25 Nov 2021

Mobile

ANACOM approves 5G auction results; companies have ten days to pay for spectrum

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has confirmed that its board of directors has approved the final auction report relating to the recently concluded multi-band 5G spectrum... more

NCC extends deadline for submission of 3.5GHz spectrum bids

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has extended the deadline for the submission of bids and initial bid deposits for the upcoming auction of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The date... more

Belgian 5G auction terms receive government approval

The Belgian government gave final approval on Wednesday to the terms of the 5G spectrum auction and opened the door to a potential fourth mobile operator. ‘The deployment of 5G... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Objenious, the IoT division of French mobile and fixed operator Bouygues Telecom, has announced the launch of its NB-IoT network, initially covering more than 1,000 communes (municipalities) and planning ‘nationwide’... more

Airtel completes 5G test on 700MHz band

Indian cellco Bharti Airtel has conducted a successful trial of 5G on the 700MHz band on the outskirts of Kolkata. The tests were carried out with Finnish vendor Nokia, using... more

ARPCE awards extra 900MHz spectrum to Mobilis, Djezzy, Ooredoo

Algeria’s independent telecoms watchdog the Authority for Regulation of Post and Electronic Communications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Communications Electroniques, ARPCE) has awarded extra 900MHz mobile spectrum... more

Fixed Broadband

CityFibre launches first 800Gbps backbone ring as part of its national DWDM project

British pure fibre infrastructure provider CityFibre has announced the successful deployment of its first 800Gbps backbone wavelength in partnership with network technology solutions vendor Ciena, calling the development ‘a key... more

MegaFon Tajikistan launches consumer fixed broadband access

Mobile operator MegaFon Tajikistan has announced on its website the launch of a residential fixed broadband internet access service under the ‘Internet For Home’ banner. Noting that it has connected... more

Corporate/Financial

MCMC receives formal application for merger of Celcom and Digi

A formal application relating to the proposed merger of Malaysian mobile network operators (MNOs) Celcom Axiata and Digi has been received by the local regulator, the latter has confirmed. In... more

Rome will not discuss KKR move for TIM until a binding offer is made

The Italian government says it will discuss investment firm KKR’s takeover bid for Telecom Italia (TIM) only if it proceeds to make a binding offer. The US company tabled a... more

Telkom Indonesia 9M21 revenues and profits climb on IndiHome gains

State-controlled telco Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) said net profit for January-September 2021 totalled IDR18.872 trillion (USD1.32 billion), up 13.1% from IDR16.679 trillion in the same period a year ago, attributed in... more

MegaFon’s Q3 2021 revenue climbs 6.2%

Russia mobile operator MegaFon reported its key results for Q3 2021, showing that total revenue grew by 6.2% year-on-year to RUB91.8 billion (USD1.2 billion) while operating income before depreciation and... more