4 Feb 2021

Wireless

Cellnex to acquire Altice’s Hivory for EUR5.2bn

Barcelona-based Cellnex Telecom will acquire all of Altice Europe’s telecoms towers for EUR5.2 billion (USD6.3 billion). The telecoms infrastructure, which comprises around 10,500 masts, is owned by Hivory, a joint... more

Africell signs licence contract allowing mobile launch later this year

Angola’s new mobile market entrant Africell has formalised a contract with the government to become the country’s fourth ‘Unified Global’ telecommunications operator and launch services later this year, it announced... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Switzerland’s Astrocast has announced that the Astrocast Nanosatellite IoT Network has officially gone live with five satellites launched via a SpaceX rocket, and has scheduled two more launches involving a... more

DOCOMO jumps on Open RAN bandwagon

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO has announced that, along with an international group of other leading firms such as NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Intel, Fujitsu and Dell, it aims co-create a verified 5G Open... more

MoTC consulting on proposed amendments to spectrum decree

Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Liikenne-ja viestintaministerio, MoTC) has called for comments on draft amendments to the Government Decree on Radio Spectrum Usage and Frequency Allocation Plan (Spectrum Decree).... more

Globe accelerates 4G rollout, targeting key tourist areas

Globe Telecom has announced ambitious plans to accelerate the rollout of its 4G LTE network in key tourist destinations this month, promising customers in Boracay, Bacolod City, Cebu City, Davao... more

CRC to hold a 3.6GHz spectrum auction on 15 March

Bulgaria's telecommunications authority the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has announced that it will hold a tender for 5G-suitable spectrum in the 3.6GHz band on 15 March 2021. The regulator is... more

Telefonica, Nokia stage 26GHz 5G trial in Segovia

Telefonica Espana (Movistar) and Nokia have announced that they are deploying 26GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) 5G connectivity in Segovia. To facilitate the rollout the companies have teamed up with the... more

Umniah enlists Ericsson for RAN upgrade

Bahraini-backed cellco Umniah Jordan has selected Ericsson to upgrade its RAN infrastructure, with the Swedish vendor set to transform the company’s 3G sites and upgrade existing 4G sites to address... more

Broadband

Ofcom proposes new ‘one touch’ switching process for broadband

Arguing that subscribers should be able to switch broadband provider more easily, British telecoms regulator Ofcom has proposed a new ‘one touch’ system under which it claims will customers benefit... more

Corporate/Financial

Turk Telekom's annual revenues climb 19.6%

Fixed and mobile operator Turk Telekom reported that its consolidated annual revenues increased by 19.6% to TRY28.3 billion (USD3.9 billion) in FY20, driving EBITDA up 18.5% to TRY13.2 billion, beating... more

Nextlink snaps up three ISPs in Nebraska; agrees American Tower deal

As part of its ongoing expansion in small towns and rural markets across the central United States, Nextlink Internet has announced that it has acquired three ISPs serving Nebraska and... more

Airtel revenue grows 24% y-o-y

Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel has booked total revenues of INR265.2 billion (USD3.6 billion) for the three months to end-December 2020, up from INR250.6 billion in the preceding quarter and... more