9 Sep 2022

Mobile

RRT confirms 700MHz auction winners

Lithuanian telecoms watchdog the Communications Regulatory Authority (Rysiu Reguliavimo Tarnyba, RRT) has confirmed the results of its auction of 5G mobile spectrum in the 700MHz band that started in May... more

Airtel planning 5G launch 'within a month'

Indian full-service provider Bharti Airtel is planning to launch commercial 5G services ‘within a month’, with coverage of ‘key metros’ by December, the Economic Times writes, citing CEO Gopal Vittal.... more

President confirms ICE has returned 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G

Costa Rican president Rodrigo Chaves Robles has confirmed that he has signed an agreement which will see state-backed utility firm/telco Grupo ICE return its unused 5G-suitable spectrum. The agreement was... more

ANCOM improves conditions for 5G licence bidders

Following consultations on the specifications for Romania’s upcoming 5G licence auction in the 700MHz, 1500MHz, 2600MHz and 3400MHz-3800MHz frequency bands, the National Authority for Management & Regulation in Communications (ANCOM)... more

Winity taps Amdocs for 4G, 5G rollout

Mobile newcomer Winity Telecom has enlisted Amdocs to support the rollout of its 4G and 5G networks across remote communities in Brazil. In the first phase of the project, Amdocs... more

‘Use it or lose it’: SA comms minister issues spectrum trading proposal

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, South Africa’s Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, has published a draft policy document proposing the trading of radio frequency spectrum for the first time. The long-awaited proposal... more

Poland to renew 2100MHz concessions for PLN1.4bn

Poland’s four mobile network operators are set to renew their respective licences in the 2100MHz band for a combined price of almost PLN1.4 billion (USD296 million). The concessions include 2x14.8MHz... more

Fixed Broadband

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

3i Infrastructure has completed its USD512 million deal to acquire a 100% stake in Bermuda-based Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), which claims to be the owner of the world’s largest private... more

TalkTalk to invite bids for its wholesale business contracts

British broadband provider TalkTalk is planning to invite rival network operators to provide connectivity for its wholesale business contracts, Bloomberg reports. Openreach, the infrastructure arm of BT Group, is understood... more

Telia Finland and Nokia launch 5G SA commercially with network slicing for FWA

Telia Finland and local vendor Nokia have announced the launch of what they claim is the world’s first commercial 5G Standalone (SA) network with network slicing for fixed wireless access... more

KCOM outlines plans to invest GBP100m to expand and enhance fibre offerings

KCOM has announced plans to invest almost GBP100 million (USD115 million) to develop its infrastructure across Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire as it looks to ‘give the region the fastest,... more

Ooredoo SuperNet fibre reaches new island

Ooredoo Maldives has expanded its ‘SuperNet’ fibre-optic broadband service to Kudarikilu, an inhabited island of Southern Maalhosmadulhu Atoll. Customers are able to access fixed broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps.... more

Axxess launches 5G packages over MTN network

South African fixed broadband ISP Axxess has launched 5G internet packages for residential and business customers via the network of mobile operator MTN. The Axxess website advertises: ‘True 5G is... more

Belgium opens consultation on white area rollouts

The Belgian government has opened a consultation covering the development of broadband infrastructure in so-called white areas, where a network capable of delivering download rates of at least 100Mbps is... more

Corporate/Financial

Ooredoo finalises Myanmar exit deal

Qatar’s Ooredoo Group has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Myanmar division to Singapore-based Nine Communications for an enterprise value of approximately USD576 million and total equity consideration... more