20 Aug 2021

Wireless

Minister expects 5G auction to take place in October

Fabio Faria, Brazil’s Minister of Communications, is optimistic of staging the country’s long-awaited 5G spectrum auction in October, Reuters reports. The revised date comes after the Federal Court of Accounts... more

Ericsson supports APT’s launch of Taiwan’s first 5G NSA MOCN

Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has reportedly established the country’s first ‘5G Non-Standalone (NSA) Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) in shared spectrum and network architecture’, doing so powered by technology from... more

NEC, Fujitsu kick off 5G Open RAN interoperability tests

Japanese gear makers NEC and Fujitsu have reportedly teamed up to speed up the deployment of Open RAN base station equipment with the aim of driving growth in the 5G... more

Telekom Romania selects Mavenir for cloud-native IMS, VoLTE and VoWiFi

Telekom Romania Mobile Communications has selected network software provider Mavenir to deploy a cloud-native IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) platform together with voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) microservices. Mavenir claims the... more

Vodacom upgrades satellite backhaul

Vodacom Congo (DRC) has upgraded its VSAT-based cellular backhaul system, enabling it to migrate 150 base transceiver stations (BTS) from 2G to 3G. The upgrade was carried out by ST... more

Broadband

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

Google and Facebook are teaming up with ‘leading regional and global partners’ for the deployment of a new submarine cable, dubbed Apricot, which will connect Singapore, Japan, Guam, the Philippines,... more

Corporate/Financial

Kyrgyz govt considering sale of MegaCom to National Bank, other candidates

Kyrgyzstan’s government is considering proposals to sell state-owned mobile operator MegaCom to the National Bank of Kyrgyzstan or other unnamed potential buyers, chairman of the Fund for State Property Management... more

China Unicom H1 profit grows 21% y-o-y o CNY9bn

Chinese full-service provider China Unicom has booked operating revenue of CNY164.2 billion (USD25.3 billion) for the first six months of 2021, a 9.2% increase compared to the same period of... more

TPG Telecom reports first-half financials, signs wholesale FTTB deal with Uniti Group

Australia’s TPG Telecom claims to have delivered ‘solid’ results for the first half of 2021, with its performance said to have been ‘driven by merger synergy realisation and integration benefits’. TPG Telecom’s reported... more

MTS announces 10.6% sales growth in 2Q21

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) announced that its Q2 2021 consolidated group revenue increased by 10.6% year-on-year to RUB128.6 billion (USD1.7 billion) on the back of ‘growth in all key segments:... more

Miscellaneous

Aussie firm MNF sets up shop in Singapore

Australia-based telecoms services provider MNF Group has extended its footprint into Singapore, launching its communications platform as a service (CPaaS) offering via wholesale arm Symbio – an interconnected carrier providing... more