9 Mar 2021

Wireless

Cibicom, Nokia to roll out new 450MHz LTE infrastructure

Danish ISP Cibicom – which owns and operates the Danish national radio/TV broadcast network alongside a nationwide LoRaWAN IoT network, data centres and critical communications systems – has inked an... more

Telekom tests 5G SA network with video call

Telekom Deutschland says it has carried out an uninterrupted video call over its 5G Standalone (SA) network. After numerous tests, the call was made via the firm’s first standalone antenna... more

Spark activates 5G services in Christchurch

New Zealand telco Spark has expanded its 5G network to central Christchurch to enable fans to watch the America’s Cup action live at the city’s official FanZone from 10 to... more

Just 1% of smartphones compatible with DSS 5G, Claro CTO reveals

Andre Sarcinelli, the CTO of Claro Brasil, has revealed that just 1% of smartphones used within its 5G footprint are compatible with the new dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) network. The... more

Broadband

Telecom Armenia to deploy 10Gbps fibre network in Yerevan

Telecom Armenia (formerly VEON, trading as Beeline) has announced plans to build a state of the art fibre-optic Next Generation Network (NGN) in the capital, Yerevan. Work on the NGN... more

Digicel Curacao to provide high speed fibre to schools

The Government of Curacao and Digicel have signed an agreement on the School Digitalisation Project to offer high speed fibre-optic internet to 118 schools, under a joint plan overseen by... more

Claro launches fixed-wireless 5G service

Mexican-owned full-service provider Claro Peru has launched commercial fixed-wireless broadband services via 5G technology, having received authorisation from the telecom ministry to use its existing 3.5GHz spectrum for the service... more

Ministry indicates ‘transitional period’ plans for migrating 3.5GHz regional fixed broadband users

Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development, Communications & Mass Media issued a statement confirming that government agencies have not yet agreed on the extension of existing fixed-wireless broadband frequency licences used... more

Corporate/Financial

Vocus agrees to AUD3.5bn buyout by Macquarie-led consortium

Australia’s Vocus Group has agreed to a AUD3.5 billion (USD2.68 billion) takeover offer from a consortium comprising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and pension fund Aware Super. The announcement... more

DISH to acquire Republic Wireless

DISH Network has announced the takeover of Republic Wireless, an MVNO that operates using the T-Mobile US network. Upon closing, DISH will assume approximately 200,000 customer relationships, the Republic Wireless... more

Vantage Towers listing to raise at least EUR2bn; Digital Colony, RRJ onboard

Vodafone Group has priced the initial public offering (IPO) of its Vantage Towers infrastructure subsidiary at a base offer size of EUR2.0 billion (USD2.4 billion). The offer period commenced today... more

CityFibre looking to offload ‘substantial minority stake’ to new investor

UK-based CityFibre Holdings has appointed investment banks UBS and Rothschild to identify a new investor to support its GBP4 billion (USD5.5 billion) investment programme. According to Sky News, which cites... more

Rostelecom’s 4Q20 revenue jumps 23% y-o-y

Russia’s Rostelecom reported that its fourth-quarter 2020 revenues grew by 23% to RUB163.0 billion (USD2.2 billion) compared to Q4 2019, underpinned by mobile services revenue (including Tele2 Russia) climbing 15%... more