21 May 2021

Wireless

Citymesh will bid to become fourth national mobile operator

Belgian B2B wireless connectivity provider Citymesh has announced it plans to apply for the entire spectrum package reserved for a fourth operator in the upcoming 5G auction, confirming its ambition... more

Telefonica 5G reaches 60 German cities; 5G SA core network launched

Telefonica Deutschland has announced that its 5G network is now available in around 60 cities, including Augsburg and Ingolstadt (in Bavaria), Aachen, Gelsenkirchen and Schwerte (North Rhine-Westphalia), and Sindelfingen, Affalterbach... more

Claro to purchase Entel’s excess 3.5GHz airwaves

Claro Chile has agreed to purchase a 2x15MHz tranche of 3.5GHz spectrum from rival full-service provider Entel for USD10.75 million, Pisapapeles reports. Following the auction of 5G licences earlier this... more

Digicel PNG completes 4G network expansion project

Mobile network operator (MNO) Digicel PNG has announced the completion of its network expansion project, the Post Courier reports, citing comments made by the cellco’s CEO Colin Stone. According to... more

Ooredoo Kuwait rolls out VoWiFi

Mobile operator Ooredoo Kuwait has announced the launch of Voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) services, initially available on Huawei and OnePlus devices, and promised on other devices soon. Implemented by the Ooredoo Business... more

SIM registration programme to begin in late June

Ghana’s Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has confirmed that a SIM re-registration programme using the national ID card known as Ghana Card will begin in late June and... more

Beeline launches VoWiFi pilot service in Moscow

Russian cellco VimpelCom (Beeline) has launched Voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) services in pilot mode for its customers in the city of Moscow and the Moscow region. The service, also known as Wi-Fi... more

Broadband

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

IslaLink and Orange Group’s Italian subsidiary Elettra are planning to deploy a new submarine cable system, dubbed IONIAN, linking Crotone in Italy with Preveza (Greece). The submarine infrastructure will be complemented... more

One million households enrolled in Emergency Broadband Benefit scheme after one week, FCC confirms

Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has announced that its new Emergency Broadband Benefit programme has enrolled more than one million households in the week... more

NTIA announces USD288m funding for broadband rollouts

The US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced the availability of USD288 million in grant funding for the deployment of broadband infrastructure. Grants will be... more

SFN accuses Swisscom of ‘monopolistic behaviour’ for backing out of open fibre programme

Swiss fibre infrastructure provider Swiss Fibre Net (SFN) has accused state-owned full-service provider Swisscom of ‘unacceptable monopolistic behaviour’ after the company withdrew from a programme to jointly deploy fibre networks... more

Corporate/Financial

Cellcom returns to profit in 1Q21 as revenues rise 16% y-o-y

Israel’s Cellcom has published its financial results for the first quarter of 2021, reporting an almost 16% increase in revenues, and posting a quarterly profit for the first time since... more

Converge ICT reports 84% rise in Q1 revenues and ‘record profitability’ on strong subscriber growth

Broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions has released its latest financial results, highlighting ‘record growth and profitability’ in January-March 2021 as revenues climbed 83.6% to PHP5.547 billion (USD115.93 million) from PHP3.021... more