6 Dec 2019

Wireless

Taiwan’s Cabinet approves plan to offer more spectrum for 5G trials

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) is scheduled to kick off its auction for 5G-suitable spectrum across the 1800MHz (20MHz), 3.5GHz (270MHz) and 28GHz (2,500MHz) bands next week, ahead of which... more

Etisalat Misr partners with Ericsson for 5G test on commercial network

Egyptian mobile network operator (MNO) Etisalat Misr is reported to have achieved downlink speeds of 1.4Gbps in a 5G test conducted during the Cairo ICT 2019 trade event, according to... more

Ooredoo Maldives launches VoWiFi

Ooredoo Maldives has launched Wi-Fi Calling, also known as voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi), claiming a first in the archipelago. Cited by local newspaper The Edition, CEO of Ooredoo Maldives Najib Khan stated:... more

Belgian minister proposes placing 5G auction proceeds in blocked account

The Belgian digital agenda and telecoms minister, Philippe De Backer, hopes a proposal to place the proceeds of the country’s 5G spectrum auction in a blocked account will enable a... more

TDLC issues ruling on spectrum holding limits

Chile’s Antitrust Tribunal (Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia, TDLC) has reached a decision regarding new spectrum holding limits, largely supporting the most recent proposals of sector watchdog the... more

5G public consultation launched ahead of May auction

The government of the Netherlands yesterday (5 December 2019) launched a public consultation on the draft plan for the country’s 700MHz/1400MHz/2100MHz 5G spectrum auction scheduled for May 2020. The government... more

Zong submits 50% of licence fee to PTA

Chinese-owned cellco Zong has paid the government PKR37.16 billion (USD238.7 million) towards its licence fee renewal as it – along with rival operators Telenor Pakistan and Jazz – continues to... more

Broadband

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

Nigeria-based infrastructure firm MainOne Cable Company has announced that the submarine branch linking Cote d’Ivoire to its MainOne cable system is now ready for service (RFS). In addition, MainOne is... more

Telekom, EWE submit binding commitments to comptroller for fibre joint venture approval

Telekom Deutschland and EWE have submitted a list of proposed commitments and concessions to German antimonopoly authority the Bundeskartellamt to gain approval for their planned joint fibre-optic network development in... more

Corporate/Financial

First offers for Wind Hellas expected this month

Greek fixed and mobile telco Wind Hellas is expecting to receive its first takeover offers this month. A report from Kathimerini cites sources as saying that 11 December is the... more

Orange Group reveals Engage 2025 strategic plan

Orange Group has published its new five-year strategic plan, dubbed Engage 2025, with group chairman and CEO Stephane Richard describing the programme as ‘the most significant transformational change the company... more