3 Dec 2021

Mobile

MTN, Airtel and Mafab qualify to bid for 3.5GHz 5G licences

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday announced that three telecoms companies have qualified as approved bidders in the upcoming 3.5GHz spectrum auction for the deployment of 5G networks, namely MTN... more

Poland’s 3.5GHz sale now due next year

Poland’s government now expects to run its auction of 5G-suitable 3.5GHz spectrum in 2022. Authorities had hoped to allocate licences back in the first half of 2020 but the process... more

T-Mobile, O2 switch off Czech 3G networks

Czech mobile operators T-Mobile and O2 switched of their respective 3G networks on 30 November, in line with previously disclosed deactivation timelines. O2 started its 3G shutdown process in Prague... more

DOCOMO and NEC complete test of 5G SA with O-RAN compliant spec in multi-vendor setup

Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO and NEC Corp have announced the successful conclusion of interoperability testing for 5G Standalone (SA) technology using a 5G base station conforming to O-RAN open... more

SCRF decides on expansion of 5G frequencies in 4.4GHz-4.8GHz range

Russia’s State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) has decided to expand the range of frequencies earmarked for deployment of 5G networks in large cities, by allocating spectrum within the 4.4GHz-4.8GHz... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Independent submarine capacity provider Southern Cross has announced its Southern Cross NEXT cable system will complete its cross-Pacific journey and land at Coogee Beach, New South Wales (Australia) on 14... more

Netomnia begins rollout in first Welsh location

British wholesale fibre network operator Netomnia has announced that it has begun rolling out its infrastructure in Bridgend, marking the company’s first move into Wales and what it called ‘the... more

Chorus completes fibre upgrade for 600,000 homes and businesses

New Zealand wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has completed a performance upgrade to provide faster fibre connections to as many as 600,000 homes and businesses. Residential customers on the wholesaler’s... more

Vodacom partners with Eutelsat to serve underserved regions of Tanzania

Vodacom Tanzania and Eutelsat Communications have signed an agreement to bring connectivity to underserved regions of Tanzania, leveraging the satellite operator’s Eutelsat Konnect high-throughput satellite. Following a successful Proof of... more

Rwanda gets USD100m financing towards improving digital services

The government of Rwanda has secured funding of USD100 million from the World Bank to improve access to broadband and digital services. A report from Ecofin says a co-financing agreement... more

XL Axiata selects Viavi for optical network management ahead of 5G rollout

Viavi Solutions, a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions, has revealed that Indonesian fixed and mobile operator XL Axiata has selected it to deploy the Viavi ONMSi... more

Corporate/Financial

Airtel Africa completes Airtel Nigeria minority buyout offer

Airtel Africa – Bharti Airtel’s majority-owned pan-African division – confirmed yesterday that it has completed its minority shareholder buyout offer at its largest subsidiary Airtel Nigeria. In a stock exchange... more

Comcast gobbles up municipal Massachusetts minnows

US cable giant Comcast has acquired a pair of small-scale ISPs in Massachusetts, Fierce Telecom reports. First up, Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) has sold its internet business to Comcast,... more

Vodafone files to settle tax dispute; govt begins returning guarantees

Vodafone Group has filed an application to settle its long-running tax dispute with the Indian government, the Economic Times writes, citing an unnamed senior government official. The settlement is expected... more

Miscellaneous

MCMC issues updated Access List Determination

An updated determination relating to the list of telecoms services available to licensees that are subject to price regulation – known as the Access List – has been published by... more