4 Sep 2020

Wireless

LTC switches on 5G network

Lao Telecommunications Company (LTC) has officially launched its 5G network, the Laotian Times reports, making it the first of the country’s cellcos to do so. According to the report, network... more

Japanese cellcos spooked by likely rate cuts if Suga becomes PM

With Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga currently leading the pack in the race to become Japan’s next prime minister, after Shinzo Abe announced his resignation on health grounds, the country’s... more

ICASA to hold auction for high demand spectrum by 31 March 2021

South Africa’s telecoms regulator ICASA has informed operators that the auction for high demand spectrum will now be held no later than 31 March 2021, three months later than the... more

FCC reveals 3.5GHz winners in US territories

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed that a number of operators representing the unincorporated US territories have won 5G-suitable 3.5GHz licences in the recently concluded Auction 105 spectrum... more

Broadband

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

Avaroa Cable Limited (ACL) and Vodafone Cook Islands have announced the signing of a multi-year partnership for the use of the Manatua cable. The companies announced that the Aitutaki Atoll... more

Nkom confirms ESA approval for updated broadband obligations related to Telenor Norge

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has confirmed new obligations for Telenor Norge in the broadband market. Having sent two draft decisions related to the regulation of telcos to... more

Telkom extends fibre broadband reach to Madiun

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has announced it is modernising its telecommunications infrastructure in the city of Madiun, in the western part of East Java, providing a 100% fibre-based network to... more

DirecTV launches fixed-wireless 5G in Bogota

DirecTV Colombia – a subsidiary of US telecoms giant AT&T – has reportedly switched on a fixed-wireless 5G service in selected parts of Bogota. According to Tecno Movida, the network... more

Corporate/Financial

AM scraps takeover of Telefonica’s El Salvador unit

America Movil (AM) has announced the termination of its agreement with Telefonica to purchase 99.3% of Telefonica Moviles El Salvador (Movistar). In a statement, Mexican group AM said the decision... more

Beeline confirms 100% acquisition of WestCall Moscow

Major Russian mobile and fixed network operator VimpelCom (Beeline) has confirmed the 100% acquisition of B2B-focused telco WestCall Moscow after receiving all necessary regulatory and corporate permissions. In a statement... more

Xplornet buys F6 Networks

Canada’s largest rural fixed-wireless broadband provider Xplornet Communications has sealed a deal to acquire F6 Networks, a fibre provider based in New Brunswick. F6 Networks owns and operates a 1,600km... more

Rogers acquires Cable Cable

Canadian cableco and mobile operator Rogers Communications has announced the takeover of Cable Cable, a family-owned local operator based in Fenelon Falls, Ontario. Founded in 1983, Cable Cable currently provides... more

SoftBank mulls bid for TikTok’s Indian business, report says

Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp is reportedly exploring the option of putting together a bid vehicle to acquire TikTok’s Indian asset and, to that end, has been ‘actively looking... more