4 Dec 2020

Wireless

Vodafone Italy says Milan is Europe’s ‘capital of 5G’

Vodafone Italy says its 5G network in Milan now covers more than 90% of the city, around 18 months after it launched the technology in Milan and four other cities.... more

stc demos 5G FDD/TDD CA/Spectrum Sharing on live network

Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has announced a milestone in its 5G commercial network development, demonstrating new radio (NR) time division duplex (TDD) and frequency division duplex (FDD) carrier aggregation (CA)... more

HT 5G network now covers one million Croatians

Croatia’s Hrvatski Telekom (HT) says its 5G network now covers one million people in 14 cities. The firm launched 5G in six markets a month ago and has now added... more

Broadband

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

Ireland-based Aqua Comms has announced the successful launch of the AEC-2 (America Europe Connect-2 (AEC-2) cable. TeleGeography notes that Aqua Comms acts as the overall system administrator for the Havfrue... more

Enet inks backhaul capacity expansion deal with BBnet

Irish wholesale network operator Enet has announced the signing of what it called a ‘significant backhaul deal’ with local ISP BBnet. In a press release outlining the development, Enet noted... more

Eutelsat launches nationwide satellite-based service in UK

France-based satellite operator Eutelsat has announced the launch of a new service, available nationwide in the UK, via its next generation KONNECT satellite. This new offering is being marketed by... more

CityFibre confirms wholesale deals with four more ISPs

British pure fibre provider CityFibre has announced the signing of wholesale deals with four more ISPs, with these to offer services over its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. In a press confirming... more

SaskTel launches CAD50m rural FTTP project

Canadian regional operator SaskTel has launched the Rural Fibre Initiative, a multi-phase investment of over CAD50 million (USD39 million) to expand its ‘infiNET’ fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services to an additional 30,000... more

ATRA chief pledges to accelerate work on Digital CASA programme

The acting head of the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has pledged to accelerate work on the World Bank-funded ‘Digital CASA (Central Asia and South Asia) Afghanistan’ programme. The main... more

Vega expands Gigabit coverage; passes 80,000 premises in Odessa alone

Ukrainian telco Vega announced that its ‘Gigabit’ GPON 1Gbps fibre broadband service – launched in May 2020 covering 100 high-rise apartment buildings in Kiev, Odessa and Dnipro – now passes... more

Slovenian rural internet project sees first households go live

The first residential customers have been connected to fibre-optic networks being deployed in rural areas of Slovenia under the EU-funded RUNE project. 10Gbps equipment is being deployed by local vendor... more

Wireline

Commerce Commission sets Telecommunications Development Levy contributions

The Commerce Commission has released its final determination on the allocation of payments for the government’s NZD10 million (USD7.07 million) Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) for the period covering 1 July... more

Corporate/Financial

Lucerne Capital puts spanner in the works of Drahi’s Altice Europe buyout plan

Patrick Drahi’s plans to buy back shares in Altice Europe and take it private have been broadsided by minority shareholder Lucerne Capital Management which is accusing the billionaire of ‘egregious’... more