9 Oct 2020

Wireless

Orange France planning to launch 5G services in December

Orange France is planning to start offering 5G services in December, following the launch of four new 5G-compatible voice and data plans. The new offerings range in price from EUR39.90... more

Post Luxembourg to launch 5G on 16 October

State-backed full-service operator Post Luxembourg has announced the commercial launch of its 5G service is scheduled for 16 October, when the first cell sites will be activated in the city... more

MegaCom ‘operating normally’ after attempted seizure; compensates users for outage

The chairman of Kyrgyzstan’s Fund for State Property Management, Islambek Mursabekov, gave a speech yesterday (8 October 2020) confirming that state-owned mobile operator MegaCom’s existing management remained in place, following... more

Dominican Republic govt plots 5G tender

President Luis Abinader has instructed the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Indotel) to initiate a 5G tender, as the country seeks to steal a march on its... more

Vodacom invests TZS75bn in 3G and 4G expansion

Vodacom Tanzania is investing TZS75 billion (USD32 million) in the expansion of its 3G and 4G networks this year, the cellco’s Managing Director Hisham Hendi told The Citizen. Vodacom is... more

LTA condemns MNOs’ ‘illegal’ service charge hike

Telecoms industry regulator the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has criticised what it considers the ‘illegal and arbitrary increases’ in voice and data services being charged by domestic mobile network operators... more

Proximus and Orange select Nokia for future RAN

Proximus and Orange Belgium have selected Nokia to gradually upgrade their existing 2G/3G/4G mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment by 2023, while the Finnish supplier will also be a key... more

Movistar Mexico to switch off 2G on 1 January 2021

Reports have emerged in Mexico suggesting Movistar has tweaked its planned 2G shutdown date, which is now set to take place on 1 January 2021. TeleGeography notes that Movistar commenced... more

Broadband

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

The Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector has notified the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it is planning to conduct a 120-day... more

Swisscom achieves 50Gbps downlink on fixed connection

Swiss full-service provider Swisscom has showcased downlink speeds of 50Gbps on a fixed connection, in real network environment in the access network, claiming that the demonstration is ‘a world first’.... more

Comcast achieves symmetrical 1.25Gbps speeds in Florida trial

Comcast has achieved symmetrical download/upload speeds of 1.25Gbps over a live production network using Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) combined with DOCSIS technology. The trial took place at a home in... more

Corporate/Financial

TalkTalk discussing preliminary takeover offer with private equity firm

British multi-play provider TalkTalk has confirmed that it has received a preliminary and non-binding proposal from Toscafund Asset Management (TAM), working on behalf of funds advised by the latter, concerning... more

CMA asks EC to refer proposed O2 UK-Virgin Media merger to it for investigation

A formal request has been made by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to the EC requesting that the latter transfers the review of the proposed merger of O2... more

UPC reports preliminary success rate of nearly 82% for Sunrise share offer

UK-based cable group Liberty Global has reported the preliminary interim result of the public tender offer of its Swiss cable division UPC Switzerland to acquire all of the publicly held... more