5 Nov 2020

Wireless

Arcep reveals results of 5G ‘positioning’ auction

French telecoms watchdog Arcep has revealed the results of its positioning auction held on 20 October, which aimed to determine the position of the secured blocks in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band.... more

Ofcom finalises regulations for upcoming 700MHz, 3.6GHz-3.8GHz auction

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced the finalising of regulations relating to the planned award of spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz-3.8GHz bands. Having previously published a statement setting out... more

Vodafone Egypt bags additional 2.6GHz spectrum

Vodafone Group has announced that its Egyptian unit has been awarded a 40MHz block of 2.6GHz TTD spectrum by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA). In a press release regarding... more

DOCOMO picks NEC to supply 5G mobile core; hits 500,000 subs milestone

NEC Corporation has been selected by NTT DOCOMO to supply a 5G mobile core network (5GC) compatible with 5G Standalone (SA) technology that the mobile operator plans to launch in... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

The Russian project to deploy a constellation of 264 ‘Marathon’ IoT communications satellites will take three years, Deputy CEO of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company Alexander Kuzovnikov was quoted... more

Haiti launches SIM registration push

Haiti’s National Council of Telecommunications (Conseil National des Telecommunications, or Conatel) has confirmed that it has launched a nationwide SIM card registration scheme. The process is expected to last two... more

TIM begins small cell rollout to support 5G

Telecom Italia (TIM) and tower company INWIT have unveiled plans to begin deploying small cells in major cities to support the development of 5G networks. The rollout will begin with... more

Corporate/Financial

MVP Group abandons Sky Cable bid over antitrust risks

MVP Group, the conglomerate of several regulated businesses chaired by entrepreneur Manuel V Pangilinan that includes PLDT Inc., has withdrawn its bid for Lopez-owned Sky Cable (SKY Fiber), amid concerns... more

Liberty attributes dip in rebased revenue to pandemic effects

UK-based cable group Liberty Global has published its financial results for Q3 2020, recording a 4.0% increase in reported revenue to USD2.95 billion, although the company noted that rebased revenue... more

Liberty Latin America 3Q20 revenue drops 8.2% to USD888m

Regional telecoms group Liberty Latin America (LLA) has reported revenues of USD888 million for the three months ended 30 September 2020, down 8.2% from USD967 million in 3Q19. Adjusted OIBDA... more

VodafoneZiggo posts 2.3% sales hike in Q3

Dutch quadruple-play operator VodafoneZiggo’s total revenues grew 2.3% year-on-year to EUR1.005 billion (USD1.175 billion) in the third quarter of 2020, marking its sixth consecutive quarter of growth. Adjusted EBITDA rose... more

Sunrise Q3 turnover dips by 0.5%

Swiss full-service provider Sunrise has reported total revenue of CHF471 million (USD516 million) for the three months to end-September 2020, a decrease of 0.5% year-on-year, as improving turnover from certain... more

Magyar Telekom’s Q3 EBITDA improves by 1.5%

Hungarian quadruple-play operator Magyar Telekom’s consolidated revenues grew by 1.8% year-on-year to HUF167.7 billion (USD539 million) in Q3 2020, driven by higher fixed and mobile services contribution, both supported by... more

Turk Telekom’s sales jump 18.6% in 3Q20

Turkish quadruple-play operator Turk Telekom’s consolidated revenues increased to TRY7.4 billion (USD875 million) in Q3 2020, up by 18.6% year-on-year. EBITDA grew 15.7% to TRY3.5 billion with an EBITDA margin... more