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America Movil not expecting higher capex levels due to 5G: CEO

Mexican telecom giant América Móvil’s expected launch of 5G in certain markets will not represent a boost in its planned capex for this year, CEO Daniel Hajj said during the telco’s Q1 results call. The operator confirmed it will invest $8 billion this year, including 5G plans in several countries across the Latin American region. “We have been working to implement 5G, virtualizing networks, putting fiber in the towers,...

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Taiwan Mobile’s 5G coverage reaches half of Taiwan’s population

Taiwan Mobile announced that its 5G coverage has reached 50% of the country’s population. In a release, Taiwan Mobile also said it had already built over 6,000 5G 3.5GHz cell towers by the end of last year, offering 80% 5G coverage in the six special municipalities, with 5G internet traffic coverage around 70% across the country. The Asian carrier currently has over 600,000 subscribers in the 5G segment. “We deeply believe that a...

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NTT, Fujitsu target open architecture through strategic alliance

Japanese companies NTT and Fujitsu Limited formed a strategic business alliance to conduct research in the mobile communications and optical transport fields, with the aim of expanding into the global market and delivering sustainable infrastructure. In a joint statement, the partners said that they will conduct joint research and development activities toward the realization of a variety of “energy efficient, sustainable...

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Singtel preps for 5G SA launch in Singapore

Singaporean operator Singtel said it is paving the way for the launch of a 5G standalone (SA) network across the country. The telco said it has already deployed 5G SA sites across the island in areas such as Orchard Road, the Central Business District, Harbourfront and Sentosa. It is also progressively expanding its 5G in-building coverage which began with VivoCity to more indoor sites, starting with Ngee Ann City and selected Singtel...

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O2, Vodafone UK announce 5G spectrum trading deal

U.K. operators O2 and Vodafone have announced a new deal to trade airwaves to create more efficient blocks of 5G spectrum. The two operators already share mast infrastructure in parts of the U.K. The carriers noted that this new deal will enable improved coverage for customers – both indoor and outdoor – across urban, suburban and rural areas. They also highlighted that large contiguous blocks support faster speeds and lower...

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Five Australian operators secure 26GHz spectrum for 5G

Five operators have won spectrum in the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s latest spectrum auction in the 26 GHz band. Of the 360 lots available in the auction, 358 were sold, realizing a total revenue of AUD647.6 million ($501.1 million). Telstra secured a total of 150 lots for AUD276.6 million ,while Optus obtained 116 blocks for AUD226.2 million. TPG Telecom paid AUD108.2 million for 86 lots; Pentanet AUD7.9 million...

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Masmovil’s 5G network reaches over 200 Spanish cities

Spanish telecom operator Masmovil is now offering 5G service in over 200 towns and cities in 35 provinces across Spain for the customers of its Yoigo brand, the company said in a release. The carrier’s 5G service is being offered via a combination of its own infrastructure and an agreement with rival operator Orange. Masmovil currently has 80 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for the provision of 5G. Some of the cities in...

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Rakuten Mobile receives approval to expand 5G via 1.7GHz band

Japanese mobile operator Rakuten Mobile, a unit of e-commerce giant Rakuten, said it has received approval from the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications for its special radio station deployment plan to expand 5G services in the 1.7 GHz frequency band. Following this approval, Rakuten Mobile confirmed it will deploy base stations using this frequency band in areas that exclude the metropolitan centers of Tokyo, Nagoya and...

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UK regulator provisionally clears Virgin Media/O2 JV

The U.K.’s competition authority dismissed concerns that a merger of mobile operator O2 and fixed operator Virgin Media would have negative implications on wholesale services, provisionally clearing the proposed deal without conditions. In a statement, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said its investigation concluded the combination of the businesses was unlikely to have a negative effect on either fixed or mobile...

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Ericsson secures 5G contract in New Zealand

New Zealand operator 2degrees has announced a partnership with Ericsson to launch a 5G network in the country, the telco said in a release. The company said that the initial 5G sites will be located in the cities of Auckland and Wellington with plans to expand the network to other main urban areas, with a total of 700 sites. 2degrees also said that the partnership with Ericsson will allow the company to double its current 4G...