6 Nov 2020

Wireless

Telecom Egypt confirms new spectrum allocation

Telecom Egypt has announced that National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has accepted and approved the financial and technical offer for additional spectrum that the operator submitted in September 2020. As... more

Jamaican govt studying Rivada 5G proposal, report says

The Jamaican government is considering a proposal from US firm Rivada Networks, which would see the vendor deploy a 5G network free of charge, in exchange for a share of... more

Citymesh granted increased 3.5GHz user rights for North Sea operations

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has awarded Citymesh a new spectrum licence in the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz band for its offshore operations in the North Sea.... more

Govt approves 2020-2023 spectrum strategy

Pakistan’s government has approved a new three-year roadmap for the management of the nation’s spectrum resources over the next three years. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA’s) ‘Rolling Spectrum Strategy 2020-2023’... more

DISH adds Intel to vendor list for 5G rollout

Satellite TV giant DISH Network has confirmed plans to integrate Intel’s 5G technology into its buildout of a virtualised, open radio access network (O-RAN) 5G deployment. DISH has selected the... more

Kyivstar, Huawei test 800Mbps mobile data speed with CA

Ukraine’s largest cellco by subscribers Kyivstar and its technology partner Huawei have tested 800Mbps-plus mobile data transfer speeds using Carrier Aggregation (CA) of its commercial 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz 4G... more

Broadband

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

Telecom Egypt and the Saint Helena Government (SHG) have signed an agreement to connect the island to Telecom Egypt’s submarine system over the Equiano submarine cable system, which will initially... more

Virgin Media extends access to gigabit speeds to London and Northern Ireland

Virgin Media has announced the completion of what it has claimed is ‘the nation’s biggest ever gigabit switch-on’, with nearly three million homes in London and across Northern Ireland now... more

CityFibre awards construction contracts worth GBP1.5bn

British pure fibre provider CityFibre has announced a GBP1.5 billion (USD1.9 billion) investment, awarding construction contracts for full fibre rollouts across 27 towns and cities, addressing approximately three million premises.... more

Vodafone Ukraine planning consumer fixed broadband/TV launch

The CEO of mobile operator Vodafone Ukraine, Olga Ustinova, has told Interfax-Ukraine that the company aims to launch residential fixed broadband internet and TV services over its own network to... more

Corporate/Financial

NTT 6M sales and net income drop despite subscriber gains

Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2020 (6M FY2020/21), reporting a 3.0% year-on-year fall in operating revenue... more

American Tower to acquire InSite Wireless for USD3.5bn

American Tower Corporation – which currently boasts a portfolio comprising 181,000 communications sites – has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire fellow tower firm InSite Wireless Group, in a... more

Bell Canada Q3 revenues, EBITDA down 2.6%, 4.4%

Bell Canada has reported total revenues of CAD5.787 billion (USD4.418 billion) in the third quarter of 2020, down 2.6% year-on-year, with adjusted EBITDA 4.4% lower y-o-y at CAD2.454 billion, although... more

9M sales down 2% at Telekom Slovenije

Telekom Slovenije Group of Slovenia has reported operating revenue of EUR450.5 million (USD531 million) for the first nine months of 2020, down 2% year-on-year. Sales for its domestic telco business... more

Airtel Uganda asks for more time to pay licence fees

Ugandan cellco Airtel says it has no money to meet licence payments and has requested the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) for more time to pay. A report from Eagle Online... more