22 Jan 2021

Wireless

Swedish cellcos boost 5G speeds using new spectrum

Swedish operators Tele2 and Telenor have announced an expansion of their 5G services under the umbrella of their network sharing joint venture (JV) Net4Mobility. The JV won 100MHz of spectrum... more

WINDTRE expands 5G to more than 70% of Italians

Italian telco WINDTRE says it has now rolled out 5G networks in 59 Italian provinces and eight additional provincial capitals, covering around 73.7% of the population. Upon its initial launch... more

Uruguay set to launch MNP in October

The government of Uruguay has approved the timetable for the long-delayed introduction of mobile number portability (MNP), which enables mobile users to retain their number if they switch service provider.... more

Nokia and China Mobile test AI-powered RAN

China Mobile and Nokia have completed trials of an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered RAN over the cellco’s 4G and 5G networks. The tests comprised an AI-based real-time user equipment (UE) traffic... more

MTC network expansion and listing delayed by COVID-19 pandemic

Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), Namibia’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has revealed that its 081Every1 project to expand network coverage throughout the country has been hindered by the COVID-19... more

Beeline completes Moscow LTE refarming, raises average speed by 30%

Russia’s Beeline has completed a process of redistributing the 2100MHz frequency range from 3G to 4G in Moscow to improve the quality and availability of mobile internet in the capital.... more

Broadband

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

Orange has reinforced its global connectivity with two new generation submarine cables connecting France to the US. Following the landing of the Dunant cable, a Google project announced back in... more

ETECSA to expand broadband access in Havana

Cuba’s state-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) plans to connect all districts of the province Havana to either fixed broadband, wireless or mobile internet services by the... more

FCC publishes new Broadband Deployment Report; continues to bridge digital divide

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released its annual ‘Broadband Deployment Report’, asserting that significant progress was made to bridge the digital divide in 2019. Since the watchdog’s previous... more

Party popper: bubble bursts for Loon balloon internet project

Google's parent company Alphabet has decided to wind down its ‘X’ division’s Loon balloon-based internet project, which was launched in 2013 to provide internet access to rural areas around the... more

Wireline

DITRDC names first three grant recipients under its alternative voice trials programme

Three companies have been awarded funding under the Australian government’s AUD2 million (USD1.6 million) ‘Alternative Voice Services Trials Programme’, it has announced. In a press release, the Department of Infrastructure,... more

Corporate/Financial

CMA publishes 'issues statement' as part of examination of proposed O2 UK-Virgin Media merger

Following the request from O2 UK and Virgin Media that their proposed merger be fast-tracked to an in-depth investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the latter body has... more

Next Private declares Altice Europe offer unconditional

Next Private has declared its offer for Altice Europe unconditional, after satisfying or waiving all offer conditions described in the offer memorandum. During the offer period that expired on 21... more