18 Sep 2020

Wireless

Digicel Samoa completes LTE rollout

Digicel Samoa has announced the completion of a major WST2.5 million (USD1 million) network upgrade cycle which means that all cell sites across the country are now 100% LTE, making... more

DITO provides rollout update; commits to revised Jan-21 technical audit

Telecoms start-up DITO Telecommunity says it will meet the new technical audit deadline by January 2021, putting it on track to launch as the Philippines’ new third operator in competition... more

Optus deploys 100th site for Mobile Black Spot Program

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has announced the switch-on of the 100th base station which it has deployed as part of the government’s ‘Mobile Black Spot Program’. Confirming the... more

US Cellular, Verizon stage successful 5G mmWave tests

US Cellular has teamed up with Ericsson and Qualcomm to stage what it claims is the ‘first extended-range 5G NR millimetre wave (mmWave) data call in the US on a... more

Romanian 5G auction could be delayed to 2021

Eduard Lovin, deputy head of Romania’s National Authority for Management & Regulation in Communications (ANCOM), told an industry conference this week that the 5G multi-band mobile spectrum licence auction planned... more

Broadband

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

Canadian full-service telco Telus and the government of Canada have announced a CAD5 million (USD3.8 million) investment for the deployment of a submarine fibre-optic cable between Sept-Iles, a city in... more

HT kicks off fibre expansion in eastern Croatia

Hrvatski Telekom (HT) has embarked on a HRK19 million (USD3 million) investment project to improve its fibre-optic infrastructure in the eastern city of Slavonski Brod. The scheme will provide an... more

Corporate/Financial

86.41% of shareholders approve MASMOVIL takeover

Grupo MASMOVIL has announced that 86.41% of its shareholders have approved the EUR2.96 billion (USD3.24 billion) takeover bid by Lorca Telecom Bidco, a company indirectly owned by funds advised by... more

Copel Telecom sale planned for November; bidding to start at BRL1.4bn

Parana-based state power company Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel) has confirmed that the delayed sale of Copel Telecomunicacoes will take place on 9 November this year, with bids starting at... more

Ufone preparing for potential merger

Pakistan Telecom Mobile Company Limited (PTML), which operates under the Ufone brand, could be merged with another provider, although there was conflicting information from sources on whether Ufone is to... more

SoftBank to exit Brightstar, following Arm divestment deal

Reuters reports that Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp announced today (18 September) that it intends to sell its US cellphone distributor Brightstar – although no price has been disclosed –... more

EU concerns at TIM-Open Fiber merger, as Macquarie tables Open Fiber bid

The European Union could oppose a move by Italy to create a single national broadband operator by merging the infrastructure of Telecom Italia (TIM) and Open Fiber. A report from... more