19 Jun 2020

Wireless

Telus switches on 5G in five cities; adds Samsung to 5G vendor roster

Canada’s Telus has announced the launch of its first-phase 5G mobile network in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and the Greater Toronto Area, with plans to expand to an additional 26... more

EE and Nokia team up for 4G LTE Air-to-Ground deployment

British mobile network operator (MNO) EE, part of BT Group, has announced the signing of an agreement with Finnish vendor Nokia to build what it called ‘an industry-first’ nationwide 4G... more

Portuguese 5G consultation resumes; MTRs to drop on 1 July 2020

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has confirmed that its unfinished 5G consultation process has resumed, as the country’s ‘state of emergency’ is no longer in force.... more

Beeline spectrum deal under scrutiny in telecoms probe as PM quits

Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev has resigned following allegations of state corruption in the telecoms sector regarding the sale and transfer of wireless frequencies, although he denied any wrongdoing, stating... more

Broadband

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

Team Telecom, which is formally known as the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector, has opposed the activation of a submarine cable... more

DCMS secures operator commitments for gigabit rollouts in new builds

Commitments from British network operators to work with housing developers to provide gigabit-capable connectivity to all new build developments across the UK have been secured by the government, the Department... more

Chorus announces wholesale fibre price cuts, lockdown debt support package

New Zealand-based wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has updated retail service providers (RSPs) on planned changes to the pricing of its wholesale fibre products over the next three months, as... more

Wireline

TurkNet upgrading core network countrywide with Ekinops

Turkish fixed line ISP TurkNet has chosen Ekinops’ FlexRate 400Gbps optical transport solutions to significantly upgrade its core network, which provides businesses and individuals with uncapped high speed broadband services... more

Corporate/Financial

Portuguese authorities lift dos Santos sanctions, restoring Nos voting rights

Lisbon’s Central Criminal Investigation Court (Tribunal Central de Instrucao Criminal, TCIC) has lifted an injunction preventing Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos from exercising voting rights as a major shareholder in... more

UVARCL to sell Aircel spectrum

UV Asset Reconstruction Company Limited (UVARCL), the firm set to take majority ownership of bankrupt former mobile operator Aircel, expects to raise between INR9.5 billion and INR15.1 billion (USD124.8 million... more