8 Jan 2021

Wireless

Ofcom confirms quartet of bidders for 700MHz/3.6GHz-3.8GHz auction

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has now formally confirmed that four bidders will contest its upcoming auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz-3.8GHz bands. In accordance with regulations, the watchdog... more

DITO claims its network is ready as technical audit looms

The Philippines’ third telco player DITO Telecommunity has announced that it is confident it will pass the government-mandated technical audit of its new network, which is due to begin next... more

T-Mobile US 5G network reaches 280m people

T-Mobile US has revealed that its ‘Extended Range’ 5G network, which uses the 600MHz band, now covers 280 million people across nearly 1.6 million square miles. In addition, its ‘Ultra... more

New SIT head paves the way for 700MHz auction

Guatemala’s Superintendence of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, SIT) issued Resolution SIT-DSI-664-2020 on 4 January 2021, paving the way for the auction of a 60MHz block of spectrum in the 700MHz... more

Huawei launches second appeal against Swedish 5G sale

Chinese vendor Huawei has once again appealed against the terms of Sweden’s 5G licences, which the government is hoping to sell at auction later this month. Equipment from Huawei and... more

Airtel and Vi petition apex court on AGR calculation errors

Indian cellcos Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (Vi) have petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the Department of Telecommunications’ (DoT’s) calculation of their respective Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues, the... more

Broadband

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

Submarine cable operator EllaLink has landed its cable system in Sines (Portugal), ahead of its 2Q21 launch. As currently planned, the 6,200km cable will allow 72Tbps of connectivity between Europe... more

EXFO inks deal for testing, monitoring of Openreach’s full fibre infrastructure

British broadband infrastructure provider Openreach, part of BT, has inked a deal with test, monitoring and analytics firm EXFO, under which they will collaborate on a ‘major initiative to accelerate... more

KPN takes over Digital City fibre networks in three locations

Dutch telco KPN has taken control of fibre-optic networks in the outskirts of Westerveld (Drenthe), Lingewaard and Berg en Dal (Gelderland) from smaller operator Digital City (Delta Rijssen Fiber Optic... more

TV Cabo Angola expands to Soyo

Cable and fibre network operator TV Cabo Angola has expanded its triple-play voice, TV and internet services to the city of Soyo, the capital of Angola’s Zaire province, reports newspaper... more

End to the high-life: Giraffe terminates internet on 1 April

Ukrainian ISP Giraffe, a provider of wireless broadband access based on WiMAX and Canopy systems, has announced that it will shut down its internet services on 1 April 2021. This... more

Frontier makes California fibre commitment as part of bankruptcy settlement

Financially stricken US telco Frontier Communications has committed to expand its Californian fibre network and improve its quality of service (QoS) as part of its ongoing bankruptcy settlement Ars Technica... more

Corporate/Financial

Altice Europe shareholders approve Next Private buyout offer

All proposed resolutions related to Next Private’s buyout offer for Altice Europe have been adopted at Altice Europe’s extraordinary general meeting of shareholders (EGM) held on 7 January 2020. The... more

IHS swoops for second Brazilian towerco with Skysites purchase

IHS Holding (IHS Towers) has completed the acquisition of Skysites Holdings, a specialist provider of small cells and urban telecommunications infrastructure in Brazil. Skysites’ operations, which comprise approximately 1,000 sites,... more

Miscellaneous

Govt of Saint Helena scouting for new telecoms licensee

The government of Saint Helena is looking to license a telecoms operator to offer fixed voice and data, mobile and TV services on the island, or ‘a new hybrid offering... more

ENACOM imposes limits on tariff increases

Since 1 January Argentina’s telecoms operators have had strict limits placed on their ability to increase tariffs by the National Communications Agency (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM). Fixed line telcos,... more