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  • Huawei loses round two of 5G dispute in Sweden
    on June 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Huawei’s disputes with Sweden began in earnest back in October 2020, when the Swedish regulator ruled that Huawei and fellow Chinese vendor ZTE would be banned from supplying equipment for the national operators’ upcoming 5G networks and required them to be removed from their existing networks by 2025. Naturally, Huawei appealed this ruling […]

  • Vodafone UK begins commercial standalone 5G pilot
    on June 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Today, Vodafone has announced that it has launched the UK’s first commercial SA 5G pilots, setting the networks live in London, Manchester, and Cardiff.  As part of the deal, Ericsson will support Vodafone’s entire cloud-native 5G Core Standalone for packet core applications…read more on »

  • Nokia bounces back with latest 5G portfolio
    on June 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Nokia today announced the global launch of its latest range of industry-leading AirScale 5G products covering baseband, remote radio heads, and massive MIMO active antennas with digital beamforming. Nokia introduces its new generation of ReefShark-powered AirScale massive MIMO antennas with both 32TRX and 64TRX products, as well as 8T8R remote […]

  • Greece planning €700m ultra-fast broadband boost
    on June 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    After lagging behind its European neighbours in terms of broadband quality for a number of years now, this week the Greek government has announced a new plan to improve ultra-fast broadband access around the country.  The tender process, announced on Tuesday by Minister of Electronic Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, will allow companies to […]

  • DT partners with Deutsche Bahn for railway mobile network
    on June 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    A new deal between Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Deutsche Bahn will see mobile network coverage on improved on train lines throughout Germany.    DT is aiming to cover the entirety of Deutsche Bahn’s rail network by 2026, a task that will involve the installation of around 800 new cell sites.   The railway network currently covers around […]

  • Sparkle launches Albania Crossing route
    on June 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Today, TIM’s international communications platform Sparkle has announced the launch of its latest optical fibre link, the Albania Crossing route.    Built in partnership with Albania Telecom, the route spans the Italian fibre backbone, travels 240km beneath the waves of the Adriatic Sea from Bari…read more on »

  • Vodafone using 100% renewable energy in Europe
    on June 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Today, Vodafone has announced a major sustainability milestone, noting that its entire European operations will run entirely on renewable energy by the start of next month.    This announcement is not entirely unexpected; Vodafone announced back in July 2020 that it was making impressive progress with its environmental initiatives…read more […]

  • UK telecoms industry digging like never before for connectivity victory
    on June 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

    The UK is rolling out fibre at a thunderous pace, with the telecoms sector spurred forward by the government’s ambitious targets of 85% gigabit-capable broadband coverage by 2025 and its accompanying £5 billion strategy.   Now, extent of the UK’s fibre rollout is becoming apparent…read more on »

  • London Underground to get mobile network as BAI prepares £1bn mobile boost
    on June 23, 2021 at 12:00 am

    BAI Communications has won a contract to build a neutral host mobile network for the London Underground, following a competitive tender process. The project will see a 4G-capable and 5G-ready mobile network installed throughout the public transport system by 2024. BAI says it will spend £1 billion on improving London’s connectivity over the […]

  • Ericsson's Cloud RAN now supports mid-band 5G
    on June 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

    With mid-band spectrum, communications service providers can capitalize on their 5G spectral assets to roll out services quickly and efficiently, while delivering a more responsive experience to mobile broadband users.   These latest enhancements to Ericsson’s portfolio were developed in close collaboration with customers such as Verizon. […]

  • Saudi Telecom stake could be for sale as sovereign fund seeks divestment
    on June 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Sources speaking to Reuters are reporting that Saudi Arabia’s PIF has hired the services of Goldman Sachs and the Saudi National Bank in order to consider a sale of part of their 70% stake in Saudi Telecom…read more on »

  • Mauritius hands out 5G licences
    on June 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

    In February, following a public consultation, ICTA took the decision to simply allocate 5G spectrum to the island nation’s three major mobile operators, Cellplus, Emtel and Mahanagar Telephone Mauritius (MTML). Each operator was to receive 100 MHz each of frequencies in the 2…read more on »

  • MTN sets aside $1.5bn for Nigerian broadband
    on June 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

    A three-day visit to Abuja and Lagos from MTN Group’s president and chief executive officer, Ralph Mupita, have shed light on the Group’s broadband investment approach in Nigeria. In discussions with stakeholders, Mupita said that MTN Nigeria would be investing around $1.5 billion over the next three years to increase broadband access […]

  • “Too good to go back”: Nokia backs hybrid working in post-Covid shakeup
    on June 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Is working from home here to stay? For Nokia, the answer from employees seems to be a resounding ‘yes’. In a recent survey conducted by Nokia of around 26,000 employees, around 91% of respondents said they felt they were equally or more productive when working from home, compared to in the office. Despite this, however, it was also clear […]

  • China tensions sink another submarine cable
    on June 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

    The story of the East Micronesia Cable System (EMC) goes back to around 2018, when the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank first agreed to co-finance a submarine network linking the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, and Nauru to a transpacific cable system connecting Australia and Hawaii. The cable was planned to help connect […]

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