Polish regulator calls for legal changes to enable 5G roll-out

09 September 2019

Poland’s telecom regulator Prezes Urzedu Komunikacji Elektronicznej (UKE) has urged the government to press ahead with regulatory changes related to permissible radiation levels that are key to rolling out next-generation 5G networks in the country in line with EU requirements. 

All EU members are obliged to have an operational 5G network in at least one city by the close of 2020.

However, Poland first has to raise the acceptable level for radiation emitted from the highly efficient base stations that must be built for 5G. 

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Síminn and Ericsson to target 5G and IoT

09 September 2019

Ericsson and Iceland’s Síminn (Iceland Telecom) have joined forces to speed up the move toward 5G through a core network and radio access modernisation partnership.

As part of its 5G groundwork, Síminn will modernise and expand its radio network and continue to deploy the 5G-ready Ericsson radio system.

Both companies will also conduct 5G trials enabled by Ericsson 5G new radio and Ericsson spectrum sharing.

Síminn has targeted the introduction of new IoT services on its 4G network – including narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and Cat-M1.

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ONSA joins telecom aviation fight

05 September 2019

Nigeria’s Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has waded into the ongoing row between telecoms operators in Nigeria and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The argument started when the NCAA threatened to demolish approximately 7,000 (some reports said 8,805) communication towers belonging to telecom businesses and others, because the structures do not comply with height restriction and other regulations. 

It then escalated when the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it reported the NCAA’s threat to ONSA because the targeted towers form part of the critical national infrastructure and any attempt at disruption must be approved by the security adviser.

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Global chooses Eutelsat to back up WAPP

23 August 2019

Eutelsat Communications has entered into a multi-year C-band capacity contract with Global Technologies on its EUTELSAT 10A satellite, which will provide connectivity and communications for the West Africa Power Pool project (WAPP).

Established in 1999 by ECOWAS (Economic Community of West Africa States), WAPP aims at interconnecting the electricity power grids of 14 west African nations.

Global was awarded the telecommunications part of the project and will use EUTELSAT 10A’s coverage of west Africa to monitor major power distribution sites across the region.

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