18 Dec 2020

Wireless

Singtel and Ericsson accelerate 5G partnership

Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced an acceleration of its 5G partnership with Singaporean mobile network operator (MNO) Singtel, confirming plans for the deployment of ‘high-end’ 5G technology enabled by 5G... more

ACMA offers 15 applicants 26GHz/28GHz spectrum

A total of 15 companies have secured new spectrum in the 26GHz and 28GHz bands, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced, saying that this first ‘major’ allocation... more

Airtel Uganda issued with NTO concession

Airtel Uganda has been issued with a National Telecom Operator (NTO) licence, the cellco’s parent company Airtel Africa has confirmed. In a press release regarding the development, it was noted... more

Orange Niger rebrands as Zamani Telecom

Orange Niger has been rebranded as Zamani Telecom, one year after it was acquired by Zamani Com from Orange Group. ActuNiger quotes the firm’s Managing Director Souleymane Diallo as saying... more

Verizon boosts 5G coverage via DSS, mmWave

Verizon Wireless has announced that an additional 24 million customers now have access to its 5G network. Subscribers in Central Texas, Tulsa, Upstate New York and New England are now... more

Zong responds to PTA spectrum order with compensation demand

Chinese-owned cellco Zong has reportedly filed a claim for PKR610 billion (USD3.8 billion) in damages from industry watchdog the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), ProPakistani writes, citing unnamed ‘reliable’ sources. According... more

MTN Cote d’Ivoire launches 4.5G in Abidjan

MTN Cote d’Ivoire has announced that it has switched on a new ‘4.5G’ network in Abidjan, the country’s economic capital. The network supports download speeds of up to 200Mbps and... more

Broadband

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

The United States has reportedly warned a number of Pacific island nations about the security threat posed by the cut-price bid by HMN Tech (formerly Huawei Marine) to build the... more

Gigabit connectivity now available to over a quarter of UK premises, Ofcom reports

Gigabit connectivity is now available to one in four UK premises, according to data published by local telecoms regulator Ofcom in its ‘Connected Nations 2020’ report, which analyses the availability... more

T-Mobile and CETIN team up for joint fibre project

T-Mobile Czech Republic and domestic telecoms infrastructure provider CETIN have signed an agreement on a joint investment project aimed at covering hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses with a... more

Telekom boosts speeds for 264,000 homes, reaches 98.6% of Germans with 4G

Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has revealed that it upgraded fixed broadband speeds for an additional 264,000 households in November. The firm says that... more

Competition watchdog opens investigation into Swisscom FTTH expansion

Switzerland’s Competition Commission (Wettbewerbskommission, WEKO) has opened an investigation into state-owned full-service provider Swisscom. In a statement from WEKO, the regulator noted that there was a risk that Swisscom may... more

Corporate/Financial

Enel board resolves to sell 40%-50% of Open Fiber to Macquarie

The Board of Directors at Italian energy firm Enel has resolved to initiate the procedures aimed at the sale of a minimum 40% stake (and up to 50%) of the... more