11 Jun 2020

Wireless

O2 UK inks 5G expansion contract with Ericsson as coverage reaches 60 towns/cities

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson has been selected to deploy O2 UK’s 5G radio access network (RAN) even farther across the UK, upgrading existing 2G/3G/4G sites as part of a substantial... more

Far EasTone receives 5G licence

Taiwan’s Far EasTone has received the country’s second 5G licence from the National Communications Commission (NCC), Focus Taiwan reports. Following on from reports last week that Chunghwa Telecom had been... more

Unicom claims 130,000 5G sites; Telecom and ZTE deploy dual-band micro base station

Chinese full-service provider China Unicom claimed a total of 130,000 5G base stations in operation at the end of May, Xinhua writes. Of that figure, 115,000 were deployed jointly with... more

ComCom seeks feedback on draft review of MTRs

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on its draft review findings that the Mobile Termination Access Service (MTAS) should remain regulated. ‘While early indications show that there may be... more

Digi, Huawei renew mobile network development partnership

Romania-based Digi Communications has renewed its partnership with Chinese technology supplier Huawei, reports local publication Hotnews.ro citing a joint statement issued by the two companies. The agreement is said to... more

Colombian govt waives spectrum fees in exchange for rural rollouts

Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (Ministerio de Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones, MinTIC) has announced that President Ivan Duque signed Decree 825 into law on 8... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

O2 UK has announced that its LTE-M IoT network has been expanded to 10,000 sites, spanning the east of the country and covering 57% of UK premises and 58% of... more

Broadband

Verizon launches 5G Home service in Detroit

Verizon has extended its fixed-wireless ‘5G Home’ service to a sixth city, Detroit. The telco notes that the platform is capable of delivering peak speeds of up to 1Gbps, although... more

Telus launches 1.5Gbps fibre broadband

Telus has announced ‘a new benchmark for home and business internet speeds in Western Canada’ with the launch of its new 1.5Gbps download/940Mbps upload ‘PureFibre 1.5 Gigabit’ broadband service, available... more

Corporate/Financial

TIM nears agreement on Inwit stake sale

Telecom Italia (TIM) is reportedly close to securing a deal to sell just under half of its 33.2% stake in tower firm Inwit to a consortium involving private equity firms... more