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21 Dec 2022


Entel claims over a million 5G users in first year

Full-service provider Entel Chile has published an update on its 5G operations one year on from the launch of its network. The operator counted a total of more than one... more

MVNO Monday (delayed Wednesday edition): a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Spanish telecoms retail chain Phone House has launched a new MVNO called Butik, which will be made available via the company’s 450 branches. The new service leverages the Grupo MASMOVIL... more

ACCC will not grant authorisation for Telstra-TPG regional network deal

Proposed regional mobile network arrangements between Australian cellcos Telstra and TPG Telecom (trading as Vodafone Australia) will not be authorised, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced. In... more

Three Ireland set to withdraw its appeal over multi-band spectrum auction

In the wake of Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) having announced the "results of its ‘Multi Band Spectrum Award’ (‘MBSA’) last week":, the regulator has now confirmed that it... more

EE goes live in ‘first-of-its-kind’ mobile infrastructure pilot with Freshwave

Subscribers of British mobile network operator (MNO) EE, a subsidiary of BT Group, can now benefit from enhanced 4G and 5G coverage along Queen Victoria Street in the City of... more

Spain’s 5G 26GHz auction kicks off today; four to participate

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation (Ministerio de Asuntos Economicos y Transformacion Digital) has confirmed that the auction of 26GHz band spectrum suitable for 5G services will commence... more

Philippines sets 27 June 2023 deadline for SIM card registration

The government of the Philippines has confirmed that the deadline for SIM card registration in the country has been set as 27 June 2023. As "previously reported by TeleGeography's CommsUpdate": more

Nokia, A1 Telekom Austria reach 2Gbps data rates with 5G 3CC CA technology

Nokia and A1 Telekom Austria have announced that they have reached peak downlink data rates of 2Gbps with Three Component Carrier Aggregation (3CC CA) in a 5G Standalone (SA) trial... more

Telefonica achieves 100Mbps 4G coverage requirement

Telefonica Deutschland (O2) has announced that more than 98% of households in each federal state are now covered by its LTE network with downstream rates of at least 100Mbps, following... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

US-based Paige Wireless, which claims the largest LoRaWAN IoT network in North America, has changed its name to Ethos Connected to reflect its status as a ‘leading IoT company embodying... more

Vodafone Cook Islands expanding 4G+ using SES O3b mPOWER

Customers of Vodafone Cook Islands will be able to experience ‘4G+’ LTE-A networks and high-performance internet connectivity across the outer islands due to a new O3b mPOWER agreement signed with... more

Tusass to discontinue 3G services in 2023

Greenlandic telecoms operator Tusass has revealed that it is planning to shut down its 3G services in 2023, in line with global trends. Tusass said that it took the decision... more

IFT identifies 7,750MHz of mmWave spectrum for 5G use

The Plenary of the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has approved the modification of its ‘Annual Programme for the Use and Exploitation of Frequency Bands 2023’ in... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Consortium members China Mobile International Limited (CMI), China Unicom Global (CUG), Converge and PPTEL SEA H2X and equipment vendor HMN Tech have reaffirmed that the South East Asia Hainan-Hong Kong... more

Starlink reaches one million subscriptions milestone

Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture – has announced that it has reached the one million subscriptions mark. A Tweet... more

Ooredoo expands FTTH to Maalhos

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

MoC resuming fibre network modernisation projects with Nokia

Kuwaiti newspapers including The Times, Al-Qabas and Arab Times are reporting that the Ministry of Communications (MoC) and the local division of Nokia have begun work on delayed fibre-optic network... more


Telefonica concludes sale of 45% of wholesale fibre unit Bluevia

Telefonica has announced the closing of the sale of 45% of Bluevia, the network operator that offers wholesale FTTH access and other fibre connectivity services in Spain, for a cash... more

Philippines’ SEC launches investigation into PLDT ‘sell-off’

The Philippines' Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched an investigation into the sudden sell-off of shares in one of the country’s largest telcos – PLDT Inc. – that took... more


Happy holidays! CommsUpdate returns in 2023

Season’s greetings to all CommsUpdate readers! The free daily news service is taking a break but will return on 3 January 2023.... more

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