29 Mar 2022

Mobile

Rogers claims Canada’s first commercial 5G Standalone launch

Rogers Communications has announced the launch of Canada’s first commercial 5G Standalone (SA) network services, enabling mobile customers with 5G SA capable devices including Google Pixel 6/6 Pro smartphones to... more

Virgin Media O2 partners with VMware on 5G rollout

Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) has selected VMware to help modernise its network and ‘enable the continued success of its 5G rollout’. In a press release regarding the development it was... more

New mobile operator exercises option for reserved spectrum

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has announced that one of the two unnamed newcomers which have qualified to participate in June’s spectrum auction has... more

Telecom Egypt secures EUR150m in funding from EIB

Telecom Egypt has announced the signing of an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the lending arm of the EU, to secure a medium-term loan of EUR150 million (USD165... more

Iliad Italy fined EUR1.2m for 5G advertising with ‘little clarity’

Italy’s Competition Authority (Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, AGCM) has fined mobile and fixed broadband provider Iliad EUR1.2 million (USD1.3 million) for misleading promotion of its 5G services.... more

Fixed Broadband

Uganda saving USD1.1bn annually thanks to national backbone project

Authorities in Uganda say the country’s national backbone project is saving UGX4 trillion (USD1.1 billion) annually thanks to the digitalisation of government services. Dr Hatwib Mugasa, Executive Director of the... more

Zen Internet expands strategic partnership with CityFibre

British ISP Zen Internet has announced what it calls a ‘major expansion’ to its strategic partnership with full fibre network provider CityFibre. Under the terms of the new agreement, Zen... more

FNA consults on minimum technical requirements for internet access

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as Bundesnetzagentur) has published its draft Telecommunications Minimum Requirements Ordinance (TKMV-E) for public consultation with the federal states and market participants. The formulation... more

Telekom to roll out FTTH to 250,000 homes in Essen

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom, plans to expand its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to over 250,000 homes in Essen by 2026. After rolling out fibre... more

Corporate/Financial

Panama competition watchdog approves +Movil, Claro merger

Panama’s Consumer Protection and Competition Authority (Autoridad de Proteccion al Consumidor y Defensa de la Competencia, ACODECO) has approved the proposed merger between Liberty Latin America (LLA)-backed Cable & Wireless... more

Starry closes FirstMark Horizon tie-up; poised to list on NYSE today

US fixed wireless access (FWA) provider Starry and FirstMark Horizon Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded special-purpose acquisition company, expect to close their previously announced ‘business combination’ today (29 March) and... more