5 Mar 2021

Wireless

Bouygues, Altice start removing Huawei equipment from their networks

Bouygues Telecom and Altice France (SFR) have reportedly begun the process of removing Huawei equipment from their networks, after unsuccessful legal efforts to challenge France's stricter security policy for future... more

Cosmote expands 5G to 17 cities

Greek telco Cosmote has expanded its 5G network to cover 17 cities, including 90% of the populations of the country’s two largest cities, Athens and Thessaloniki. A report from Capital... more

Telia Norge and Ericsson trial 5G carrier aggregation

Mobile operator Telia Norge and Swedish vendor Ericsson have initiated a 5G New Radio (NR) TDD-FDD carrier aggregation (CA) for coverage extension trial in Lillestrom, a municipality in Viken county.... more

APT and FET get conditional approval for 5G spectrum sharing

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has granted conditional approval for Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) to share Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET’s) 5G spectrum and use the latter’s network. According to the... more

Unidentified SIMs to be disconnected from May 2021

Guinea’s Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (L’Autoritie de Regulation des Postes et Telecommunications, ARPT) has announced that it will begin deactivating unregistered SIM cards from 2 May. During a... more

China Mobile, Huawei pilot 5G indoor distributed Massive MIMO

Huawei and China Mobile Guangdong have launched a pilot 5G indoor distributed Massive MIMO network using 2.6GHz inter-frequency (80MHz+80MHz) networking in Huawei's Southern Factory in Dongguan, an industrial city in... more

Vodafone completes Budapest 5G deployment

Vodafone Hungary has switched on 200 5G mobile base stations in and around Budapest, having now completed the expansion project it announced in October, it confirmed yesterday (4 March 2021).... more

Broadband

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

Telecom Egypt (TE) has announced its plans to launch Hybrid African Ring Path (HARP) by 2023. This project is not a separate new cable system, but rather is a combination... more

Monaco Telecom’s fibre-optic rollout complete

Monaco’s monopoly broadband services provider Monaco Telecom has announced that it is now ready to connect the entire principality to a new fibre-optic network capable of providing download speeds of... more

Tet to introduce 10Gbps transmission speeds

Latvian fixed line operator Tet has unveiled plans to offer symmetrical down/uplink transmission speeds of 10Gbps to its customers via its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The upgrade will initially be made... more

Anatel assigns 6GHz band for Wi-Fi use

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has approved a proposal to open the complete 5925MHz-7125MHz (6GHz) band for unlicensed Wi-Fi 6E access. According to the watchdog, the... more

Ooredoo reaches new areas with FTTH

Ooredoo Oman has announced the expansion of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service to additional locations in the Sultanate. Customers in areas including Barka (Ph-2 Commercial Area), Al Amerat and Ibra... more

Vodafone launches broadband Satellite Community Wi-Fi in Fiji

In a bid to improve internet access in remote parts of Fiji, Vodafone Fiji has launched the country’s inaugural Satellite Community Wi-Fi service in Nakavika village, in the Central Division’s... more

Corporate/Financial

TIM Brasil inks FiberCo exclusivity pact with IHS

TIM Brasil has informed its shareholders that it has signed an exclusivity agreement with IHS Brasil Participacoes to negotiate the terms and conditions for the sale of a stake in... more

MTS 2020 revenues climb 5.2%

Full-year 2020 consolidated group revenue at Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) increased by 5.2% year-on-year to RUB494.9 billion (USD6.7 billion), of which Russia accounted for RUB488.5 billion, up 4.6%. 4Q20 revenue... more

T-2 sues Telekom Slovenije for abuse of market position

Slovenian telco T-2 has begun a lawsuit against incumbent operator Telekom Slovenije for the alleged abuse of its dominant market position. A report from SeeNews says that T-2 is claiming... more