22 Sep 2021

Mobile

FCC: 33 applicants qualified to bid in Auction 110

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that a total of 33 applicants have qualified to bid in next month’s Auction 110 spectrum sale. The process will offer new flexible‐use... more

Bhutan Telecom partners with Ericsson for 5G rollout

State-backed provider Bhutan Telecom (BT) has partnered with Swedish vendor Ericsson for the deployment of 5G infrastructure. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for the rollout... more

Telia Norge’s 5G network now covers 30% of the population

Telia Norge has reportedly passed the milestone of having deployed 1,000 5G sites across Norway with its infrastructure now covering around 30% of the population, or 1.5 million people. In... more

MTN Uganda gets extra spectrum to improve QoS

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has agreed to award an extra 5MHz of wireless spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands to the country’s largest cellular operator MTN. The firm... more

MTS deploys two 5G pilot zones for Sberbank

Russian cellular market leader Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has built two pilot 4.9GHz 5G network zones in Moscow for Sberbank. The first zone inside the bank’s new Kutuzovsky Prospekt headquarters will... more

beCloud, A1 launch LTE-800 services in rural Vitebsk; MTS mirrors move

Belarusian infrastructure operator beCloud and mobile services provider A1 Belarus have collaborated to expand coverage of 4G LTE in the Vitebsk region by ‘almost seven times’, blanketing more than 5,200... more

Chunghwa Telecom to accelerate 5G network rollout

Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has announced plans to accelerate its 5G network deployment, with the Taipei Times reporting it aims to have installed 12,000 5G base stations by the end... more

Fixed Broadband

Fiberklaar begins FTTH network build in Geel

Fiberklaar, the joint venture between Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus and Sweden’s EQT Infrastructure, has officially begun construction of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the municipality of Geel. The company... more

Eltrona launches IPTV platform with Ocilion

Luxembourg cable operator Eltrona has announced the launch of its ‘TV+’ IPTV service based on a turnkey technology platform supplied by Ocilion. The new service, which includes a 4K set-top... more

T-Mobile boosts Home Internet coverage in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina

T-Mobile US has extended access to its ‘Home Internet’ 5G service to 51 new towns and cities across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, taking its total footprint to... more

Fixed Voice

EC blocks ComReg’s proposed regulation of fixed voice market

A veto decision blocking Irish regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) from adopting proposed regulation related to the market for retail fixed telephony services and the corresponding wholesale markets... more

Corporate/Financial

StarHub buying majority stake in ISP MyRepublic

Singapore’s second largest telecoms operator StarHub is spending up to SGD162.8 million (USD120.5 million) to acquire a 50.1% stake in rival ISP MyRepublic’s fixed broadband business which serves some 6,000... more

Iliad confirms planned acquisition of UPC Poland

Iliad Group of France and Liberty Global have signed an agreement for Iliad to acquire cableco UPC Poland for an enterprise value of PLN7 billion (USD1.8 billion). Iliad made a... more

Poland’s Aero2 to become part of Plus

Polish wireless operator Aero2 is to be merged into its sister company, cellco Plus (Polkomtel). Both firms are part of the Polsat Plus Group (formerly Cyfrowy Polsat). Aero2 operates 3G... more

Altice France agrees to acquire Coriolis for EUR415m

Altice France (SFR) has secured a deal to take over French telco Coriolis Telecom for an initial consideration of EUR298 million (USD349.5 million), plus a deferred payment of EUR117 million.... more