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13 Jan 2023

Mobile

France issues EUR750m call for 5G, 6G projects

The French government has launched a new support scheme for research and development (R&D) projects on advanced 5G, 6G and future network generations. The government has given all interested parties... more

NOVA to finalise 3G shutdown in March

Greek fixed and mobile operator NOVA says it plans to complete its 3G network shutdown by the end of March. Connectivity will be phased out on a region-by-region basis, beginning... more

Jio’s 5G network reaches 101 cities; Airtel covers more than 30 cities with 5G

Indian full-service provider Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) has extended its 5G network to more than 100 cities, the Economic Times reports. Jio’s Standalone (5G) network is now available in 101... more

Telefonica fulfils FNA expansion requirements

Telefonica Deutschland, which provides services under the brand name O2, says it has met the requirements for network coverage expansion that were established by the Federal Network Agency (FNA) as... more

Citymesh authorised to transfer 2600MHz user rights to Citymesh Mobile

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has granted B2B wireless connectivity provider Citymesh permission to transfer its user rights in the 2600MHz band to Citymesh... more

700MHz spectrum helps Elisa to boost 5G coverage and speed

Elisa Estonia has increased its 5G network coverage to 70% of the population using two frequency bands. The firm launched 5G services in June using 3.5GHz spectrum and has since... more

AT&T returns unused Mexican spectrum, report says

AT&T Mexico has reportedly returned certain blocks of spectrum to the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT), due to concerns over the high price of the frequencies. According... more

BIPT consults on rights to 70GHz/80GHz bands

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has opened a consultation regarding the extension of temporary user rights in the 70GHz/80GHz frequency bands assigned to Telenet,... more

beCloud expands 4G network in Minsk, Vitebsk, Gomel and Grodno

Belarus’ unified infrastructure operator Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud) has revealed it has extended the coverage of its 4G LTE networks, switching on 41 new base stations in metropolitan Minsk and... more

IFT charges Telcel, AT&T USD65m to renew 850MHz spectrum

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has informed Telcel and AT&T of the renewal fees for their existing 850MHz concessions. Each company will pay MXN1.231 billion (USD65.1... more

Fixed Broadband

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

China Telecom Global (CTG) and SUNeVision Holdings (SUNeVision) have revealed that the Hong Kong segment of the Asia Direct Cable (ADC) system has landed in SUNeVision's HKIS-1 cable landing station... more

China provides USD249m funding for Angolan national broadband network

China will provide Angola with USD249 million financing this year to support the implementation of a project titled National Broadband Network (Rede Nacional de Banda Larga – RNBL). The funding... more

ACCC consults on proposed variation of NBN Co’s SAU

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published a consultation paper on NBN Co’s proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU) and says it is now seeking submissions... more

Fixed Voice

Telekom migrates 10m voice subs to cloud platform

Deutsche Telekom, which provides fixed and mobile services in its domestic market through its Telekom Deutschland subsidiary, says it has reached further major deployment milestones with its Next Generation IP... more

Corporate/Financial

Zain Iraq inks tower leaseback deal with TASC Towers

Kuwaiti-backed cellco Zain Iraq has finalised a sale-and-leaseback deal with Dubai-based tower operator TASC Towers Iraq worth USD180 million. Under the 15-year agreement Zain will transfer to TASCT the management... more

Ethio Telecom records 20% increase in revenue in first half of current fiscal year

Ethio Telecom has reported a total turnover of ETB33.8 billion (USD626 million) for the six months ended 31 December 2022, with this representing an almost 20% year-on-year increase against the... more

True/DTAC to be called True Corp post-merger

The management boards of True and DTAC have agreed to adopt the True Corp moniker for the merged True/DTAC operations. A new joint shareholders meeting will be held on 23... more

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