8 Sep 2022

Mobile

Estonia prepares for 700MHz auction

Estonia’s Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (Tarbijakaitse ja Tehnilise Jarelevalve Amet, TTJA) has kicked off its latest 5G spectrum auction, offering six packets of frequencies in the 700MHz band... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Tele2 IoT has signed a cooperation agreement with fellow Swedish provider TH1NG to offer ‘a qualitative and secure IoT platform to new and existing Tele2 IoT customers'. Onur Kasaba, Head... more

Indonesia to auction spare 2.1GHz spectrum to support 5G rollout

The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) is planning to auction a spare 2x5MHz block of frequencies in the 2.1GHz band, specifically 1975MHz-1980MHz paired with 2165MHz-2170MHz, in an attempt to... more

SIT poised to auction 2.5GHz band in Guatemala

Guatemala’s Superintendence of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, SIT) has confirmed that plans are underway to auction unused frequencies in the 2.5GHz-2.6GHz range, after receiving a number of requests from local... more

Movistar to invest USD280m in 5G network rollout

Telefonica Moviles El Salvador, which operates under the Movistar brand, has begun deployment of its 5G-ready mobile network. InformaTVX cites the company’s CEO Luis Del Cid as saying that around... more

EE upgrades 5G network across 14 locations, extends coverage to new locations

BT Group’s mobile arm EE has announced the deployment of 2100MHz frequencies for 5G use at sites that were previously used to provide 3G signals. According to the operator, the... more

NEC, Mavenir deploy Open RAN mMIMO on Orange France 5G SA test network

Japan’s NEC and US-based Mavenir have announced the implementation of Open RAN-based massive MIMO (mMIMO) solutions on Orange France’s 5G Standalone (SA) test network at the Orange Gardens campus in... more

Canadian operators agree to emergency roaming and mutual assistance commitments

Major Canadian telecoms network operators have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Telecommunications Reliability ‘to ensure the reliability and resiliency of communications networks that are a significant lifeline for those... more

Free Mobile and Orange extend roaming deal for three years

France’s Authority of Regulation for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, Arcep) has agreed to an extension of the national roaming agreement between... more

Fixed Broadband

GO Telecom meets coverage requirements of 3.5GHz licence

Saudi fixed broadband provider Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication, which trades as GO Telecom, says the country’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has confirmed that it has met the rollout terms... more

Fixed Voice

Telenor Norge highlights its progress as copper switch-off looms

Norway’s fixed voice incumbent Telenor Norge has issued an update on the progress being made towards its planned switch-off of copper-based services at the end of this year. In a... more

Corporate/Financial

T-Mobile offloads former Sprint fixed line assets to Cogent for USD1

Cogent Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire T-Mobile US's wireline business for just USD1. Cogent notes that the legacy long-haul infrastructure – which previously belonged to Sprint... more

Finance ministry greenlights Vi equity conversion

India’s finance ministry has approved proposals to convert Vodafone Idea’s (Vi’s) accrued interest on deferred licence and spectrum dues to government equity, the Economic Times reports. The plans – which... more

Syn sells core network to Ljosleidarinn for ISK3bn

Syn (Vodafone Iceland) has agreed to sell its core network to Icelandic open access infrastructure provider Ljosleidarinn in a deal valued at ISK3 billion (USD21.1 million). In a related development,... more

Miscellaneous

MTN enters into agreement with B2B platform Dooka

South Africa-based regional mobile carrier MTN Group is teaming up with a new African business-to-business (B2B) marketplace platform, Dooka, signing a partnership agreement which the latter claims ‘represents a paradigm... more