16 Sep 2022

Mobile

Mavenir’s converged packet core to power DT’s 5G SA network

Mavenir has announced the successful delivery and deployment of a cloud-native 5G Standalone (SA) core to Deutsche Telekom’s (DT’s) domestic unit Telekom Deutschland. DT selected Mavenir as the supplier for... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Mobile operator Bite Lithuania is providing IoT network connectivity for a nationwide smart electricity metering rollout being implemented by national power company ESO in partnership with Sagemcom and Siemens. Around... more

President orders mobilisation of USF

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi has issued an instruction to operationalise the nation’s universal service fund (USF) within ‘a reasonable timeframe’. The USF was established through framework law No. 013/2002 of... more

Telenet to switch off 3G from September 2024

Belgian full-service telecoms provider Telenet and its mobile unit Base have announced plans to begin switching off the 3G signal on their mobile networks from September 2024 in a phased... more

BIPT extends 2G, 3G licences until year-end

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has extended the 2G and 3G spectrum licences held by Proximus, Telenet and Orange Belgium until the end of... more

Aracaju, Boa Vista, Campo Grande, Cuiaba, Maceio, Sao Luis and Teresina approved for 5G

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has confirmed that the country’s national mobile operators are permitted to launch Standalone (SA) 5G services using the 3.5GHz frequency band... more

Fixed Broadband

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

The America Europe Connect-2 (AEC-2) linking the US to Denmark has now landed in Ireland, AquaComms CEO Nigel Bayliff has revealed. TeleGeography notes that AquaComms acts as the overall system... more

Eltel Finland inks ‘largest fibre agreement ever’

Eltel Finland has announced the signing of a frame agreement with Valokuitunen, a joint venture between CapMan Infra and Telia, to build fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure. In a press release regarding... more

Zzoomm names next eight market towns for its FTTP rollout

British pure fibre provider Zzoomm has announced that it has begun deployment of its infrastructure to premises in eight more market towns across England, those being: Bewdley, Bolton Upon Dearne,... more

Liquid selects Eutelsat Konnect for broadband connectivity in Uganda, South Sudan, DRC

Eutelsat Communications and Liquid Intelligent Technologies (Liquid), a business of pan-African technology group Cassava Technologies, have signed a multi-year, multi-beam agreement for capacity on the Eutelsat Konnect satellite. The deal... more

ITS selects Adtran’s fibre access platform for its wholesale network

UK-based ITS Technology Group (ITS) has selected Adtran’s ‘open and disaggregated 10G fibre access platform’ to future-proof its wholesale network, which it markets under the ‘Faster Britain’ banner. In a... more

Telekom to deploy 100,000 FTTH connections in Cologne by 2025

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile operating unit of Deutsche Telekom, is aiming to provide 100,000 homes in Cologne with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections by 2025. Telekom already supplies large... more

Ukrtelecom exceeds 300,000 residential fibre broadband subscriptions

Ukrainian national fixed telco Ukrtelecom has reported that demand for its fibre broadband internet services has continued to recover. After falling to minimal levels at the outbreak of war in... more

Digicel to use SES O3b satellites to provide connectivity for disaster relief

SES and international mobile network operator Digicel have extended their partnership to provide the Kingdom of Tonga with long-term disaster resiliency to minimise bandwidth disruptions. Under the agreement, Digicel will... more

Slovenia one step closer to implementing EECC

A parliamentary home affairs committee in Slovenia has endorsed a bill which will finally transpose an EU directive on electronic communications. The EU Electronic Communications Code (EECC) should have been... more

Corporate/Financial

Digi-Celcom merger gets clearance from Securities Commission Malaysia

Clearance for the proposed merger of Malaysian communications providers Digi Telecommunications, a subsidiary of Norway’s Telenor Group, and Axiata Group’s Celcom, has been granted by the Securities Commission Malaysia. In... more

Sitios Latinoamerica eyes 27 September for share sale

Sitios Latinoamerica, the tower company spun off from America Movil (AM) last month, seeks to initiate a share sale on 27 September. As per paperwork submitted to the Mexican Stock... more

Xplornet Communications shortens name to Xplore

Xplornet Communications, Canada's largest rural-focused fixed broadband provider, has rebranded itself as Xplore, with Xplore Inc. now its full registered name, with the Xplornet Enterprise Solutions division now named Xplore... more

Vi to pass on extension of interest-to-equity conversion

Indian cellco Vodafone Idea (Vi) will not extend its planned equity conversion to include dues from its 2018 and 2019 financial years, the Economic Times writes, citing people aware of... more

Bell plans to merge EBOX with Distributel

Bell Canada’s CFO Glen LeBlanc has told a telecoms and media conference that the group plans to merge the operations of its subsidiary EBOX with alternative telco Distributel if the... more

Jusan Bank gets offers for Kcell shares

Jusan Bank is mulling the sale of its minority shares in Kazakh mobile operator Kcell, reports Kursic Media. The bank’s CEO Nurdaulet Aidosov disclosed that several investors are interested in... more

Miscellaneous

Apologies for CommsUpdate technical problems

Apologies to our subscribers, CommsUpdate was not published yesterday (15 September 2022) due to IT systems problems.... more

CommsUpdate Monday break

CommsUpdate will not be published on Monday 19 September 2022, due to the UK national holiday for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.... more