Portugal to hold 2020 5G auction

08 January 2020

Portugal’s telecom regulator said it will hold the country’s first 5G spectrum auction in the second quarter of 2020. 

Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (Anacom), which will hold the auction between April and June next year, will auction off six bands of spectrum, including the 700MHz and 3.6GHz bands. 

“The allocation of rights of use for frequencies should be subject to an auction procedure as this is potentially a more transparent and objective process for all stakeholders and less intrusive in their business plans,” A statement from Anacom said. 

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Oman’s 5G roadmap

08 January 2020

Ooredoo have recently rolled out 5G operational trials, demonstrations and experience zones at stores in Muscat and Salalah (pictured)

Ooredoo have recently rolled out 5G operational trials, demonstrations and experience zones at stores in Muscat and Salalah (pictured)

Oman’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) has granted telecom operators Omantel and Ooredoo the right to use a 100MHz 5G spectrum, which will offer endless opportunities for upgrading their services. 

Both firms will construct and install 4,400 stations in the Sultanate to operate 5G technology in the next five years, including 1,000 stations in the year 2019-2020. 

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Financial identities for unbanked could bring in US$43bn - report

12 December 2019

The introduction of financial identities for sub-Saharan Africa's 'unbanked' population could attract an additional US$43bn to annual GDP for the region, according to a new study.

This figure equates to an average increase in GDP of US$41 per person and factors in a 17% rise in total household savings (US$31bn).

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Vodafone Ghana chief executive calls for big data deployment

08 November 2019

Vodafone stated that big data deployment can be used to make life-saving decisions, owing to an era that has become all but dependent on technology

Vodafone stated that big data deployment can be used to make life-saving decisions, owing to an era that has become all but dependent on technology

The chief executive officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana, Patricia Obo-Nai, said the utilisation of accurate and timely big data could help save the lives of many in the west African country.

According to a company statement, using data from mobile networks is very critical as it is now a global concept.

It said big data deployment can be used to make life-saving decisions, owing to an era that has become all but dependent on technology.

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