13 Nov 2020

Wireless

Cellnex and CK Hutchison confirm EUR10bn European tower deal

Spain-based mobile tower firm Cellnex Telecom has confirmed an agreement to acquire 24,600 towers from CK Hutchison in the UK, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Sweden and Denmark. The EUR10 billion (USD11.8... more

South Korea's cellcos question pricing for spectrum reallocation

South Korea’s three mobile network operators (MNOs) – SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus – have asked the government to disclose information related to the pricing of forthcoming frequency... more

Vodafone 5G coverage reaches 10m Germans ahead of schedule

Vodafone Germany has announced that its 5G network now covers ten million people thanks to the rollout of around 3,000 antennas at more than 1,000 locations across the country. Around... more

Indosat Ooredoo taps Cisco for 5G-ready SDN-based transport network

Indonesia’s Indosat Ooredoo has selected Cisco to build out a 5G-ready transport network based on software-defined networking (SDN) and segment routing IPv6 (SRv6) architecture. In a press release, the mobile... more

Unicom to retire 2G by end-2021

China Unicom is accelerating its ‘network slimming’ programme by phasing out 2G and 3G systems as it looks to increase its focus on 4G and 5G technologies. Local news portal... more

DIGI loses 5G court case, but may appeal

Hungary’s National Media & Infocommunications Authority (Nemzeti Media- es Hirkozlesi Hatosag, NMHH) confirmed on its website that the Metropolitan Court has dismissed a legal action from fixed and mobile operator... more

Movistar 5G coverage reaches 640 locations, CTO reveals

Enrique Blanco, the CTO for Telefonica Espana (Movistar), has revealed that the telco’s 5G footprint now reaches 640 towns and cities – or just under 70% of the 921 locations... more

Telesur pushes ‘Big Data’ 4G/5G plans, triple-play packages

Surinamese full-service telco Telesur has launched a new range of ‘Big Data’ high-volume mobile data packages aimed at high-end 4G LTE and 5G device owners, as well as business customers... more

Vodafone and Wind cleared to merge Greek tower assets

The Greek National Telecommunications & Post Commission (Ethniki Epitropi Tilepikoinonion kai Tachydromeion, EETT) has approved a proposed merger of the passive infrastructure assets of local cellcos Vodafone and Wind. Under... more

DISH adds Qualcomm to 5G vendor list; ‘preliminary’ 5G markets to go live in 1Q21

Satellite TV giant DISH Network has announced plans to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies in the testing of open and virtualised RAN 5G solutions. Qualcomm is the latest in a series... more

Broadband

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

RTI Solutions, RTI HK-G, RTI Connectivity and GU Holdings (an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Google) have notified the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the withdrawal of their application to construct,... more

Finland to offer financial aid for broadband rollouts in 2021

Finland’s government has proposed that financial aid for the construction of high speed broadband will ‘begin anew’ in 2021. In a press release, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Liikenne-ja... more

Telenor Hungary launches fixed internet for medium and large enterprises

Mobile operator Telenor Hungary – owned by PPF Group – has launched fixed internet access services for medium and large enterprise customers. The new Telenor Hiperline range initially has three... more

Corporate/Financial

NTT Corp plans JPY500bn-plus bond float to cement DOCOMO takeover

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT Corp) is planning to issue corporate bonds worth over JPY500 billion (USD4.7 billion) in Japan, to help fund its planned takeover of mobile arm... more

UPC completes Sunrise takeover

Cable operator UPC Switzerland has completed its acquisition of rival full-service provider Sunrise Communications, the former’s parent company Liberty Global has confirmed. The two companies will continue to operate independently... more

MASMOVIL now owns 100% of Nowo, reports say

Press statements attributed to Grupo MASMOVIL have appeared in the Portuguese media confirming suggestions that the Spanish group has raised its stake in cableco Nowo from 49.99% to 100%. The... more

Digi Communications posts 9.4% revenue growth in Q3 2020

Romania-based Digi Communications has reported group revenues (excluding intersegment revenue and other income) of EUR327.6 million (USD386.4 million) for the three-month period ended 30 September 2020, an increase of 9.4%... more

Horizon Capital ups Datagroup stake to 96%

Private equity firm Horizon Capital has increased its stake in Ukrainian broadband network operator Datagroup from 73.46% to 96.13%, via its Emerging Europe Growth Fund II (EEGF II). Datagroup CEO... more

Miscellaneous

Huawei to support ICT development in Mozambique

Chinese vendor Huawei has signed an agreement with Mozambique’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio dos Transportes e Comunicacoes, MTC) to collaborate on the development of the country’s ICT sector.... more