1 Apr 2021

Wireless

Samsung wins deal to start KDDI’s 700MHz 5G rollout

South Korean equipment maker Samsung has revealed it has been selected to deliver a 700MHz solution for Japanese mobile operator KDDI, augmenting the latter’s commercial 5G network which already uses... more

JCRA to modify JT and Sure’s concessions as part of plans to modernise regulation

A programme designed to modernise regulation and help set conditions for investment in new mobile technology, including 5G, has been announced by the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA), with the... more

Robi deploys 4.5G across its entire network

Bangladeshi cellco Robi Axiata has announced that it has deployed 4.5G technology across its entire network comprising 13,400 mobile sites. The company revealed that 4.5G services are currently operated in... more

6% of Swedes have 5G-ready handset

Tre Sweden says that 6% of Swedes have bought a 5G-capable smartphone, while 29% say they will upgrade to 5G next time they replace their handset. Although this is encouraging... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Saudi Arabian cello Mobily has partnered Nokia to deploy NB-IoT 1800MHz network coverage connecting more than 4,000 sites with cell radius averaging 20km per cell, and offering new services to... more

Broadband

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

Facebook and Google have announced a new submarine cable, dubbed Echo, aiming to connect Singapore, Indonesia and North America. The Echo cable will run from Eureka, California (US) to Changi... more

Biden unveils USD100bn broadband plan

New US president Joe Biden has announced a sweeping infrastructure plan which includes USD100 billion worth of funding to connect unserved Americans to high speed broadband services. The funding forms... more

Eiasa launches Megaya fibre ISP in Medellin

Colombian energy company Energia Integral Andina (Eiasa) has launched a new fibre-optic ISP called Megaya to meet increasing demand in the city of Medellin. The operator’s greenfield fibre rollout has... more

Corporate/Financial

Northpower acquires government’s remaining stake in UFB project

New Zealand utility firm Northpower has announced the purchase of Crown Infrastructure Partners’ (CIP's) remaining stake in Northpower Fibre, the venture formed to deliver the government’s Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB)... more

Vodafone Iceland to sell passive mobile infrastructure; divests Faroese unit Hey

Icelandic telecoms/media company Syn (Vodafone Iceland) has signed agreements relating to the sale and leaseback of passive mobile infrastructure to international investors for a profit of over ISK6 billion (USD47... more

Telus completes CAD1.3bn share sale

Canadian telco Telus announced on 31 March 2021 the closing of its 'bought deal offering' of common shares launched on 25 March. The company sold an aggregate of 51,300,000 common... more