10 Sep 2021

Wireless

Azerbaijan extends mobile operating licences for ten years

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies has extended the licence agreements of mobile network operators (MNOs) Azercell, Bakcell and Azerfon (Nar) for a period of ten years. ‘These... more

Nigeria approves 5G policy

The Federal Executive Council has approved the ‘National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy’. The 5G policy was approved on 8 September 2021, following its presentation... more

Regulator starts process of relicensing 2300MHz band for LTE, plus extra 2600MHz spectrum

Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR or NKRZI) reported on its website that it has begun the process of re-licensing the 2300MHz-2400MHz frequency band for... more

MTN renews Nigerian licence for a further ten years

MTN Nigeria has announced that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has renewed its Universal Access Service (UAS) licence and spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz band, which expired on 31... more

DITO hits 2.6m mobile subs; unveils 5G home broadband launch plan for 2021

DITO Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel) has revealed that it has signed up 2.6 million mobile subscribers since its launch in March and expects to reach six million by the end of... more

UScellular taps Nokia for SA 5G core; rollout to conclude in 2022

UScellular – the fourth largest MNO in the United States – has selected Nokia to roll out its Standalone (SA) 5G core network. The vendor was previously chosen to deploy... more

Spain to unveil 26GHz plans by year-end

The Spanish government is confident that it will be in a position to publish its plans for the 5G-suitable 26GHz band by end-2021. The timeline was revealed by Roberto Sanchez,... more

Estonia still to settle on 5G licensing

Estonia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has still not decided how many licences will be awarded in the much-delayed auction of 3.5GHz (3410MHz-3800MHz) spectrum. The issue will not be... more

Broadband

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

Telxius has announced that Google’s Grace Hopper submarine cable has arrived at the Telxius Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Sopelana, located near Bilbao (Spain). From there, the new system will... more

Ofcom says around a quarter of UK homes now have access to full fibre connectivity

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has published a second interim update to its December 2020 annual Connected Nations report, in which it claimed that around one in four UK homes can... more

DIGI launches 10Gbps fibre service in Madrid

Romanian-backed DIGI Mobil has announced the launch of a symmetrical 10Gbps (down/uplink) fixed broadband service in Madrid. The new package – branded ‘PRO-DIGI’ – went live on 9 September, with... more

Mauritius Telecom launches 1Gbps broadband connection

Mauritius Telecom (MT) has launched a new 1Gbps broadband connection, claiming Mauritius is just the second African country after South Africa to provide gigabit speeds to residential subscribers. The new... more

Mundo looking to challenge Movistar for fibre leadership within 18 months

Chilean ISP Pacifico Cable, which operates under the Mundo brand, expects to be vying for leadership of the country’s fibre broadband access market with Movistar within the next 18 months,... more

Corporate/Financial

MTN looking for buyers for Afghan business, reports say

Johannesburg-based emerging markets mobile carrier MTN Group is reportedly in talks with potential buyers for its MTN Afghanistan wireless unit as it accelerates plans to exit the country in the... more

OTE completes acquisition of 30% stake in Telekom Romania Mobile Communications

Greek telco OTE has announced it now controls almost 100% of Romanian mobile network operator Telekom Romania Mobile Communications (TKRM) following the acquisition on 9 September of the 30% stake... more

Xplornet acquires Manitoba's Swift High Speed

Canadian broadband network operator Xplornet has acquired Swift High Speed, a facilities-based rural ISP headquartered in Steinbach, Manitoba and operating in the south-east of the province. Swift High Speed provides... more