Nkom confirms winners of multi-band spectrum auction: Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced the…
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26 May 2020
Wireless
Nkom confirms winners of multi-band spectrum auction
 Norway  
Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced the winning bidders of its multi-band spectrum auction that got underway earlier this month. In the event, five of the six... more
Two Swedish cellcos debut 5G services
 Sweden  
Two of Sweden’s four mobile network operators (MNOs) have launched commercial 5G networks, with a third announcing a launch next month. Tele2 has switched on 5G networks in Stockholm, Gothenburg... more
stc to switch off 3G services in Saudi Arabia by 2022
 Saudi Arabia  
Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has revealed that it plans to decommission its 3G network in ‘less than two years’ and direct the bulk of its investments towards the expansion of... more
Ex-head of Kyrgyz regulator detained over alleged mobile operator conspiracy
 Kyrgyzstan  
Natalya Chernogubova, the former head of Kyrgyzstan’s telecoms regulator the State Communications Agency, has been placed in custody until at least 12 July under an investigation into an alleged ‘conspiracy’... more
Broadband
Bell, Videotron, Cogeco expanding rural Quebec high speed networks with government support
 Canada  
Bell Canada has been awarded regional government funding for expanding high speed fibre internet connections in 18 rural communities in Quebec covering 7,000 homes, businesses and other organisations, in partnership... more
Brisanet enlists Padtec to upgrade DWDM network
 Brazil  
Ceara-based Brisanet Telecomunicacoes – Brazil’s sixth largest fixed line broadband provider in terms of subscribers – has hired domestic vendor Padtec to upgrade its DWDM systems to meet increased bandwidth... more
Malta consults on broadband access
 Malta  
The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) has opened a consultation on the provision of wholesale fixed broadband access based on its preliminary findings. The regulator has ruled that the island’s two... more
Corporate/Financial
Bite snaps up Telecentras’ retail unit MEZON
 Lithuania  
State-owned Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre (LRTC, also known as Telecentras) has signed an agreement to sell its internet, data transmission and IPTV business to mobile operator Bite. Bite’s offer... more
Axiata ‘in talks’ to acquire one of Indonesia’s smaller operators, CEO says
 Indonesia  
Malaysia-based telecoms group Axiata, which owns a majority stake in Indonesian cellco XL Axiata via Axiata Investments (Indonesia), is reportedly holding talks to acquire a smaller rival in a share-swap... more
StarHub CEO dismisses M1 merger speculation
 Singapore  
StarHub CEO Peter Kaliaropoulos has rejected rumours of a possible merger between his company and 5G bid partner M1, The Strait Times reports. Speaking during the firm’s virtual AGM on... more
Airtel holding company to raise USD1bn through share sale
 India  
Bharti Telecom, a holding company of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, is set to sell a 2.75% stake in the operator to raise around USD1 billion today with the intention... more