18 Mar 2021

Wireless

Hutch Lanka hits speeds of 1.8Gbps during inaugural 5G trial

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Hutch), a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison Holdings, has held its first 5G trial event at HUTCH One Galle Face Premier Experience Center, achieving a data... more

Orange Espana 5G coverage reaches 295 municipalities

Orange Espana has announced that its 5G network now covers 295 municipalities across 38 provinces, equivalent to population coverage of 23%. Going forward, the telco expects its 5G service to... more

FCC seeks comment on 3.45GHz-3.55GHz auction

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted a Public Notice seeking comment on procedures for the auction of 100MHz of mid-band spectrum in the 3.45GHz-3.55GHz range that can be used... more

Expresso launches 4G network

Expresso Telecom, Senegal’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, officially launched its 4G LTE network on 17 March, following delays caused by financial and administrative issues. The operator... more

CRC sets 6 April as new date for 5G auction

Bulgaria’s telecommunications authority the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has announced that it will hold a ‘secret’ bidding tender for 5G-suitable spectrum in the 3.6GHz band on 6 April 2021. The... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Telefonica Argentina (Movistar) has launched an NB-IoT network pilot in partnership with electricity provider Edenor, enabling remote smart meter reading and supporting remote detection of faults, clandestine connections, cuts and... more

MegaCom wins 2300MHz licences

Kyrgyzstan’s State Communications Agency (SCA) announced on its website that state-backed mobile operator MegaCom has won two spectrum licences in the 2300MHz-2400MHz TDD range at auction with total bids of... more

Kyrgyz regulator says 5G pilots suspended

Kyrgyzstan’s State Communications Agency (SCA) – a subordinate agency of the State Committee for Information Technology & Communications – has disclosed that planned launches of test/pilot 5G networks have been... more

Slovakia opens 3.5GHz auction consultation

Slovakia’s Office for Regulation of Electronic Communications & Postal Services (Regulacny urad, RU) has opened a consultation into the award of 5G-capable 3.5GHz spectrum. Existing rights in that band expire... more

Broadband

Ofcom outlines plans for wholesale regulation designed to bolster UK’s fibre future

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom expects ‘millions of homes’ to be upgraded to faster, more reliable broadband under newly announced regulations which it claims are designed to ‘help shape the UK’s... more

Togocom provides 2020 progress report; outlines further fibre deployments for 2021

Paulin Alazard, the managing director of Togocom – the telecoms holding company created by the formal transformation of the Togo Telecom Group – has revealed that the company has now... more

MTC launches public consultation on Azteca contract

Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has initiated a resolution procedure to determine a course of action regarding the concession to manage the National... more

United Group chooses Nokia for fibre expansion

Amsterdam-based United Group has selected Nokia to support its rollout of next generation fibre networks across its operations in southeastern Europe. The group, whose telecommunications brands include Telemach, Vivacom, SBB,... more

Corporate/Financial

Sales down 3% for CK Hutch telecoms business in 2020

Hong Kong-based group CK Hutchison has reported its financial results for full-year 2020, with its telecoms division, CK Hutchison Group Telecom, posting a 3% drop in annual revenue to HKD90.66... more

Miscellaneous

FCC moves to revoke more Chinese telco concessions

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has disclosed plans revoke the operating licences of a further three Chinese telecoms companies – China Unicom, Pacific Networks and ComNet (which is a subsidiary... more