26 Mar 2021

Mobile

Safaricom launches 5G trials in four cities

Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom has announced the launch of 5G trials for both individual and enterprise customers in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii and Kakamega. As part of the trials, the company... more

O2 CR to shut down 3G network in 2H21; plans to cover whole of Prague with 5G

O2 Czech Republic plans to switch off its legacy 3G networks in the second half of this year, freeing up frequencies for 4G to further develop its infrastructure, and to... more

Verizon offloads mmWave spectrum to GeoLinks

Southern California-based GeoLinks has entered into a deal to acquire 208 Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) band spectrum licences from Verizon covering a number of major US markets. Markets covered... more

Telekom 5G reaches 80% of Germans; coverage rising to 90% by year-end

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has announced that its 5G network already reaches 80% of the German population via a total of 50,000... more

Ofcom confirms 5G spectrum auction has moved to negotiation period

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed that its auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz-3.8GHz bands has moved to the ‘negotiation period’, following its announcement of the results of... more

Rogers launches Wireless Private Networks for large businesses

Canada’s Rogers Communications, via its Rogers for Business division, has launched a managed solution for Wireless Private Networks (WPN) that provides large businesses with a dedicated on-site wireless network platform... more

TRAI orders bulk SMS filtering system to resume in full on 1 April

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued notices to the nation’s mobile operators to resume blocking SMS via so-called ‘content scrubbing’ filters from 1 April 2021, the Economic... more

Telenor Hungary ‘soft launching’ 5G services

Hungarian news site HWSW reports that the country’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers Telenor Hungary – a subsidiary of PPF Telecom Group – is carrying out a soft launch... more

ETB, ZTE achieve 1.2Gbps speeds in Bogota 5G trial

Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota (ETB) has teamed up with Chinese vendor ZTE to stage a 5G trial in its local market. According to BN Americas the test generated download... more

PTS proposing a single auction for expiring 2G, 3G and 4G licences

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has launched a public consultation regarding the allocation of spectrum in the 900MHz, 2100MHz and 2.6GHz bands. The regulator is... more

Fixed Broadband

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

US-based vendor Xtera has been selected by Galapagos Cable Systems (GCS) to deploy its new 1,280km submarine cable system between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The subsea cable will... more

Openreach reveals its FTTP network now passes 4.5 million premises

BT network arm Openreach has announced a milestone in its rollout of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, revealing that its network now passes 4.5 million premises across the country. In a statement... more

Proximus joint venture to invest heavily in Flemish fibre network

Fiberklaar, the joint venture between Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus and Sweden’s EQT Infrastructure announced in November 2020, has revealed it will invest more than EUR2.5 billion (USD2.95 billion) in... more

Orange Romania launches fixed 5G internet for business customers

Orange Romania has introduced a new 5G fixed internet service for business customers in Romania, offering unlimited access at speeds of up to 1.2Gbps (355.6Mbps over 4G). Orange claims the... more

Corporate/Financial

Smile investors in talks to avoid liquidation

South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Saudi investors are in talks to avoid a potential liquidation of pan-African operator Smile Telecoms Holdings, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the... more

Saudi regulator gives in-principle approval to Mobily, Zain towers merger

Saudi Arabia’s Communications & IT Commission (CITC) has approved in-principle an application to merge wireless tower infrastructure submitted by cellcos Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Zain Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) in... more

Telus to raise CAD1.3bn in stock sale to accelerate fibre/5G investment

Canadian telco Telus yesterday disclosed a plan to raise CAD1.3 billion (USD1.03 billion) via an equity offering, selling 51.3 million shares to underwriters at CAD25.35 apiece, representing a 3.4% discount... more

Portuguese Competition Authority approves Aire takeover of AR Telecom

The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrencia, AdC) has approved the proposed takeover of AR Telecom by Spanish operator Aire Networks del Mediterraneo. The deal was submitted on 18 February... more

Reliance to reduce shareholding in ISPs Hathway and DEN

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) – the parent company of India’s largest mobile provider by subscribers, Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) – is set to reduce its stake in ISPs Hathway Cable... more

DT and ST lose lengthy legal battle to dodge EU fines

German telecoms group Deutsche Telekom (DT) has lost an appeal to overturn an EU fine imposed in 2014 relating to its operations in Slovakia. DT and its subsidiary Slovak Telekom... more

Partner cites impact of COVID-19 as it reports lower revenues in 2020

Israel’s Partner Communications has published its financial results for both the last quarter of 2020 and the full year, reporting lower revenues in both the three- and twelve-month periods. For... more

Bezeq's revenues flat in 4Q20, but sees 2.3% decline in full year turnover

Bezeq has reported revenues of ILS8.72 billion (USD2.7 billion) for the year ended 31 December 2020, representing a 2.3% year-on-year decline, although it noted that turnover in the final quarter... more