17 Dec 2020

Wireless

3 launches 5G in Copenhagen and Roskilde

Danish mobile network operator (MNO) Hi3G Access (3) has announced the official switch-on of its new 5G network in Copenhagen and Roskilde. In a press release, the operator said it... more

Greece: lightning 5G sale

The Greek government’s auction of 5G-capable spectrum was completed on a single day yesterday (16 December), raising EUR372.3 million (USD450.8 million) for the state. Frequencies in the 700MHz, 3.7GHz and... more

Govt clears plans for next spectrum sale; will restrict vendors

The Indian government has approved plans for the next round of spectrum sales, with a total of 2,251.25MHz to be put up for auction in March 2021, the Economic Times... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Indian state-backed network operator BSNL has announced the launch of a ‘world first’ satellite-based NB-IoT service, the Economic Times reported. The new service will have blanket nationwide coverage, including land... more

Nigeria implements new SIM registration rules

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that all mobile subscribers in the country will be required to provide their service provider with a valid National Identification Number (NIN) between... more

Telefonica pilots Open RAN in live operation

Telefonica Deutschland claims it has become the first German network operator with Open RAN in live operation on its mobile network. In a pilot phase with Japanese vendor NEC, Telefonica... more

Telia Finland and Eltel ink three-year frame agreement

Nordic field service provider Eltel’s communication business in Finland has announced the signing of a three-year continuation of a current frame agreement with Telia Finland covering both fixed and mobile... more

Swedish 5G sale will proceed, but next year

Sweden’s Court of Appeal is allowing the country’s 5G spectrum auction to proceed despite an earlier legal challenge from Chinese vendor Huawei, which had led to the postponement of the... more

Proximus activates faster 5G technology in selected areas

Some eight months after the official launch of its ‘5G light’ services, Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has announced the activation of even faster 5G technology at a selection of... more

Kyivstar deploys Ukraine’s first VoLTE service

Ukrainian cellco Kyivstar has announced the implementation of VoLTE technology on its 4G network, claiming a national first. The operator said on its website that VoLTE calls should be accessible... more

Rogers begins 5G standalone core network deployment

Rogers Communication has announced that it is starting to roll out Canada’s first 5G standalone (SA) core network, in partnership with Ericsson, initially to serve Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver,... more

Broadband

EC approves ANCOM’s position on wholesale broadband market regulation

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has announced that the EC has raised no objections to its view that the wholesale markets for broadband internet access... more

Giraffe extinct in Ukraine

Ukrainian ISP Giraffe, a provider of wireless broadband access based on WiMAX and Canopy systems, announced on its website yesterday (16 December 2020) that it will cease 'provision of telecommunications... more

Beeline Kazakhstan pilots new FWA service

Beeline Kazakhstan began a small-scale pilot of a new fixed-wireless access (FWA) internet service in the city of Makinsk, Bulandinsky district, Akmola region, the operator disclosed on its website. CPE... more

Wireline

Outgoing communications minister proposes sharp reduction in Bezeq’s fixed line pricing

Israel’s outgoing minister of communications Yoaz Hendel has, as one of his last acts in office, proposed a sizeable cut to the charge that fixed line incumbent Bezeq levies for... more

Corporate/Financial

TalkTalk directors approve Tosca IOM’s GBP1.1bn takeover offer

TalkTalk announced today (17 December) that it has agreed a GBP1.112 billion (USD1.5 billion) takeover offer by Tosca IOM, a newly-incorporated company, formed at the direction of Toscafund and private-equity... more

TIM Brasil snags lion’s share of Oi mobile assets

With the auction of Oi’s mobile assets now successfully concluded, TIM Brasil has confirmed that it will be acquiring the lion’s share of the assets. TIM – alongside rivals Telefonica... more

MASMOVIL, Ahimas agree EUR115m takeover fee, report says

Spanish alternative operator Grupo MASMOVIL has agreed a EUR115 million (USD140 million) takeover fee for rural telecoms specialist Ahimas (Ahi+), Expansion reports, citing sources familiar with the situation. The breakthrough... more

Xplornet buys Metro Loop

Canadian rural fixed-wireless/fibre broadband specialist Xplornet Communications has announced the acquisition of Ocdotus, a fibre-based service provider in southern Ontario operating under the name Metro Loop. Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario,... more