26 Aug 2021

Wireless

TCU approves 5G auction notice

After a week-long postponement, Brazil’s Federal Court of Accounts (Tribunal de Contas da Uniao, TCU) has now approved the public notice for the proposed multi-band 5G spectrum auction. According to... more

Chinguitel launches Mauritania’s third LTE network

Mauritanian cellco Chinguitel has launched its first LTE-based services after being awarded a 4G licence last September. The operator has implemented networks in the capital city Nouakchott, as well as... more

XL Axiata to roll out 5G in cities outside Java

Mobile operator XL Axiata, which earlier this month inaugurated 5G services in the cities of Depok, South Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Surabaya, has revealed plans to expand the network beyond... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Filipino telecoms group PLDT, via PLDT Enterprise and its wireless arm Smart Communications, has partnered Nokia to develop enterprise-specific IoT services for its customers across the country, reports The Philippine... more

CTU considering cap on wholesale mobile data prices

The Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) is reportedly considering plans to cap wholesale mobile data charges levied by the country’s three main network operators – O2 Czech Republic, T-Mobile and Vodafone... more

Vodafone refarms 3G spectrum following network switch-off

Vodafone Germany says it has almost completely refarmed its 3G frequencies for the provision of LTE services after shutting down the older network at the end of June. The firm... more

Digi seeking Portuguese spectrum, report says

Romanian telecoms group Digi Communications is said to be ‘actively participating’ in Portugal’s multi-band spectrum auction, as it seeks to establish a presence in the country. The report, which originated... more

Broadband

Jurassic Fibre extending FTTP rollout in Devon, Dorset and Somerset

UK-based Jurassic Fibre, which is rolling out fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure across South West England, has unveiled plans to extend coverage in the counties of Devon, Dorset and Somerset. According to... more

NBN inks co-investment agreement with Victorian government

More areas in the Australian state of Victoria are expected to be able to access the highest speed tiers on the National Broadband Network (NBN) following a co-investment agreement between... more

BTC ordered to amend wholesale pricing to level the playing field

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has been found guilty of breaching the terms of its licence by withholding high speed data connectivity from a competitor, as well as offering a service... more

Corporate/Financial

Service Telecom offers to buy Russian towers from VEON, sources say

Multinational telecoms operating group VEON has been approached by Service Telecom with an offer to buy around 15,000 of its wireless towers in Russia, according to unnamed sources in the... more

Comcast Business to acquire SDN firm Masergy

Comcast Business has signed an agreement to acquire Masergy, a Plano, Texas-based pioneer in software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud platforms for global enterprises. Masergy currently serves more than 1,400 companies... more

Bouygues Telecom continues growth momentum in 1H21

Paris-based Bouygues Group has reported revenues of EUR17.417 billion (USD20.47 billion) for the six months ended 30 June 2021, an increase of 18% from EUR14.758 billion in the year-ago period,... more