23 Oct 2020

Wireless

Asia Pacific Telecom announces 5G launch

Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has begun offering a commercial 5G service, having done so both by leveraging a spectrum sharing agreement with Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) and using its own... more

T-Mobile targets 1 November 5G launch in Prague and Brno

T-Mobile’s Czech unit aims to kick off commercial operations over its new Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G network in the cities of Prague and Brno, including part of the Prague metro. In... more

Nos, Vodafone ink Portuguese network sharing pact

Portuguese telecoms operators Nos and Vodafone have reached a network sharing agreement that encompasses both passive infrastructure (i.e. towers and poles) and active mobile network elements (i.e. radio equipment, antennas... more

ANCOM opens preliminary consultation on use of 2300MHz band

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has launched a preliminary public consultation on whether to allocate spectrum in the 2300MHz-2335MHz range for mobile broadband services. The... more

Broadband

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

Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) has revealed that it has been awarded a contract to deploy the Eastern Arctic Undersea Fiber Optic Network (EAUFON). The project is funded by the Kativik... more

Choice NTUA Wireless selects Nokia for fixed-wireless LTE rollout

Choice NTUA Wireless – the regional US mobile provider that is co-owned by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) and telecoms group ATN International – has selected Nokia to deploy... more

TotalPlay FTTH network now passes 10m homes

Grupo Salinas-backed ISP TotalPlay Telecomunicaciones has announced that its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network now passes more than ten million homes. As of 30 September 2020 the infrastructure – which was first... more

Tcell launches GPON broadband

Tajik mobile operator Tcell has launched GPON fibre-based fixed broadband services under the TezNet banner. It announced that initial GPON network coverage is live in western parts of the capital... more

Wireline

ACCC confirms reduction in regulated transmission prices

Wholesale transmission services prices in many regional and rural parts of Australia are to be reduced ‘substantially’, following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) decision to reduce the regulated... more

Corporate/Financial

Telia completes Turkcell stake divestment; TWF approved to take control of Turkcell

Telia Company yesterday (22 October 2020) completed the divestment of its entire 47.1% stake in Turkcell Holding, which owned 51% of mobile and fixed network operator Turkcell, to state-owned Turkey... more

AT&T reports 3Q20 revenues of USD42.3bn

US telecoms giant AT&T Inc has reported consolidated operating revenues of USD42.34 billion for the three months ended 30 September 2020, down from USD44.59 billion on an annualised basis. EBITDA... more

Ugandan parliament says USD12m UTL debt should be cleared

A Ugandan parliamentary budget committee has recommended that the government should clear a UGX45.6 billion (USD12.2 million) debt owed by state-owned Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL). The Monitor reports that UTL... more

Rogers Q3 sales drop 2%

Canada’s Rogers Communications reported that its total revenue decreased by 2% year-on-year to CAD3.665 billion (USD2.787 billion) in the third quarter of 2020, largely driven by a 9% decrease in... more

Miscellaneous

MPTC revokes or suspends 17 telecoms licences

Cambodia’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) has revoked or suspended the licences of 17 telecoms companies, following an audit to assess the status of their business operations, technical capacity... more