12 Nov 2020

Wireless

Telia brings 5G to Estonia

Telia Eesti has switched on Estonia’s first commercial 5G network in the centres of the country’s three largest cities, Tallinn, Tartu and Parnu. The network uses Ericsson Spectrum Sharing technology,... more

Altice to suspend Portuguese investment in protest against 5G auction rules

Altice Portugal, which operates full-service telecoms provider MEO, has declared its intention to suspend a number of ongoing investment projects as a result of ‘the regulator's disastrous decisions’ regarding the... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Tele2 IoT has launched an LTE-M network to support massive IoT applications. The technology has initially been deployed by Tele2 in Sweden, with an ongoing rollout looking to expand connectivity... more

NCC publishes consultation document for 5G deployment policy

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has published a consultation document on plans for the deployment of 5G technology in the West African country and has invited feedback from industry stakeholders.... more

Ukrainian government sets end-2021 5G target

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved an action plan for the deployment of 5G mobile networks, setting a target of December 2021 for 5G consumer services to become available, reports... more

Spark activates 5G mobile services in Dunedin

New Zealand telco Spark has activated 5G mobile services in central areas of Dunedin, the second-largest city on the South Island. Dunedin is the third major location where Spark has... more

Broadband

Alphabet’s X partners Econet on Project Taara wireless light-beam broadband

US-based multinational conglomerate Alphabet’s X subsidiary has announced that its ‘Project Taara’ high-speed optical wireless broadband venture is working with the Econet group and its subsidiaries to begin rolling out... more

Poste Senegal signs deal with Spacecom to boost rural connectivity

Satellite communications service provider Spacecom has announced a multi-year agreement with La Poste, the Senegalese postal authority, to interconnect 200 post offices in remote areas of the country and provide... more

Corporate/Financial

DT raises full-year guidance on positive 3Q20 results

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DT) has reported net revenue of EUR26.393 billion (USD31.12 billion) for the three months ended 30 September 2020, an increase of 31.9% from EUR20.017 billion in the... more

Telecom Egypt revenues rise by 18% in 9M20

Telecom Egypt has reported an 18% year-on-year increase in consolidated revenue for the nine months ended 30 September, with the operator saying growth had been ‘mainly driven by a 31%... more

Ice Group narrows net loss in 3Q20 as subscriber numbers continue to rise

Norway’s Ice Group has published its financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2020, with the company’s CEO Eivind Helgaker saying that his company had ‘continued the positive operational... more

DITO CME Holdings takes greater control of NMP via share swap deal

ABS-CBN News reports that DITO CME Holdings is acquiring Udenna Communications and Media Entertainment Holdings (Udenna CME) through a share swap deal valued at up to PHP77 billion (USD1.6 billion),... more

Singtel Group books SGD466m net profit in H1, but revenues down 10%

Singtel Group said that half-year net profit for the six months ended 30 September 2020 (H1 FY21) reached SGD466 million (USD345.6 million), reversing a loss of SGD127 million in the... more

Fixed broadband helps maintain OTE Group revenues in Q3

Greece-based OTE Group has reported revenues of EUR1.00 billion (USD1.18 billion) for the third quarter of 2020, a decline of 0.8% from a year earlier. Adjusted EBITDA after lease costs... more

DoT seeks clarity on AGR payment schedule

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has sought a legal opinion from Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to clarify the Supreme Court’s order on the timeline for payment of Adjusted Gross Revenue... more