18 Jan 2021

Wireless

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

A new pre-paid MVNO is poised to launch in Romania under the Benefito Mobile brand name. According to Romania Insider, domestic investment fund ROCA X – which focuses on start-ups... more

FCC’s 3.7GHz auction ends; bidding tops USD80.9bn

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the conclusion of bidding in the ‘clock phase’ of Auction 107 – the highest-grossing spectrum auction ever held in the United States. The... more

APT selects Ericsson for network modernisation, Taiwan’s first MOCN

Taiwanese mobile network operator (MNO) Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson to modernise its network and offer support with 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) readiness.... more

Sweden’s 5G auction should go ahead following court ruling

The Supreme Administrative Court in Sweden has ruled that Chinese vendor Huawei cannot challenge a decision to exclude its equipment from the country’s 5G rollouts, meaning the delayed 5G spectrum... more

SLT-Mobitel extends 4G mobile connectivity to Lathugala

Sri Lankan mobile network operator (MNO) SLT-Mobitel has announced that, as part of its ‘Gama Samaga Pilisandara’ network rollout programme, it has successfully extended its 4G LTE footprint to Lathugala,... more

TRCSL invites feedback on MNP plan

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has published a public consultation to seek feedback on its proposed mobile number portability (MNP) plans, the Colombo Gazette reports. TRCSL’s consultation... more

5G frequencies to be auctioned after initial tie

Competitions for 5G spectrum in the 700MHz, AWS and 3.5GHz bands in Chile will proceed to a series of independent auctions, sector watchdog the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones,... more

Broadband

Beltelecom completes 5G test phase, now ‘ready to deploy’

BelTA cites Yuri Petruchenya, director general of Belarusian state-owned telco Beltelecom, as saying that the company has finished testing a 5G network and is now ready to move to the... more

VTR calls for dismissal of lawsuit

VTR, Chile’s largest ISP by subscribers, has requested that the courts throw out a class action lawsuit filed against it by the National Corporation for Consumers and Users (Corporacion Nacional... more

Wireline

BT facing compensation claim related to overcharging fixed line customers

UK-based BT Group is reportedly facing a claim for almost GBP600 million (USD815 million), after a consumer campaign group lodged a case with the Competition and Appeals Tribunal (CAT) over... more

Corporate/Financial

Frontier secures FCC approval for Chapter 11 restructuring

Frontier Communications has announced that it has secured approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its Chapter 11 restructuring. Frontier now has regulatory approvals, or favourable determinations, for its... more

Satellite firm OneWeb secures investment from SoftBank and Hughes Network Systems

OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company jointly owned by the UK Government and Bharti Global, announced last Friday (15 January) that it has received additional funding from... more

Nethys reports strong rise in VOO profits in 2020

Belgian cable operator VOO achieved a significant improvement in profits in full-year 2020, according to a preliminary report from its parent company Nethys. Annual EBITDA increased to EUR143 million (USD172.7... more