14 Jan 2021

Wireless

Telstra claims 5G network now covers 50% of Australians

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Telstra has announced that its 5G network now covers 50% of the country’s population, with the company calling the development ‘a massive milestone’. Looking ahead,... more

Telefonica fulfils German coverage requirements

Telefonica Deutschland says it has fulfilled the national coverage requirements set by the Federal Network Agency (FNA) as it is now able to supply 98% of German households with 4G... more

Telecom Namibia’s new CEO targets rural network expansion

Telecom Namibia’s (TN’s) newly appointed CEO Stanley Shanapinda plans to leverage the state-owned company’s current footprint to become a leading telecoms institution, New Era reported. Shanapinda, the former head of... more

FCC seeks comment on 2.5GHz auction

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on competitive bidding procedures for Auction 108, its planned sale of 2.5GHz spectrum. The watchdog seeks comment on whether to use... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Sigfox Ukraine has been announced as the newly-formed exclusive connectivity provider of Sigfox ‘0G’ IoT services in the eastern European country, working in partnership with local company Utilix.one. The venture... more

T-Mobile extends Nokia 5G contract

T-Mobile US and Nokia have announced a continuation of their longstanding network rollout partnership with the signing of a new five-year deal. The vendor will deploy its AirScale Radio platform... more

Broadband

Telenor Norge selects Zyxel outdoor router for 5G FWA rollout

Telenor Norge has called on Taiwanese vendor Zyxel to assist with its 5G fixed-wireless access (FWA) rollout, with the latter calling its selection ‘an important milestone for [the cellco’s] work... more

Digicel reaches Trinidad fibre milestone

Digicel has confirmed that it has signed up 100,000 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) customers in Trinidad and Tobago – five years after the service went live. The metric was disclosed by Navin... more

Corporate/Financial

Australian govt reportedly mulling aiding Digicel bidder

The Australian government is reportedly considering using the nation’s export credit agency to provide support to bidders looking to acquire Digicel Group’s Pacific operations, Australian paper WA Today writes, citing... more

Shaw’s quarterly revenue dips by 0.9%, although mobile service revenue rises 9.7%

For its fiscal first quarter ended 30 November 2020, Canadian quadruple-play operator Shaw Communications posted a 0.9% year-on-year drop in total revenues to CAD1.370 billion (USD1.08 billion), while adjusted EBITDA... more

Miscellaneous

PTA renews PTCL licence for 25 years

State-backed telco Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has completed the renewal of its integrated telecom service licence for the next 25 years, with effect from 1 January 2021. Sector watchdog... more