4 Mar 2021

Wireless

Anti ‘red tape’ agency orders NTC to issue frequencies to NOW Telecom

The Philippines’ new Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has reportedly instructed the regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), to assign frequencies to NOW Telecom so that it can operate cellular mobile... more

WOM on target for April launch; remaining interconnection agreements nearly complete

Partners Telecom Colombia (WOM) is poised to conclude its interconnection agreements with Movistar and Tigo in the coming days and is on target to stage its commercial launch in April.... more

Ethiopia could cancel offer of new concessions if bids are too low

With Ethiopia reported to have in mind a minimum amount that it aims to raise from the sale of new licences, which it is offering as part of the opening... more

CBN, Ericsson and UNISOC complete 700MHz 5G test

China Broadcasting Network (CBN, also known as China Radio and Television) has successfully completed a 700MHz 5G test, in partnership with vendors Ericson and UNISOC, and claims to have achieved... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

LoRaWAN network provider Everynet has partnered Actility to provide seamless integration between Everynet’s carrier-grade national networks and Actility’s IoT platforms via the ThingPark Exchange LoRaWAN peering hub, which currently connects... more

ENACOM to stage 5G trial this month

Argentina’s National Communications Agency (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM) has confirmed that it will stage a week-long 5G trial at its headquarters in Buenos Aires this month. The tests will... more

Broadband

Virgin Media trials multi-gigabit network technology

British broadband provider Virgin Media has trialled what it terms ‘innovative network technology which provides new ways to roll out multi-gigabit speeds to consumers and businesses’. In a press release... more

QTnet selects Nokia to power local 5G services in Kyushu

Kyushu Electric Power Co. broadband unit QTnet, working in partnership with Nokia, has announced the launch of a local 5G private fixed-wireless network – the first time such a system... more

Globe buddies up with CurvaNet to improve remote access via satellite

Ayala-led Globe Telecom is reportedly teaming up with broadband technology manufacturer Curvalux to explore the possibility of using low earth orbit satellites to improve internet access in remote parts of... more

Corporate/Financial

Four bidders circle TIM Brasil fibre assets

Fresh from the news that Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) has agreed to sell a 50% stake in its spun-off FiBrasil fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) unit to Canadian investment firm Caisse de depot et... more

United Group raises Forthnet stake to 96.8%

Amsterdam-based United Group now controls more than 96.8% of the shares of Greek ISP and pay-TV provider Forthnet following the completion of a mandatory tender offer for outstanding shares, Capital... more

PLDT’s FY20 net profit climbs on record-high revenue

Filipino telecoms giant PLDT (including mobile division Smart Communications) reported that consolidated service revenue climbed 9% to a record-high PHP171.5 billion (USD3.5 billion) in FY 2020, driven by a rise... more