17 Sep 2020

Wireless

Greece to run 5G spectrum auction by end-2020

Greece’s National Telecommunications & Post Commission (Ethniki Epitropi Tilepikoinonion kai Tachydromeion, EETT) is preparing to announce an auction of 5G wireless spectrum, with a sale expected to be held before... more

Lonestar Cell-MTN extends network to more remote towns and villages

As part of its planned and targeted rural network expansion in partnership with African Mobile Networks (AMN), Liberian mobile network operator (MNO) Lonestar Cell-MTN says it has now connected over... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

London’s Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability has enlisted UK telecoms giant BT and start-up Microshare for IoT solutions to automate routine tasks, enabling staff to spend more time with patients and... more

FCC extends DISH licences, modifies 5G rollout terms

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended a number of wireless licences held by DISH Network, also modifying certain 5G rollout obligations attached to the concessions. The watchdog’s decision... more

Govt has no plans to bar Chinese vendors from 5G contracts, claims minister

The Indian government currently has no formal proposals to exclude Chinese vendors from 5G contracts, although the interior ministry will make a final decision on the matter after looking into... more

Nokia expands Azercell’s 4G footprint

Nokia has announced that it has expanded the 4G footprint of Azerbaijani mobile operator Azercell, with the installation of its AirScale 4G base stations at more than 1,400 sites across... more

Claro Colombia launches ‘Claro Share’ scheme to grant rivals network access

Claro Colombia – the country’s dominant telecoms provider – has unveiled ‘Claro Share’, a scheme which will see it offer rival players access to its extensive fixed and mobile networks.... more

Broadband

Sweden to offer SEK1.4bn for rural broadband projects in 2021

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) is to provide an extra SEK1.4 billion (USD159 million) in broadband support in 2021 as part of the SEK2.85 billion investment... more

Jurassic Fibre names Honiton and Taunton as next locations for fibre rollout

British full fibre broadband provider Jurassic Fibre, which is focusing its rollout of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology in South West England, has reportedly outlined its current plans in the region, which... more

Viasat adds 14 new states to Brazilian footprint

US satellite firm Viasat has expanded the coverage supported by its Viasat do Brasil ISP unit, adding a further 14 states to its footprint. New locations covered include: Santa Catarina,... more

New converged offer at Vodafone Romania

Vodafone Romania is launching a new raft of converged fixed-mobile services under the name Vodafone ONE, while also adding the new Vodafone TV service. The firm says that private customers... more

Wireline

Telekom takes fixed telephony to the cloud with NIMS platform

Deutsche Telekom (DT), which provides fixed and mobile services in Germany through its Telekom Deutschland unit, has announced that it is now using a new platform for IP-based voice telephony... more

Corporate/Financial

stc mulling IPO of STCS unit

Saudi Telecom Company (stc) is reportedly planning to spin off its products and services development arm Solutions by STC (STCS), Bloomberg writes citing three sources familiar with the matter. stc... more

Spark announces three-year strategy; removes data cap on urban fixed-wireless

New Zealand’s largest fixed and mobile telecoms operator Spark has issued a statement on its three-year strategy covering the period ending June 2023, focusing on ‘a core set of organisational... more

Smartfren’s long-term rating pegged at CCC+ despite recent subscriber gains

Fitch Ratings Indonesia has reaffirmed struggling telco PT Smartfren Telecom (Smartfren’s) long-term rating at CCC+, which it notes reflects uncertainty over its ability to ‘obtain external liquidity to cover CAPEX... more