24 Aug 2020

Wireless

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Russia’s Gazprombank looks set to join fellow financial institutions VTB, Sberbank and Tinkoff in the country’s increasingly crowded MVNO sector, after receiving a mobile licence via a subsidiary. According to... more

NBTC to start recalling 700MHz airwaves for 5G use in September

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has disclosed that the digital terrestrial TV (DTT) signal will be disrupted for some Thai areas from September, as DTT providers start returning... more

Supreme Court pursuing Airtel, Jio for defunct cellcos’ AGR dues

India’s Supreme Court has indicated that it may require cellcos that have used the spectrum of bankrupt providers to pay the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR)-related dues of those ailing companies,... more

Ucom announces mobile network upgrade

Armenian fixed line, broadband and mobile operator Ucom says that customers will now receive ‘a much higher quality’ of service thanks to a recent mobile network upgrade. In a press... more

ECA publishes updated documents for consultation on proposed telecom directives

As part of a stakeholder consultation on two new regulatory directives, the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) said it was taking the ‘unusual step’ of reissuing the English versions of the... more

MTS launches 5G mmWave pilot zones in Tomsk

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has launched pilot 5G mmWave network zones at the Tomsk State University of Control Systems & Radioelectronics (TUSUR) and at the nearby production plant of Russian... more

STC Kuwait trials 2100MHz 5G

STC Kuwait has reported successful trial usage of 2100MHz spectrum to expand its 5G network in partnership with Huawei, claiming a ‘first’ in the country. The operator said that deploying... more

Broadband

Telekom boosts speeds for a further 280,000 homes

Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has revealed that it upgraded fixed broadband speeds for an additional 280,000 households in July. The firm says that... more

Claro Costa Rica launches FTTH service

Claro Costa Rica has confirmed that it has launched fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in selected locations. According to La Nacion, fibre networks have gone live in Curridabat, San Francisco de Dos... more

Corporate/Financial

BT Group prepares to fend off a possible takeover bid as share price falls

BT Group’s board is reportedly preparing to defend itself from any takeover approaches from either industry rivals or buyout firms, after the company’s decision to suspend its dividend led to... more

Regulator approves Turkcell share transfers

Turkish mobile and fixed network operator Turkcell disclosed on its investor website that the Information & Communication Technologies Authority (Bilgi Teknolojileri ve Iletisim Kurumu, BTK) has approved two share transfer... more

Chorus delivers 'in-line' full-year results despite COVID-19 impact

New Zealand-based wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has announced its financial results for the twelve months ended 30 June 2020, reporting a decline in annual revenue to NZD959 million (USD627... more