30 Sep 2022

Mobile

India's PM to switch on 5G tomorrow

5G services are set to be launched in India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow (1 October) at the start of the Indian Mobile Congress (IMC), according to a statement... more

BTHK to hold 4G/5G spectrum auction on 6 October

Turkcell has revealed that its wholly-owned subsidiary Kuzey Kibris Turkcell (KKTCell), which operates in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), is planning to participate in the forthcoming 4G/5G spectrum... more

Nokia and Vodafone NZ partner to accelerate network innovation with 5G-Advanced and 6G

Nokia has announced the signing of an innovation focused Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vodafone New Zealand to collaborate on the development of new applications and services. The collaborative agreement,... more

Argentina to hold 5G spectrum auction in February 2023

Argentina will stage a 5G spectrum auction in February 2023, as the inflation-wracked country attempts to boost government coffers. The date was revealed by Minister of Economy Sergio Massa, alongside... more

New Caledonia set to free up 700MHz band for mobile services

The National Frequency Agency (Agence Nationale des Frequences, ANFR) has announced that the 700MHz frequency band will be freed up for mobile services by the end of October. Main national... more

DT trials 5G Wireless Wireline Convergence (WWC) standards

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced that it has achieved an end-to-end data call based on 5G Wireless Wireline Convergence (WWC) standards on a trial system in its Bonn Lab. 5G... more

Indosat opts out of 2.1GHz spectrum auction, report claims

IndoTelko, citing a statement from the Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI, or KemKominfo), has reported that Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) has walked away from the upcoming auction of 2.1GHz... more

ACCC seeks further views on Telstra-TPG network deal as it publishes preliminary views

A statement of preliminary views on the authorisation sought by Telstra and TPG Telecom (Vodafone Australia) for their proposed regional mobile network arrangements has been published by the Australian Competition... more

Robi trials 5G in Dhaka and Rangpur

Robi Axiata has conducted 5G technology trials at Robi Corporate Office (RCO) in Dhaka and in customer walk-in-centre (WIC) in Rangpur, in cooperation with Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh). Robi demonstrated a... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Google has notified the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the Grace Hopper cable system linking New York (US) and Bude (UK) was put into service on 27 September 2022. Grace... more

Proximus and Ethias confirm joint venture to deploy fibre in German-speaking region

Belgian full-service provider Proximus has finalised its public-private partnership with insurance group Ethias and the federal government of the country’s German-speaking Community to deploy fibre throughout the region within the... more

New ISP NET-G arrives in Luanda

A new ISP named NET-G is launching this week in Angola, backed by the local Galec group in partnership with Netherlands-based multinational Sun Evo Holding, Lusa reports. The partners reportedly... more

MTN’s GlobalConnect unit looking to expand fibre across Africa

South Africa-based MTN Group is reportedly looking to harness the potential of rising demand for broadband services across the African continent, and to that end is aiming to build out... more

Open Fiber begins grey area fibre rollouts

Italian wholesale network operator Open Fiber has begun deployment of fibre-optic networks in the first of the country’s so-called ‘grey’ areas, which are those markets currently served by just one... more

Nkom highlights growth in access to faster broadband speeds

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced that 93.6% of the population now have access to broadband at speeds of 100Mbps or more, up from 90.4% a year... more

Starlink licensed for satellite broadband in Qatar

Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has issued an Individual Licence for the Provision of Public Satellite Telecommunications Networks and Services to Starlink Satellite Qatar, a division of SpaceX, following permission... more

Corporate/Financial

America Movil confirms listing of Sitios Latinoamerica shares

America Movil (AM) has confirmed that the shares of its tower unit Sitios Latinoamerica (SITES Latam) were listed were listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores) from... more

Ministry signs feasibility study contract for fixed network privatisation

Kuwait’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has signed an agreement with an advisory body to complete a feasibility study on the privatisation of fixed telecoms networks through a public-private partnership project,... more

4iG agrees 20% Spacecom stake purchase

Hungarian telecoms and IT group 4iG has concluded an agreement to take a 20% stake in Tel Aviv-listed Space Communications (Spacecom), which operates and develops the AMOS satellite systems, in... more

Miscellaneous

TSTT wants to challenge USF ruling at Privy Council

Telecommunication Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT), and its fibre ISP unit AMPLIA Communications, are seeking permission to challenge an Appeal Court ruling at the Privy Council. According to NewsDay,... more