8 Oct 2020

Wireless

Airtel selects Ericsson to modernise its Kenyan 4G network

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson has announced it has been selected by Airtel Kenya to expand and modernise its LTE network. With Ericsson’s Radio Access Network (RAN) and packet core products... more

Oi launches 2100MHz 5G pilot in Brasilia

Brazilian telco Oi has launched a 5G pilot in Brasilia, using its existing 2100MHz frequencies. The test network – which has been enabled by the deployment of around 300 small... more

Globe plans to build at least 800 new cell sites by end-2020

Globe Telecom plans to install a minimum 800 new cell sites before the end of 2020 in a bid to further improve mobile coverage and capacity. In a statement today... more

Singtel embarks on 5G SA trial for enterprise users

In a press release, Singapore’s leading mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, Singtel, says it has deployed the city-state’s first 5G standalone (SA) trial network at its 5G Garage testing... more

Airtel enlists Ericsson for 5G-ready RAN rollout

Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel has signed a multi-year contract with Swedish vendor Ericsson for the deployment of its 5G-ready RAN and transport solutions. Under the agreement, Ericsson will install... more

O2 Slovakia opens pilot 5G network

O2 Slovakia has launched pilot 5G networks covering four districts of Bratislava, using spectrum in the 1800MHz and 3.7GHz bands. A report from Zive.sk says that download speeds of over... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Vodafone Czech Republic is launching an autonomous vehicle testing programme in Usti nad Labem under the ‘U Smart Zone’ banner to explore possibilities of 5G connectivity in a real city... more

Broadband

Telekom agrees FTTH cooperation deal with Telefonica

Deutsche Telekom, which provides fixed and mobile services in Germany via its Telekom Deutschland unit, has agreed to open up its fibre-optic network to competitors on a long-term basis. The... more

Sweden allocates broadband funding for 44 rural areas

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has selected the first 44 projects which will receive support from the government’s fund to promote the development of broadband... more

Corporate/Financial

AT&T underwhelmed by ‘lowball’ DirecTV bids, report says

AT&T has reportedly invited a handful of would-be bidders to participate in the second round of an auction for its struggling satellite TV business, DirecTV. However, the New York Post... more

ATH full-year financials hold up well, despite COVID

Fiji-based telecoms group Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH) recorded annual operating revenues of FJD662.9 million (USD313.6 million) for the year ended 31 March 2020, up from a (restated) figure of FJD523.7... more

Consolidated receives first instalment of Searchlight investment

US fixed line operator Consolidated Communications has confirmed that it has received the first part of its investment from affiliates of Searchlight Capital. In connection with the agreement, Searchlight has... more

Miscellaneous

TRC completes market reviews

Jordan’s Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) has published decisions on market reviews of the fixed telecommunications, mobile telecommunications and dedicated capacity markets. Regarding the mobile sector, the TRC splits the market... more