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South Africa president slams spectrum delays

South Africa president slams spectrum delays

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has heavily criticised local telcos for mounting a series of legal objections to the nation’s plan to issue more broadband spectrum. MTN Group, which holds…

C-band clearance on schedule

Intelsat and SES, the two largest operators of C-band frequencies over the US, have completed Phase 1 of their clearance of spectrum by the important June 1st deadline. It means…

SES vs. Intelsat: Trial adjourned

SES vs. Intelsat: Trial adjourned

A hearing at the Intelsat Chapter 11 bankruptcy court adjourned the claim and related trial of the SES action against Intelsat over C-band payments until a date to be agreed…

Spain: 5G auction in July

Spain: 5G auction in July

Spain will finally award 5G 700 MHz-licences in July with a 15 per cent discount on the initial price (€1.17 billion) to start at €995.5 million, the lowest in Europe.…

China: 13,000 LEO satellite plan

China: 13,000 LEO satellite plan

China is forming a dedicated business to create and manage a massive fleet of 13,000 Low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. The system is designed to compete – at least locally…

Canada could retain C-band without compensation

Canada’s Innovation, Science & Economic Development (ISED) ministry has set out its proposals on how it will auction off satellite C-band frequencies in an 87-page document. Telesat, the current user…

ICASA licenses 5G spectrum to newcomers

ICASA licenses 5G spectrum to newcomers

South Africa’s spectrum regulator, ICASA, has awarded spectrum licences to a cluster of smaller operators but not to the nation’s established players. The new bandwidth is likely to be used…

Viasat receives Nigerian satellite licences

Viasat receives Nigerian satellite licences

Viasat has been authorised to offer satellite broadband services to and from Nigeria. The company has kicked off a consumer and community trial to connect about 15,000 people. Viasat says…

GSMA calls for licensing of 6 GHZ to power 5G

GSMA calls for licensing of 6 GHZ to power 5G

The global future of 5G is at risk if governments fail to align on licensing 6 GHz spectrum, according to mobile operator trade body the GSMA. The full speed and…

Telesat wants speedy C-band decision

Ottawa-based Telesat is sitting on some valuable C-band spectrum, and completely favours selling off some of that spectrum itself. The sale of 200 MHz of capacity would generate cash to…

SES Q1: €100m share buy-back

SES Q1: €100m share buy-back

SES used its Q1 results statement to announce a €100 million share buy-back programme, declaring that it had made a strong start to this financial year. Its currently all-important Video…

Verizon C-band spectrum speed success

Verizon C-band spectrum speed success

US multiplay telco Verizon is continuing to prepare for 5G Ultra Wideband expansion across its newly-acquired national footprint of C-band spectrum. In a recent lab trial, Verizon worked with Ericsson…

UK 5G spectrum auction final results

UK 5G spectrum auction final results

UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced the final results of the auction for spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands, following completion of the remaining stages. In March…

C-band pay-out: Intelsat’s complex subsidiary structure

C-band pay-out: Intelsat’s complex subsidiary structure

Intelsat has dozens of inter-related subsidiary and sister companies. These associated business are creating significant headaches for its bankruptcy court, Intelsat’s many debtors and arch-rival SES. SES, and some bond…

Verizon signs C-band tower deals

Verizon signs C-band tower deals

US multiplay telco Verizon has agreed deals with Crown Castle and SBA, two tower companies already hosting Verizon infrastructure equipment, to speed deployment of C-band equipment in preparation for the…

WBA praises Saudi Arabia’s spectrum designation

WBA praises Saudi Arabia’s spectrum designation

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the body leading development of next-generation Wi-Fi services, commends the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) for their spectrum designation of…