NatCo puts auction gains to quick use. 5G auctions plans topple in Europe due to COVID‑19.
SME suppliers in Spain thrown an early lifeline as Group takes steps to keep supply chain moving. O2 Germany reopening stores and account switching restrictions are eased in Spain. O2 UK focuses on supporting health services, but engineers at risk as 5G conspiracy suspicions lead to vandalism and assaults. ...
Apparent pragmatic row-back on opposition to private spectrum allocation.
Hungarian business secures rights in three new bands. Digi plans legal action over ‘unfair’ 5G auction. 5G auction plans topple in Europe due to COVID‑19.
Top court in the land calls halt to operator self-assessment on fees. Irate judge threatens bosses with jail if liabilities not paid in timely manner. Read meets with India government ministers to seek assistance. COVID‑19 lockdown measures provide temporary reprieve.
ANCOM approved plans to allow telcos to extend existing spectrum licences in the 2.1GHz band, at a cost.
Three UK’s “misleading” 5G advertising campaign was banned after complaints from Vodafone UK (VfUK) and BT.
SRN accord sees coverage obligations withheld, and operators will be expected to show similar cooperation to address contiguous spectrum requirements. Timing and nature of the auction may yet change as Ofcom rethinks plans for the year as impact of coronavirus is felt.
CEO Gopalan given till 2024 to progress business revival plan. DT remains cautious, though, with brake held on spend. Outgoing M&A still on agenda, to help turnaround.
TMUS spends much less than Verizon and AT&T in auction of 37GHz, 39GHz, and 47GHz frequencies. NatCo’s total spending on mmWave spectrum exceeds $1.7bn in little more than a year. COVID‑19 pushes back CBRS auction by a month.
Ever‑closer Brazilian operators exploring ways to consolidate in the mobile market without falling foul of the authorities. Determining the shape of a final deal, and clearing hurdles from Oi stakeholders, could be a drawn‑out process, and distressed fourth‑placed player still open to other offers.
Hernández, Telefónica Colombia CEO, called on MinTIC to enforce “clear and permanent rules” to help market development amid spectrum auction farce.