22 Mar 2021

Wireless

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) has announced that it has awarded the country’s first MVNO licence to a consortium comprising Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA)... more

Nokia to deploy SA 5G network for M1, StarHub JV

Nokia has been selected to roll out what it describes as the first Standalone (SA) 5G RAN deployment in South East Asia. The contract has been awarded by Antina, a... more

Telenor Norge confirms it now has more than 200,000 5G subscribers

Norwegian mobile network operator (MNO) Telenor Norge has announced that it has signed up more than 200,000 5G subscribers since its commercial launch of the next-generation mobile broadband technology in... more

Spusu begins 5G network rollout in Lower Austria

Austrian MVNO Spusu has announced it has begun the rollout of a 5G network in Lower Austria, with a view to becoming the country’s fourth mobile network operator. In a... more

SoftBank adds mmWave to 5G services

Japan’s SoftBank Corp has launched 5G mmWave-based (29GHz) services, using devices based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Mobile/Modem-RF Systems, with the ‘Pocket WiFi 5G A004ZT’ mmWave mobile hotspot now available for... more

Nepal Telecom granted mobile money licence

Nepali Digital Payment Company, a joint venture created by state-owned telecoms provider Nepal Telecom (NT) and Rastriya Banijya Bank, has received authorisation from Nepal Rasta Bank to operate a mobile... more

Turk Telekom tests 4.5Gbps 5G; raises fibre performance with AI

Turk Telekom (TT) and Nokia have conducted tests in which they claimed a new 5G ‘world record’ data transmission speed of above 4.5Gbps, using mmWave (26GHz) spectrum bands in an... more

Broadband

DCMS unveils GBP5bn ‘Project Gigabit’

More than one million hard to reach homes and businesses across the UK are to gain access to ‘next generation gigabit broadband’ in the first phase of a GBP5 billion... more

Italy’s fibre market gets more competition

Italy’s national postal operator says its digital services arm PostePay is set to launch fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services later this year. The company is already the country’s largest MVNO by subscribers... more

Telekom upgrades broadband speeds for 377,000 homes

Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has revealed that it upgraded fixed broadband speeds for an additional 377,000 households since the start of the year.... more

Corporate/Financial

Govt completes exit from Tata Communications; Airtel to dilute stake for Telemedia takeover

The Indian government has completed the sale of its remaining 10% stake in Tata Communications to Panatone Finvest – part of the Tata Sons conglomerate – in an off-market trade,... more

Miscellaneous

Telekom Romania under investigation for abuse of dominant position

Romania’s Competition Council has announced that it is investigating Telekom Romania Communications for potentially abusing its dominant market position. The operator is suspected of arbitrarily increasing tariffs in 2019 for... more