10 Dec 2021

Mobile

AT&T launches 5G in Mexico

AT&T has announced that it has activated 5G technology in Mexico. The cellco says it will expand its 5G coverage on a gradual basis, starting with industrial and urban areas,... more

MoTC opens applications for 700MHz spectrum useable in Aland region

Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Liikenne-ja viestintaministerio, MoTC) has announced that it has begun accepting applications for spectrum in the 700MHz band for use in the Aland region. With... more

Additional funding for Australia’s ‘5G Innovation Initiative’ announced

Australia’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) has announced that the government is investing a further AUD20 million (USD14 million) in funding for a second round of... more

DITO closes in on 5m subscriptions year-end target

Dennis Uy's Filipino mobile start-up DITO Telecommunity is apparently nearing its target of five million mobile subscriptions by end-2021. In a statement yesterday (9 December), Ernesto Alberto – President DITO... more

USTDA awards grant to PLDT-Smart to further 5G deployment

The US Embassy in the Philippines has revealed that the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to PLDT Inc.’s mobile arm Smart Communications for training to advance... more

Verizon notches up 14,000 new mmWave cell sites

Verizon has announced that it has exceeded its year-end target of 14,000 new ‘5G Ultra Wideband’ millimetre wave (mmWave) cell sites in service, providing connectivity to parts of 87 US... more

LMT deploys 100th 5G base station

Latvian cellco Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) had deployed a total of 100 5G base stations by the start of December, with coverage available in all of the country’s regions, the... more

Poland to reallocate 2100MHz band in Q2 2022

The Office of Electronic Communications (Urzad Komunikacji Elektronicznej, UKE) in Poland has announced plans to reallocate spectrum in the 2100MHz band in the second quarter of next year. The new... more

Orange Slovakia begins trial of 4G in 700MHz band

Orange Slovakia has launched live trials of 4G services using the 700MHz band, licences for which were awarded last year to support 5G technology. A report from Zive.sk says that... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Crosslake Fibre has announced that its CrossChannel submarine cable is now ready for service (RFS). CrossChannel is a next generation, high-capacity, 96 fibre pair system that is capable of supporting... more

Deutsche Glasfaser to connect 550,000 Bavarian homes to FTTH

Deutsche Glasfaser has announced that it aims to supply around 550,000 households in Bavaria with fibre-optics by the end of 2025. The expansion is being carried out in cooperation with... more

Corporate/Financial

Zain receives non-binding offer for Sudanese unit

Kuwait-based Zain Group has announced that it has received a non-binding offer from Invictus Holding Limited to acquire 100% of Zain Sudan and Kuwait Sudanese Holdings. According to a statement... more

MTC FY revenue rises 4.3%, EBITDA up 2.7%

Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), Namibia’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscriptions, has announced ‘solid’ financial performance for its 2020/2021 financial year ended 30 September. The newly-listed company reported revenue of... more

HT has invested USD1.5bn over past six years

Croatian fixed and mobile operator Hrvatski Telekom (HT) says it has invested HRK10 billion (USD1.5 billion) over the last six years, including HRK1.6 billion in 2021. According to a report... more