14 Oct 2021

Mobile

Dominican Republic 5G auction raises USD74m; Claro, Altice share the spoils

The Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Indotel) has announced that its auction of 5G-suitable frequencies has generated a total of USD73.789 million. Claro Dominicana submitted the largest... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Orange Belgium has launched its group’s eighth European 5G Lab. The Antwerp lab is aimed at developing new use cases for 5G Standalone (SA) network technology alongside ongoing Industry 4.0... more

Nokia selected for SoftBank and KDDI’s shared 5G RAN

Japanese mobile operators SoftBank Corp and KDDI (au) have selected Nokia of Finland to deploy a shared radio access network (RAN) across the country. In a press release the vendor... more

O! declines to pay for 2300MHz licence in Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Digital Development issued a press release dated 12 October 2021 stating that mobile operator Nur Telecom (O!) has decided not to buy the 2300MHz TDD spectrum licence... more

Tri expands 4G network to 70 new locations; XL’s LTE serves all villages in Bali, testing 5G

Mobile network operator (MNO) 3 Indonesia (Tri) has successfully completed the deployment of 4G LTE base transceiver stations (BTS) in 70 remote villages spanning the provinces of Aceh, North Sumatra,... more

Orange Poland completes latest phase of 2100MHz refarming

Orange Poland has completed the refarming of 15MHz of 2100MHz spectrum to boost its 4G services. The firm says that during peak times download speeds on its LTE network are... more

Fixed Broadband

Israel’s MoC publishes first tender for fibre rollout in economically unprofitable areas

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has published the first tender for the deployment of fibre-optic infrastructure in those areas of the country that are not expected to be reached with... more

Virgin Media O2 trials 2.2Gbps speeds across its existing network

Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) has announced a successful real-world trial which it claims to have ‘demonstrated the power and capability of its fibre-rich network by successfully delivering next-generation 2.2Gbps broadband... more

Open Fiber now covers 12.7m premises

Italian wholesale operator Open Fiber says it has now passed 12.7 million households with its broadband infrastructure, including eight million homes in cities. More than 90% of these premises are... more

Belizean telco Digi says copper-to-fibre migration is 60% complete

Belizean operator Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL, trading as Digi) has provided an operational update for the year ended 31 March 2021. In the company’s 2020/21 Annual Report it notes: ‘The... more

FCC reviewing Boeing LEO satellite application

Aerospace giant Boeing could be the next company to launch and operate a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband service, after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) belatedly circulated the company’s... more