28 Jan 2021

Wireless

Airtel completes 5G trial, announces network is 5G-ready

Indian cellco Bharti Airtel has announced that its network is 5G-ready and has completed a successful demonstration of 5G services on the 1800MHz band in Hyderabad, the Economic Times writes.... more

British cellcos detail plans for first stage of Shared Rural Network build

Mobile network operators (MNOs) – O2 UK, Three UK and Vodafone UK – have issued a joint press release confirming that they will partner to build and share 222 new... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

US telecoms giant AT&T reported 80.77 million 'connected devices' on its cellular network at 31 December 2020, up by 4.81 million in the fourth quarter, and an increase of 22.4%... more

MNP will start by 30 September, NTC says

The Philippines' National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) announced yesterday (27 January) that the rollout of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) – delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic – will start by 30... more

MTN sues ICASA over spectrum auction

MTN South Africa has filed papers with the High Court in Pretoria against regulator ICASA over the upcoming spectrum auction in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 2600MHz and 3500MHz bands, TechCentral writes.... more

Orange Caraibe launches VoLTE; SmartFibre network in St Barths under maintenance

Orange Caraibe has activated VoLTE services in Guadeloupe and Martinique, with plans to deploy the new service in French Guiana, Saint-Martin and Saint Barthelemy in the course of 2021. VoLTE... more

Broadband

JCRA consults on proposed price control for wholesale broadband access services

Feedback on a draft decision related to a price review of wholesale broadband access services has been published by the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA), with the regulator having proposed... more

Telefonica begins marketing cable services over Vodafone network

Telefonica Deutschland, which operates under the brand name O2, has announced it has begun marketing cable broadband internet connections to consumers across all of its sales channels. The move was... more

Corporate/Financial

Vodafone considering options for Ghana in Africa restructure

Vodafone Group is considering options for its Ghana business as part of a wider strategy to consolidate its African operations and pay down debt, unnamed sources have told Bloomberg. The... more

AT&T posts net loss in 2020; weathers USD15.5bn DirecTV impairment

US telecoms giant AT&T has reported operating revenues of USD171.8 billion for the twelve months ended 31 December 2020, down from USD181.2 billion in 2019. Operating income for the year... more

America Movil’s KPN stake grows again

Mexican telecoms group America Movil (AM) has increased its stake in Dutch telco KPN to above 20%, reports stock market news site DeAandeelHouder citing a notification dated 22 January 2021.... more