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Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/17/2020 06:33
India’s Supreme Court has rejected appeals from cellcos Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and defunct provider Tata Teleservices to review elements of its October 2019 decision on Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) calculations, the Economic Times reports. Last year’s ruling established that AGR – from which operators’ licence and spectrum fees are calculated – should include revenue from non-core activities, handing the sector a bill estimated to be around INR1.47 trillion (USD20.7 billion) to be paid within just three months (i.e. a deadline of 23 January 2020). The providers had sought a limited review of the order rather than completely overturning the ruling, with the hope of cutting back the financial impact of the decision. The Supreme Court ye.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/17/2020 06:33
Taiwan's auction of 5G-suitable spectrum, which got underway last month, has ended after 261 rounds of bidding, raising a total of TWD138.081 billion (USD4.6 billion). At the end of the first phase of the spectrum sale process, all five of the country’s existing wireless network operators were confirmed to have secured new frequencies, with the biggest spender being Chungwha Telecom, which secured a total of 90MHz in the 3.5GHz band for TWD45.675 billion, and 600MHz in the 28GHz band for TWD618 million. Far EasTone and Taiwan Mobile also secured spectrum in both the 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands, with the former spending TWD40.600 billion on an 80MHz block in the lower band and TWD412 million on 400MHz at 28GHz, while the latter bid TWD30.450 bill.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/17/2020 06:33
Press reports from Zimbabwe suggest that state-backed mobile operator Telecel is on the brink of collapse amid the country’s economic crisis. A report from Zim Morning Post says the company’s servers have been down since last month and network availability has been cut by 65%. A source told the paper: ‘Telecel servers went down in December which has resulted in the malfunctioning of services like Telecash, buying airtime and purchasing data. The daily operations have been severely affected by the dysfunctional IT systems. Subscribers are failing to recharge airtime due to a combination of both system failure and loss of critical staff.’ Sources also said that clients are no longer able to replace or change SIM cards. Telecel, which is 60% o.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/17/2020 06:33
The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) has given its clearance to a plan for Ukrainian mobile operators Kyivstar, Vodafone and Lifecell to redistribute 900MHz band GSM frequencies between themselves and refarm the spectrum for 2G/3G/4G networks, after it verified that the plans would not distort competition, nor be detrimental to users, nor result in other negative economic or social impact.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/17/2020 06:33
The Autorite des Marches Financiers (AMF) has published a notice announcing that 15.240 million shares had been tendered to the public buyout offer (Offre Publique de Rachat d’Actions, or OPRA) initiated by Iliad. The OPRA was open from 23 December 2019 to 13 January 2020 (inclusive) and offered shareholders the possibility to redeem their Iliad shares at a unit price of EUR120 (USD134), up to a limit of 11.667 million shares. As the number of shares presented in response to the OPRA (15.240 million) is greater than the maximum number Iliad had undertaken to buy back, a proportional reduction in requests for redemption has been made (in accordance with the provisions of article R. 225-155 of the French Commercial Code). Thus, Iliad will buy.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/17/2020 06:33
STC Bahrain (previously known as Viva Bahrain) has announced the launch of the next phase of its 5G network in partnership with Chinese equipment supplier Huawei. Following an initial launch in selected areas in June 2019, the operator’s 5G mobile broadband and home broadband services are now available across more than 50% of the country, enabling customers to enjoy data speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Prices for 5G home broadband plans start at BHD21 (USD55) per month for download speeds up to 40Mbps, a 600GB monthly data allowance and an additional 3GB a month of mobile data, subject to a 24-month contract. To access 5G mobile services, pre-paid and post-paid subscribers pay an extra BHD5 a month.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/17/2020 06:33
Russian newspaper Kommersant reports that Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) is in the process of consolidating all of its fixed and mobile operations in metropolitan Moscow, which are currently jointly operated by the federal MTS division/brand (providing mobile network services in the capital alongside some corporate fixed and TV services) and its Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) division, which is the capital’s largest fixed broadband/telephony/TV network operator and also offers bundled MVNO services using the MTS mobile network.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/17/2020 06:33
Telecom Cook Islands has scrapped its Bluesky brand name and is now trading as Vodafone Cook Islands. The Pacific island nation’s sole telco made the changeover on 15 January, adopting the Vodafone name for all its mobile, fixed line and broadband services, with a new website and red-themed marketing. The new brand was already being used by the operator’s Fijian parent group Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH) for its Vodafone Fiji unit, via a non-equity partnership with UK-based mobile giant Vodafone Group. Under a sub-licensing agreement with Vodafone Fiji, ATH’s other subsidiaries in Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati are expected to undergo similar rebranding later this year, Cook Islands News reported.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/17/2020 06:33
Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has published a new set of guidelines relating to the deployment of, access to and shared use of telecoms and broadcasting infrastructure. The watchdog’s key objectives are:. · To contribute to a more efficient use of existing infrastructure resources through the promotion of infrastructure sharing among concessionaires;. · To establish conditions to resolve disagreements relating to the shared use of infrastructure between concessionaires; and. · To promote infrastructure deployment through incentives to carry out coordinated civil works – especially in areas where there is little or no operator presence. The IFT notes: ‘There are areas where infrastr.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/16/2020 06:10
Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has announced a successful end-to-end 5G video test call whilst simultaneously streaming video content on a 4G device with Ericsson Spectrum Sharing technology. In a press release regarding the development, Optus said that – utilising its 5G network in Australia and Singtel’s pilot 5G network in Singapore – the inter-country video call was made with a pre-commercial OPPO 5G device equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, while also video streaming content on a 4G device connected to the same spectrum. According to the Australian MNO, its network was able to assign spectrum resources on both 4G and 5G, switching between them in milliseconds to support the different service vid.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/16/2020 06:10
*Telenor* is providing 4G LTE-based IoT network connectivity to support Zaptec's electric car chargers across Norway, including charging points at businesses, private homes, communal housing and local council properties. Zaptec previously used Wi-Fi connections, but Telenor says that LTE provides better stability for optimal charging and payments as well as making the charging points simpler to install and therefore cheaper. Zaptec has supplied over 25,000 smart vehicle charging stations in 15 countries to date. *Volvo Cars* has signed an agreement with network operator *China Unicom* to promote 5G-based Vehicle to Everything (V2X) technology in China. Cellular 5G V2X systems enable information exchange between vehicles and the outside envi.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/16/2020 06:10
Over a decade after its previous – subsequently abandoned – attempt to register pre-paid SIM cards in Mexico, the government is said to be considering a fresh registration initiative. As per local press reports, the new attempt is being spearheaded by the Secretariat of Public Safety and Protection (Secretaria de Seguridad y Proteccion Ciudadana, SSPC), which cites the growing threat of extortion as a pressing concern. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, a requirement for Mexican pre-paid mobile phone users to register their details with network operators became law in February 2009, coming into effect from April that year, giving service providers one year (until April 2010) to register their existing customer base and colle.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/16/2020 06:10
Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud), Belarus’ designated 4G infrastructure provider, has published an update on its LTE rollout programme, noting that by the end of 2019 its network comprised 2,090 base stations, up 25% year-on-year, with 529 new base stations added during the course of the year, and a further 800 or so upgraded; its network utilises three bands, 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 01/16/2020 06:10
Telekom Deutschland and EWE have formally established a joint venture to expand fibre-optic networks to customers in northwest Germany, including parts of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bremen. Glasfaser Nordwest, based in Oldenburg in Lower Saxony, aims to provide up to 1.5 million households and businesses with high speed internet. The company will begin rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks immediately, with work commencing in Vechta, Belm and Cloppenburg, followed by Achim, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Delmenhorst, Emsdetten, Georgsmarienhutte, Oldenburg, Stade and Tostedt. Glasfaser Nordwest will not be marketing any services directly to end users, but will instead provide EWE, Telekom Deutschland and other telcos with access.

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