20 Aug 2020

Wireless

Telia begins gradual 3G phaseout in Lithuania

Telia Lietuva will stop using the 2100MHz band to support 3G later this month and instead refarm the spectrum to increase the speed and capacity of its 4G services in... more

Privy Council rejects Symbiote request for judicial review

Jamaica’s Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has announced that the UK-based Privy Council has refused an application by Symbiote Investments, which trades as Caricel, for permission to appeal the judgement... more

Orange, MASMOVIL planning September 5G launches, report says

Grupo MASMOVIL will launch 5G services in September over the Orange Espana network, Expansion reports. With Orange yet to commercialise its own 5G service, MASMOVIL is expected to wait for... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Spain’s Sateliot and Denmark’s GateHouse Telecom are collaborating to develop a ‘world-first’ space-based NB-IoT network offering 5G connectivity in remote regions with limited or no coverage, enabling IoT terminals to... more

BIPT consults on plan to grant Citymesh extra 3.5GHz spectrum

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has begun a public consultation on plans to grant operator Citymesh additional temporary user rights in the 3.5GHz band... more

CEMAC to eliminate roaming charges from next year

The Central African Economic and Monetary Community – comprising Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Chad – has approved plans to eliminate... more

Sunrise deploys Nokia software for 5G monetisation

Swiss full-service provider Sunrise has deployed Nokia’s cloud-native converged charging software to drive 5G monetisation. According to the Finnish vendor, the solution enables Sunrise to more rapidly package, price and... more

Hong Kong launches sub-1GHz consultations

Hong Kong’s Communications Authority (CA) has opened consultations into the future auction of spectrum in the 600MHz and 700MHz bands, plus the reassignment of 850MHz licences. A total of 155MHz... more

Broadband

Virgin Media Ireland to make gigabit speeds available network-wide

Virgin Media Ireland plans to make gigabit connectivity available to almost one million premises across the country, the Irish Times reports. It is understood that the operator has opted to... more

CityFibre outlines Swindon and Slough rollout plans in wake of announcing completion of first city rollout

British pure fibre provider CityFibre has released details of its plans to deploy gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure in the towns of Slough and Swindon. According to the company, it will... more

Bermudian start-up Horizon ‘chasing the regulator’ to get launch clearance

The Royal Gazette writes that Gilbert Darrell, the founder of would-be telecoms start-up Horizon Communications, has said that although his company is ready to launch, he is kicking his heels... more

Ooredoo expands 5G home internet coverage

Ooredoo Oman has announced that its 5G ‘Home Internet’ service has been expanded to selected areas of Muscat, Al Batinah, Al Wusta, Ash Sharqiyah, Ad Dakhliyah, Ad Dhahriah and Dhofar.... more

Venezuela awards new ISP licence; Chilean investor acquires DirecTV assets

Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission (Comision Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, Conatel) has awarded an ISP licence to Conext Venezuela. The newcomer will initially serve the state of Zulia using fibre technology. Leonardo... more

Corporate/Financial

MTS reports 1.3% Q2 revenue improvement

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) posted a 1.3% year-on-year rise in consolidated revenue to RUB117.7 billion (USD1.61 billion) in the second quarter of 2020, driven by positive contributions from its MTS... more

Oi denies knowledge of bankruptcy request

Cash-strapped Brazilian telco Oi has reacted with surprise to newspaper claims that it has filed a bankruptcy request. In response to correspondence from the B3 stock exchange in Sao Paulo,... more