21 Dec 2020

Wireless

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Erik Dudman Nielsen, the CEO of Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA), has informed ITP.net that the company is working towards a commercial MVNO launch in Kuwait. The executive... more

Cosmote introduces 5G in Greece’s main cities

Cosmote has announced the commercial launch of its 5G network in Athens, Thessaloniki and other Greek cities, with speeds exceeding 1Gbps in certain areas. The company is aiming to increase... more

Wind Hellas launches 5G in Athens and Thessaloniki

Greek mobile operator Wind Hellas has announced that it switched on its 5G mobile network on 18 December – a matter of days after winning frequencies in the country’s multi-band... more

Congress to approve funding for FCC’s ‘rip and replace’ programme

US lawmakers are expected to include USD1.9 billion funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FFC’s) ‘rip and replace’ scheme as part of USD900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, Reuters reports, citing... more

Ofcom names four successful applicants for upcoming spectrum auction

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that four applicants have qualified to participate in the upcoming 700MHz and 3.6GHz-3.8GHz spectrum award process. The companies have been named as EE, Hutchison... more

Orange upgrades 4G network in Cameroon

Orange Cameroon has increased the speed and capacity of its LTE-A network in certain parts of the country. In order to use the new service, which is described by the... more

Swedish 5G auction restarting on 19 January

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has confirmed that the process of frequency assignment in the 3.5GHz and 2.3GHz bands will resume on 19 January 2021. In... more

Three players participating in 900MHz, 1800MHz auction, but not DIGI

Hungary’s National Media & Infocommunications Authority (Nemzeti Media- es Hirkozlesi Hatosag, NMHH) confirmed on its website that the country’s three largest mobile operators, Magyar Telekom, Telenor and Vodafone, have been... more

Nokia and Polkomtel expand 5G in Warsaw, eastern Poland

Nokia has announced the launch of 5G services with Polkomtel, which operates the Plus network, in the capital Warsaw, as well as other major cities in the eastern part of... more

stc tests mmWave 5G NR

Saudi Telecom Company (stc) reported the successful testing of a 5G New Radio (NR) live site using the 26GHz n257 mmWave frequency band in Makkah City, in collaboration with long-term... more

Broadband

Euskaltel attracts three bids for broadband business

Spanish regional telecoms operator Euskaltel Group has received three bids for a stake in its fixed broadband unit, Expansion reports. The news site says that the bids were registered by... more

Arcep adopts new decisions on fixed broadband market

French telecoms watchdog Arcep has adopted a series of decisions, updating the regulatory framework for the fixed broadband sector following the completion of a market analysis programme that lasted more... more

Corporate/Financial

Hutchison shareholders approve tower sale

At an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held on 18 December CK Hutchison Holdings' shareholders voted to approve the previously announced sale of the group’s European tower portfolio to Spanish infrastructure... more

Vodafone terminates discussion with stc on Vodafone Egypt stake

Vodafone Group announced today (21 December 2020) that its discussions with Saudi Telecom Company (stc) regarding the potential sale of Vodafone’s 55% shareholding in Vodafone Egypt have been terminated. Vodafone... more

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners makes offer for Tele Columbus

Kublai, an affiliate of funds advised by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, has announced a voluntary public takeover offer of German cable operator Tele Columbus (PYUR) at a price of EUR3.25 (USD3.98)... more

Rostelecom buys Yekaterinburg-based Planeta

Russian fixed line giant Rostelecom has closed a deal to acquire the ‘Planeta’ group of companies via a 100% buyout of parent firm Sozvezdie which valued the business at RUB1.755... more

Miscellaneous

Happy holidays! CommsUpdate returns in 2021

Season’s greetings to all CommsUpdate readers! The free daily news service is taking a break but will return in early January 2021.... more