26 Aug 2020

Wireless

FCC generates USD4.6bn from 3.5GHz auction; 91.1% of licences sold

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that Auction 105 – its sale of 5G-suitable (3550MHz-3650MHz) 3.5GHz spectrum – has concluded after 76 rounds of bidding. Gross proceeds reached USD4.586... more

TDC to launch 5G services on 7 September

TDC NET, the infrastructure arm of Danish telco TDC, will launch its commercial 5G network in large parts of Denmark on 7 September 2020. The company claims that it will... more

Optus demos 5G carrier aggregation call

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus claims to have made the world’s first ‘2300MHz + 3500MHz 5G Non-Standalone Carrier Aggregation call’. In a press release regarding the development, the cellco... more

RAB issues new ICOL licences to Paradise and Wave; puts temporary stop on 5G

The Regulatory Authority of Bermuda (RAB) has approved the issuance of Integrated Communication Operating Licences (ICOLs) to two new recipients – Paradise Mobile and Horizon Communications (Wave Bermuda) – to... more

Kolbi extends 4G coverage to 98.1% of population

Grupo ICE, the state-owned parent company of Costa Rican telco Kolbi, has announced that recent network expansion work means that the operator’s 4G network is now available to 98.1% of... more

Interconnection impasse: Claro, Tigo reluctant to cooperate with Partners

Chris Bannister, the CEO of Colombian newcomer Partners, has informed La Republica that both Claro and Tigo have refused to sign interconnection agreements with it to date, meaning that Movistar... more

Broadband

Vodafone UK partners with Openreach to extend gigabit speeds to three new cities

Vodafone UK has announced that its ‘Gigafast Broadband’ service has been made available to 360,000 premises across three additional cities, namely Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool. In revealing the expanded coverage,... more

Dauphin Telecom, Orange ink fibre co-deployment deal

Dauphin Telecom has signed an agreement with Orange Caraibe for the deployment of fibre-optic cable in Saint-Martin. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), Orange will be responsible for the areas... more

ER ramps up fixed-wireless broadband campaign in Moscow Region

Russia’s second largest broadband operator by subscribers, ER-Telecom (Dom.ru), has launched a project to connect over 10,000 private detached households in the Moscow Region with fixed-wireless internet and TV services... more

Sky Italia expands broadband reach

Having launched its first fibre-based broadband services on 16 June, Italian pay-TV provider Sky Italia has expanded its offer. The service, which uses capacity on networks owned by wholesale operator... more

Corporate/Financial

Rostec unit NCI reportedly interested in AKADO

Russian state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec’s subsidiary the National Centre of Informatization (NCI) has entered negotiations on the potential purchase of Moscow cableco AKADO, according to unnamed telecoms sources quoted by... more

Spark announces 2.5% growth in full-year revenue

New Zealand telco Spark has announced revenue growth of 2.5% to NZD3.623 billion (USD2.368 billion) for the year ending 30 June 2020, highlighting sustained momentum in mobile service revenue growth,... more