10 Jun 2021

Wireless

FCC to start 3.45GHz 5G auction on 5 October

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that its planned auction of 3.45GHz spectrum will commence on 5 October. The FCC’s Office of Economics and Analytics and the Wireless... more

Nkom finalises terms for upcoming 5G spectrum auction

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has published the final terms for its upcoming auction of 5G-suitable spectrum in the 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz bands. In a presentation released as... more

Claro begins 5G tests in Uruguay

Claro Uruguay has begun technical tests of 5G in the 28GHz band after receiving authorization from the Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones, URSEC). TeleSemana... more

Govt allocates 5MHz of 700MHz spectrum to Indian Railways

India’s Union Cabinet has approved the allocation of 5MHz of 700MHz spectrum to Indian Railways for public safety and security services at stations on its trains. In a statement, the... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Thailand’s AIS has partnered ZTE and Suranaree University of Technology to transform manufacturing plants into smart factories, using innovations including 5G Cloud AGV Autonomous Vehicles, 5G Patrol Robots, 5G AR... more

Cosmote hits 50% 5G coverage

Cosmote of Greece says its 5G network now offers 50% population coverage, seven months ahead of its target date. The telco launched 5G services in Athens and Thessaloniki in December... more

Broadband

Vodafone will upgrade cable speeds for 4m customers by 2023

Vodafone Germany has announced it is increasing the speed of its fixed broadband cable connections for around four million customers. Claimed to be the largest tariff upgrade programme for existing... more

Fixed broadband investments declined in Sweden in 2020

The Post and Telecom Agency of Sweden (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) says investments in fixed broadband infrastructure are declining, despite the state offering support for network rollouts in rural areas.... more

DishHome poised to launch Nepal’s fastest fibre service; share sale plans revealed

Nepalese pay-TV operator DishHome has informed NepaliTelecom.com that preparations are underway to launch a new 200Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service, which will become be the fastest broadband package available on the... more

Corporate/Financial

Altice UK acquires 12.1% stake in BT Group

Altice UK has announced its acquisition of a 12.1% stake in BT Group, becoming the largest shareholder in the UK-based operator, Reuters reports. With the stake said to be worth... more

Altice sounding out bidders for MEO, report says

Altice Europe is sounding out prospective bidders for its Portuguese business, PT Portugal (MEO), Reuters reports, citing three separate sources. The article notes that Spain’s Grupo MASMOVIL has been approached,... more

TDC to finalise separation of its businesses by the end of 2021

TDC has commenced the final phase of the separation to establish TDC Net and Nuuday as stand-alone companies. The process will be concluded on 31 December 2021, with TDC becoming... more