17 Jan 2022

Mobile

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

The ongoing MVNO-related dispute between Cox Communications and T-Mobile US reached the Delaware Supreme Court last week, Fierce Wireless reported. Cableco Cox is keen to enter the US MVNO sector... more

FCC reveals 3.45GHz winners; AT&T, DISH dominate bidding

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed the winning bidders from its 3.45GHz 5G spectrum auction, which concluded in November 2021. Auction 110 saw winning bidders secure 4,041 of the... more

Belgium opens applications for 5G auction

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has published the call for participation in the long-anticipated auction of new 5G spectrum and existing 2G and 3G... more

OPTAGE to test local 5G network with Hewlett Packard ‘5G Core Stack’

Japanese broadband services provider OPTAGE has selected Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to supply it with its ‘HPE 5G Core’ Stack for its testbed local 5G network – under the country’s... more

Tele2 announces spending plans for 2022

Swedish-owned cellco Tele2 Latvia has unveiled plans to invest EUR12.5 million (USD14.3 million) in mobile network infrastructure in 2022. The investment will cover the modernisation of its core and RAN... more

Telekom Malaysia clarifies it has no firm date yet for 5G consumer trials

Despite reports last week suggesting that Telekom Malaysia was planning to begin offering 5G connectivity to end users from February 2022, the operator has now clarified that it does not... more

Telus achieves 70% 5G population coverage

Canada’s Telus has announced that its 5G mobile network now reaches 70% of the population and ‘744 urban and rural communities’ coast-to-coast – 129 more communities than it had projected... more

NTA prepares to revoke Smart Telecom’s licence

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) is preparing to revoke the licence of mobile network operator (MNO) Smart Telecom after the telco failed to clear arrears totalling around NPR5.5 billion (USD45.8... more

MegaFon Tajikistan added over 400 LTE base stations in FY21

Mobile operator MegaFon Tajikistan announced on its website that its number of 3G/4G base stations increased by nearly 25% over the course of 2021, while it added more than 400... more

Fixed Broadband

Italy begins rural broadband tender

The Italian government’s Infratel unit has kicked of the first part of its EUR3.65 billion (USD4.2 billion) tender to find firms to deploy broadband infrastructure in rural areas of the... more

Vodafone completes gigabit cable upgrade in Baden-Wurttemberg

Vodafone Germany has completed the upgrade of its cable network in Baden-Wurttemberg, enabling customers in the federal state to access maximum speeds of 1Gbps. In total around 3.7 million households... more

NTT, DOCOMO, Airbus, SKY Perfect working on future high-altitude platform stations

JCN Newswire reports that Japanese carrier NTT Corp, mobile arm NTT DOCOMO, Airbus and SKY Perfect JSAT have entered into a joint collaboration on the feasibility of developing high-altitude platform... more

GCRA launches wholesale leased line price control consultation

The Guernsey Competition and Regulatory Authority (GCRA) has launched a consultation on price control for wholesale on-island leased lines and is seeking comments on the matter by a deadline of... more

Corporate/Financial

Bermuda’s WOW facing shutdown unless white knight bidder emerges

Bermudan cable TV and erstwhile broadband services provider World on Wireless Limited (WOW) is reportedly facing an order to wind up the company, although The Royal Gazette notes a hearing... more

WINDTRE mulls infrastructure separation

Italian telco WINDTRE, which is part of the CK Hutchison group, is considering a spin-off of its infrastructure assets. A report from Bloomberg says the fixed and mobile operator has... more

CVT signs 20-year concession, pledges CVE40bn investment

Cape Verdean full-service operator Cabo Verde Telecom (CVT) announced on its website that it signed a new 20-year Concession Contract for Public Electronic Communications Services on 12 January 2022. The... more