Despite making a fuss to get auction terms changed, Telefónica ultimately abstained from the latest 4G spectrum sale. Speculation that the decision was influenced by Group distancing of most Latin American assets, and the potential of a sale of the Colombia business.
JV is one of first Group businesses to push button on spectrum switchover.
5G reach extends to eight cities. 1,500 5G antennas in 20 cities are planned by December 2020.
Quiet period masks whether American NatCo is bidding aggressively.
NatCo claims no pressing need to deploy DSS tech for 5G. Asserts AT&T and Verizon reliance on DSS betrays weakness. Longstanding partners Ericsson and Nokia make DSS waves.
Movistar to bid against three other players for 4G spectrum after initial frustration at auction process. Revised bidding rules appease operators that had initially withdrawn, complaining of lack of transparency.
As Telefónica looks set to cordon off its Latin American interests to focus on the Big Four, Movistar in Mexico takes a drastic step to cut network costs. Operating business may be hoping a lighter infrastructure load will support commercial flexibility.
Ofcom confirmed its intention to offer up frequencies in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz–3.8GHz bands in spring 2020, but with a change in auction structure. BT bidding opportunity restricted by 37% cap on spectrum holding. Industry commitments on comprehensive rural coverage said to have enabled a regulatory re‑think. Degree of ...
Ofcom changes structure for spring 2020 auction. Industry’s rural commitments said to have enabled a re‑think. Degree of uncertainty remains due to UK elections and Brexit.
Ofcom confirms intention to offer frequencies in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz-3.8GHz bands in spring 2020, but with a change in auction structure. Industry commitments on rural coverage said to have enabled regulatory rethink. Degree of uncertainty remains due to UK elections and Brexit developments.
Telefónica Mexico (Movistar) rival Telcel reportedly acquired 60MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz range from local pay‑TV and telecoms provider Ultravisión.
Telefónica|Vivo appears to be circling Brazil’s distressed fourth‑placed operator Oi more closely as speculation on the sale of its assets bubbles up again.
Spectrum-hungry TMUS still facing major resistance in mid-band liberalisation drive. FCC final order on issue may happen in November 2019. 5G Plus Plan seems TMUS’ best bet for C‑Band win.
NatCo gains temporary test permits to put 5G through its 700MHz paces. Den Haag positioned as 5G hub. Operators still in finger-drumming wait for auction of 5G‑friendly frequencies.
Magenta Telekom could face rural rollout obligations if it secures 700MHz licences in Austria’s second 5G‑enabling spectrum auction.
OpCo claims UK first following introduction of spectrum-sharing rules.