30 Jun 2022

Mobile

Estonia’s second 5G auction phase sees bids pass EUR4.5m

Estonia’s auction of a second 3.5GHz 5G mobile licence has so far attracted bids of more than EUR4.5 million (USD4.7 million). The second of three available concessions is being fought... more

Italy awards final set of rural 5G contracts

The final batch of contracts to deploy open access 5G networks in rural areas of Italy have been awarded to a consortium comprising tower company INWIT and two of its... more

Vodafone Ireland unveils plans to phase out 3G

Mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone Ireland has reportedly set out plans to begin a phased upgrade programme later this year which will see it gradually phase out 3G connectivity in... more

TT planning to shut down 3G network

State-owned full-service provider Tunisie Telecom (TT) is planning to shut down its 3G network to increase its focus on its 4G system, Tunisie Haut Debit reports. TT Director of Planning... more

BT calls for more time to remove Huawei kit from core network

BT Group is reported to have asked the UK government for more time to remove Huawei equipment from its core network, according to Bloomberg. Speaking in an interview with the... more

freenet launches LTE-based flexible internet offer

German telecoms service provider freenet has announced the launch of its new LTE-based internet service which can be managed flexibly via an app and can be cancelled on a monthly... more

Kyivstar connected further 3,500 settlements to 4G since February

Ukraine’s Kyivstar reports that, despite the ongoing war in the country, since February 2022 it has increased the coverage area of its 4G network in 19 regions by connecting an... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

IoT carrier 1NCE announced the doubling of its international NB-IoT footprint, expanding to the US, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and Taiwan. Additionally, 1NCE, which boasts backers including... more

Fixed Broadband

Proximus increases FTTP coverage target to 95% with new financial partners

Belgian full-service provider Proximus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a consortium of Belgian financial partners including I4B (the Belgian Infrastructure Fund, acting as an anchor investor), with... more

Ukrtelecom switches all Dnipro fixed network customers to fibre/NGN

Ukrainian nationwide fixed network operator Ukrtelecom has announced the completion of an infrastructure modernisation project in the city of Dnipro involving replacing copper cables with fibre-optics. The city has become... more

WorldLink upgrading FTTH network to 10Gbps XGS-PON technology

WorldLink Communications, Nepal’s largest ISP by subscriptions, has announced plans to upgrade its GPON fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 10Gbps-capable XGS-PON to meet current bandwidth demand and enable symmetric download and... more

Germany approves new local loop rates

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA) has approved the rates for local loop unbundling (LLU) for the ten-year period from July 2022 to June 2032. A rate of EUR10.65 (USD11.17) per... more

Fixed Voice

Oi deactivates 1,300 copper exchanges

Brazilian telco Oi has reportedly deactivated around 1,300 copper exchanges that were previously used to support its fixed switched telephone services (servicos de telefonia fixa comutada, STFC). As per a... more

Corporate/Financial

Millicom increases Tigo Panama ownership to 100%

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced that it has closed a transaction to acquire the remaining 20% interest in Telecomunicaciones Digitales (formerly known as Cable Onda, trading as Tigo Panama).... more

Miscellaneous

SCM/Ukrtelecom owner files lawsuit in European Court of Human Rights against Russia

Rinat Akhmetov, the owner of Ukrainian conglomerate SCM Group, which includes telco Ukrtelecom, has filed a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights against the Russian Federation for compensation... more