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Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
Brazilian B2B operator AmericaNet has reportedly trialled a fixed-wireless 5G solution with Nokia in Pindamonhangaba, Sao Paulo. According to TeleSintese, the test utilised spectrum in the 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands under temporary permits granted by the National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel). The trial generated download speeds of 4Gbps, which is said to be a record for Latin America.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
The planned GBP100 million (USD129.6 million) sale of the Post Office’s broadband user base has attracted interest from Sky, TalkTalk and Shell Energy, Sky News reports. However, sources close to the process have insisted that Post Office CEO Nick Read will not sell the division unless he is able to secure an attractive price for it. Shell, which took control of the retail energy and broadband supplier First Utility in 2018, currently serves around 130,000 broadband customers, while the Post Office has around 500,000 internet subscribers. By comparison, Sky has close to six million broadband users and TalkTalk accounts for around 4.2 million.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
Grupo MASMOVIL has submitted a delisting request to the National Securities Market Commission (Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores, CNMV), as its new owner, Lorca Telecom Bidco, presses ahead with plans to take the company private. On 26 October the telco also lodged corresponding requests for the delisting of its share capital from the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges and, consequently, from the Stock Exchange Interconnection System. Trading of shares was suspended on 23 September to allow Lorca to carry out the ‘sustained order’ purchase of the 13.59% of the company’s shares that are still outstanding. This process is due to conclude on 3 November. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in May th.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
Israeli telco Bezeq has reportedly secured a licence to operate in Area C of the West Bank after 35 years of ‘illegal’ operation. US news agency Media Line notes that Israeli Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel granted Bezeq the concession on 18 October. With Palestinian operators still restricted to using 2G and 3G platforms, the news site quotes Samer Ali, the Foreign Relations Director at the Palestinian Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry, as saying: ‘At the same time, there’s no fairness in using the frequencies, as Israel offers 4G and 5G services. After the decision, the Palestinian market will start using the Israeli service as it’s more advanced and cheaper.’Under the Oslo Accords, Area C constitutes about 61% o.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information Technology, Aminul Haq, says the government is making rapid efforts to introduce 5G technology and planning has been done to ensure the provision of 5G services by December 2021. The Minister told Urdu News that a trial 5G network will be launched at a hospital in Islamabad under a partnership with local cellco Zong, which is owned by China Mobile. Officials are currently seeking a consultant company to help prepare the terms for a 5G spectrum auction, though a detailed timetable for the licensing has yet to be laid out. In the meantime, work is ongoing to improve fibre backbone connectivity in Islamabad, Karachi and Gwadar.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
Telenor Sweden has launched commercial 5G services in central Stockholm, with access available to any Telenor customer with a 5G-capable handset. The firm says it has coverage of at least half of the city centre, adding that it intends to widen its footprint in the capital while also adding connectivity in Malmo and Gothenburg before expanding the rollout to towns with a population of over 50,000. Rival operators Telia, Tele2 and Tre launched 5G services in May and June this year. Andres Suazo, head of mobile networks at Telenor Sweden, said: ‘We are currently carrying out our largest modernisation and expansion of the network ever. The mobile network will be expanded and densified by more than 60%, which means more than 3,000 base stations.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has raised its full-year guidance after reporting ‘solid financial results and excellent commercial traction’ in the three months ended 30 September 2020. In the period under review, the company posted underlying group revenues of EUR1.368 billion (USD1.602 billion), a 2.8% decline compared to the third quarter of 2019, although underlying domestic revenue rose 0.2% year-on-year to EUR1.074 billion. Despite a 1.9% rise in domestic underlying EBITDA to EUR438 million, the figure for the group as a whole was 0.2% down on the corresponding period of 2019 at EUR469 million. Group operating expenses were 2.3% lower at EUR430 million, driven by lower domestic expenses resulting from cost efficiencie.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
The Philippines’ new third telco DITO Telecommunity says it is on course to fulfil the requirements of the government’s technical audit in January 2021 and is ready to launch in March 2021 – or possibly ‘days earlier’. CNN Philippines cites DITO chief technology officer Rodolfo Santiago as saying the newcomer has built 1,532 cell towers nationwide, which he claims is more than enough to comply with CPCN [Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity] provisions to provide a speed of 27Mbps to cover 37% of the population at the time of the technical audit. In July this year DITO was given a six-month extension by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to complete its audit, due to rollout delays caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Yes.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
Japan, the US and Australia have announced plans to finance the deployment of a submarine cable to the Pacific island nation of Palau. The cable will branch off from the Transpacific *ECHO* submarine cable aiming to connect the US mainland with Singapore. Work on the 170km branch is scheduled to begin in 2021 and is expected to cost roughly USD30 million. The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has approved grant assistance funding of USD7 million to support the project; additional support is being provided by the US Agency for International Development, the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation in partnership with the Republic of Palau. Submarine cable operator *EllaL.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
Hrvatski Telekom (HT) has switched on Croatia’s first commercial 5G network in parts of Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, Osijek, Samobor and Sveta Nedelja. The network is based on dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) technology, which enables the use of existing frequencies for 5G. Customers on selected tariffs and with a 5G-capable device can access 5G services at no extra charge until June 2021. ‘The commercial start of the 5G network is a big milestone for Hrvatski Telekom, but also for the entire telecommunications industry in Croatia, because today we present the network of the future. With the 5G network, we will enable a number of innovations that will allow for the development of the Croatian economy and society,’ stated Kostas Nebis, Hrvatski Tele.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
Telefonica Deutschland has announced it has reached an agreement with the private equity arm of German insurer Allianz for the creation of a joint venture (JV) to deploy fibre-optic networks in Germany. The companies will each hold a 50% stake in the open-access wholesale operator, which will roll out and market a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network primarily in rural areas. Over a period of six years, the JV aims to supply 2.2 million households in predominantly rural and previously underserved areas, and will invest up to EUR5 billion (USD5.8 billion) in the expansion of the network, which will have a length of over 50,000km. The wholesale provider will sell FTTH connection products to Telefonica Deutschland, which will be marketed as broadb.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/30/2020 07:12
Sector watchdog the Luxembourg Institute of Regulation (Institut Luxembourgeois de Regulation, ILR) has launched a public consultation on the future use of spectrum in the 26GHz (24.5Ghz-27.5GHz) band. Interested stakeholders have been invited to express their interest, specifying how they would use the resources and estimating the amount of spectrum they require. The 5G Strategy for Luxembourg, published in 2018, provides that the 26GHz band will be allocated according to the roadmap established at European level. The rights to use the 700MHz and 3.6GHz bands were granted in August 2020 following an auction.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/29/2020 07:35
State-owned full-service provider Swisscom has booked consolidated net revenue of CHF8.20 billion (USD9.01 billion) for the first three quarters of 2020, a decrease of 3.0% compared to the previous year. The company attributed the drop primarily to the saturation of its core markets and pricing pressure within those segments. Swisscom noted that although the COVID-19 pandemic did negatively impact its roaming revenues, the overall impact on its financial results was ‘minor’. Efforts to reduce costs led to a decrease in EBITDA of just 0.1% year-on-year to CHF3.36 billion, with Swisscom’s EBITDA margin improving from 39.7% to 40.9%. Net profit for the nine-month period fell by 1.3% to CHF1.17 billion, due mainly to higher tax expenses. In ope.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/29/2020 07:35
UK-based cable group Liberty Global has reported the preliminary result of the public tender offer of its Swiss division UPC Switzerland to acquire all of the publicly held shares of rival full-service provider Sunrise Communications. According to the operator, a total of 43.7 million Sunrise shares had been tendered, equating to 96.48% of the company’s share capital. Under the terms of the offer, UPC will purchase each of the shares at a price of CHF110 (USD120) per share, and settlement of the offer is set to take place on 11 November, subject to certain regulatory approvals. Sunrise’s shareholders initially agreed to sell 81.98% of the provider’s total share capital, but the offer was extended for an extra ten days this month, during whi.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 10/29/2020 07:35
BT has selected Sweden’s Ericsson as its 5G RAN provider in the four UK capitals – London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – as well as a number of other ‘major cities’. In a press release regarding the development, Ericsson said the deal marked ‘a significant strengthening in the BT-Ericsson strategic partnership, and builds on BT’s selection of the company to provide its next-generation cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core earlier this year, making Ericsson the end-to-end 5G partner for BT’. Once the deployment is completed, Ericsson will reportedly manage around 50% of BT’s 5G traffic, it said. The vendor’s 5G RAN deployment and 2G/4G network modernisation will utilise products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including E.

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