16 Dec 2021

Mobile

CITC adopts new regulations on EMF exposure

Saudi telecoms regulator the Communications and IT Commission (CITC) has adopted new regulations on EMF exposure, establishing requirements for protecting the public from risks to their health arising or likely... more

EE aims to have upgraded 4G in more than 2,000 areas by 2024

UK mobile network operator (MNO) EE, a subsidiary of BT Group, has announced plans to expand 4G coverage in more than 2,000 areas by June 2024 as part of the... more

SaskTel switches on first 5G network sections

Saskatchewan operator SaskTel announced yesterday that it has begun commercial deployment of its 5G mobile network in partnership with Samsung, with initial sections of the network going live in parts... more

Africell Angola makes first call on network

New mobile market entrant Africell Angola today announced making the first call on its network, ten months after being granted a unified telecommunications operator licence in the country. A press... more

Algar Telecom launches 5G using 2.3GHz band

Brazilian regional operator Algar Telecom has launched a commercial Non Standalone (NSA) 5G service using its newly acquired 2.3GHz spectrum. The launch means that Algar is the first Brazilian player... more

ANACOM launches consultation on 26GHz band

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has launched a consultation regarding the use of the 26GHz band (24.25GHz-27.5GHz) for 5G. The watchdog notes: ‘Thus, with this public... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Azerbaijan network operator Azercell has launched the ‘My Business Fleet’ IoT service for its corporate customers, offering a comprehensive turnkey solution tailored for fleet-owning businesses. According to a press release... more

Ooredoo signs five-year agreement with Huawei; enlists Nokia for 5G FWA

Ooredoo Group and existing partner Huawei have signed a five-year global frame agreement for the supply of radio, core and transport products and solutions, covering Qatar, Indonesia, Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait,... more

Telekom Srbija secures EIB loan for 5G rollout, 4G expansion

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it will lend EUR70 million (USD78.9 million) to Telekom Srbija for the rollout of its 5G network and the extension of its... more

Andorra Telecom begins 5G activation

Andorran state-owned operator Andorra Telecom has started activating its 5G network, with the new service initially available in the centres of each parish, although the 5G footprint will be gradually... more

Kcell, Ericsson open 5G zone in Turkestan

Kazakhstan’s Kcell and Ericsson have opened a 5G ‘pre-commercial’ network zone in the city of Turkestan, which the partners aim to expand into ‘the first 5G city in Kazakhstan’, according... more

GO launches 5G in Malta, inks equipment deal with Nokia

The Maltese telco GO has signed a EUR16 million (USD18.1 million) deal with Nokia for the deployment of 5G equipment, while also announcing that customers with 5G-capable handsets can access... more

Fixed Broadband

Vodafone rolled out 1.5m gigabit broadband connections in 2021

Vodafone Germany has announced that it deployed 1.5 million gigabit-capable fixed broadband connections this year, increasing the total to 23.6 million across its network footprint. This represents an upgrade rate... more

Ofcom says full fibre now available to 8m homes as it publishes latest Connected Nations report

Ofcom has published its latest Connected Nations report, which details the availability of broadband and mobile services across the UK, in which it claims that more than eight million homes... more

WorldLink launches 600Mbps fibre plan

WorldLink Communications, Nepal’s largest ISP by subscriptions, has launched a new 600Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) plan – the country’s fastest fixed broadband connection to date. The package, dubbed ‘Photon 600’, is... more

Cosmote to pump EUR3bn into FTTH rollout by 2027

Greece’s OTE Group has announced a EUR3 billion (USD3.4 billion) broadband expansion programme for its domestic unit Cosmote. The group plans to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks past three million... more

Corporate/Financial

PIF sells 6% in stc in a USD3.2bn secondary share offering

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has raised USD3.2 billion from the sale of a 6% stake in Saudi Telecom Company (stc) via a secondary share offering. The sovereign wealth... more

Indosat confirms shutdown of broadband unit IM2

Indosat Ooredoo has confirmed the closure of its fixed broadband subsidiary Indosat Mega Media (IM2), resulting in the termination of the unit’s ‘Indosat GIG’ home internet service on 25 November... more

Miscellaneous

Senate approves Bill to open up foreign ownership of telcos

The Philippines’ Senate yesterday (15 December) approved on the third and final reading Senate Bill 2094 which aims to open up industries to foreign investors, including for public services such... more