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South Africa raises over USD 960 million in 5G spectrum auction

Cell C, Liquid Telecom, MTN South Africa, Rain Networks, Telkom South Africa, and Vodacom have all secured spectrum for 5G services The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) completed a delayed spectrum auction for the provision of 5G services, in which all six qualifying...

South Africa gets ready to award 5G spectrum

The regulator said it will award 5G spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 2,600 MHz, and 3,500 MHz bands The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) confirmed that its much-anticipated auction of 5G spectrum is expected to start on March 8. This auction process...

Vodacom Group to acquire a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt

The deal in Egypt marks Vodacom's first extension into North Africa South Africa’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Vodacom Group, revealed plans buy a $2.74 billion stake in Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications. The deal, which marks Vodacom’s first expansion into North Africa, will result in the...

Vodacom migrates VSAT-based 2G network to 3G in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Vodacom is working with ST Engineering iDirect and Gilat Telecom to upgrade its VSAT network Vodacom Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is migrating its very-small-aperture terminal (VSAT)-based 2G network to 3G with the help of ST Engineering iDirect and Gilat Telecom. Together, the companies...

South Africa to reach 11 million 5G subscribers by 2025: consultancy

5G subscribers in South Africa are expected to reach 11 million by 2025, with a population coverage of 43%, according to a recent report by South African consultancy firm Africa Analysis. This figure represents significant growth from the estimated 90,000 5G subscribers and 4.4% population...

Vodacom selects Nokia for 5G services in South Africa

  Nokia announced that it is has deployed 5G radio, core and fixed network solutions across South African operator Vodacom’s network. In a release, the Finnish vendor said that Vodacom is using Nokia’s 2G, 3G, 4G and fiber access networks, as well as 5G fixed wireless...

Rain launches standalone 5G network in South Africa

  South African operator Rain has launched what it claims to be Africa’s first standalone 5G (SA 5G) network, in partnership with Chinese vendor Huawei, the latter said in a release. Rain's standalone 5G is currently available in the South African city of Cape Town ,covering...

MTN launches commercial 5G network in South Africa

MTN using DSS to deliver 4G and 5G in the same band South African operator MTN announced the launch of its 5G network in the country, with the initial deployment of 100 5G sites. The network currently covers areas of Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well...

Vodacom, Loon bring internet balloons to rural Mozambique

The internet balloons will provide a 4G service that supports Data, Voice, SMS and USSD As part of a new Loon and Vodacom deal, the companies will use Loon’s balloon-based internet solution to expand the Vodacom network in Mozambique so that it can service un-served...

Vodacom launches 5G in three South African cities

  South African carrier Vodacom has launched what it claims to be Africa’s first live 5G mobile network, the telco said in a statement. The initial 5G service is initially available in the cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, with additional cities to be reached...

Vodacom to launch 5G services in South Africa using Liquid’s new network

  South African operator Vodacom Group expects to launch commercial 5G services during 2020 by using a network being built by rival operator Liquid Telecom, Vodacom Chief Executive Shameel Joosub said. Liquid Telecom had recently announced it was building a wholesale 5G network in South Africa...

South Africa is still several years away from mass 5G adoption

GSMA: "South Africa will lead the increase in 5G activity expected in sub-Saharan Africa" According to a recent GSMA trade association survey report, the increase in 5G activity expected in sub-Saharan Africa will be led by South Africa, “the most advanced market in the region.”...

Liquid Telecom plans South African 5G wholesale launch for early 2020

Liquid Telecom has 56 megahertz worth of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band African wholesale operator Liquid Telecom is adding a 5G wireless network to its existing fiber offering, and plans to launch a 5G wholesale network in all major South African cities in early...

Vodacom claiming Africa’s first 5G launch

The South African telco said it is ready to launch 5G in its home market once the government assigns spectrum in the 3.5GHz band South African telecom operator Vodacom Group has launched what it claims to be Africa’s first commercial 5G service in Lesotho, the...

Ericsson completes first 5G trial in Africa

Ericsson working with carrier MTN to trial 5G applications and use cases South African telecommunications group MTN has completed what it claims to be the first 5G trial on the African continent. The telco carried out the 5G trial at its headquarters in Johannesburg in partnership...

Nokia partners with Vodacom to trial enterprise 5G applications

The two firms will evaluate the use of 5G for verticals including mining, transportation, health and manufacturing Finnish vendor Nokia and South African telecoms operator Vodacom have signed an agreement under which the companies will trial 5G technology in the African nation. Under the terms of...

Ericsson, TIM to launch 5G network initiative in Italy

5G network program to focus on industry pilots including smart cities, IoT, transport and smart agriculture Italian telecom operator TIM and equipment vendor Ericsson signed an agreement to start the "5G for Italy" program designed to create an open ecosystem for research and implementation of innovative...

Ofcom says 10 megahertz of VHF bands can be used for IoT

UK regulator carried out a consultation process last year U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom confirmed spectrum within the 55-68 MHz, 70.5-71.5 MHz and 80-81.5 MHz bands can be used for "Internet of Things" services and machine-to-machine applications. This decision follows a consultation launched by the regulator...

Ooredoo posts $2.18B in Q4 revenues

Ooredoo ended 2015 with 117 million customers Qatar-based telecom group Ooredoo posted QAR 7.97 billion ($2.18 billion) in fourth quarter revenues, down from QAR 8.37 billion in the same quarter last year. The group’s net profits for the quarter totaled QAR 360 million, an increase of...

Global Telecom: SK Telecom and Nokia claim first commercialization of EICIC

SK Telecom and Nokia Networks claim first commercialization of EICIC SK Telecom announced Wednesday that it, along with Nokia Networks, has commercialized "enhanced inter-cell interference coordination," as part of the LTE-Advanced technology standard. EICIC is designed to control signal interference between macro and micro base stations. SK...

@ PCIA: LightSquared details device plans, NSN network buildout: Carrier announces additional partners at CTIA show

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—LightSquared Chief Network Officer Drew Caplan shared the wholesale operator's philosophy on its planned role in the wireless space, telling PCIA's Wireless Infrastructure 2010 audience that while operators are not dumb pipes, they aren't the companies inventing great applications either.In a Day 2...

Telmap navigates the road to mobile success

Satnav software maker Telmap is a company that clearly knows which direction it’s going in. The privately held white label mapping and navigation firm has recently been undergoing a strategy shift, transforming itself from a subscription company into one offering LBS (location-based services) to operators like the Orange FT Group, Vodafone, Vodacom, SFR, O2, Telefonica, AOL, Pelephone, Carphone Warehouse and more.

Top 10: Worldwide wireless operators

Editor's Note: The companies listed below represent the 10 largest wireless carriers worldwide based on subscriber numbers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 unless noted. The No. 11 through No. 20 largest carriers will be listed next week. Subscriber information and markets...

Top 10: Worldwide wireless operators

Editor's Note: The companies listed below represent the 10 largest wireless carriers worldwide based on subscriber numbers at the end of 2009 unless noted. The No. 11 through No. 20 largest carriers will be listed next week. Subscriber information and markets lists are from carrier...

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