20 Oct 2020

Wireless

Incumbents approved for Swedish 5G auction, Huawei and ZTE excluded as suppliers

Four applicants have been approved to participate in Sweden’s upcoming 5G spectrum auctions for 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz frequencies. Hi3G Access (Tre), Net4Mobility (Tele2 and Telenor), Telia Sweden and Teracom (Net1)... more

CETIN picks Ericsson for Czech 5G network rollout

CETIN, the Czech network infrastructure operator formed by Petr Kellner’s PPF Group, has selected Ericsson to supply it with a 5G network, the company reported on Monday (19 October). Reuters... more

Telkomsel expands 4G LTE rollout into remote/rural areas

Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular), the majority-owned mobile subsidiary of Indonesia’s largest telecoms company Telkom, says it is expanding its 4G LTE network across Indonesia, in a bid to provide mobile internet... more

VodafoneZiggo makes call on virtual Open RAN

VodafoneZiggo, NEC Europe and Altiostar have jointly announced a successful voice call made on an open virtual Radio Access Network (Open RAN) on the Vodafone Netherlands mobile network. A press... more

Touch Lebanon to transfer management to government on 30 October

Lebanon’s National News Agency reports that management responsibility for state-owned mobile operator Touch Lebanon – currently managed by Zain Group – will be handed over to the government on 30... more

Broadband

CityFibre confirms start of construction work on network in Swindon

UK-based CityFibre, which last week announced that it had begun work on the deployment of its full fibre infrastructure in Slough, has now confirmed it has broken ground on its... more

Telecom Vanuatu upgrades network with Alepo solutions

Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) has begun modernising its network using solutions by digital enablement firm Alepo, making significant improvements to its billing, charging, and authentication systems. The modernisation will be... more

Bell expands Wireless Home Internet to Atlantic Canada

Bell Canada has announced the expansion of its Wireless Home Internet (WHI) fixed-wireless broadband service to Atlantic Canada, aiming to cover 70,000 households in hundreds of rural communities in the... more

Corporate/Financial

Telefonica aims to create German fibre JV; EQT Infrastructure V to co-invest in Deutsche Glasfaser

Spanish telecom giant Telefonica is aiming to create a joint venture with the private equity arm of German insurer Allianz to finance a EUR5 billion (USD5.8 billion) infrastructure investment in... more

Verizon swoops for Bluegrass Cellular

Verizon Communications has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire certain assets from rural wireless operator Bluegrass Cellular. The cellco provides wireless services to 210,000 customers in 34... more

Maroc Telecom reports drops in revenues, EBITDA in Q3 2020

Maroc Telecom (IAM) has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 September 2020, reporting a 3.1% decrease in revenues from MAD9.209 billion (USD996 million) to MAD9.174 billion,... more

Tele2 sees sales slide 3% in third quarter

Sweden-based Tele2 group has reported a 3% annual drop in revenue on an organic basis for the third quarter of 2020 to SEK6.64 billion (USD752 million). Service revenues were down... more

Miscellaneous

Brazil to ‘recreate’ Ministry of Communications

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has recreated the Ministry of Communications (Ministerio das Comunicacoes, MiniCom) with the signing of Law 14,074/20 on 15 October. The regulatory switch has been on the... more

ACMA enhances NBN consumer experience rules

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has confirmed enhancements to National Broadband Network (NBN) consumer experience rules, with a view to protecting Australians during the final phase of the... more

President announces plans to directly manage nation's digital development

President Felix Tshisekedi has announced plans to directly manage the development of Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) digital economy himself, via a new instrument referred to as ‘Presidential Digital Coordination’.... more