9 Apr 2021

Wireless

EE switches on 5G in 35 new locations as it nears active subscriber milestone

Mobile network operator (MNO) EE has announced it has switched on its 5G network in 35 new towns and cities across the United Kingdom, while also confirming the addition of... more

Unitel signs '5G-ready' three-year RAN, core and services agreement with Ericsson

Angola’s leading cellco Unitel and Ericsson have signed a three-year frame agreement for the supply of Ericsson Radio System solutions as well as core solutions and related services, with the... more

Ucell announces 5G launch in central Tashkent

Uzbekistan’s largest mobile operator by subscribers Ucell announced the launch of 5G mobile network services in the central business district of the capital city Tashkent on 8 April. The company... more

WOM Colombia unveils tariffs; 4G deployed in 120 municipalities

WOM Colombia unveiled a full suite of pre-paid and post-paid tariffs this week, as it seeks to take the fight to the country’s incumbent operators. The first 150,000 customers who... more

Malta releases details of planned 5G sale

The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) has published more details relating to its auction of 5G-capable spectrum, which is expected later this year. It will offer six lots of 2x5MHz in... more

MCMC consults on proposed revisions to QoS standards

A public inquiry has been launched by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on proposed revisions to the Mandatory Standards for Quality of Service (MSQoS) for wireless broadband, fixed... more

Broadband

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

Iceland-based connectivity provider Farice and New Jersey-based subsea cable provider SubCom have announced that the contract for the supply and installation of the IRIS submarine cable system aiming to connect... more

Uganda plans 12% tax on internet access

The government of Uganda is proposing a new tax on internet services to replace its much-criticised fee for using over-the-top (OTT) services such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. The OTT... more

Keppel unit secures FBO licence to launch subsea business

The Straits Times reports that Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T) subsidiary, Keppel Midgard Holdings, has been issued with a facilities-based operator (FBO) licence by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority... more

Ekinops delivering virtualised access network functions for Telus

Optical transport and enterprise connectivity solution provider Ekinops has been selected by Canadian fixed and mobile operator Telus to deploy network function virtualisation (NFV) and next-generation software-defined network (SDN) capabilities.... more

Corporate/Financial

Orange Group maintains offer price for Belgian buyout as bid opens

Orange Group has launched its conditional voluntary public takeover bid for all the shares it does not already own in Orange Belgium. Despite calls from some minority shareholders to increase... more

EB Capital lines up seven ISP takeovers

Brazilian private equity fund EB Capital is poised to unveil a series of seven ISP takeovers between now and June, as it seeks to consolidate the country’s fragmented regional fibre... more

DoT issues SCN to Vi over licence fees, clashes with Airtel over Videocon’s AGR dues

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued a show cause notice (SCN) to Vodafone Idea (Vi) for non-payment of licence fees for seven areas, the Economic Times writes. The dues... more