12 Jun 2020

Wireless

Bell claims Canada’s largest 5G mobile network at launch

Bell Canada yesterday (11 June 2020) announced the launch of its commercial 5G mobile network, claiming initial coverage ‘six times greater’ than rival Rogers’ existing 5G footprint. At launch, 5G... more

Four mobile operators sign infrastructure sharing deal

Four Vietnamese mobile network operators have signed an agreement to share over 1,200 base transceiver stations (BTS). According to the Ministry of Communications (MIC), the move will enable Viettel, VNPT-Vinaphone,... more

Vodafone 5G reaches 160 urban and rural locations in Germany

Vodafone Germany has announced that its 5G service is currently available in 160 urban and rural locations across the country via a network of 500 antennas. The firm uses frequencies... more

Broadband

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

The Asia Direct Cable (ADC) Consortium has revealed that it is building a new submarine cable, called Asia Direct Cable (ADC) connecting China (Hong Kong SAR and Guangdong Province), Japan,... more

Gulfsat Madagascar awarded backbone operator licence

Gulfsat Madagascar has been designated the country’s second backbone operator, ending Telma’s monopoly on fibre-optic transmission infrastructure, reports local news outlet 2424.mg. Speaking to journalists following a meeting at the... more

Linkem and GO renew 3.5GHz spectrum sharing deal

Italian wireless ISPs GO internet and Linkem have renewed their frequency sharing agreement which allows Linkem to use GO internet’s 3.5GHz spectrum in the Marche and Emilia-Romagna regions. In return,... more

Wireline

CITC to reduce mobile, fixed termination rates

Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has announced plans to lower the cap on termination rates for local mobile and fixed calls. The decision comes as a result... more

Corporate/Financial

Stonepeak completes purchase of Xplornet

Canada’s largest rural-focused broadband provider Xplornet Communications yesterday (11 June 2020) announced the completion of its sale to New York-based private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, whereby Stonepeak acquired a... more

Boost in limbo as DISH, T-Mobile talks falter; rival bid on the cards?

DISH Network’s USD1.4 billion acquisition of Sprint sub-brand Boost Mobile – one of the pre-conditions of the recent merger between Sprint and larger rival T-Mobile US – has yet to... more

Telecom Egypt records 19% net profit drop in 1Q20, although sales climb 3%

Telecom Egypt (TE) reported consolidated revenue of EGP7.00 billion (USD432 million) for the first quarter of 2020, representing a 3% year-on-year increase, attributing the growth mainly to strong retail performance... more

TalkTalk reports profit increase for FY20, despite lower revenue

UK-based broadband provider TalkTalk has published its preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2020 (FY20), reporting headline revenue (excluding carrier and off-net turnover) of GBP1.52 billion (USD1.9 billion),... more

Apex court weighs in on PSU issue; may allow operators to stagger AGR payments

India’s Supreme Court has confirmed that Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR)-related demands should not have been levied against public sector undertakings (PSUs, i.e. state-owned ventures) and has said it that it... more

Miscellaneous

Mexican senator proposes integration of telecoms, energy, antitrust regulators

Ricardo Monreal, the Mexican Senate Majority leader, has proposed a new bill that seeks to integrate the country’s telecoms, energy and antitrust regulatory agencies via the creation of an enlarged... more