16 Jul 2020

Wireless

Nokia, True Corp ink a 5G-enabling IP/MPLS deal

Nokia has inked an IP/MPLS network deal with Thailand’s True Group. Nokia’s solution, which will be deployed in the northeastern and eastern areas of the country where the Eastern Economic... more

BIPT grants temporary 5G spectrum user rights to five operators

Following a public consultation, Belgian telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has granted temporary user rights to spectrum in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band to five operators,... more

Vodafone UK calls for 5G auction to be abandoned in favour of ‘mandated award’

British mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone UK is calling on the government to cancel the country’s upcoming auction of 5G-suitable spectrum, according to the Financial Times. In its place, the... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Vodafone UK has partnered with Skyports and Deloitte to transport medical supplies for NHS Scotland using drones via its LTE mobile network. The drone flights will begin later this year,... more

Vivo to launch 5G in eight state capitals this month

Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) has become the latest Brazilian cellco to confirm its 5G launch plans, with its network set to go live before the end of this month. TeleTime quotes... more

Cellnex may bid for part of CK Hutchison European tower business

Spanish mobile tower firm Cellnex Telecom is considering making an offer for a minority stake in the European tower operations of Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison. A report from Bloomberg says... more

Ukrainian regulator tries again to cut termination rates

Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR/NKRZI) issued a decision on 14 July 2020 to cut the unified wholesale mobile termination rate (MTR) and long-distance voice... more

Corporate/Financial

TIM Brasil authorised to bid for Oi Movel assets

Telecom Italia Group has reportedly authorised its subsidiary TIM Brasil to move ahead with its planned acquisition of Oi Movel, the cellular unit of cash-strapped telco Oi. According to TeleTime,... more

Market tremors after two DITO shareholders ‘withdraw funds’ from third telco

The Manila Standard reports that over the course of the past few weeks two shareholders in DITO Telecommunity Corp (formerly Mislatel), the Philippines’ New Major Player (NMP) or third telco,... more

Zain Group’s revenues down 7% y-o-y in Q2 2020

Kuwait-based telecoms group Zain has published its consolidated financial results for the three months ended 30 June 2020, reporting a 7% decrease in revenues year-on-year to KWD378 million (USD1.22 billion),... more

Telenor Group’s revenues rise on DNA consolidation, currency effects

Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor Group has published its financial results for the second quarter of 2020, and while it recorded a 15% increase in reported revenues for the period –... more