5 Feb 2021

Wireless

EC opens infringement procedures against 24 states over new telecoms law

The EC has opened infringement procedures against 24 EU member states for failing to enact the new European Electronic Communications Code (EECC, Directive 2018/1972/EU of 11 December 2018) into national... more

Singtel claims first with 5G indoor coverage deployment at VivoCity

Singtel has announced the expansion of its 5G network coverage by deploying the new technology indoors at VivoCity, the largest mall in the city-state. The carrier’s in-deployment network operates at... more

Vodafone CR’s 5G network now available to ‘more than a fifth’ of the population

Vodafone says its fifth-generation mobile network, launched in five Czech cities on 1 October 2020, is now available in more than 130 cities and smaller municipalities, covering approximately two million... more

NT instructed to begin 5G network testing, launches 4G broadband service

Nepal’s Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Parbat Gurung, has instructed state-owned telecoms provider Nepal Telecom (NT) to begin 5G network testing during the current financial year ending mid-July, reports... more

Bite Group considers Estonia 5G bid

Lithuania-based pay-TV and broadband provider Bite Group says it is looking to enter the Estonian telecoms market by taking part in the country’s planned auction of 5G wireless spectrum. The... more

Intertelecom ceasing CDMA services in Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporozhye

Ukrainian mobile operator Intertelecom has informed its subscribers that it will stop providing CDMA network-based services in ‘a number of regions’ including Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporozhye on 1 May 2021. It... more

Broadband

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

SubCom and Google have announced that the deployment and testing of the Dunant submarine cable system linking Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez in France and Virginia Beach (US) has been completed and the system... more

MTC unveils rural connectivity project

Peru’s Council of Ministers has approved an emergency decree to implement extraordinary measures to close the digital connectivity gap by providing internet access to rural communities. In a statement from... more

Charter rollout to target 1m unserved customer locations

Charter Communications has announced the launch of a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar broadband buildout initiative to deliver gigabit broadband access to more than one million unserved customer locations, as estimated by the... more

Corporate/Financial

BT Group revenue declines by 7% in 9M FY21

UK-based BT Group has issued its trading update for the nine months to 31 December 2020, revealing a 7% year-on-year drop in revenue, which it said was ‘due primarily to... more

NTT 9M profit up 4.3%, but revenues slide

Japanese carrier Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Corp) reported operating revenues of JPY8.738 trillion (USD82.99 billion) for the nine months ended 31 December 2020 (FY2020.3Q), down 1.4% from JPY8.863... more

Vodafone tender offer for Kabel Deutschland shares reaches 73.5% acceptance

Vodafone Group has announced that by the end of the acceptance period on 1 February, its tender offer had been accepted by Kabel Deutschland Holding shareholders tendering a total of... more

Court rules that Telia’s complaint over MEZON spectrum transfer should be reconsidered

The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (SACL) has ruled that a Vilnius court must re-evaluate whether to accept Telia Lietuva’s complaint against the decision of the Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT)... more

Swisscom annual turnover slides 3.1%

State-owned full-service provider Swisscom has reported its annual results for the year to end-December 2020, booking a 3.1% decline in net revenue to CHF11.1 billion (USD12.3 billion). The telco attributed... more

Orange Madagascar minority investors sell 16% stake

After ten years supporting Orange’s growth in the Malagasy market, a consortium of investors led by diversified holding company Terra Mauricia and Mauritian private equity firm Kibo Capital sold its... more

MASMOVIL-Vodafone tie-up to include Portugal and Spain, report says

The rumoured merger between Grupo MASMOVIL and Vodafone Spain is also expected to incorporate Vodafone Portugal, El Confidencial reports, citing ‘financial sources’. As per the article, MASMOVIL has enlisted Goldman... more

Bell FY20 sales decline 3.8%; announces CAD1.2bn two-year investment in fibre, 5G, fixed-wireless

Bell Canada reported a 3.8% drop in annual revenues in 2020 to CAD22.883 billion (USD17.861 billion) with declines of 3.6% in service revenue and 5.5% in product revenue. The group... more

Oi inks exclusivity agreement with Globenet, BTG over InfraCo sale

Cash-strapped Brazilian telecoms group Oi has informed its shareholders that it has signed an exclusivity agreement relating to the sale of its fibre-optic InfraCo unit. The contract – which will... more

HKT reports 2% fall in annual sales

Hong Kong fixed and mobile operator HKT has reported a 2% year-on-year drop in revenues for full year 2020 to HKD32.39 billion (USD4.18 billion). Revenues excluding handset sales rose marginally... more