17 Feb 2021

Wireless

Movistar, Entel, WOM win 3500MHz 5G auction

Chilean telecoms watchdog the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) has published the results of the final tiebreaker auction of its 5G spectrum tender process, naming Movistar, Entel and... more

MTN Irancell launches 5G in Tehran

Iranian mobile network operator (MNO) MTN Irancell has launched the country’s first commercial 5G service, though it is currently only available in one area of Tehran. The firm had previously... more

Slovenia confirms four bids for 5G licences

Slovenia’s Agency for Communications Networks & Services (Agencija za komunikacijska omrezja in storitve, AKOS) has received four applications in its 5G spectrum tender, though it has not named the bidders.... more

Elisa and Nokia partner on private mobile network drive

Mobile network operator (MNO) Elisa and fellow Finnish company Nokia have announced that they are partnering on a joint go-to-market alliance to drive industrial-grade private mobile network deployment. Outlining their... more

Vodafone NZ to deploy more than 250 mobile cell sites in 2021

Vodafone New Zealand has announced a ‘turbocharged’ digital infrastructure investment programme to further improve mobile phone and internet coverage across the country. The accelerated network investment programme for 2021 will... more

DISH inks seven new tower agreements to bolster 5G rollout

US satellite TV giant DISH Network has announced that it has signed seven new tower agreements which will help to underpin its planned 5G network. The contracts have been signed... more

Ligado enlists Rakuten to support commercial 5G trials

US-based Ligado Networks has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Rakuten Mobile, which will see the two companies collaborate to create a blueprint for Ligado's 5G mobile private... more

PTA publishes draft tariff regulations

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has published draft regulations on tariff setting, which look to amend the watchdog’s capacity to regulate pricing for services. The draft rules require operators with... more

Broadband

Slovak Telekom will use Orange fibre networks from April

Slovak Telekom (ST) plans to begin using the fibre infrastructure of rival Orange Slovensko from April this year. Orange began offering services over ST’s fibre networks in December, and ST... more

TeraGo advances 5G FWA technical trials

Canadian B2B operator TeraGo announced that its 5G fixed-wireless access (FWA) technical trials in the Greater Toronto Area have achieved improved throughput speeds of up to 1.5Gbps, and the trials... more

Wireline

Trio awarded government grants for alternative voice trials

Australian communications minister Paul Fletcher has announced that Optus, Pivotel and Telstra have each been awarded grants under the final tranche of the government’s AUD2 million (USD1.6 million) Alternative Voice... more

Regulator orders Expresso to restore fixed telephony services

Senegal’s Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) has ordered Expresso Telecom to relaunch fixed telephony services or face sanctions. In... more

Corporate/Financial

Kellner’s PPF Group contemplating CETIN IPO

Netherlands-registered PPF Group, a privately held international financial and investment group founded in 1991 in the Czech Republic and led by the billionaire Petr Kellner, is reportedly weighing up an... more

Vilnius court will accept Telia’s complaint over MEZON spectrum transfer

The Vilnius Regional Administrative Court has decided to accept and assess a complaint from Telia Lietuva against the decision of the Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) to allow Bite to acquire... more

Kenyan court dismisses investigation into Telkom property sales

Kenya’s High Court has dismissed questions raised by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over the sale of Telkom Kenya’s properties during its privatisation, Business Daily reports. The EACC’s investigation... more