15 Jan 2021

Wireless

EE and O2 UK issue 5G coverage updates

Mobile operators EE and O2 UK have each announced an expansion to the coverage for their respective 5G networks. For its part, O2 UK revealed that, having continued to roll... more

APT told to improve 4G coverage before it can share FET’s 5G network

Taiwanese mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has been told it needs to improve its 4G coverage before it can share the 5G spectrum and network belonging to rival Far... more

Manila Electric’s MIESCOR unit joins govt common tower programme

Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation (MIESCOR), a subsidiary of Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), is reportedly participating in the Philippine government’s common tower programme which seeks to ramp up the deployment... more

Scale Capital mulling Venezuelan mobile launch

Chilean investment firm Scale Capital, which reached an agreement to acquire DirecTV’s operations in Venezuela last summer, is understood to be considering augmenting its satellite TV business with the launch... more

Tele2 users get national 5G coverage on T-Mobile network

T-Mobile Netherlands announced yesterday (14 January 2021) that mobile customers of its sub-brand Tele2 can now use 5G services across its national network, which was switched on in late July... more

Telekom fined for non-fulfilment of voice coverage obligation

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has fined Telekom Romania Mobile Communications RON700,000 (USD143,475) for non-fulfilment of its spectrum licence obligation to provide mobile voice coverage... more

MASMOVIL named as mystery Portuguese bidder; second auction phase now underway

Spanish telecoms firm Grupo MASMOVIL has been identified as the buyer of three blocks of 1800MHz spectrum in the first stage of the auction being held by the National Communications... more

Getesa promoting 4G in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinean mobile operator Getesa is promoting 4G LTE smartphone usage on its network, having recently switched on the service. In a social media post on 12 January 2021 the... more

SyTRA restores coverage on major highway; MoTC scraps Turkcell roaming pacts

The Syrian Telecom Regulatory Authority (SyTRA) has fully restored mobile coverage along the Hama-Aleppo road. According to the Ministry of Communication and Technology (MoCT), the watchdog carried out works along... more

Algerian number portability decree being finalised

Algeria’s telecoms minister Brahim Boumzar stated this week that a decree to implement number portability is being finalised, with a draft version currently being studied by the regulator before being... more

Broadband

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

NEC Corporation has announced the signing of a contract with the Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC) of Palau for the Palau Cable 2 (PC2) optical submarine cable construction project. PC2,... more

Glasfaser Nordwest rolls out 60,000 FTTH connections in first year

Glasfaser Nordwest, which was founded in early 2020 as a joint venture between Telekom Deutschland and EWE, says it has launched its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in 14 cities and communities... more

SPRK opens consultation on draft interconnection regulations

Latvia’s Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija, SPRK) has initiated a public consultation on new draft rules regarding interconnection. The regulation sets out the requirements, deadlines and information that... more

Corporate/Financial

Nextlink Internet acquires SkyWave

Nextlink Internet, which is said to be the sixth largest fixed wireless provider in the US, serving more than 60,000 residential/business customers, has acquired SkyWave Broadband Internet, an ISP operating... more

Cogeco Connexion quarterly sales improve by 2.2%

Canadian cableco Cogeco Connexion reported that its revenues in the three months to end-November 2020 – its first fiscal quarter – climbed 2.2% year-on-year to CAD328.0 million (USD258.9 million), citing... more