mmWave sale of 2019

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that its latest sale of 5G-suitable millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies got underway yesterday (10 December). The process comprises spectrum in the upper... more

NOW selects Aboitiz and Frontier Tower to support govt common tower drive

Filipino operator NOW Telecom, working together with affiliate and listed firm NOW Corp, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aboitiz InfraCapital and Frontier Tower Associates to support the... more

Telstra extends 5G coverage to Dubbo

Australian mobile operator Telstra has announced the switch-on of its 5G network in Dubbo, a city in New South Wales (NSW). Confirming the development in a blog post, Telstra CEO... more

Angolan fourth Unified Global licence application deadline extended to 22 January

Applications for pre-qualification in Angola’s public tender for the assignment of a fourth Unified Global licence – permitting mobile and fixed voice/data plus TV services – are due by 22... more

Telefonica set for 5G rollout in five German cities in Q1 2020

Telefonica Deutschland is aiming to increase its revenue by at least 5% by the end of 2022, as it expands LTE nationwide and embarks on the deployment of 5G. The... more

Telekom launches 5G in Hamburg

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has switched on its 5G network in Hamburg. A total of 18 5G antennas are currently in operation... more

Telfort mobile users moving to KPN on 26 January; Telfort fixed brand migrating later in year

KPN of the Netherlands will soon be notifying mobile customers of its largest sub-brand Telfort that it will transfer them to KPN services on 26 January 2020, the telco confirmed... more

Loon cleared for Uganda launch

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has signed an agreement allowing Loon, a subsidiary of the Alphabet group of companies which also includes Google, to operate unmanned, high-altitude balloons which... more

VodafoneZiggo closing 3G network on 4 February 2020

The Netherlands’ VodafoneZiggo has announced a final shutdown date for its 3G mobile network, 4 February 2020. On its website the operator stated that ceasing 3G services will give it... more

Broadband

TalkTalk reportedly trialling FTTP services over Openreach network with selected users

British broadband provider TalkTalk is reported to have begun trials of fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) broadband services over the network belonging to BT’s infrastructure division Openreach. According to ISPreview the operator has... more

Iran pledges to strengthen national intranet following protests

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said the country’s National Information Network (NIN) will be expanded to reduce the need for connections to the conventional World Wide Web. Radio Farda quoted... more

Corporate/Financial

Vodafone Idea looks to offload assets to pay AGR dues

Indian cellco Vodafone Idea is reportedly in talks to sell fibre-optic network assets and its Navi Mumbai data centre as it looks to raise funds to pay government dues related... more