7 May 2021

Wireless

STC Kuwait launches commercial 5G standalone infrastructure; boosts 2100MHz 5G coverage

STC Kuwait has announced the commercial implementation of 5G standalone (SA) technology on its network, which it noted will enable higher uplink bandwidth especially catering to specialised use scenarios such... more

Telstra outlines investment plans for rural and remote areas

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Telstra has announced that over the course of the next four years it will lead a co-investment fund aimed at enhancing and extending coverage in... more

PLDT-Smart to double 5G footprint in 2021

Smart Communications, the mobile arm of PLDT Inc., reportedly plans to deploy 3,800 new 5G base stations this year, increasing the total number of sites it has on air to... more

DICT outlines telco towers programme; plans new measures to speed up broadband rollouts

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has outlined plans to build common tower infrastructure to speed up the rollout of internet services in commercially unviable areas. The Malaya... more

Helios Towers agrees major investment in Senegal

Independent telecoms infrastructure operator Helios Towers has signed an agreement with the Senegalese government to invest almost USD200 million in the country over five years, reports Agence Ecofin. The announcement... more

Verizon, UScellular stage successful 5G mmWave trials

US mobile giant Verizon Wireless has teamed up with Ericsson and MediaTek for a lab trial involving the aggregation of C-band spectrum with millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum. The trial aggregated... more

Telus to reach an additional 529 5G communities, 1m gigabit fibre premises by year-end

Canadian full-service operator Telus announced that it will expand its 5G network to an additional 529 urban and rural communities by the end of this year while expanding its ‘PureFibre’... more

Broadband

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

Fugro has completed the first phase of its marine site characterisation project for Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to support the Bifrost system, a new submarine fibre-optic cable aiming to link... more

BT issues update on broadband USO progress

British fixed line incumbent BT, which was designated by local telecoms regulator Ofcom as the Universal Service Provider (USP) for the UK (excluding Hull) in June 2019, has issued its... more

DELTA Fiber upgrading to 10Gbps with XGS-PON

Dutch broadband network operator DELTA Fiber Nederland has announced it is deploying XGS-PON fibre-optic technology to boost its peak end-user access speeds from 1Gbps to 10Gbps this year for consumers... more

Starlink achieves more than 500,000 sign-ups

Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture – has surpassed 500,000 sign-ups, company officials have confirmed. Speaking during the launch webcast... more

Corporate/Financial

Orange fails in buyout bid for Belgian subsidiary

Orange Group has announced it now holds 76.97% of Orange Belgium shares following the close of its extended offer period on 4 May. A total of 14,368,307 Orange Belgium shares... more

TIM to file complaint over merger rumours

The Italian government could be set to withdraw support for a plan formulated by its predecessor to merge the fixed assets of Telecom Italia (TIM) with wholesale operator Open Fiber.... more

American Tower sells 30% stake in ATC Europe to CDPQ for EUR1.6bn

American Tower Corporation (ATC) and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) have announced that the latter will acquire a 30% stake in ATC Europe as part of a... more

Liberty Global boosts Q1 net income by 41.5% y-o-y

Multinational cableco Liberty Global posted USD3.615 billion in Q1 2021 revenues, up 25.7% year-on-year on a reported basis, or up 0.2% on a rebased basis (rebased for acquisitions, dispositions, FX... more

VodafoneZiggo Q1 sales rise 1.8%

Dutch fixed and mobile operator VodafoneZiggo’s revenues grew 1.8% year-on-year to EUR1.01 billion (USD1.22 billion) in Q1 2021, although it posted a quarterly net loss of EUR13 million compared to... more

Miscellaneous

Ugandan government considers move to combine telecoms authorities

The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) could be merged into the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) under plans to streamline government agencies and authorities. A report from Techjaja says an... more