5 Aug 2021

Wireless

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Vodafone New Zealand says its NB-IoT network will reach more than 60% geographical coverage of the country within three years as its regional investment programme continues and Rural Broadband Initiative... more

1&1 and Rakuten to build fully virtualised mobile network based on OpenRAN

1&1 has announced that it is entering into a long-term partnership with Rakuten to build a fully virtualised mobile network based on OpenRAN technology, as it seeks to become Germany’s... more

MTN renews licence in Rwanda

MTN Group has confirmed the renewal of its operating licence in Rwanda with effect from 1 July 2021. MTN Rwanda has paid 70% of the RWF91 billion (USD89.4 million) renewal... more

ProInversion pushes back deadlines for spectrum auction

Peru’s Agency for the Promotion of Private Investment (Agencia de Promocion de la Inversion Privada, ProInversion) has altered the timeline for its planned auction of spectrum in the 1700MHz and... more

SCRF to extend 800MHz, 2600MHz 4G licences by ten years

On 2 August Russia’s State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) agreed to extend the 800MHz and 2600MHz 4G licences held by the country’s mobile operators for a period of ten... more

JCRA issues new licence terms for JT and Sure

Modifications to the statutory operating licences for JT Jersey and Sure Jersey have now been issued by the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA), following its investigation into potentially ‘anticompetitive’ behaviour... more

Nokia deploys latest generation of 5G IPAA at TPG Telecom site in Brisbane

Australia’s TPG Telecom (branded Vodafone Australia) and Nokia have announced what is reported to be the first global deployment of the latest generation of the Finnish vendor’s integrated 5G Interleaved... more

Broadband

MTC launches commercial VSAT services

State-owned operator Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) has announced the commercial launch of VSAT technology to provide internet connectivity in rural areas not covered by its wireless and fixed broadband networks. Four... more

Corporate/Financial

Liberty Latin America posts 2Q21 revenue of USD1.2bn

US-based Liberty Latin America (LLA) has reported revenue of USD1.168 billion for the three months ended 30 June 2021, up 38% on an annualised basis, from USD849 million in 2Q20.... more

PLDT claims ‘record’ rise in 2Q21 service revenue, led by data/broadband

Filipino telco PLDT Inc. has reported that consolidated service revenues grew by a record 9% to PHP45.0 billion (USD905.6 million) in the three months ended 30 June 2021, up from... more

US Court rules against hearing terrorism case against MTN Group

ITWeb reports that a court in the United States has ruled that it does not hold the authority to try a terrorism case brought against South Africa-based MTN Group. In... more

BRL2.5bn Copel Telecom sale closes

Brazilian utility firm Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel) has confirmed that it has completed the 100% sale of its Copel Telecom unit. Accordingly, all shares have now been transferred to... more