20 Jul 2021

Wireless

BIPT opens consultation on 5G multi-band auction; Citymesh planning consumer launch

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has begun a consultation regarding plans for the long-delayed 3G/4G/5G multi-band spectrum auction. Interested parties have until 31 August... more

Nokia to help Taiwan Star extend its 5G footprint; cellco reports 260k 5G users

Finnish vendor Nokia has been selected by Taiwan Star Telecom (T STAR) to extend the latter’s 5G footprint across the country. The vendor, a long-term partner of T STAR, will... more

XL VoLTE coverage now reaches 224 cities/regencies

XL Axiata has revealed that as at June 2021, voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services were available to customers in 224 cities/regencies across Indonesia including Sumatra, Bangka, Java, Madura, Bali, Lombok, and Kalimantan.... more

Spanish 700MHz auction gets underway

Spain’s long-awaited auction of 5G-suitable 700MHz licences is now underway, with Telefonica Espana (Movistar), Orange Espana and Vodafone Spain going head-to-head for the concessions. Grupo MASMOVIL has opted to sit... more

Jazz launches Massive MIMO upgrade

Jazz, Pakistan’s largest cellco by subscribers, has deployed a commercial Massive MIMO upgrade on its 4G network, enabling the operator provide better coverage, improved data transmission speeds and better service... more

Broadband

A1 connects a further 40,000 homes to fibre network

A1 Telekom Austria extended its fibre-optic network by an additional 2,100km in the first half of this year, increasing the total length of the infrastructure to around 63,000km. So far... more

GCI inks USD150m satellite deal with Intelsat

Alaskan telco GCI has announced a USD150 million partnership with Intelsat, which it says will dramatically expand its geosynchronous (GEO) satellite capacity to meet growing demand for communications services in... more

Corporate/Financial

Telenor Group reports organic revenue growth for 2Q21

Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor Group has reported a return to growth in the second quarter of 2021, with the company saying this had been ‘driven by strong performance in the... more

UFINET acquires Rio de Janeiro-based NB Telecom

Latin American fibre-optic wholesaler UFINET has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in NB Telecom, one of Rio de Janeiro’s leading carriers. The latter company currently operates... more

Vero Internet swoops for Neorede; deal represents 14th successive takeover

Brazilian regional ISP Vero Internet has agreed to acquire smaller rival Neorede, which is based in Santa Catarina and operates in Greater Florianopolis and Vale do Rio Tijucas. Neorede currently... more