2 Jul 2020

Wireless

ESA fines Telenor EUR112m for anticompetitive practices

Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor has been fined EUR112 million (USD126 million) by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA), after the latter concluded that the group’s domestic unit had ‘abused its market... more

Optus undertaking 5G mmWave technology tests

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has confirmed it is testing 5G millimetreWave (mmWave) technology, including making its first mmWave data call, in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson. Detailing the... more

DITO likely to miss 8 July ‘technical launch’ target

Adel Tamano, Chief Administrative Officer at DITO Telecommunity, says the Philippines’ new third telco is unlikely to meet its 8 July 2020 deadline for a ‘technical launch’ of its network.... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

China Mobile has stopped adding new IoT/M2M connections to its 2G network as it accelerates construction of NB-IoT infrastructure across the country, reports Mobile World Live citing news portal C114.net.... more

BSNL scraps 4G tender; govt bans 59 Chinese apps

State-owned full-service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has cancelled a 4G network upgrade tender, reportedly due to growing pressure to exclude Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE from the process.... more

Broadband

SKY Fiber internet services escape NTC’s ‘cease and desist’ order

Online news site Rappler writes that ABS-CBN subsidiary Sky Cable continues to operate its broadband internet service SKY Fiber and SKYcable TV offers in the Philippines, despite the decision of... more

T-Mobile FTTH to cover three Eindhoven districts; KPN signs Rotterdam fibre agreement

T-Mobile Netherlands, in partnership with Primevest Capital Partners and VolkerWessels Telecom, has agreed with the Municipality of Eindhoven to deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband access to the city’s three remaining districts... more

Corporate/Financial

T-Systems transfers telecoms operations to Telekom Deutschland unit

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced that the telecoms services operations of its T-Systems business have been transferred to Telekom Deutschland’s B2B unit. The move forms part of strategic changes to... more

DISH wireless ambitions get a Boost as USD1.4bn takeover closes

US satellite TV giant DISH has announced that it completed its USD1.4 billion acquisition of Boost Mobile on 1 July. With this purchase, DISH officially enters the retail wireless market,... more

Telefonica reactivates sale of Costa Rican unit

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has restarted the process to sell its Costa Rican business, after previous suitor Millicom International Cellular (MIC) terminated its own Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) on 1... more