19 Nov 2020

Wireless

Telenor Denmark launches 3.5GHz 5G network in Copenhagen, Aalborg

Telenor Denmark has confirmed that it has activated its 5G network, which it says can now be used by around 600,000 potential customers in Copenhagen and Aalborg. The network utilises... more

Bouygues Telecom to launch 5G on 1 December

Bouygues Telecom, which paid EUR602 million (USD714.3 million) for a 70MHz block of 3.5GHz spectrum in the recent French 5G auction, has confirmed that it will switch on its 5G... more

Ericsson confirms selection for Czech 5G transformation project

In a press release today (19 November), Sweden-based equipment manufacturer Ericsson has confirmed the signing of a five-year contract with Czech network infrastructure operator CETIN to bring 5G to the... more

Telefonica Deutschland accelerates 3G shutdown

Telefonica Deutschland has revealed that it is aiming to convert its existing 3G network to 4G LTE technology by the end of 2021. The 3G switch-off, which is one year... more

Slovakia 5G sale expected to conclude next week

The winners of 5G spectrum in Slovakia are expected to be announced next week. According to a report from Zive.sk, 1800MHz frequencies have already been allocated but the winners have... more

VNPT-Vinaphone permitted to trial 5G with end users

Vietnam’s VNPT-Vinaphone has announced it has been awarded a licence by Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) allowing it to launch trial 5G networks on a commercial basis. The state-owned... more

Nokia, Elisa and Qualcomm claim new 5G speed record in Finland

Finnish vendor Nokia, working in partnership with local mobile network operator (MNO) Elisa and US-based Qualcomm Technologies, claims to have achieved the world’s fastest 5G speeds on a commercial network.... more

Eltel signs three-year frame agreement with Telenor Norge

Nordic field service provider Eltel has announced that its communication business in Norway has signed a three-year continuation of a current telecoms frame agreement with Telenor Norge. In a press... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Austria’s Magenta Telekom has launched a commercial nationwide LTE-M IoT network to complement its existing NB-IoT network which was introduced nationally over two years ago, with LTE-M connectivity now available... more

Broadband

4th Utility and ITS ink eight-year deal; plan to reach 500,000 premises with FTTH by 2024

Two ISPs based in the North West of England have inked an agreement valued at GBP15 million (USD20 million), joining forces to ‘take on the UK’s broadband market and bring... more

Telkom Indonesia to launch FTTH on Panggang Island

As part of its ongoing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network rollout, Telkom Indonesia says it plans to launch its IndiHome-branded services on Panggang Island within the next few weeks. The telco is... more

TIM partners with Eutelsat for rural broadband

Telecom Italia (TIM) has signed an agreement with Eutelsat Communications to bring satellite broadband services to rural areas of Italy. TIM says it will purchase the entire transmission capacity for... more

STC Kuwait rebrands Qualitynet as ‘solutions by stc’

Kuwait Telecom Company (trading as STC, formerly Viva) has announced that it is rebranding its fixed broadband subsidiary Qualitynet as ‘solutions by stc’, to serve as the group’s specialised business... more

Corporate/Financial

Vocus Group announces plans for IPO of NZ business

Vocus Group has appointed financial advisers to execute an initial public offering (IPO) of Vocus New Zealand, an integrated telecoms services and energy provider that is the country’s third largest... more

TK agrees to clear Dardafon dues within 24 months

State-owned operator Telecom Kosovo (TK) – which operates under the Vala brand – has reached an agreement to pay its outstanding dues of around EUR25 million (USD29.7 million) to its... more

Miscellaneous

Federal Council greenlights Telecommunications Act amendments

Switzerland's Federal Council has passed revised implementation provisions for the Telecommunications Act based on the partial revision of the legislation which was passed by parliament in March 2019. The amendments... more