23 Jul 2020

Wireless

Luxembourg's 5G auction raises EUR41.3m

Luxembourg's Department of Media, Telecommunications and Digital Policy (Services des Medias et des Communications, SMC) has announced that four bidders have secured 5G frequencies in the recent 700MHz and 3600MHz... more

DT selects Ericsson for 5G RAN deployment

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson has announced the signing of a new multi-year deal with Deutsche Telekom (DT) to deploy the operator’s 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) across Germany. According to... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Deutsche Telekom IoT has announced the completion of its LTE-M network across Germany, now commercially available in both post-paid and pre-paid IoT offerings, including its Business Smart Connect LPWA and... more

T-Mobile US plots Standalone 5G launch in 3Q20

T-Mobile US has indicated that it is poised to switch on its Standalone (SA) 5G mobile network in the third quarter of 2020 (i.e. before 30 September 2020). In a... more

Successful 5G trials in Iran

5G trials in Iran have attained data download rates of 1.5Gbps, according to the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology. Sattar Hashemi said tests are being carried out at... more

13.85% of Movistar user base migrated onto AT&T network

Telefonica Moviles Mexico (Movistar) has confirmed that 3.7 million mobile users – around 13.85% of its total customer base – have been migrated onto the AT&T Mexico network to date,... more

Hong Kong to offer more 4.9GHz spectrum for 5G

Authorities in Hong Kong have opened a public consultation regarding the potential auction of a further 80MHz of spectrum in the 4.9GHz band, which is suitable for 5G networks. The... more

Broadband

DCMS outlines regulatory changes designed to boost gigabit availability and enhance mobile coverage

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has detailed how the government plans to bring the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) into UK law, claiming that the... more

LIBTELCO to extend broadband to Grand Bassa, Margibi and Bomi Counties

State owned incumbent PTO Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) plans to extend its broadband internet footprint beyond the capital Monrovia and its environs, The New Dawn reports, citing Deputy Managing Director... more

XL Axiata expands XL HOME broadband services to East Java via FiberStar tie-up

Indonesian fixed and mobile operator XL Axiata says its XL HOME broadband services (introduced in December 2018) are now available in a number of major cities in East Java, thanks... more

Subtel sets new service quality standards for internet access

Chile’s Comptroller General has taken note of legislation regulating guaranteed minimum internet access speeds, with implementation set to begin later this week, following the publication of the regulations in the... more

Corporate/Financial

Highline submits leading bid for Oi’s mobile unit; company also bids for towers

Financially stricken Brazilian telecoms operator Oi has confirmed that it has granted domestic tower operator Highline do Brasil II Infraestrutura de Telecomunicacoes (Highline) exclusivity in negotiations over the sale of... more

A1 finalises Telecom Liechtenstein sale

A1 Telekom Austria Group has completed the sale of its 24.9% stake in Telecom Liechtenstein (which offers services under the FL1 brand) to the state of Liechtenstein and as such... more

Rogers posts 17% Q2 revenue drop on COVID-19 factors

Canada’s Rogers Communications posted a 17% year-on-year drop in total revenue in the second quarter of 2020 to CAD3.155 billion (USD2.341 billion), largely driven by a 14% fall in Wireless... more