29 Jan 2021

Wireless

Rock Mobile eyes Jamaican mobile launch

A new telecoms operator owned by Bruce Bowen – the former head of Scotiabank Jamaica – and his wife, Suzanne Fernando-Bowen, is finalising plans to enter the Jamaican mobile market,... more

Samsung and DT complete 5G SA trial in Czech Republic

In a joint press release (27 January) Samsung and Deutsche Telekom (DT) have announced the successful completion of the first 5G Standalone (SA) trial in the Czech Republic. The pair... more

Airtel renews Nigerian spectrum licences

Airtel Africa has announced that an application for the renewal of its Nigerian subsidiary’s spectrum licences has been approved by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Airtel Nigeria’s 900MHz and 1800MHz... more

Telekom expands 5G capacity at 1,257 locations, upgrades speeds for 363,000 homes

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has announced it has increased 5G network capacity at 1,257 locations in the past month. The firm is deploying Dynamic... more

Rakuten ratchets competition up a notch with 1GB free data offer

Rakuten Mobile, the wireless unit set up by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc., has thrown down the gauntlet to NTT DOCOMO, KDDI (au) and SoftBank Corp, by announcing that from... more

Magyar Telekom, Telenor Hungary, Vodafone renew 900MHz, 1800MHz spectrum for USD505m

Hungary’s National Media & Infocommunications Authority (Nemzeti Media- es Hirkozlesi Hatosag, NMHH) has completed the auction of 900MHz/1800MHz mobile spectrum licences valid from April 2022 to April 2037 for a... more

Ooredoo Algeria deploys Nokia’s cloud-native core

Ooredoo Algeria has deployed Nokia’s cloud-native Core software to cost effectively strengthen its network performance and reliability, and to strategically position itself for the future and the launch of new... more

Broadband

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

The Africa-1 consortium – currently comprising Etisalat, G42, Mobily, Pakistan Telecommunication Company and Telecom Egypt (with other parties expected to join soon) – and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) have commenced... more

DITRDC consults on draft standards, rules and benchmarks for SIPs

Australia’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) has begun consulting on draft standards, rules and benchmarks related to the country’s statutory infrastructure provider (SIP) regime, which came... more

WorldLink to build data centres in 14 cities

WorldLink Communications, Nepal’s largest ISP, has announced a NPR3 billion (USD25.4 million) plan to build internet data centres in 14 major towns across the country over the next three years.... more

Nepal to open Ka-band range for use in rural areas

Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites Group has announced that the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) plans to open the Ka-band frequency range (19.7GHz-21.2GHz downlink, paired with 29.5GHz-31GHz uplink) for use in Nepal.... more

Telenor, MTS deny accusations of collaboration

Telenor Serbia and state-backed Telekom Srbija – which operates under the MTS brand – have issued statements denying reports of a planned merger of the two companies, after the pair... more

Corporate/Financial

Elisa confirms it has almost 200,000 5G subs in Finland as it publishes annual results

Finland’s Elisa Corporation has published its financial results for both the fourth quarter of 2020, as well as the full year period, with the company claiming to have ‘continued its... more

Turkey and Finland hit Telia results

Sweden’s Telia Company has reported a 2.7% year-on-year increase in net sales for the fourth quarter of 2020 to SEK23.46 billion (USD2.77 billion), though on a like-for-like basis turnover fell... more

Comcast 2020 revenues drop 4.9% to USD103.6bn; cable sales up 3.4% to USD60.1bn

US cable giant Comcast Corporation has reported consolidated revenues of USD103.6 billion for the twelve months ended 31 December 2020, down 4.9% from USD108.9 billion in 2019. Adjusted EBITDA for... more

Rogers Q4 turnover drops 7% on wireless service revenue

Canadian cableco and mobile operator Rogers Communications reported that its total revenue decreased by 7% year-on-year to CAD3.680 billion (USD2.869 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020, largely driven by... more

Sonangol claims victory over dos Santos in Unitel appeal decision

Angola’s state-backed oil firm Sonangol – owner of 50% of Angolan mobile market leader Unitel – has claimed a final legal victory over embattled businesswoman Isabel dos Santos at the... more