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A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in Western Europe: From Austria to France to the Netherlands

There's been a burst of announcements across Western Europe about planned 5G spectrum auctions. As you might expect, our GlobalComms team has been keeping tabs on all of the crucial information. (Check out our rundown of the 5G situation across Nordic countries here.)

But we're not done yet. There are more regulatory agencies, spectrum bands, and provisional auction dates to dissect. Today we’ll look at the state of play in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in Western Europe: Nordic Edition

Recent months have seen a flurry of announcements across Western Europe regarding planned 5G spectrum auctions.

Our GlobalComms team has been keeping tabs on all of the crucial information: regulatory agencies, spectrum bands, provisional auction dates, etc. Today we’ll look at the state of play in the Nordic markets, with a focus on Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.

There are 17.5 Million Fixed Broadband Customers in Africa. How Does That Compare Globally?

The fixed broadband market in Africa has witnessed continued growth in recent years, despite a household penetration rate that remains in single digits.

Only 7 percent of African households subscribed to high speed internet services at the end of 2017. (Compare that to the Middle East’s 38 percent, which is next in line.)

Mergers and Acquisitions are Reshaping Eastern Europe. Here's How.

We may be less than halfway through the year, but 2018 has already seen the announcement of two major multi-country telecom operator sales in Eastern Europe. Norwegian powerhouse Telenor and UK-based Liberty Global both took steps to exit the region.

Today we look at the reconfigured telecom landscape and identify the key players to watch.

Latin America’s Broadband Sector Continues its Growth

The fixed broadband market in Latin America and the Caribbean has undergone steady subscriber take-up in recent years, with a compound annual growth rate of 12.9 percent between the end of 2004 and end-2017.

The region was home to 77.4 million fixed high speed internet customers at the end of 2017, up from 72.4 million a year earlier.

5G in the Foreground in U.S. and Canada

Recent developments in the wireless market in North America have centered on cellular operators’ preparations for future 5G technology. As we discussed in a blog post last May, the main providers in the U.S. have been busying themselves with trials, while preparations are also being made over the border in Canada.

Things are now moving closer to the first pre-commercial launches; we’ll have a look at these below as part of a wider round-up of the region’s wireless sector.

Island Hopping: Disrupting the Status Quo in Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas

The Caribbean telecom sector has long been the stomping ground of Digicel Group and Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC, now part of Liberty Latin America [LLA]). But recent years have seen fresh blood injected into a number of key markets in the region following an atypical wave of licensing activity.

Today we’re charting the respective progress of three new players: ALIV in the Bahamas, Ozone Wireless in Barbados, and Caricel in Jamaica.

Arabian Bytes: Broadband Access in the Middle East

The Middle East is a mixed bag when it comes to fixed broadband penetration.

Some countries have more than four out of five households subscribing to a high speed fixed or fixed-wireless service. But others lag far behind, with customers relying on cellular networks for their broadband access.

How President Mauricio Macri Changed Argentina’s Telecom Landscape

It’s all change in Argentina, where Telecom Argentina and Cablevision closed their high-profile merger on January 1, 2018. This deal marks the latest in a long line of notable telecom developments since Mauricio Macri was elected president in November 2015.

Asia’s Wireless Boom: 4.7 Billion Wireless Subscribers by 2022?

The Asia-Pacific region accounts for more than half of the world’s 7.7 billion wireless subscribers, but it remains a region of extremes. It’s home to some of the most advanced mobile markets as well as some of the least developed. While one country boasts the largest 4G LTE market on the planet, others have yet to offer licenses for LTE services.