8 Jul 2020

Wireless

Cuban 4G users exceed 1m milestone

Cuba’s state-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) has announced on social media that the number of customers using its 4G LTE network has exceeded one million. The... more

Loon set for Kenyan launch this month

Telkom Kenya and Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet, have announced that the progressive deployment of Loon technology in Kenya will begin this month. The project partners have revealed that they... more

Iran claims success in combatting illegal handsets

Authorities in Iran say they have been successful in curbing the use of smuggled mobile phones following the introduction of a handset registration scheme. Trend News Agency says that an... more

Orange completes 3.5GHz purchase in Slovakia

French-owned Slovak telco Orange Slovensko has completed its acquisition of a 5G-capable 3.5GHz licence from rival operator SWAN. As reported in CommsUpdate last month, SWAN agreed to transfer its rights... more

KCC issues record fines to cellco over provision of illegal subsidies

Record fines totalling KRW51.2 billion (USD42.8 million) have been levied against South Korea’s mobile network operators (MNOs) by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), for providing illegal subsidies to subscribers for... more

GCRA confirms MTR reductions

A new decision on mobile termination rates (MTRs) has been confirmed by the Guernsey Competition and Regulatory Authority (GCRA), which had previously launched a consultation on its proposals in April... more

NCCIR’s termination rate cut cancelled

Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR/NKRZI) yesterday (7 July 2020) cancelled its Decision No. 195 of 19 May 2020 which would have cut the unified... more

Broadband

Viasat launches residential broadband service in Brazil

Viasat has launched a new satellite-powered broadband service for residential customers in Brazil. The new service uses bandwidth from the Telebras SGDC-1 satellite and has gone live in eight states,... more

Govt launches network modernisation project

The Chadian government has officially launched a new network modernisation programme, through which it hopes to improve accessibility to ICT services for the population and to drive socio-economic development, local... more

SETAR deploys Nordija´s interactive TV platform

SETAR – the largest telecoms group on the Caribbean island of Aruba – has upgraded its TV service offerings by deploying Denmark-based Nordija’s fully integrated, end-to-end interactive TV solution. The... more

Chorus commissions new core routers as part of NZD50m network investment

New Zealand-based wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has completed the build and commissioning of two new core Ethernet switches in Auckland as part of the NZD50 million (USD32.7 million) of... more

Corporate/Financial

MetroNet completes Jaguar Communications takeover

Indiana-based MetroNet, a provider of fibre-based internet, pay-TV and fixed voice services, has successfully completed its acquisition of Minnesota-based Jaguar Communications. The combination of the two companies will allow MetroNet... more

Digicel warns of COVID-19 impact after promising results in previous quarter

Digicel Group has warned its creditors that it expects the Coronavirus pandemic to have a ‘significant impact’ on its earning for the current quarter, the Irish Times reports, citing market... more