18 Jun 2021

Mobile

Vodafone inks 5G Core contracts with Ericsson for Germany and the UK

British telecoms giant Vodafone Group has selected Ericsson cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core technology to power its core networks in Germany and the UK. In a press release the Swedish vendor... more

Croatian 5G sale attracts nine bidders

The Croatian Regulatory Agency for Network Operations (Hrvatska regulatorna agencija za mrezne djelatnosti, HAKOM) has received applications from nine separate companies for its forthcoming auction of 5G-capable wireless spectrum. Incumbent... more

Belgian Chamber of Representatives approves 5G auction law

Belgium’s lower house of parliament, the Chamber of Representatives, yesterday approved the prerequisite bill for launching the country’s planned multi-band 3G/4G/5G spectrum licence auction, reports 7sur7.be. The draft law ‘relating... more

Nokia to accelerate Telenor/Telia joint 5G network rollout in Denmark

Nokia has revealed that it will support the modernisation of the Telia/Telenor shared network in Denmark (operated via their joint venture TT-Netvaerket) following the recent award of 5G-suitable spectrum in... more

PTCL, KPITB complete 5G test

State-owned telco Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) have successfully tested 5G technology in a limited environment and on a non-commercial basis. PTCL... more

Spark 5G reaches Hamilton

Spark today announced the launch of its 5G network services in Hamilton, the ninth location in New Zealand to have Spark 5G access for both wireless broadband and mobile usage,... more

Globe partners PhilTower for NCR, Luzon cell site build

Globe Telecom is partnering local tower company Phil-Tower Consortium (PhilTower) to roll out new cell sites across the National Capital Region (NCR) and Luzon. In a statement yesterday (17 June),... more

Troubles for Telecel in Q1

The smallest of Zimbabwe’s three mobile network operators (MNOs), government-backed Telecel, suffered a disastrous first three months of the year, losing more than 20% of its customer base. The struggling... more

Fixed Broadband

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

The Malbec submarine cable system between Brazil and Argentina has now entered commercial operations. The 2,500km Malbec submarine fibre-optic system – co-owned by GlobeNet and Facebook, with GlobeNet in charge... more

Deutsche Telekom seeks investors to bankroll new FTTH project

Deutsche Telekom (DT) is offering investors the opportunity to acquire a stake in a new fibre-optic network provider, Reuters reports, citing three people familiar with the matter. The sources told... more

Hyperoptic calls on EXFO to accelerate its fibre-optic network deployment

British pure fibre provider Hyperoptic has selected advanced network testing technology from EXFO Inc. to support its plans for expansion across the UK. Announcing the deal between the two parties,... more

Fixed Voice

O2 Czech hangs up on last public phone booths

O2 Czech Republic (incl. CETIN) has announced the removal of the country’s last remaining public phone booth – in the small village of Hlubyne in the Pribram district, Central Bohemia... more

Corporate/Financial

Batelco mulls Saudi Arabia listing, report says

Bahraini telecoms group Batelco is planning to become the first company to have a dual listing of shares on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) and the Bahrain Bourse, people familiar... more

CTR to begin diagnostic audit of CamTel

Cameroon’s Technical Commission for the Rehabilitation of Public and Para-public Enterprises (La Commission Technique de Rehabilitation, CTR) is preparing a complete diagnostic audit of state-owned telco CamTel, Business Cameroon reports.... more