19 Mar 2021

Wireless

T-Mobile US 5G base tops 10m, CEO reveals

T-Mobile US CEO Mike Sievert has indicated that the cellco’s 5G user base has already topped the ten million milestone. In an interview with Alix Steel on Bloomberg TV, the... more

Government preparing to begin 5G testing in four cities

Nepal’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MOCIT) has announced that it will soon commence testing of 5G networks in four cities of the country, reports The Himalayan Times. Communications... more

French cellcos launch 5G services in Paris

All French cellcos – Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile – are switching on their 5G networks in the capital Paris today (19 March). TeleGeography notes that French operators... more

AT&T hands Nokia C-band 5G rollout contract

AT&T Communications has handed Finnish vendor Nokia a five-year deal to deploy its C-band 5G network in parts of the US. AT&T will leverage Nokia’s C-band portfolio, which includes support... more

TRCSL says number portability could become a reality from October

Following the conclusion of its recent public consultation on the matter, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has announced that fixed number portability (FNP) and mobile number portability... more

RCS&RDS loses court appeal over 3.7GHz licence extension

RCS&RDS has lost a case in the Bucharest Court of Appeal concerning the conditions of its 3700MHz licence granted in 2015, reports Profit.ro. The company, which operates mobile services under... more

Rogers assisting Eeyou Mobility launch in Quebec

Canada’s largest mobile operator Rogers Communications announced that it is helping northern Quebec start-up Eeyou Mobility launch its network, by providing wireless spectrum to enable connectivity for more residents in... more

Telus implements cloud automation, slicing tech with DZS

Canadian fixed and mobile operator Telus has selected DZS’ Cloud End-to-End Orchestration & Automation (E2EO) solution, described as a carrier-grade, cloud native platform designed to simplify and automate the deployment... more

Broadband

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

Confluence Networks has announced that MasTec has acquired an equity interest in Confluence, a Florida-based developer of submarine fibre-optic systems. The investment will allow the company to complete the development... more

BT confirms plans to reach 20 million premises with FTTP by late-2020s

Following UK telecom regulator Ofcom setting out plans for its regulation of fixed access services for the five years from 1 April 2021 yesterday (18 March), BT has moved to... more

Celcom, Digi and Maxis ink definitive agreement on fibre infrastructure sharing

Malaysian communications providers Celcom Axiata, Digi Telecommunications and Maxis have concluded a definitive agreement to jointly develop and share fibre infrastructure, The Edge Markets reports. In February 2020 the trio... more

Italian minister urges progress in TIM-Open Fiber tie-up talks

Italy’s Minister for Technological Innovation, Vittorio Colao, says the government needs to resolve the stalemate in negotiations to create a single national broadband network provider. Talks to secure a merger... more

Wireline

Verizon submits copper retirement notice for Washington DC

US incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) Verizon Communications has submitted a ‘Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) Copper Retirement Network Change’ notification with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) covering its legacy networks... more

Corporate/Financial

Somtel starts selling shares to public

Somaliland-based Somtel has launched its initial public offering (IPO) and has set the price of its shares at USD100 per share. Somtel provides fixed and mobile telecoms services to private... more

Ooredoo targets 30% share of Indonesian market if Hutch merger goes ahead

Qatar-listed Ooredoo is reportedly eyeing ‘as much as 30%’ of the mobile market in Indonesia after it completes a merger involving its Indosat Ooredoo subsidiary and CK Hutchison Holdings’ Hutchison... more