2 Oct 2020

Wireless

Arcep sells 310MHz of 5G spectrum for EUR2.8bn

French telecoms watchdog Arcep has revealed that the 5G auction for frequencies in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band has now concluded, with the successful bidders agreeing to pay a total of EUR2.786... more

Seven groups submit applications for Czech 5G auction

Telecoms regulator the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) has announced that it has received applications from seven groups seeking to participate in the upcoming auction of 5G spectrum in the 700MHz... more

Citymesh assigned remaining 4G frequencies in 2.6GHz band

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has awarded the remaining 4G frequencies in the 2.6GHz band to Citymesh, which was the only applicant to submit... more

Nos completes EUR375m sale of tower unit to Cellnex

Portuguese full-service operator Nos has confirmed that the sale of 100% of Now Towering to Cellnex Telecom – as agreed in April this year – has successfully concluded. The transaction... more

Ukrainian govt’s 2022 mobile action plan includes 5G measures

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved an action plan for 2020-2022 to improve the quality of mobile communications, including preparations for the launch of 5G technology, reports Liga.net citing Prime... more

Algerian cellcos fined for poor 4G coverage in five provinces

Algeria’s Authority for Regulation of Post & Electronic Communications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Communications Electroniques, ARPCE) has fined the country’s three mobile operators a total of... more

Trio awarded USF contracts worth USD5m

Pakistan’s Universal Service Fund (USF) has approved the award of contracts to mobile providers Jazz, Zong and Ufone for ‘Next Generation Broadband for Sustainable Development Projects’ worth a total of... more

ACCC confirms MTR reduction

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its final determination on the price of wholesale mobile voice services, confirming that the mobile termination rate (MTR) will be reduced... more

Senate committee reopens talks on new regulator

The Chilean Senate’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee have restarted discussions regarding the potential establishment of a Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Supertel), TeleSemana writes. The outlet notes that such... more

Broadband

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

The Montserrat Submarine Fibre Optic Cable linking the British overseas territory of Montserrat – which is part of the Lesser Antilles chain – to Antigua and Guadeloupe has now been... more

E-Fiber open fibre footprint passes 100,000 homes; aims for 500,000

Dutch open fibre broadband network provider E-Fiber has connected a total of 100,000 addresses (homes passed) to its network throughout the Netherlands, with work in progress to reach a further... more

Shentel plots 3.5GHz fixed-wireless rollout

Regional US operator Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel) – which is in the midst of negotiations to sell its mobile business to T-Mobile US – has revealed plans to shift its focus... more

Orange begins fibre expansion across Cote d’Ivoire

Orange Cote d’Ivoire has launched its first fibre access networks outside of the country’s former capital and largest city, Abidjan. Having covered much of Abidjan with fibre networks, Orange has... more

Orange Poland uses ADTRAN solution to speed up fibre rollout

Orange Poland is utilising the 2nd Generation G.fast fibre extension solution from ADTRAN to expand its fibre network coverage. The ADTRAN solution is used to speed up and simplify the... more

Corporate/Financial

EC sets provisional deadline for review of O2-Virgin merger

A provisional deadline of 5 November 2020 has been set by the EC for the completion of a review into the proposed merger of British mobile network operator (MNO) O2... more

Xplornet buys CCI Wireless

Xplornet Communications, Canada's largest rural-focused broadband operator, has completed the acquisition of CCI Wireless, a fixed-wireless internet and VoIP home phone provider in rural and remote areas of Alberta. The... more

BT Group completes sale of LatAm business to CIH; assets renamed Sencinet

BT Group has concluded the sale of its operations and infrastructure in Latin America to CIH Telecommunications Americas, an affiliate of CIH Technology Holdings. CIH Group, a global private equity... more