12 Feb 2021

Wireless

CITC: 51 cities in Saudi Arabia covered by 5G

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has announced that seven additional cities and provinces were covered by 5G services in Q4 2020, bringing the total to 51 cities and... more

WOM fends off Claro, Borealnet to win second tiebreaker auction

Chilean cellco WOM has won its second tiebreaker auction for 5G spectrum with an economic offer amounting to around CLP16.26 billion (USD22.4 million) sector watchdog the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria... more

Movistar achieves 1.62Gbps in new Colombian 5G pilot

Telefonica Colombia (Movistar) has staged its second 5G trial, at the Central Military Hospital of Bogota. The new pilot involved a 5G-connected ‘medical trolley’ and achieved transmission speeds of up... more

O2 UK fined for overcharging departing subscribers

Ofcom has fined domestic mobile network operator (MNO) O2 UK GBP10.5 million (USD13.8 million) for overcharging subscribers that were leaving it, having previously opened an investigation into potential issues with... more

Broadband

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

HyperOne, a new startup established by Australian technology entrepreneur Bevan Slattery, has revealed plans to spend USD1.5 billion on the deployment of a private Australia-wide fibre-optic backbone with interconnection points... more

Regulator consults on Chorus’ fibre network investment plans

New Zealand’s competition regulator, the Commerce Commission, is consulting on Chorus’ proposal to spend NZD1.6 billion (USD1.16 billion) over the first three years of the new fibre regulatory regime. Under... more

Croatia gets EUR86m for rural broadband

The European Commission (EC) has approved a EUR86 million (USD104 million) investment by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to expand broadband infrastructure in Croatia. The investment will provide citizens... more

Corporate/Financial

MegaFon enters Uzbekistan with Ucell investment

Russian mobile operator MegaFon and its parent company USM Telecom have agreed to buy a majority stake in Uzbekistan’s mobile market leader Ucell. Announced on Ucell’s website, the deal involves... more

Completion condition of Vodafone’s tender offer for KDG shares is fulfilled

Vodafone Group has announced that the completion condition for Vodafone Vierte Verwaltungs’ tender offer for cableco Kabel Deutschland Holding (KDG) has been fulfilled. On 10 February the German Federal Ministry... more

Millicom FY20 revenues drop 3.8% to USD4.2bn

Millicom International Cellular (MIC), which offers mobile and cable broadband in Latin America under the Tigo brand, has reported revenues of USD4.171 billion for the twelve months ended 31 December... more

Telus Q4 revenues: wireline up, wireless down

Canada’s Telus Corporation announced its results for the fourth quarter of 2020, with consolidated revenues increasing by 5.2% year-on-year to CAD4.06 billion (USD3.20 billion). Wireless segment turnover decreased by 1.9%... more