15 Oct 2020

Wireless

KPN selects Ericsson for 5G Core

Ericsson has been selected by Dutch fixed and wireless operator KPN as its mobile core network vendor. Under the five-year agreement, Ericsson will deploy dual-mode 5G Core software with full... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Japanese carrier KDDI has partnered with Orange Business Services, Toyota and Mazda to support the rollout of a connected car service in Europe, reports Capacity. KDDI said it will equip... more

Vodafone Hungary expands Budapest 5G network

Vodafone Hungary has announced that it is switching on around 200 5G base stations in and around Budapest within the next few weeks, making 5G services available ‘in almost the... more

Optus claims new 5G speed record as it launches ‘ultra-high-speed’ site

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus claims to have broken the country’s record for real commercial 5G speeds, having delivered a downlink rate in excess of 2.5Gbps on a Samsung... more

ETL fined for late submission of licence renewal application

Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL) has been fined by the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) for the late submission of its licence renewal application, reports the Lesotho Times. ETL’s 20-year operating licence... more

MTN Ghana withdraws SMP legal challenge

MTN Ghana has withdrawn its legal challenge against the National Communications Authority’s (NCA’s) decision to classify it as a significant market power (SMP) operator. The company said it hopes its... more

Polish operators foresee no demand for 26GHz spectrum for next two years

Polish telcos say they do not see a need for 26GHz 5G frequencies arising before 2022 or 2023. Responding to a consultation run by the country’s telecoms regulator UKE, cellcos... more

Broadband

FCC receives 386 applicants for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that 386 applicants are qualified to bid in its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction (Auction 904). The number of qualified bidders... more

CityFibre confirms work has begun on FTTP rollout in Slough

British full fibre provider CityFibre has announced the start of work on the rollout of its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure in Slough, Berkshire. In a press release regarding the development, the... more

Adamo selects Ekinops for fibre upgrade

Spanish fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) provider Adamo Telecom has selected French vendor Ekinops to deploy its 100Gbps-capable FlexRate optical transport solution as part of a EUR250 million (USD293.7 million) infrastructure investment which... more

Roke Telkom partners with Facebook for Ugandan Wi-Fi

Ugandan firm Roke Telkom is teaming up with Facebook to enhance its public Wi-Fi services. Roke will be offering Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi platform to improve connectivity across Uganda. Roke currently... more

Corporate/Financial

Orange launches arbitration against Iraqi government

France’s Orange Group has launched legal proceedings against the Iraqi government over what it describes as ‘the expropriation of its investment in Korek Telecom’. The Financial Times writes that the... more