8 Apr 2022

Mobile

Magenta will start 3G shutdown in 2024

Full-service provider Magenta Telekom, which was formed in 2019 from the merger of wireless operator T-Mobile Austria and cableco UPC Austria, has announced plans to switch off its 3G networks... more

SoftBank seeking USD283m funding from syndicated loan to help build out 5G network

Mobile operator SoftBank Corp announced yesterday (7 April) that it is aiming to raise up to JPY35.06 billion (USD283 million) through a Social Loan (syndicated loan) to help fund the... more

Anatel to evaluate 4.9GHz band for 5G

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has disclosed plans to stage a 45-day public consultation regarding the suitability of the 4.9GHz band to support 5G technology. In... more

BAI Communications claims first milestone in London Underground mobile rollout

Infrastructure provider BAI Communications has claimed a ‘first milestone’ in the rollout of high speed mobile coverage across the London Underground, announcing the launch of a permanent 4G service on... more

Vodafone Portugal enlists Mavenir for 5G Converged Core

Vodafone Portugal has selected Mavenir as its strategic 5G Converged Core supplier. The MAVcore solution will enable the transformation to a ‘containerised and automated cloud-native network’ – providing the flexibility... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Google is spearheading the construction of a new submarine fibre-optic cable dubbed Topaz to connect Canada and Asia, in partnership with a number of local companies in Japan and Canada.... more

ACCC accepts TPG Telecom’s functional separation plan

A joint functional separation undertaking submitted by TPG Telecom Limited on behalf of itself and its various subsidiaries has been accepted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). As... more

Corporate/Financial

WOW! factor: US cableco hires adviser to woo bidders

US cableco Wide Open West (WOW!) is understood to be weighing up a number of strategic options, including the outright sale of the company. According to Bloomberg, the operator is... more

TIM turns its back on KKR takeover

Telecom Italia (TIM) has refused to give investment company KKR access to its finances, effectively ruling out a EUR10.8 billion (USD11.8 billion) takeover bid by the US firm. KKR said... more

Telemach raises Optima stake to above 95%

Telemach Croatia says it now holds 95.07% of the share capital of domestic fixed ISP and pay-TV provider Optima Telekom. The cellco, which is part of United Group, agreed to... more

Miscellaneous

CRa launches 5G broadcast trial in Prague

BroadbandTV News reports local press as saying that Czech national transmission company Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) has kicked off a trial of 5G broadcast services in Prague. The reports note that... more