15 Jul 2022

Mobile

Telefonica reaches half of Germans with 5G

Telefonica Deutschland, which provides fixed and mobile services under the brand name O2, has announced that coverage of its 5G network has reached 50% of the population. The operator reached... more

ANCOM opens consultation on 5G auction terms

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has published draft tender documents for the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz, 1500MHz, 2600MHz and 3400MHz-3800MHz frequency bands later... more

Africell expanding network to Kwanza Sul and Benguela ‘next month’

Africell Angola – which launched the country’s third mobile network in April covering the capital Luanda – has disclosed that it will expand its network coverage to the provinces of... more

MSIT to award additional 5G spectrum to LG Uplus

South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) has confirmed it plans to award new 5G suitable frequencies to mobile network operator (MNO) LG Uplus. As previously reported by CommsUpdate,... more

FCC establishes ECIP to help make underutilised spectrum available to rural carriers, Tribal Nations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to create a new ‘Enhanced Competition Incentive Program (ECIP)’ to establish incentives for mobile licensees to make underutilised spectrum available to small carriers,... more

DITO hits 10m subscriptions

DITO Telecommunity, the newest of the Philippines’ three mobile network operators (MNOs), has reached the ten million subscription milestone, 16 months after its launch in March 2021. The firm is... more

Uganda wants cellcos to make services more consumer friendly

Uganda’s parliament has urged local cellcos to improve voice and data bundles and reduce cross-network fees to help consumers. MPs have urged the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to work with... more

Fixed Broadband

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

NTT Group, Mitsui and JA Mitsui Leasing (JAML) have announced the launch of a new company, Seren Juno Network (Seren), which will be tasked with the construction and operation of... more

Germany approves new gigabit strategy

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport has announced that its Gigabit Strategy 2030 has received approval from the Federal Cabinet. The latest strategy aims to achieve widespread coverage... more

ACCC proposes allowing amended broadband agreements between Telstra and NBN Co

A draft determination has been issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in which it proposes authorising Telstra and NBN Co to amend agreements that they entered into... more

All US states, territories sign up to ‘Internet for All’ initiative

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced that all 50 US states, the District of Columbia and all unincorporated US territories have confirmed their participation... more

Corporate/Financial

DT sells 51% of GD Towers

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced the sale of a 51% stake in its tower business GD Towers to US infrastructure investment company Digital Bridge and Canadian asset management firm Brookfield.... more

Airtel approves allotment of shares to Google

The directors of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel have approved the issue of equity shares to US tech giant Google on a preferential basis, through which the latter will acquire... more

Digicel planning early redemption of bonds

Irish-owned, Jamaica-based Digicel Group is planning an early redemption of USD1.1 billion in bonds, following the completion of the sale of its Pacific division – Digicel Pacific Limited (DPL), comprising... more