13 Aug 2021

Wireless

Croatia raises USD56m from 5G spectrum sale

The Croatian Regulatory Agency for Network Operations (Hrvatska regulatorna agencija za mrezne djelatnosti, HAKOM) has completed its auction of 5G-capable frequencies in the 700MHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands. The sale,... more

Around 1.3m Vodafone customers have 5G smartphones

Vodafone Germany has revealed that around 1.3 million of its customers, plus subscribers from other service providers, use its network with their 5G-compatible smartphone every day. The firm added that... more

T-Mobile hails Puerto Rican 5G uptake; plots fixed-wireless service

T-Mobile Puerto Rico has informed the Weekly Journal that approximately 75% of its user base are now connected to its 5G network, with the remainder of its mobile subscribers accessing... more

Regulator consults on improvements to MNP

Senegal’s Regulation Authority for Telecommunications and Post (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) has launched a public consultation as part of a project to improve the mobile... more

MegaFon expands VoLTE across Federation

Russian mobile operator MegaFon has claimed a first by launching VoLTE technology at the federal level, while projecting that VoLTE traffic will ‘soon’ surpass 2G/3G voice usage on its network.... more

Broadband

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

Telxius and America Movil (AM) have announced that the new South Pacific Cable System (SPSC)/Mistral submarine cable linking Puerto San Jose (Guatemala) with Valparaiso (Chile) is now ready for service... more

DECC issues update on the delivery of the National Broadband Plan

Ireland’s Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) has issued an update on the progress of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), noting that despite the ongoing challenges associated with... more

Canada proceeds with CAD1.4bn Telesat investment; OneWeb agrees satellite deal with Northwestel

Canada’s federal government has entered into an agreement-in-principle with Telesat to invest CAD1.44 billion (USD1.15 billion) into Telesat’s advanced low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, Telesat Lightspeed, through a CAD790... more

Corporate/Financial

MTN confirms plans to exit Syria after losing control of unit

South Africa’s MTN Group has confirmed plans that it will withdraw from Syria having lost control of its business there, TechCentral writes. MTN Syria was placed under judicial guardianship in... more

China Mobile books net profit of CNY59bn as 5G user base reaches 127m

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile provider by subscribers, has booked operating revenue of CNY443.6 billion (USD68.5 billion) for the first six months of 2021, an increase of 13.8% year-on-year.... more

Digi Communications posts 14.4% revenue growth in Q2 2021

Romania-based Digi Communications has reported group revenue (excluding intersegment revenue and other income) of EUR354.6 million (USD416.2 million) for the three-month period ended 30 June 2021, an increase of 14.4%... more

Bezeq records 2.1% revenue increase in 2Q21

Israel’s Bezeq has published its financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2021, posting a 2.1% year-on-year increase in revenues, which rose to ILS2.200 billion (USD681 million). Turnover from... more