20 Jan 2022

Mobile

AT&T activates C-band 5G in eight metro areas

AT&T Communications switched on its C-band 5G network yesterday (19 January), covering ‘limited parts’ of eight metro areas from launch. The service initially went live in parts of Austin, Chicago,... more

Vodafone UK switches on first 5G Open RAN site

British mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone UK has announced the switch on of what it claims is the country’s first 5G Open RAN site. With the site located in Bath,... more

Makedonski Telekom to roll out 5G in Strumica and Radovish

Makedonski Telekom is planning to roll out its 5G network to the regions of Strumica and Radovish by the end of January 2022, with tentative plans to cover the majority... more

Digicel restores international calling capability in Tonga

Digicel has announced that limited international call services were restored in Tonga on Wednesday and will be enhanced further in the coming days. International calling capability has been re-established on... more

Fixed Broadband

Telia to gain access to Norlys’ fibre network by the end of summer

Danish telco Telia and Norlys have inked an agreement to provide Telia with access to Norlys’ fibre-optic network passing 700,000 households primarily in Jutland and in parts of Zealand and... more

Vyve Broadband to offer 10Gbps fibre in 25 new markets

Vyve Broadband has unveiled plans to expand its ‘Fiber Business Services’ product line to 25 new markets, including the likes of Central City, Nebraska; Paris, Texas; and Seminole, Oklahoma. The... more

Corporate/Financial

PSRC approves sale of Rostelecom Armenia

The Public Services Development Commission of Armenia (PSRC) yesterday (19 January) approved the sale of Russian group Rostelecom’s Armenian subsidiary Rostelecom Armenia (formerly GNC-Alfa) to Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA)... more

Competition authority greenlights ALBtelecom takeover

Albania’s Competition Authority (Autoriteti i Konkurrences, CAA) has authorised the sale of an 80.27% stake in full-service provider ALBtelecom from Cetel Telecom – part of Turkey’s Calik Holding – to... more

Avatel acquires SomosFibra

Costa del Sol-based fibre/WiMAX ISP Avatel has reportedly agreed a takeover for SomosFibra, which comprises around 20 smaller operators in southern Spain. According to Expansion, the deal will add around... more

Poa announces close of USD28m financing round led by Africa50

Infrastructure investment platform Africa50 has completed an equity investment in Poa, a Kenyan ISP primarily serving lower-income urban communities. The investment is part of a USD28 million financing round led... more

Miscellaneous

ComReg issues update on transposition of the EECC

Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has issued an update regarding the European Electronic Communications Code, saying that it ‘understands the Code transposition into national law will be delayed’. The... more

Telia Carrier becomes Arelion

International data network services firm Telia Carrier has rebranded as Arelion after its change of ownership last year. The firm was sold by Sweden’s Telia Company to Polhem Infra in... more