28 May 2021

Wireless

DoT allots trial 5G spectrum to trio

The Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) division of India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has allocated temporary 5G spectrum licences to the nation’s three largest privately-owned cellcos, the Economic Times reports,... more

Optus announces completion of voice call over a standalone 5G network

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has announced that, in collaboration with Swedish vendor Ericsson and China’s OPPO, it has successfully carried out a voice call over a commercial 5G... more

Telenor Montenegro to begin testing 5G technology

Telenor Montenegro has signed a MoU with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (ETF) of Montenegro to establish a 5G test environment, eKapija reports. The partnership aims to strengthen and improve... more

Belgian consultation committee approves draft law for 5G auction

The Belgian Consultation Committee, which brings together representatives from the country’s federal and regional governments, has approved draft legislation that would enable the country's long-delayed 5G spectrum auction to be... more

Vivo trials Cloud Native 5G SA with AWS

Brazilian mobile market leader Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) has reportedly teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to ‘test and validate’ a 5G Standalone (SA) Cloud Native Core solution. According to... more

Croatia invites applications for 5G auction

Croatia’s Regulatory Agency for Network Operations (HAKOM) has opened applications for its 5G spectrum auction in which it will offer frequencies in the 700MHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands. Prospective bidders... more

Bell reaches 35% 5G coverage, aims for 70% by year-end

Bell Canada announced that its 5G mobile network is now available to approximately 35% of the national population and is ‘on track’ to reach ‘up to 70%’ by the end... more

Telia Eesti plans 3G shutdown by end-2023

Estonian fixed and wireless operator Telia Eesti has confirmed plans to close its 3G network by the end of 2023. The firm says that only around 1% of its mobile... more

Telenor, Jazz submit second instalment of disputed licence fee

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has received PKR15.82 billion (around USD103.17 million according to the watchdog) against the second instalment of the licence renewal fee from cellcos Telenor Pakistan and... more

Broadband

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

The Arctic Connect submarine cable project – developed by Finnish company Cinia in collaboration with MegaFon – has been put on hold. In a press release, Megafon stated: ‘We made... more

Giganet extends partnership with CityFibre to 22 more locations

British ISP Giganet has struck a deal to will use the CityFibre network to provide gigabit connectivity in a further 22 towns and cities, the two companies have announced. Six... more

Celcom inks deal with Allo to extend reach of its fixed broadband offerings

Malaysia’s Celcom has announced a deal with Allo – a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysian multinational electricity company Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) – which will reportedly enable it to extend... more

CRTC scraps its 2019 decision lowering wholesale internet access rates

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued a decision (2021-181 of 27 May 2021) finalising wholesale rates for smaller ISPs to access large operators’ high speed broadband networks... more

Ooredoo launches raft of new business services

Ooredoo has launched the ‘Enterprise Edge’ managed service in Qatar to accelerate cloud adoption, improve operational agility, and address network connectivity’s need for cost-effective bandwidth, implemented in partnership with VMware.... more

T-Mobile contracts Nokia for optical network modernisation and managed security

Nokia has been selected by T-Mobile Netherlands as a strategic partner to accelerate digital transformation while securing fixed and mobile networks against cyber threats. The partnership will provide the operator... more

Corporate/Financial

Shareholders approve 1&1 name change

Shareholders of 1&1 Drillisch have approved a proposal to change the company's name to 1&1 at the Annual General Meeting. The firm, which was created in 2017 through the merger... more

MegaFon Q1 revenue, OIBDA up 2.0%, 0.3%

Russian cellco MegaFon’s revenue grew by 2.0 % year-on-year to RUB81.1 billion (USD1.1 billion) in the first quarter of 2021, with operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA) improving by... more