28 Aug 2019

Wireless

Deputy Minister targets 24.5GHz-29.5GHz 5G auction by year-end

Russia’s Deputy Minister of Communications Oleg Ivanov expects to hold the first commercial 5G frequency auctions in the range of 24.5GHz-29.5GHz by the end of 2019, he told Vedomosti. In... more

Sprint launches 5G in LA, NYC, Phoenix and Washington, DC

Sprint has switched on its Nokia-built 5G mobile network in selected parts of Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, DC, meaning that its fifth-generation infrastructure is now up... more

Slovakia opens consultation into spectrum auction

Slovakia’s Regulatory Office (Regulacny Urad, RU) has opened a consultation into its terms for awarding wireless spectrum in the 700MHz, 900MHz, 1500MHz and 1800MHz bands. The watchdog wants to auction... more

KDDI slashes mobile fees to JPY1,000

Japanese mobile network operator (MNO) KDDI (au) has announced that from 13 September 2019 it will begin offering a new two-year service plan that slashes penalty charges for early termination... more

PLDT-Smart selects Aboitiz to build common telecom towers

PLDT mobile arm Smart Communications has reportedly picked Aboitiz InfraCapital and partner Frontier Tower Associates Philippines (FTAP) to drive nationwide connectivity through the construction of a ‘common’ tower network. Under... more

Drei activates 5G in Worgl

Hutchison Drei Austria has announced that it has switched on its 5G infrastructure in Worgl, in the state of Tyrol. Worgl is the first location in Western Austria to receive... more

Vodafone activates six new 4G cell sites in Northland Region

Vodafone New Zealand has announced it has switched on six new 4G sites in the Kaipara, Far North and Whangarei districts of the Northland Region as part of the government-backed... more

Broadband

FibreNation adds Dewsbury to list of rollout locations

FibreNation, the company created by British broadband provider TalkTalk to construct fibre-optic infrastructure across the country, has named Dewsbury as the fourth location where it will roll out its gigabit-capable... more

ReadyNet, Viasat team up for Jamaican satellite broadband trial

Jamaican start-up ReadyNet has teamed up with US satellite firm Viasat to stage a satellite broadband demonstration in Portland, on the north-east of the island. The trial was attended by... more

StarHub concludes MoU with Chinese telcos to co-develop data links

Singapore fixed, mobile and broadband services provider StarHub has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom to jointly develop data links between the... more

Wireline

SLT teams up with Virtusa to improve digital services provision in Sri Lanka

National fixed line operator Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is teaming up with digital technology, digital engineering and IT outsourcing services provider Virtusa to improve its ability to deliver digital services... more

Corporate/Financial

Airtel-Telkom merger suspended over anti-corruption concerns

The planned merger between Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya – as agreed in February this year – has been stalled by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) after intervention from... more

Partner Communications’ service revenues up 4% in 2Q19

Israel’s Partner Communications has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 June 2019, reporting a 2% year-on-year decline in revenue, despite service revenues rising in the period... more

Ncell wins legal challenge over capital gains tax bill

Nepalese mobile operator Ncell has won its legal case challenging the NPR63 billion (USD540 million) capital gains tax bill imposed by the country’s Large Taxpayer's Office (LTO) following Malaysian telecoms... more

Algerian WiMAX operator’s demise confirmed

It has been confirmed that Algerian WiMAX-based B2B broadband operator Smart Link Communication (SLC) and its satellite subsidiary Divona ceased all telecom activities in the country on 21 August 2019,... more

Lower house greenlights tax on OTT services

Chile’s lower house has approved plans to include digital platforms in tax reforms which, if written into law, would oblige international over-the-top (OTT) providers to pay VAT on services offered... more