7 Jul 2021

Wireless

Zain Bahrain deploys Ericsson's advanced 5G carrier aggregation

Zain Bahrain has selected Ericsson to expand its 4G and 5G coverage as well as introduce 5G low-band (sub-6GHz FDD) and mid-band (sub-6GHz TDD) carrier aggregation (CA). By deploying the... more

Smart to work with AST SpaceMobile to bolster mobile broadband coverage

Austin, Texas-based AST SpaceMobile, which describes itself as the first space-based cellular broadband network for mobile phones, is teaming up with PLDT Inc. mobile division Smart Communications to deliver improved... more

Guyana poised to award trio of 700MHz licences

Guyana’s Telecommunicaions Agency (TA) is poised to award three 700MHz ‘mobile radiocommunication service’ licences later this month. The plans appeared in the country’s Official Gazette late last month, while the... more

CITC extends its consultation on spectrum allocations for WLAN applications

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has extended the deadline for submitting comments in its public consultation on the Radio Spectrum Allocation and Use Regulation for WLAN Applications. Interested... more

Broadband

Chile will be first LatAm country to receive Starlink access, Subtel confirms

Chile will be the first country in Latin America to receive connectivity via Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture. The... more

Orange Poland transfers first networks to fibre JV

Orange Poland has transferred fibre-optic links covering around 672,000 households to its wholesale networks joint venture Swiatlowod Inwestycje, which it set up earlier this year as a 50:50 partnership with... more

Mauritania looking to tighten internet control

The president of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, has warned of a further tightening of state control of internet usage, prompting criticism from human rights bodies. A report from Ecofin says... more

ACMA says Telstra failed to inform customers of underdelivering broadband speeds

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has ruled that Telstra failed to notify almost 50,000 customers satisfactorily that the maximum speeds advertised in their internet plan were not attainable... more

Wireline

CETIN partners NEC and Fortinet in multi-country network modernisation programme

CETIN Group, a wholesale provider of telecommunications infrastructure services and part of PPF Group, and NEC subsidiary NEC Europe have announced the signing of a large-scale multi-country network modernisation project... more

Corporate/Financial

CNMV approves MASMOVIL takeover of Euskaltel

The Board of the Spanish National Securities Market Commission (Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores, CNMV) has authorised the takeover bid for the shares of Euskaltel submitted by Kaixo Telecom,... more

Movicel shareholder structure revamped

Angolan private sector investment company GAFP Investimentos e Participacoes (GAFP) has become the largest shareholder in the country’s second largest mobile operator Movicel, with a 38% direct stake, Expansao reports.... more

Desktop IPO to commence on 21 July

Brazilian ISP Desktop Sigmanet will launch its initial public offering (IPO) on 21 July, Valor Investe reports. The company has set an indicative share price of between BRL23 (USD4.48) and... more

Miscellaneous

KMD consulting on proposals for new communications act

Norway’s Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation (Kommunal- og moderniseringsdepartementet, KMD) has published a consultation regarding its proposals for a new piece of overarching communications regulation. With the country’s current... more