11 Dec 2020

Wireless

ST debuts 5G in Slovakia

Slovak Telekom (ST) has launched the country’s first commercial 5G service in eight districts of Bratislava. The network is using 15MHz of frequencies in the 2100MHz band, in combination with... more

Ericsson picked to build KDDI’s cloud-native, dual-mode 5G core

Ericsson has been selected to roll out a cloud-native, dual-mode 5G core network for KDDI (au), enabling the operator to launch 5G standalone (SA) services in Japan. In a press... more

Niger to roll out telecoms services to 2,111 villages

The National Agency for the Information Society of Niger (Agence Nationale pour la Societe de l'Information, ANSI) plans to supply around 2,111 villages with mobile telephony and broadband services, connecting... more

Bouygues reaches 1,000 5G municipalities; Free Mobile tests 5G in several areas

Bouygues Telecom expanded its commercial 5G network yesterday (10 December 2020) to the city of Marseilles, it disclosed on its website, adding that since its launch in 20 major cities... more

MTS, Ericsson and Qualcomm launch 5G spectrum sharing outdoor pilot zone

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has partnered Ericsson and Qualcomm to launch an outdoor pilot 5G network zone in Ufa utilising its existing commercial 4G LTE network, based on Dynamic Spectrum... more

Broadband

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

India’s Union Cabinet has approved plans to deploy a fibre-optic submarine cable that will connect eleven islands situated within the Lakshadweep archipelago to Kochi, which is situated on mainland India.... more

Acceleration of NBP to bring broadband to 679 schools by end-2022

A total of 679 schools are now expected to be connected to broadband by the end of 2022, as part of an acceleration of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) announced... more

TTK expands broadband network to Kostroma

Russian federal telecoms network operator TransTeleCom (TTK) has announced the expansion of its fixed broadband access services to the city of Kostroma, the administrative centre of Kostroma Oblast in western... more

OiV wins rural broadband contract in Croatia

Croatian state-owned telco Odasiljaci i Veze (OiV) has won a HRK786 million (USD126 million) contract to deploy broadband internet infrastructure to improve access in rural areas. The project, which is... more

Wireline

Commerce Commission finalises Copper Withdrawal Code

New Zealand’s competition regulator, the Commerce Commission, has finalised its Copper Withdrawal Code that sets out the requirements Chorus, the provider of New Zealand’s copper telecoms network, must meet before... more

Govt redoubling efforts on Universal Service Scheme to connect Fijians

Fiji’s Minister for Rural and Maritime Development, Inia Seruiratu, has said that the bill to amend the Telecommunications Act is ‘long overdue’ and that work needs to be done to... more

Ofcom consulting on protections for fixed voice only users

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation on a proposed approach to ensuring continued protections for customers with only a fixed voice service. Prices for such customers have been... more

Corporate/Financial

TIM buys two units of BT Italia

Telecom Italia (TIM) has agreed to acquire two business units of BT Italia. The two takeover targets serve SMEs plus public administration offices in central and local government. The two... more

NTT raises USD9.6bn in Japan’s biggest bond offering to date

Japanese giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT Corp) has raised JPY1 trillion (USD9.6 billion) in what is the biggest bond offering in the Japanese domestic market to date. Reuters... more

Cegeka acquires majority stake in Citymesh to target B2B 5G market

IT services provider Cegeka has acquired a majority stake in Belgian B2B wireless connectivity provider Citymesh with the aim of creating ‘the fourth national operator’ for the enterprise market. The... more

Macquarie, GCM raise Alaska Communications takeover offer to USD320m

Macquarie Capital and GCM Grosvenor (through its Labor Impact Fund) have announced that they have increased their takeover offer for Alaska Communications Systems Group, from USD3.00 per share to USD3.20... more