10 Dec 2020

Wireless

TDC to start phasing out 3G by end-2022

Denmark’s mobile market leader by subscribers TDC has announced plans to start phasing out 3G network technology by the end of 2022 to give it more capacity for improving 4G... more

DITO ups coverage target to over 90% by end of year five

The Philippines’ new third player DITO Telecommunity is upping its population coverage target to over 90% by the end of its five-year network rollout programme and aiming to serve more... more

T-Mobile aiming to shut down legacy Sprint networks in 2022

T-Mobile US has indicated that it is on course to deactivate the legacy wireless networks inherited from Sprint by 2022. Speaking at a UBS investor event, CEO Mike Sievert commented:... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Slovenia's Agency for Communications Networks & Services (Agencija za komunikacijska omrezja in storitve, AKOS) has launched a public tender for the allocation of radio frequencies exclusively for business-critical M2M/IoT communications... more

O2 UK announces successful O-RAN tests

British mobile network operator (MNO) O2 UK has successfully piloted the integration and operation of Vilicom’s Open RAN (O-RAN) infrastructure, it has announced. In a press release regarding the development,... more

NCC suspends sale of new SIM cards amid new registration audit

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced it has suspended the registration of new SIM cards by mobile network operators (MNOs) while it embarks on a new audit of the... more

Free Mobile boosts LTE-A speeds up to 780Mbps

Free Mobile, a subsidiary of the Iliad Group, has begun an upgrade of its LTE-A network to enable it to offer maximum download speeds of 780Mbps, reports Universfreebox.com, citing a... more

Vi Business and Nokia expand enterprise partnership

Vi Business, the enterprise arm of Indian cellco Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL, now offering services under the Vi brand name) has partnered with Finnish vendor Nokia to offer ‘future-ready’ services... more

SLT, Mobitel expand 4G footprint with Kelinkanda rollout

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) and its wireless arm Mobitel have announced that as part of a commitment to deliver advanced connectivity solutions to rural parts of the island, they have... more

Spark extends 5G services to Te Awamutu and New Plymouth

New Zealand telco Spark has activated 5G mobile services in Te Awamutu and New Plymouth, wrapping up its rollout for 2020. Spark initially launched the new network in Palmerston North... more

MCMC fines five companies over pre-paid SIM registration issues

Five mobile service providers have been handed fines by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for failing to verify the correct information of pre-paid subscribers. With the fines totalling... more

Azercell expands LTE network coverage to 85%

Azercell, Azerbaijan’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has expanded its LTE network coverage significantly as part of a programme launched in 2019, reports Azernews. The operator claims its... more

Broadband

SpaceX to launch satellite broadband in Greece next year

Starlink, the broadband satellite internet service of SpaceX, is expected to launch in Greece in the first quarter of next year. A report from Kathimerini says that the firm has... more

Xplornet gears up for 5G rural broadband with Ericsson

Xplornet Communications, Canada’s largest rural-focused broadband provider, has selected Ericsson as its technology supplier for the upcoming deployment of 5G wireless broadband across rural areas, using the 5G Ericsson Radio... more

Corporate/Financial

MTN considering sale of 13,000 towers in South Africa

MTN Group is looking to sell and lease back part of its South African tower portfolio, Bloomberg reports, citing an interview with a new CEO Ralph Mupita. The group’s South... more