30 Oct 2020

Wireless

Telenor launches Sweden’s fourth 5G network

Telenor Sweden has launched commercial 5G services in central Stockholm, with access available to any Telenor customer with a 5G-capable handset. The firm says it has coverage of at least... more

DITO on track for Mar-21 launch with 1,532 cell towers now built

The Philippines’ new third telco DITO Telecommunity says it is on course to fulfil the requirements of the government’s technical audit in January 2021 and is ready to launch in... more

Bezeq secures West Bank licence after 35 years

Israeli telco Bezeq has reportedly secured a licence to operate in Area C of the West Bank after 35 years of ‘illegal’ operation. US news agency Media Line notes that... more

ILR opens consultation on use of 26GHz band

Sector watchdog the Luxembourg Institute of Regulation (Institut Luxembourgeois de Regulation, ILR) has launched a public consultation on the future use of spectrum in the 26GHz (24.5Ghz-27.5GHz) band. Interested stakeholders... more

HT debuts 5G in Croatia

Hrvatski Telekom (HT) has switched on Croatia’s first commercial 5G network in parts of Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, Osijek, Samobor and Sveta Nedelja. The network is based on dynamic spectrum sharing... more

Pakistan looking for 5G launch by end-2021

Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information Technology, Aminul Haq, says the government is making rapid efforts to introduce 5G technology and planning has been done to ensure the provision of 5G... more

Broadband

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

Japan, the US and Australia have announced plans to finance the deployment of a submarine cable to the Pacific island nation of Palau. The cable will branch off from the... more

Telefonica and Allianz form partnership to deploy fibre in Germany

Telefonica Deutschland has announced it has reached an agreement with the private equity arm of German insurer Allianz for the creation of a joint venture (JV) to deploy fibre-optic networks... more

AmericaNet trials fixed-wireless 5G with Nokia

Brazilian B2B operator AmericaNet has reportedly trialled a fixed-wireless 5G solution with Nokia in Pindamonhangaba, Sao Paulo. According to TeleSintese, the test utilised spectrum in the 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands... more

Corporate/Financial

MASMOVIL submits delisting request as Lorca snaps up remaining shares

Grupo MASMOVIL has submitted a delisting request to the National Securities Market Commission (Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores, CNMV), as its new owner, Lorca Telecom Bidco, presses ahead with... more

Proximus posts ‘solid’ Q3 financial results, raises full-year guidance

Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has raised its full-year guidance after reporting ‘solid financial results and excellent commercial traction’ in the three months ended 30 September 2020. In the period... more

MTN Group publishes Q3 trading update: service revenue up as subs hit 273.4m

Emerging market mobile operator MTN Group has released its quarterly update for the period ended 30 September 2020, highlighting that the total number of subscribers across its 21 markets of... more

Sky, TalkTalk, Shell Energy vying for Post Office broadband assets

The planned GBP100 million (USD129.6 million) sale of the Post Office’s broadband user base has attracted interest from Sky, TalkTalk and Shell Energy, Sky News reports. However, sources close to... more

Vi narrows net loss to INR72bn in Q3 2020

Indian cellco Vodafone Idea, which now operates under the Vi brand name, has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 September 2020, booking gross revenue of INR107.9... more