15 Dec 2020

Wireless

Free Mobile launches 5G with near-40% population coverage

Free Mobile today (15 December 2020) became the fourth French operator to launch a commercial 5G network, offering ‘almost 40%’ population coverage from the outset, spanning rural areas as well... more

Vodacom lights up 5G network in KwaZulu-Natal province

Vodacom South Africa has expanded its 5G network footprint to include 156 new locations in KwaZulu-Natal province, supporting both mobile and fixed wireless access (FWA) services, MyBroadband reports. Under phase... more

Greece to run 5G auction this week

The Greek government will hold its auction of 5G-capable spectrum tomorrow (16 December), with frequencies in the 700MHz, 2GHz, 3.4GHz-3.8GHz and 26GHz bands up for grabs. All three incumbent cellcos... more

Telekom expands 5G in Bremen and Hanover

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile business of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has increased coverage of its 5G network in Bremen and Hanover. The firm says it has recently switched... more

5G base stations pass 700,000 mark; MNP service used by 17m subscribers

Chinese operators have deployed a total of 718,000 5G base stations to date, Global Times reports, citing Vice Director of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Liu Liehong.... more

T-2 starts 5G trials in Slovenia

Slovenian fixed and mobile provider T-2 has launched a pilot 5G network at its headquarters in Ljubljana, testing equipment and services ahead of an auction of spectrum which is scheduled... more

Broadband

G.Network to spend GBP1bn on London fibre rollout over next five years

British full fibre broadband provider G.Network has announced plans to invest more than GBP1 billion (USD1.3 billion) in rolling out its infrastructure in London, following a successful fund-raising exercise. In... more

EIB to support digital development in Chad

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a range of initiatives to promote economic development in Chad, including a programme to support digital growth. The project comprises three feasibility studies... more

T-Mobile scrapping Tele2 fixed service sales; rolling out Rotterdam fibre

On 28 December 2020 Tele2 Netherlands – a brand division of T-Mobile Netherlands – will stop selling new Tele2 Home (fixed internet, TV and fixed line) subscriptions. New customers for... more

Corporate/Financial

Vivo, Claro, TIM win Oi mobile assets after BRL16.5bn joint bid

Financially stricken Brazilian telecoms group Oi has confirmed that the 14 December sale of its mobile assets attracted interest from one bidder – the consortium comprising Telefonica Brasil (Vivo), TIM... more

Liberty Latin America in talks over Telefonica assets in Colombia, Ecuador

Liberty Latin America (LLA), the regional operator whose backers include US cable billionaire John Malone, is considering the takeover of Telefonica’s businesses in Colombia and Ecuador, people with knowledge of... more

TIM has EUR74m fine cancelled

Italy’s top court has annulled a EUR74.3 million (USD90 million) fine levied against Telecom Italia (TIM) in 2017. The penalty was imposed by markets regulator Commissione Nazionale per le Societa... more