31 Aug 2021

Wireless

A1 Croatia announces Ericsson as 5G partner

A1 Croatia has announced that it is working with Ericsson on the deployment of its 5G radio and core networks. The rollout continues the 22-year partnership between the operator and... more

MTN seeks permission to trial 5G in Cameroon

MTN Cameroon, the local mobile unit of South Africa’s MTN Group, has applied for permission to deploy and operate a trial 5G network, reports Business in Cameroon. The operator has... more

Vodafone NZ to launch Wi-Fi Calling in September

Vodafone New Zealand has announced plans to begin rolling out Wi-Fi Calling to a selection of smartphones in September, enabling subscribers to make and receive calls and texts using the... more

XL strengthens 4G coverage in Banten

Mobile operator XL Axiata has revealed that over the past twelve months it has been working to improve its 4G LTE coverage in areas that were previously ‘unreachable’ in Banten... more

Asiacell inks microwave upgrade deal with Nokia

Iraqi cellco Asiacell has signed a five-year deal with Nokia to upgrade its microwave network to address growing capacity demands and provide reliable, low-latency connectivity. Under the agreement, the Finnish... more

Mob5G.net requests spectrum allocation in Malta

Malta’s Communications Authority (MCA) has announced that Mob5G.net Malta has requested an assignment of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2.5GHz bands following a call for expressions of interest. The regulator... more

Broadband

Poland awards PLN2.5bn subsidies for broadband rollouts

The Polish government says it has allocated more than PLN2.5 billion (USD646 million) in subsidies under its Operational Programme Digital Poland (Programu Operacyjnego Polska Cyfrowa, POPC), which aims to improve... more

NBN Co lists next areas for fibre expansion; govt issues 'new Statement of Expectations'

Australia’s NBN Co has revealed the latest list of suburbs and towns that will benefit from ‘the extension of fibre deeper into communities’. As part of plans to evolve its... more

ER-Telecom connects 435 settlements with GPON

Russian broadband network operator ER-Telecom (Dom.ru) reported on its website that it has connected 435 settlements with high speed GPON fibre access, ranging from small rural villages to large cities... more

Indosat's IM2 deploys Nokia WiFi mesh solution

Indosat subsidiary Indosat Mega Media (IM2) has deployed the Nokia WiFi mesh solution to deliver smart Wi-Fi for an improved broadband experience in Indonesia. In a press release, the Finnish... more

Corporate/Financial

NCC approves FET’s investment in APT

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has approved Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET’s) investment in Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) on the condition that the latter submits minutes of shareholders’ and board meetings... more

Money for nothing: Hondutel in dire straits

The Honduran government is said to be preparing a financial rescue package for state-backed telco Hondutel, as the scale of the company’s debt has been revealed. According to La Prensa,... more

FiBrasil to acquire Fiberty 1

FiBrasil Infraestrutura e Fibra Otica (FiBrasil), the infrastructure company co-owned by Telefonica and Canadian investment firm Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ), has reportedly agreed a takeover deal... more

VEON’s Q2 group turnover climbs 9.2%

Multinational telecoms operator VEON reported that its group revenues improved by 9.2% year-on-year to USD2.065 billion in the second quarter of 2021, helped by accelerating revenue growth in Pakistan, Ukraine,... more