11 Sep 2020

Wireless

Ethiopia confirms February 2021 deadline for auction of new licences

Ethiopia has reportedly set a new deadline of February 2021 to complete the sale of two new mobile network operator (MNO) licences that will open up the country’s telecoms sector.... more

Incumbents all launch official challenges to Czech 5G auction

Czech mobile network operators (MNOs) Vodafone and T-Mobile have reportedly filed legal complaints against the regulator, the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU’s) planned auction of 5G-suitable spectrum in the Prague courts,... more

Vodafone Fiji network upgrade ‘nears completion’

Vodafone Fiji says its widescale FJD207 million (USD98.4 million) mobile network expansion and upgrade programme is expected to complete within the next two weeks, FBC News reports citing CEO Ronald... more

T-Mobile, Ericsson achieve ‘peak cell throughput’ of 5.6Gbps

T-Mobile US and Ericsson have teamed up to stage a 16-layer Multi MIMO demonstration, showcasing peak cell throughput of more than 5.6Gbps. The trial utilised one channel of the 2.5GHz... more

Broadband

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

Edge Cable USA (a unit of internet giant Facebook), China Mobile International Limited (CMI) and Amazon Data Services (formerly known as Vadata) have submitted an application for a licence to... more

Ofcom reports that 14% of premises have full fibre access as it publishes Connected Nations update

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has published the latest interim update to its annual Connected Nations report, in which it said that access to full fibre broadband connectivity has ‘increased significantly’,... more

VTR launches FTTH in Quintero, report says

Chilean cableco VTR has reportedly switched on a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Quintero (Valparaiso Region), a location which is understood to be outside of its existing cable footprint. Like its... more

TPG’s RCN, Grande, Wave units reach 1m customer milestone

Wave Broadband, RCN Telecom and Grande Communications – the three US ISPs owned by TPG Capital – have announced that they have reached the one million customer milestone. Jim Holanda,... more

EarthLink accuses Charter of misleading subscribers

US ISP EarthLink has filed a complaint in the Supreme Court of the State of New York against Charter Communications (Spectrum) for ‘engaging in a scheme to mislead EarthLink service... more

Vodafone chief against Italian network merger

The CEO of Vodafone Group says proposals to create a single national broadband network in Italy would be a step backwards. Nick Read has spoken out against government-backed plans to... more

CTM launches 10Gbps internet in Macau

Macau’s former monopoly fixed network operator Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau (CTM) has launched a 10Gbps broadband service for home users. The 10Gbps fibre-based service, which advertises uplink rates of... more

Corporate/Financial

Next Private to acquire 100% of Altice Europe

Altice Europe and Next Private – a direct subsidiary of Next Alt (the majority shareholder of Altice Europe) – have reached a conditional agreement on a recommended public offer to... more

Baltcom continues buying spree with Dautkom, Elektrons S

Latvian triple-play cable/fibre broadband network operator Baltcom – part of the Bite Group – has continued its recent acquisition spree with a deal to purchase smaller rival Dautkom TV, which... more

Proximus considering sale of Be-Mobile subsidiary

Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has hired financial advisors to carry out a strategic review of options for its smart mobility subsidiary Be-Mobile, sources familiar with the matter have informed... more