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  • Russia bans yet more VPNs providers
    on December 3, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) has announced that it has banned six additional VPN products from the Russian market: Betternet, Lantern, X-VPN, Cloudflare WARP, Tachyon VPN, and PrivateTunnel…read more on »

  • KDDI picks Nokia for standalone 5G core
    on December 3, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Nokia has announced that Japanese operator KDDI has selected Nokia’s 5G Core and Converged Charging software to support its transition to a fully automated, cloud-native 5G Core architecture. Nokia’s cloud-native 5G Core’s near zero-touch automation capabilities help operators drive greater scale and reliability. Following the evolution of […]

  • China Telecom told to cease US operations in January
    on December 3, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Back in October, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it had terminated China Telecom’s authority to provide communications services in the US.  The decision was largely based on classified information supplied by US national security agencies, who said that China Telecom had the capability to access and disrupt US […]

  • Poland’s long delayed 5G auction set back to 2022
    on December 3, 2021 at 12:00 am

    The Polish regulator has now announced that it now intends to launch Poland’s first 5G spectrum auction next year.   Like so many 5G spectrum auctions around the world, Poland’s has faced a tumultuous journey in reaching actualisation. Initially planned to take place in 2020, the auction was initially delayed by the onset of the […]

  • IONIAN subsea cable to tap Grid Telecom for Athens connection
    on December 2, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Back in May, IslaLink announced the creation of the IONIAN submarine cable system, set to link Crotone, Italy, with Preveza in Greece. The cable, which will span around 320km across the Ionian Sea, is due to come into service in Q4 2022.   At the time, IslaLink CEO Esther Garc&eacute…read more on »

  • India’s satellite players could face spectrum auction
    on December 2, 2021 at 12:00 am

    The Indian DoT has made the highly decision to auction spectrum for satellite broadband companies, eschewing the near universal convention of allocating the spectrum directly.  In most markets around the world, satellite players are directly allocated operating spectrum by the relevant regulatory bodies, with the satellite players paying licence […]

  • Myanmar junta may force M1 to partner with local business to buy Telenor unit
    on December 2, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Following the overthrow of the civilian government by a military junta in February this year, the Myanmar telecoms market has been plunged into chaos. By May, the highly volatile environment saw Telenor write off its $782 million Burmese unit entirely and, in July, the unit’s sale for around $105 million was agreed with Lebanese telecoms group […]

  • We built this city on IoT
    on December 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Think about green cities. People will generally understand what that means - clean air, leafy spaces, with sustainability built-in to create an altogether healthier, more liveable environment for all. In contrast, when we talk about ‘smart cities’, what do we mean?  The definition matters because, to create connected, efficient and […]

  • Telenet to begin deploying 5G from next week
    on December 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Telenet (Base) has announced that it will next week begin its deployment of its 5G network, almost two years after being allocated temporary spectrum by the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT). The deployments will first take place in Leuven…read more on »

  • Telefonica presses on with staff cuts
    on December 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Last month, Telefonica announced that it was aiming to cut between 2,000 and 4,000 jobs in the first half of 2022. Now, representatives from the Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT, the General Union of Workers) has confirmed that voluntary redundancy is set to be offered to any staff member born in or before 1967 and with at least 15 years of […]

  • LTE and 5G Private Mobile Networks to unlock the era of connected industries
    on December 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

    The demand for Private Mobile Networks (PMNs) based on LTE (and increasingly 5G) is being driven by the data, security, digitisation and enterprise mobility requirements of modern business and government entities. Organisations of all types are combining connected systems with big data and analytics to transform operations, increase automation and […]

  • Solar-powered broadband balloons to deliver connectivity to Africa
    on December 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

    From deploying fibre underground to putting up mobile masts, deploying broadband infrastructure is expensive.    In recent years, we have seen a flurry of innovation attempting to make these deployments more cost effective and less time consuming, from Facebook’s Bombyx robot, that crawls along existing power cables and wraps them in […]

  • Viettel joins rivals in launching mobile money services
    on December 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Last week, MobiFone became the first Vietnamese mobile operator to launch mobile money services, with Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) hot on their heels. At the time, Vietnam’s largest operator, Viettel, was notably silent on the mobile money front, but today they too have announced they will begin offering these services to […]

  • ETNO: It’s time big tech helped pay for networks
    on November 30, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Throughout Europe – and, indeed, around the world – telecoms operators are struggling under the weight of rolling out the next generation of communications technology, whether this is gigabit-capable fibre or 5G. Now, 14 major European telcos have released a joint statement via the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association […]

  • Telefonica bringing industrial 5G services to market in 2022
    on November 30, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Beginning in January 2022, Telefonica will begin offering a range of industrial 5G services to industrial partners for the first time. This is quite a milestone in the journey of 5G. Until now, numerous operators throughout Europe have been conducting various tests for 5G use cases, but barely any have announced the launch of commercial […]

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