Complaint to South African Competition Tribunal calls time on spectrum‑sharing agreement. Claims competition is at risk, ahead of upcoming spectrum auctions. Vodacom adamant that deals are “pro‑competitive”.
Controlling football crowds and helping train technical staff among 5G-based applications being looked at in AR/VR tie-up with University of Glasgow.
Group CEO used a sponsored posting on the Politico website to demand, once again, a level playing field for Europe’s telecoms players, while bemoaning steps taken by several EU governments to sidestep European competition legislation. Article does not suggest Read’s bid for a reset of regulatory relations in Europe ...
After keeping its powder dry, Telefónica is aiming for a rapid 5G rollout to support its ‘digital compact’ commitments to ultrafast connectivity. Ericsson and Nokia are providing the RAN for the NSA iteration of 5G, with a glidepath apparently ready for future standalone services. 3G expected to be shut ...
5G local frequency allocations almost doubled in five months, to 74 organisations. Vodafone first rebuffed, now riding bandwagon with RedBox. Over 47% of identified allocations have gone to IT/network service and technology providers, including Huawei.
Virtualised network core based on AWS public cloud infrastructure; Ericsson’s cloud-native 5G functions. OpCo aims to delivering “new industry solutions” securely and quickly, with Mercedes already deploying a 5G campus network. PoCs with selected partners underway; commercial availability slated for 2021. Group gears up for RAN virtualisation in Germany, ...
Ezentis and Tech Mahindra in key support roles, O2 UK introduces Bubl.
Inevitable Czech clash as ČTÚ confirms auction conditions. Hrvatski Telekom’s Optima distractions continue.
Operating business highlights plans to beef up its 5G spectrum platform, despite ongoing suggestions parent Telefónica is keen to reduce ties to the Colombian market.
700MHz and 3.6GHz–3.8GHz frequencies slated to go under hammer in January 2021. Measures to address O2 UK fears of mid-band fragmentation. Regulator rejects pleas for “administrative allocation” of spectrum to lower capital outlays. Reserve price total just under £1.1bn.
Anti-trust agency lays out tough sale conditions to América Móvil’s Claro. Anxious wait to see if Mexican group plays ball. Both Telefónica Móviles El Salvador and Telefónica Multiservicios up for sale in deal reportedly worth $315m.
Sole reliance on low-band 600MHz purportedly boosts 5G coverage by 30%. Cisco Systems, Nokia are core network suppliers. Market research firms find NatCo leader on 5G availability, but not so good on average downlink speeds. TMUS expands rollout of Sprint’s mid-band 2.5GHz spectrum to support 5G.
Next steps laid out for DT’s Czechia campus network testing ground. 5G layer in pipeline although long‑term upgrade dependent on auction timeframe and structure.