4 Jun 2021

Wireless

Telkomsel launches 5G in three cities

Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular) has switched on its 5G signal in three Indonesian cities, namely Balikpapan, Medan and Surakarta, as it forges ahead with its pledge to be ‘the first 5G... more

Crnogorski Telekom first in Montenegro to test 5G network

Crnogorski Telekom (CT) has begun 5G network testing in Bijelo Polje and Berane, making it the first telecoms operator in Montenegro to successfully test a 5G network at several locations... more

AEK invites EoIs for 5G spectrum in 700MHz, 3.6GHz and 26GHz bands by 5 July

The Agency for Electronic Communications (AEK) has opened a public hearing on its intention to award spectrum for 5G use, giving interested parties until 5 July to submit their expressions... more

Ofcom proposes annual licence fee for Arqiva and Airwave’s 400MHz spectrum

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has published its proposed licence fees for paired spectrum in the 400MHz band, currently licensed to Arqiva and Airwave, calling for feedback from interested parties by... more

TRC invites licensees to apply for licence renewal

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has invited the country’s telecoms licensees to re-apply for their licences ahead of the expiration of the respective concessions... more

Vodafone Group boosts 5G capacity in Open RAN demo

Vodafone Group has announced that it has successfully demonstrated how an Open Radio Access Network (RAN) platform can boost the capacity of 5G where multiple customers are using the same... more

Bell, Telus 5G reaches Ottawa; Rogers claims 5G first in Saint John

The 5G mobile networks of Bell Canada and Telus are now live in the country’s capital city Ottawa, reports iphoneincanada.ca. A Bell spokesperson confirmed to the blog site that its... more

Broadband

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

The trans-Atlantic EllaLink cable system linking Europe and Latin America has entered commercial operation. The 6,200km cable has landing stations at Sines in Portugal and Praia Grande near Sao Paolo... more

Monaco Telecom announces commercial launch of fibre services

Monopoly broadband provider Monaco Telecom (MT) has officially launched commercial fibre broadband services following the completion of network testing. Having announced in March the completion of a three-year programme to... more

Govt lifts minimum access speeds to 70% of contracted rate

The Peruvian government has published Law 31207, increasing the guaranteed minimum connection speed operators are required to provide to 70% of the contracted rate (up from 40% previously). The law... more

Corporate/Financial

Telefonica closes EUR900m LatAm Telxius tower sale

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has announced that its Telxius infrastructure unit has completed the sale of its Latin American tower business to American Tower Corporation (ATC). The transaction was valued... more

Airtel sells 1,400 towers in Tanzania to SBA and Paradigm

Airtel Africa, Bharti Airtel’s majority-owned pan-African division, has agreed the sale of Airtel Tanzania’s telecom tower portfolio to a joint venture majority-owned by US-based SBA Communications and minority-owned by UK-based... more

DT, Cellnex finalise agreement to combine Netherlands tower business, form investment fund

Cellnex and Deutsche Telekom (DT) have completed an agreement whereby Cellnex Netherlands will integrate T-Mobile Infra’s 3,150 telecommunications towers and sites in the Netherlands. After receiving the green light from... more