17 Jun 2021

Wireless

Rogers claims 50% 5G population coverage; network reaches Nova Scotia

Rogers Communications has expanded its 5G mobile network to parts of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with further expansion to neighbouring communities expected soon. Rogers highlights that it remains the sole 5G... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

South Korea’s KT Corp has tested an autonomous/remote-controlled cruise ship connected to its 5G network, reports the Korea Herald. The ship navigated the narrow 10km Pohang Canal without a captain... more

MTN Group plots Open RAN deployment across entire African network

MTN Group has revealed it is looking to modernise its network using Open RAN technology, allowing for the rapid expansion of 4G and 5G population coverage across its markets, in... more

Indosat secures SKLO for 5G trials

Indosat Ooredoo has now secured a Certificate of Operation Eligibility (SKLO) from the Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI, or KemKominfo) allowing it to kick off trials of 5G technologies.... more

Vodacom threatens to cut off Tmcel due to unpaid fees

Vodacom Mozambique has threatened to halt interconnection with rival wireless operator Mocambique Telecom (Tmcel) due to unpaid interconnect fees over the past three years. A report from Ecofin says Tmcel... more

RTR consults on 2021-26 spectrum release plan

Austria’s Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs, RTR) has launched a consultation in coordination with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism (BMLRT) to develop... more

Broadband

Spanish govt stumps up EUR250m to enable 100% broadband coverage

Nadia Calvino, Spain’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, has unveiled a funding package worth EUR250 million (USD302 million) to enable the country to achieve 100% broadband coverage by... more

Telemach upgrades Croatian network with Ekinops

United Group has selected Ekinops to deploy a next generation DWDM optical transport network for its Croatian subsidiary Telemach Hrvatska. According to a press release from the vendor, its 200G... more

Corporate/Financial

CNMC approves ‘friendly’ MASMOVIL takeover of Euskaltel

Spain’s National Commission for Markets and Competition (Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, CNMC) has approved the proposed takeover of Euskaltel by Grupo MASMOVIL ‘without commitments’. Explaining its... more

Allianz acquires 10% stake in American Tower for EUR530m

Allianz Capital Partners, on behalf of Allianz insurance companies and the Allianz European Infrastructure Fund, has confirmed plans to acquire a 10% stake in ATC Europe from American Tower Corporation... more

Cellnex wins approval for tower takeover in Italy

Italy’s Competition Authority (Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, AGCM) has cleared the acquisition of the mobile tower network of WINDTRE by Spanish firm Cellnex. The deal was first... more

Lightpath boosts Boston broadband footprint with triple takeover

US-based all-fibre B2B player Lightpath (formerly Altice Business) has agreed three acquisitions in the Greater Boston area. The acquisition of Cambridge Network Solutions (CNS) and a second, unnamed area connectivity... more

Forthnet becomes Nova; still interested in mobile, with Wind a potential target

Greek telco Forthnet, which offers residential services under the Nova brand, says its entire business will shift to the Nova name. United Group, now the 100% owner of Nova after... more

JT Group swings to loss in 2020 as it reports 13% y-o-y revenue drop

Jersey-based JT Group has published its ‘Progress Report’ for 2020, in which it revealed that it had recorded an almost 13% year-on-year drop in revenues for the twelve-month period ended... more