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22 Jul 2019

WIRELESS

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Italy has a new MVNO in the form of *Withu*, an offshoot of utility firm *Europe Energy*. The new virtual operator – which piggybacks on the *Vodafone Italy* network –... more

SLT’s Mobitel demos 5G at Polonnaruwa

Mobitel, the mobile subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), has completed a further demonstration of fifth-generation technology at the recent grand opening of the Ancient Technology Museum in Polonnaruwa. Carried... more

Hungarian 5G auction set for September/October this year

Hungarian telecoms regulator the National Media & Infocommunications Authority (Nemzeti Media- es Hirkozlesi Hatosag, NMHH) has published its final plan for a multi-band 5G spectrum licence auction, offering 2×25MHz in... more

TRA grants additional frequency licences to mobile operators

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has granted additional frequency licences to the country’s three main mobile network operators, namely Batelco, Zain and Viva, in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands, in... more

Hong Kong opens applications for 5G auctions

Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has invited applications for 5G licences in the 3.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 4.9GHz bands. The regulator intends to auction a total of 380MHz... more

Ecuador plans to allocate 3.5GHz spectrum in 2020

Ecuador’s government has outlined plans to allocate 3.5GHz spectrum in 2020 in preparation for the launch of 5G services, reports TeleSemana. Speaking at the presentation of the ‘Digital Ecuador’ strategy... more

Polish regulator urges government to ease radiation restrictions

The head of Poland’s telecoms regulator has called on the government to ease restrictions on base station radiation levels to encourage operators to deploy 5G networks. Marcin Cichy of the... more

BROADBAND

CityFibre confirms plans for 14 more Gigabit Cities

CityFibre, the UK-based alternative provider of wholesale full fibre infrastructure, has confirmed that 14 further towns and cities are being planned and mobilised for full fibre deployment. They form the... more

TIM/Open Fiber merger would be ‘backward step’ regulator says

Angelo Cardani, head of Italy’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, Agcom), says a single national fibre network in the hands of Telecom Italia (TIM) would be... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

Jio books USD1.7bn turnover as FTTH beta trials reach final stages

Indian mobile provider Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) has registered operating revenue of INR116.8 billion (USD1.7 billion) for the period ending 30 June 2019, up from INR81.1 billion a year earlier.... more

AT&T exploring USD3bn Puerto Rico sale, report says

US telecoms giant AT&T is exploring the sale of its business in Puerto Rico, people familiar with the matter have informed Reuters. Indeed, the telco has hired an as-yet undisclosed... more

Azercell denies Vodafone Ukraine takeover rumour

Azerbaijani operator Azercell has issued a statement denying recent media reports linking it to a prospective takeover bid for Vodafone Ukraine. The statement published by the Trend news agency says... more

Maroc Telecom exceeds financial targets in H1 2019

Maroc Telecom (IAM) has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2019, reporting a 0.5% decrease in revenues from MAD17.939 billion (USD1.86 billion) to MAD17.844 billion,... more
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