2 Jul 2021

Mobile

Malaysia’s Digital Nasional Berhad selects Ericsson for 5G rollout

The Malaysian government has selected Ericsson to deploy a 5G network for its Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) unit. According to Reuters, Ericsson will be responsible for the end-to-end development of... more

Ministry orders shutdown of Israeli 2G, 3G networks by 2025

In a statement dated 27 June Israel’s Ministry of Communications has established a deactivation timeline for the country’s legacy 2G and 3G networks. The watchdog said: ‘Against the background of... more

Nigeria once again extends SIM registration deadline

The Nigerian government has approved a further extension to the deadline for the country’s mobile phone users to register a valid National Identification Number (NIN) with their service provider. The... more

TIM Brasil activates DSS 5G in Fortaleza, Recife and Salvador

TIM Brasil has switched on 5G access in selected parts of Fortaleza, Recife and Salvador using dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) technology, which enables the parallel operation of 4G and 5G... more

Orange Romania 5G reaches Craiova

Orange Romania has announced its 5G mobile services are now available in Craiova, the country’s sixth largest city, enabling subscribers with a 5G subscription and compatible handset to access theoretical... more

Romania opens consultation on multi-band spectrum auction

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has opened a consultation regarding plans to auction short-term spectrum licences for unused frequencies in the 800MHz, 2600MHz and 3.5GHz... more

RATEL extends deadline for spectrum applications to 1 September

Serbian telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (Regulatorna agencija za elektronske komunikacije i postanske usluge, RATEL) has extended the deadline for the submission of applications... more

Orange CAR announces service restoration following devastating fire

Orange Centrafrique announced on 30 June that it had restored services throughout the country after a devastating fire destroyed its network earlier in the month. Following the restoration of 3G... more

PTA adopts a new name, expands regulatory remit

Iceland's telecoms regulator the Post and Telecom Administration (PTA, or Post-og Fjarskiptastofnun [PFS]) has adopted a new name, the Electronic Communications Office of Iceland (ECOI or Fjarskiptastofa), effective 1 July... more

Western Balkans establishes Roam Like Home zone

The regional ‘Roam Like Home’ zone in the Western Balkans came into effect this week, eliminating roaming charges for users travelling between Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia... more

Fixed Broadband

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

The Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable – developed by Spark and Southern Cross Cables and aiming to link Australia to the US – has landed at Auckland’s Takapuna Beach. The... more

DICT: full internet connectivity is the aim but unlikely to happen before 2025

Emmanuel Caintic, Undersecretary to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), is quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as saying that despite the government’s best intentions, the country will... more

Lightspeed selects Nokia to deploy fibre to one million homes/businesses by 2025

UK ISP Lightspeed Broadband has selected Nokia to deploy a symmetric 10Gbps fibre-optic broadband network covering one million homes and businesses in the East of England by the end of... more

Nokia to supply Telecom Armenia with GPON network

Nokia and Telecom Armenia (formerly VEON, trading as Beeline) have announced the signing of an agreement that will see the vendor deploy GPON infrastructure throughout the country. The new GPON... more

Corporate/Financial

Telenor reportedly exploring sale of Myanmar division

Norwegian telecoms group Telenor is reportedly exploring the potential sale of its Myanmar division, Reuters writes, citing TMT Finance. In May this year Telenor Myanmar was written off by the... more

VEON to sell Djezzy stake to Algerian National Investment Fund

Amsterdam-based telecoms group VEON has announced that it has exercised its put option to sell the entirety of its 45.57% stake in its Algerian subsidiary, Omnium Telecom Algerie to the... more

Shentel completes sale of wireless assets to T-Mobile US

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) has confirmed that it closed the previously announced sale of its wireless assets and operations to T-Mobile USA on 1 July. The company received cash proceeds... more

Vi requests extra time for spectrum payment

Indian mobile provider Vodafone Idea (Vi) has written to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to request a moratorium on spectrum payments for a year, citing the financial burden of its... more