11 Mar 2021

Mobile

Senate grants DITO 25-year franchise

The Philippines’ Senate committee on public services yesterday (10 March) approved the issuance of a new 25-year operating franchise to the country’s new third telco, DITO Telecommunity Corp. Local press... more

Optus confirms tests of 5G FDD and TDD carrier aggregation

Australia’s Optus has claimed ‘another 5G milestone’, with the cellco revealing that for the first time it has successfully combined 2100MHz spectrum with 3500MHz spectrum through the use of 5G... more

Telstra concludes 5G tests using spectrum in 850MHz band

Telstra has completed tests of 5G offered via 850MHz spectrum that it has repurposed from its 3G network and now says the new technology is ‘ready for commercial use’, according... more

MTS Belarus reports 44% rise in mobile data traffic in 2020 fuelled by 20% increase in cell sites

MTS Belarus reported strong growth in mobile internet traffic in 2020, as consumption surged 43.6% when compared to the previous twelve-month period on the back of a 56.5% increase in... more

DoT imposes new restrictions on procurement; govt defers MTNL/BSNL tie-up

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has amended the terms of telecommunications licences, altering the rules regarding procurement of equipment on national security grounds. The new clause requires that providers only... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA) has awarded a nationwide 20-year 450MHz frequency licence to critical infrastructure operator 450connect, which announced that it will begin a national LTE-450 radio network expansion... more

Fixed Broadband

Converge ICT breaks 1m subscribers barrier in 2020

Privately-owned fibre broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions said net profits increased by 78% on an annualised basis to PHP3.38 billion (USD69.7 million) in FY20 as revenues soared 71% to PHP15.65... more

Malawi seeks to increase access to affordable internet

The government of Malawi is aiming to increase access to internet services from the current level of 14% of the population to 80% by 2026. ITWeb reports that the plan... more

Mark Twain Communications selects Ericsson for 5G-ready upgrade

Ericsson has been selected by US fixed-wireless access (FWA) provider Mark Twain Communications Company (MTCC) to upgrade its existing 4G equipment to a 5G-ready standard. Under the partnership, Ericsson will... more

EOLO strengthens partnership with Open Fiber

Italian wholesale network operator Open Fiber is expanding its collaboration with fixed-wireless provider EOLO. The agreement will see Open Fiber's backbone infrastructure used to connect an additional 1,000 sites on... more

Corporate/Financial

Zayo to acquire Intelligent Fiber Network

Intelligent Fiber Network (IFN) has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Zayo Group Holdings. IFN, which is currently owned by 21 Indiana-based telcos and one rural electric... more

China Telecom planning USD4bn listing in Shanghai

Chinese full-service provider China Telecom has announced plans to sell up to 12.09 billion shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), equivalent to a stake of around 13% – although... more

Miscellaneous

United Group could remove Huawei equipment from networks

Amsterdam-based telecoms and pay-TV firm United Group is considering ditching Huawei equipment from its networks. The group has operations across in southeastern Europe and the Balkans, in markets such as... more