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18 Nov 2022

Mobile

TIM selects Ericsson for 5G SA core buildout

Telecom Italia (TIM) has selected Ericsson to deploy 5G Standalone (SA) core infrastructure across Italy. A report from Il Sole 24 Ore cites Ericsson Italy managing director Andrea Missori as... more

MSIT cancels KT and LG Uplus’ 28GHz spectrum licences, SKT gains temporary reprieve

South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) has announced it is cancelling the spectrum licences in the 28GHz band which had previously been awarded to KT Corp and LG... more

Safaricom Ethiopia announces one million subscriptions milestone

Safaricom Ethiopia, which announced the official commercial launch of its mobile network last month following a soft-launch in August 2022, has reportedly surpassed one million subscriptions. Earlier this month Kenya’s... more

Airtel and Jio announce 5G expansion progress

Indian full-service providers Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) have announced that their respective 5G networks have been expanded to additional locations. For its part, Airtel has extended its... more

IOH teams with IBM to develop 5G solutions

Indonesian telco Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) has announced that it is partnering IBM to develop 5G-enabled solutions for its customers in Indonesia. Under the initiative the two companies will work... more

Telefonica uses Nokia Cloud RAN technology in 5G network

Telefonica Deutschland, which provides fixed and mobile services under the brand O2, has announced that it is using Cloud RAN technology from Nokia in its 5G network for the first... more

Magyar Telekom implements converged packet core/cloud solutions with network slicing

Hungary’s Magyar Telekom has selected US-based Mavenir’s network software solutions to deploy a cloud-native containerised converged packet core network integrated with technologies provided by its own group parent Deutsche Telekom,... more

Brisanet delays 5G launch to 2Q23; Fortaleza to host pilot

Brazilian regional ISP Brisanet has delayed the launch of its planned 5G network – which was expected to take place before end-2022 – until the second quarter of 2023. The... more

Anatel expects 420 municipalities to be approved for 5G by 1 January

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) expects a total of 420 municipalities to be approved to utilise the 3.5GHz band for 5G services from 1 January 2023.... more

Lebanon’s Touch says network availability improved to 97%; discloses 1.9Gbps 5G test

Lebanese mobile operator Touch announced that the service availability rate on its network has been significantly improved under a plan agreed with the Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT), and now exceeds... more

Hong Kong looking to reallocate spectrum licences in two bands

Hong Kong’s Communications Authority (CA) has opened a consultation into the reassignment of spectrum licences in the 850MHz and 2.3GHz bands. The proposals cover 20MHz at 850MHz which is currently... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Florida-based technology firm Gold Data has announced that it is building what it says is the first cable system in the Gulf of Mexico. Known as Gold Data 1, the... more

EC to examine Telenet, Fluvius FTTH joint venture

Belgian full-service telecoms provider Telenet has announced that its planned fibre joint venture with utilities group Fluvius will have to be notified to the EC competition authority before it can... more

Govt to increase broadband connectivity in remote areas

Some of New Zealand’s most remote communities will receive broadband for the first time thanks to a new government-led initiative. The Remote Users Scheme (RUS) will equip as many remote... more

Sweden awards 2022 broadband support

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has distributed its broadband support for 2022, with SEK1.245 billion (USD118 million) made available to fund rural network rollouts. The... more

SBB adds four cities to GIGA footprint

Serbian ISP SBB has extended its ‘GIGA’-branded fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to four more cities: Knjazevac, Majdanpek, Ivanjica and Arilje. Customers within the footprint have access to download speeds of up... more

Corporate/Financial

Axiata and Digi shareholders approve proposed Celcom-Digi merger

Malaysia-based Axiata’s board of directors has announced that at the conclusion of an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held today (18 November), its shareholders approved the proposed merger of its domestic... more

Archtop Fiber to acquire family-owned GTel

Kingston, New York-based Archtop Fiber, a provider of multi-gig fibre broadband services across the Northeast, has signed a stock purchase agreement with family-owned GTel, which is located in Germantown, New... more

MTS Q3 profits fall 25% y-o-y; CAPEX halved due to equipment purchasing restrictions

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) reported that in Q3 2022 its consolidated group revenue increased 0.8% year-on-year to RUB137.7 billion (USD2.3 billion), driven by telecoms, fintech and media segments, although OIBDA... more

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