3 Mar 2021

Wireless

Spectrum auction nets INR778bn, but 700MHz spectrum left unsold for second time

India’s mass spectrum auction, which saw the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) put up for sale a total of 2,308MHz of airwaves across seven bands, has ended after just two days,... more

MCMC confirms new 5G special purpose vehicle will be subject to regulatory oversight

Following the revelation last month that the rollout of 5G technology in Malaysia will be undertaken by a special purpose vehicle, Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia... more

MTN on track to renew Nigerian 900MHz, 1800MHz spectrum licences

MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has revealed that it is at an ‘advanced stage’ in renewing its operating spectrum and licence, Reuters reports. The Nigerian Communications... more

No demand from operators for 26GHz spectrum

Following a public consultation launched in October 2020, Luxembourg’s Department for Media, Telecoms and Digital Policy (SMC) has announced it will not be allocating user rights in the 5G 26GHz... more

Broadband

Ministry approves Claro, Entel to use 3.5GHz for 5G

Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has authorised full-service providers Claro and Entel – including its Americatel division – to use their 3.5GHz spectrum... more

New TD-LTE service for Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean ISP Utande has launched its first TD-LTE service, covering parts of the capital Harare. A report from TechZim says that packages are on offer with download rates of up... more

Telefonica-Allianz joint venture begins FTTH rollout in rural areas

Telefonica Deutschland will roll out up to 2.2 million rural fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections in the next six years via its partnership with Unsere Gruene Glasfaser (UGG). UGG – a 50-50... more

IFC financing Kyrgyz wholesale broadband operator ElCat

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) – part of the World Bank Group – will provide a USD3 million loan to Kyrgyz wholesale/corporate broadband network operator ElCat, to increase fibre coverage... more

Openreach contracts VIAVI to ensure network quality in FTTP rollout

VIAVI Solutions has announced that BT Group’s network arm Openreach is to use the VIAVI Optical Network Monitoring System (ONMSi) to accelerate its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) deployment and ‘enhance the quality... more

Bahamian players to offer cut-price access to ‘niche’ ISPs; 5G unlikely until 2023, BTC CEO says

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has proposed to offer ‘niche’ ISPs a 21% wholesale discount on the retail fees it charges its own customers, as it seeks to appease the... more

Wireline

Guinea planning to relaunch incumbent telecoms operator with AfDB support

Guinea intends to use new international financing to relaunch defunct fixed line operator Societe des Telecoms de Guinee (Sotelgui), reports Agence Ecofin. Speaking at the opening of the Forum for... more

Corporate/Financial

Telefonica confirms FiBrasil plans; CDPQ to invest BRL1.8bn for 50% stake

Telefonica Group and Canadian investment firm Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) have confirmed that they have reached an agreement for the construction, development and operation of a... more

PPF Telecom reports ‘sound’ FY20 results despite adverse impact of COVID

PPF Group’s telecommunications division PPF Telecom Group, which contains its operations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro, has reported solid business results for the year ended... more