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India expects initial 5G launches to occur in August 2022: Report

The government of India expects local operators to launch 5G service in some parts of the country by mid-August 2022, local newspaper Business Standard reported. According to the report, a source with knowledge of the matter said that a limited 5G launch is possible by...

Singapore operators secure additional spectrum for 5G

Singapore regulator IMDA awarded 2.1 GHz spectrum for 5G Singapore carriers secured additional spectrum for the provision of 5G services after local regulator Infocomm Media Authority (IMDA) awarded spectrum in the 2.1 GHz band. This spectrum is in addition to the first tranche of 3.5 GHz...

TPG Telecom reaches 85% 5G coverage in Australia’s largest cities

Australian operator TPG Telecom has announced it has reached over 85% 5G population coverage in ten of Australia’s largest cities and region. The carrier reached this level of coverage in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Wollongong and NSW Central Coast In...

India likely to carry out 5G spectrum auction in April or May 2022: Report

The Indian government is expected to award frequencies for the provision of 5G services in April or May 2022, Indian press reported, citing the country’s Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. Vaishnaw said that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), which looks at the structure of...

Brazil raises a total of $8.5 billion in 5G spectrum auction

Brazil raised a total of 47.2 billion reais ($8.5 billion) in its recent 5G spectrum auction, making it the second largest auction of assets in the country’s history, according to the government. Through this auction, the government offered spectrum in the 700 MHz, 2.3 GHz,...

China Mobile reaches 1 million 5G subscribers in Hong Kong

China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) has reached over 1 million subscribers in the 5G segment, the telco said in a release. Li Feng, chairman of CMHK said: "We are delighted to announce that the number of 5G customers has exceeded 1 million just a few...

Hong Kong carriers secure additional 5G spectrum

Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced the award of 255 megahertz of spectrum in 19 frequency blocks after a spectrum auction that required a total of 32 rounds of bidding in three days. In a release, the government agency said that the...

Brazil’s upcoming 5G auction attracts 15 interested bidders

Fifteen companies, including the three largest operators in the country -Telefónica, Claro and TIM- registered to take part in Brazil’s upcoming 5G auction, scheduled for November 4. The auction will award spectrum in the 700 MHz, 2.3 GHz, 3.5 GHZ and 26 GHz bands. Mobile...

Four carriers qualify for Hong Kong’s upcoming 5G spectrum auction

China Mobile Hong Kong, HKT, Hutchison Telephone and SmarTone Mobile Communications are the qualified bidders for an upcoming 5G spectrum auction, Hong Kong's Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) reported. Hong Kong plans to auction spectrum in the 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 850 MHz, 2.5/2.6...

TIM Brazil carries out 5G SA tests with Ericsson and Qualcomm

Brazilian operator TIM, in partnership with Ericsson, Motorola and Qualcomm, carried out tests of a 5G Standalone (SA) network with some compatible cell phones. The trials were performed using the Motorola Edge 20 and Edge 20 Pro devices. Both devices support 5G CA NR (Carrier...

India preps for next round of 5G spectrum auctions, seeks pricing recommendations

5G spectrum pricing has been a sticking point for Indian mobile operators, who have claimed that prices are much higher than the global going rate In preparation for the next round of 5G spectrum auctions, India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly asked telecom regulator...

Vivo, Nokia launch 5G tests in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian carrier Vivo has announced the start of 5G tests in the 26 GHz band in partnership with Finnish vendor Nokia, local news site Teletime reported. The trials will take place in Rio de Janeiro, in Vivo's laboratory in Barra da Tijuca and two sites...

Spain to award 26 GHz band at the beginning of 2022 at the latest: report

The Spanish government aims to award spectrum in the 26 GHz band for the provision of 5G between the end of 2021 and the beginning of next year, Europa Press reported, citing remarks from the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Intelligent Infrastructures, Roberto...

Australian regulator opens application period for 5G spectrum auction

ACMA is focused on low-bands for wide-area 5G coverage The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has recently opened applications for the upcoming auction of 5G spectrum in the 850 MHz 900 MHz band, ACMA said in a release. The government agency noted that low...

Brazil gives final approval to 5G tender process

Brazil’s Federal Audit Court (TCU) has officially approved the tender process through which the government will auction frequencies for 5G, the minister of communications, Fábio Faria, said on Twitter on Wednesday. "The public notice goes to Anatel to be published," Faria added in the...

South Korea ends June with almost 16.5 million 5G subscribers: report

South Korea ended June with a total of 16.47 million 5G subscribers, local news agency Yonhap reported, citing data from the Ministry of Science and ICT. 5G subscribers at the end of June represented 23% of the total 71.63 million mobile subscriptions in the country,...

Hong Kong invites local telcos to take part in upcoming spectrum auction

The Office of the Communications Authority of Hong Kong (OFCA) officially invited interested parties to join the auction of radio spectrum in the 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 850 MHz, 2.5/2.6 GHz and 4.9 GHz bands. The Communications Authority (CA) had announced on March 30th that...

Australian telco TPG Telecom acquires 5G frequencies from Dense Air

Australian carrier TPG Telecom has entered into an agreement to acquire additional 5G spectrum holdings in the 3.6 GHz band from Dense Air. Once the transaction is complete, TPG Telecom’s 3.6 GHz spectrum holdings will increase from the current 60 megahertz to 90 megahertz in...

Canada raises $7.2 billion in auction of 3.5 GHz frequencies for 5G

The government of Canada raised a total of CAD8.9 billion ($7.2 billion) in its auction of 3.5 GHz spectrum, which will be used by local carrier to further expand 5G services in the country. The spectrum auction, initially set to take place in June 2020...

Indian regulator unlikely to lower 5G spectrum reserve price: Report

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) may not change the existing reserve price of spectrum in the 3.3-3.6 GHz band for the launch of commercial 5G services in the country, Indian newspaper The Economic Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the...

M1 launches 5G Standalone network in Singapore

Singaporean mobile operator M1 Limited launched a commercial trial of its 5G Standalone (SA) network, the telco said in a release. The Asian operator highlighted that its 5G SA network is up to 10 times faster than the 4G network and four times quicker than...

Verizon and Samsung complete fully virtualized 5G data session on C Band spectrum

Verizon added an average of 161 MHz of C Band spectrum nationwide to its portfolio, more than doubling its existing mid-band spectrum Using its recently acquired C Band spectrum, Verizon teamed up with Samsung Electronics on an end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session in a...

Singapore’s IMDA aims to award additional 5G spectrum by end-2021

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is seeking views from the public and industry on the potential use and allocation of the 2.1 GHz spectrum band for 5G. The regulator said that the band is currently used for 3G services and will expire at the...

Spanish government raises $1.3 billion in 700 MHz spectrum auction

The Spanish government raised a total of 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in the 700 MHz spectrum auction, with local operators Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange securing these key frequencies to expand 5G services. The Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs detailed that the government raised around...

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