17 Jul 2020

Wireless

Telekom ramps up 5G rollout to supply half of Germans this month

Telekom Deutschland (TD) is upgrading around 15,000 additional antennas with 5G technology this week. The upgrades are being carried out in cities including Nuremberg and Hanover, as well as in... more

South Korean cellcos to invest KRW25.7tn in 5G infrastructure

South Korea’s mobile network operators (MNOs) have reportedly agreed to a significant investment in the development of the country’s 5G infrastructure, according to The Korea Times. In a meeting held... more

Jio to roll out its own homegrown 5G solution

Jio Platforms, the telecom arm of Indian conglomerate Reliance Inudstries Limited (RIL) has developed its own 5G solution which will be ready for deployment next year, the company chairman Mukesh... more

MTS Belarus 4G rollout generates sharp rise in data traffic

Since the start of this year, MTS Belarus says it has deployed 235 new 4G base transceiver stations (BTS), operating at 1800MHz and 2600MHz, in 60 areas across the Republic,... more

Telecom Namibia upgrades its 3G and 4G networks

Telecom Namibia has further extended its 3G and 4G mobile networks in urban and rural areas across the country, reports Economist Namibia. Telecom Namibia acting CEO Laban Hiwilepo has revealed... more

Orange selects Parallel Wireless for OpenRAN

Parallel Wireless has announced that, in partnership with i engineering Group, it has been selected by Orange to extend its network coverage in the Central African Republic using OpenRAN technology,... more

Greek regulator opens 5G consultation

Greece’s National Telecommunications & Post Commission (Ethniki Epitropi Tilepikoinonion kai Tachydromeion, EETT) has opened a consultation into the planned sale of spectrum in the 700MHz, 2GHz, 3.4GHz-3.8GHz and 26GHz bands.... more

Broadband

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

Crosslake Fibre has revealed its newest subsea cable project, dubbed CrossChannel Fibre. The 550km cable will connect Slough (United Kingdom) and Paris (France). The high fibre count, non-repeatered system will... more

Ooredoo expands FTTH to Omadhoo

Ooredoo Maldives has expanded its ‘SuperNet’ fibre-optic broadband service to the island of Omadhoo, one of the inhabited islands of Alif Dhaal Atoll. ‘We are pleased to launch SuperNet fixed... more

Corporate/Financial

MoC will not cancel Bezeq, HOT structural separation obligations; gives in-principle approval for Cellcom’s purchase of Golan

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has confirmed via a press release that it will not cancel the obligation of structural separation imposed on both Bezeq and HOT Telecommunication. The decision... more

Orange Poland mulling sale of stake in fibre business

France’s Orange Group is considering selling up to 50% of its fibre network business in Poland. A report from Bloomberg cites ‘people familiar with the matter’ who say the stake... more

Turkcell deal hits Telia in second quarter

Sweden’s Telia Company has recorded a 2.7% year-on-year increase in sales for the second quarter of 2020 to SEK21.77 billion (USD2.4 billion). On a comparable basis, net sales were down... more

Cogeco Connexion posts 1.6% quarterly revenue drop

In its fiscal third quarter ended 31 May 2020, Canadian cableco Cogeco Connexion posted a 1.6% year-on-year revenue drop to CAD320.5 million (USD236.8 million), mainly driven by ongoing cable TV... more