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South Africa’s Telkom sues ICASA

South Africa’s Telkom sues ICASA

South Africa’s telco Telkom is suing the broadcasting and communications regulator ICASA over the withdrawal of the temporary spectrum that’s coming to an end in November. The spectrum was made…

ICASA slammed over spectrum ‘load shedding’

ICASA slammed over spectrum ‘load shedding’

South Africa suffers regular electricity load shedding, where local power supplies are cut during heavy demand. Now the country’s business leaders are arguing with regulator ICASA that much the same…

RAI to switch most TV channels to MPEG-4 on Oct 20

RAI to switch most TV channels to MPEG-4 on Oct 20

Italian public broadcaster RAI will discontinue DVB-T MPEG-2 broadcasts for nine of its thematic TV channels from October 20th. The change will affect Rai 4, Rai 5, Rai Movie, Rai…

Freeview licences renewed for another decade

Freeview licences renewed for another decade

The UK government is extending the five national multiplex licences for the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform – better known as Freeview – until 2034. This will protect for the…

Research: 39 European operators offering Wi-Fi 6

European broadband operators providing Wi-Fi 6 gateways amount to 39 at the end of 2020, for 53 devices commercialised, as shown in Dataxis latest research focusing on broadband CPE key…

Ergen breathes sigh of relief over S-band

Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar team managed to avoid a humiliating forced ending of its plans for a global S-band service when a tiny satellite successfully “brought into use” a set of…

More salvoes in SES vs Intelsat dispute

Another clutch of legal Motions were filed on August 2nd to Intelsat’s bankruptcy court by both parties in the bitter dispute between SES and Intelsat. Lawyers for Intelsat filed their…

Verizon, Samsung claim 5G C-band milestone

Verizon, Samsung claim 5G C-band milestone

US multiplay telco Verizon and Samsung Electronics have completed an end-to-end fully virtualised 5G data session over C-band spectrum in a live network environment. The new milestone was reached in…

Ofcom proposes sat broadband licensing changes

Ofcom proposes sat broadband licensing changes

UK comms regulator Ofcom has published proposals to change the way it licenses certain satellite systems. A number of new satellite broadband networks are currently being developed, which use Non-Geostationary…

Spanish telcos pay €1bn+ for 5G

Spanish telcos pay €1bn+ for 5G

Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange will pay €1.01 billion for the 700 MHz-based 5G licences following the completed public auction, with a 1.5 per cent price rise from the €995 million…

Ofcom sets out radio spectrum strategy

Ofcom sets out radio spectrum strategy

Supporting innovation is at heart of UK comms regulator Ofcom’s new strategy for how it will manage the nation’s airwaves over the next decade. People and businesses rely on wireless…

GSMA calls for 2 GHz of mid-band spectrum

GSMA calls for 2 GHz of mid-band spectrum

The mobile industry will need an average of 2 GHz of mid-band spectrum this decade to meet the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) data speed requirements. Achieving this will also…

UK high-tech lab to speed 5G development

UK high-tech lab to speed 5G development

Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading agency for the early adoption of advanced digital technologies, is joining forces with comms regulator Ofcom to launch a new high-tech lab to speed up…

European vision for 6G network ecosystem outlined

European vision for 6G network ecosystem outlined

Mobile industry body, the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G IA), has published a document, European Vision for the 6G Network Ecosystem, suggesting it is a major milestone at a time when…

FCC announces 3.45 Ghz band auction procedures

FCC announces 3.45 Ghz band auction procedures

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has announced the latest step in making mid-band spectrum available for next generation wireless services, including 5G. In a Public Notice, the FCC’s Office of…

Study identifies mmWave connectivity benefits

Study identifies mmWave connectivity benefits

A study by TMT management consulting firm Analysys Mason, commissioned by Qualcomm and Ericsson, on the status, costs and benefits of 5G millimetre-wave (mmWave) deployment in Europe identifies that mmWave…