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20 Nov 2019

WIRELESS

EE extends 5G coverage to 14 additional cities and towns

British mobile network operator (MNO) EE has announced the switch-on of its 5G network in 14 new locations across the UK. In a press release, the cellco named the newly-covered... more

El Salvador will follow AWS spectrum auction with 1900MHz band sale

El Salvador’s Electricity and Telecommunications Superintendency (Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom, SIGET) has announced it will hold an auction of 20MHz of mobile spectrum in the 1900MHz (PCS) band.... more

France likely to postpone 5G auction

France is likely to delay its planned 5G spectrum auction until at least March 2020, three months later than originally scheduled, Reuters writes citing two sources with knowledge of the... more

Verizon 5G footprint reaches 18 cities; now available in Boston, Houston, Sioux Falls

Verizon Wireless has announced that its ‘5G Ultra Wideband’ network has gone live in three new cities, bringing the total number of markets served to 18. New locations added to... more

Ecuador spectrum allocation delayed until 2020

Ecuador’s Minister for Telecommunications & Information Society, Andres Michelena Ayala, has confirmed that the sale of spectrum in the 700MHz, 1700MHz, 2.5GHz and 3.GHz frequency bands will not take place... more

BROADBAND

NBI inks contract with government to deliver National Broadband Plan

National Broadband Ireland (NBI) has announced the signing of what it called a ‘landmark’ Public Private Partnership with the Irish government, under which it will deliver the National Broadband Plan... more

Vivo snags first FTTH franchisee, report says

Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) has reportedly secured its first regional partner, in the form of Goias-based Xis Net. According to TeleSintese, the telco will serve Aguas Lindas de Goias under the... more

Rural rollout connects 5,000 Greek villages

A rural broadband scheme in Greece has provided internet connectivity for around 5,000 remote communities. The EUR200 million (USD221 million) project, which kicked off in 2014, has been part-funded by... more

CORPORATE/FINANCIAL

MTS turnover up 4.6% in Q3

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) posted a 4.6% year-on-year improvement in total revenue to RUB133.9 billion (USD2.1 billion) in the third quarter of 2019, driven largely by mobile service revenue growth... more
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