22 Oct 2019

Wireless

Beeline launches 5G end-to-end trial integrated with live network

Beeline Kazakhstan, part of the VEON group, has launched a large-scale end-to-end 5G network trial integrated with its own live mobile network in the Central Asian country’s third largest city... more

AT&T, Axtel, Telmex renew 3.5GHz rights, report says

As Mexico prepares for the 5G era, three domestic players have reportedly renewed legacy spectrum rights covering the 5G-suitable 3.5GHz band. According to El Economista, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto... more

Luxembourg 5G spectrum allocation delayed until 2020

Government adviser Pierre Goerens has revealed in an interview with Luxemburger Wort that the country’s 5G spectrum allocation will not be completed by the end of this year as originally... more

Panama to distribute 1.5GHz band for mobile use

Panama’s National Public Services Authority (Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Publicos, ASEP) signed Resolucion AN No. 15710-Telco earlier this month, confirming its intention to distribute spectrum in the 1427MHz-1518MHz ‘L-band’... more

Claro, Ericsson trial 3.5GHz 5G in Sao Paulo

Claro Brasil teamed up with Ericsson to trial 5G mobile services at the Allianz Parque stadium in Sao Paulo on 20 October. The two companies achieved downlink transmission speeds in... more

NCC permits Airtel to block calls from Glo network

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has notified mobile phone users that it has granted approval for the partial disconnection of Globacom (Glo) from the network of Airtel Nigeria, due to... more

Vodafone Ukraine passes 62% LTE coverage

Vodafone Ukraine – a subsidiary of Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) – reports on its website that its has expanded 4G LTE mobile network coverage across 70 settlements in 20 Ukrainian... more

Broadband

Poland aiming for 100% fibre coverage within three years

Poland’s Minister of Digitisation Marek Zagorski says every household in the country will be passed by a fibre broadband network within the next three years. A report from Telko.in says... more

Virgin Media names Manchester as second location for gigabit speed deployment

British cable broadband provider Virgin Media has reportedly announced that Greater Manchester will be the second city to gain access to its gigabit-capable broadband service. According to ISPreview, Virgin expects... more

Government cancels Smart Telecom Mid-Hill Highway contract

Nepal’s government-led project to lay fibre-optic cabling along the Mid-Hill Highway has failed to make any real progress despite being initiated more than three years ago, reports The Himalayan Times,... more

Corporate/Financial

Niger confirms planned sale of Orange to Zamani Com

Niger’s Council of Ministers has announced that Zamani Com has applied for the acquisition of all the shares of mobile network operator (MNO) Orange Niger. A draft order has also... more

Sun setting on UPC purchase? Sunrise cancels EGM on capital increase

Swiss telco Sunrise has cancelled tomorrow’s scheduled Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) which was to be held to authorise a CHF2.8 billion (USD2.84 billion) capital increase via a rights offering to... more

China Mobile reports 14% drop in profit for first nine months of 2019

China Mobile has reported almost stable operating revenues for the first nine months of 2019 at CNY566.7 billion (USD80.1 billion), though there was a 1% year-on-year fall in revenues from... more

Unicom’s 9M net profit up 11.9% boosted by subscriber gains

Chinese full-service provider China Unicom has reported its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2019, highlighting total service revenue of CNY198.53 billion (USD28.05 billion), down 0.7% year-on-year,... more

Maroc Telecom reports growth in revenues, EBITDA in 9M 2019

Maroc Telecom (IAM) has published its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2019, reporting a 0.6% increase in revenues from MAD27.137 billion (USD2.8 billion) to MAD27.308 billion,... more

Mobily reports a net profit of SAR156m in 9M19

Saudi Arabian mobile network operator (MNO) Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has published its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2019, reporting a 14.2% year-on-year increase in revenues to... more

DNA publishes 3Q19 results; confirms December launch for 5G fixed-wireless offering

Finland’s DNA has published its financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2019, reporting a 5% annualised increase in revenue to EUR238.8 million (USD266 million). Growth was said to... more

Miscellaneous

Somalia consults on licensing framework for ICT sector

Somalia’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has launched a consultation process for the country’s first licensing regime for the ICT and telecoms sector. The draft Unified Licensing Framework (ULF) would allow... more