12 Mar 2021

Wireless

Verizon to pump USD10bn into C-band 5G rollout

US mobile giant Verizon has shared new details regarding its future 5G rollout plans, which will involve a whopping USD10 billion worth of capital expenditure over the next three years,... more

T-Mobile spends USD9.3bn on C-band spectrum; will use to bolster 2.5GHz 5G rollout

T-Mobile US has confirmed that it spent just over USD9.3 billion in the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Auction 107 sale of C-band spectrum. The mobile giant says it won... more

UScellular bags 254 C-band licences for USD1.46bn

United States Cellular Corporation (trading as UScellular) has confirmed that it acquired 254 C-band licences in the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Auction 107 sale, covering 94% of its subscriber... more

DCMS claims ‘breakthrough’ on GBP500m support package for rural mobile coverage

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), claims it has moved a step closer to delivering improved mobile coverage in rural areas, following the publication of its... more

DEA commences auction for spectrum in five frequency bands

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA, or Energistyrelsen) has commenced the first and second stages of its auction for tech-neutral spectrum in the 1500MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands, with... more

SA multi-band spectrum auction delayed following Telkom challenge

The High Court in Pretoria has issued an interdict preventing Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) from proceeding with the auction for high demand spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz,... more

DITO signs up 20k users on debut; looking to be profitable by year five

DITO CME, the holding company which indirectly holds stakes in DITO Telecommunity, released a statement on 12 March 2021 saying the new third telco expects to pay off liabilities and... more

Telekom continues 5G rollout, increases 4G coverage to 98.7% of Germans

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of German telecoms group Deutsche Telekom (DT), has installed 5G at 892 locations across the country in the past two months. Thanks... more

Broadband

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

The HKA consortium – comprising RTI, China Telecom, China Unicom, Facebook, Tata Communications and Telstra – has withdrawn its application to construct a new submarine cable between the US and... more

Corporate/Financial

Govt unveils plans to cut taxes on telecom sector

Pakistan’s government has announced plans to grant the telecommunications sector industry status, with reduced taxes and duties as part of the upcoming budget, with a view to boosting the sector... more

Miscellaneous

TIM faces EUR1.1bn claim for damages

Vodafone Italy and Fastweb are suing Telecom Italia (TIM) for a total of EUR1.1 billion (USD1.3 billion) in damages, Reuters reports. The claim follows a ruling by Italy’s Competition Authority... more