17 May 2021

Wireless

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Brazil has a new MVNO in the form of Alo TODOS, which has been launched by the team behind the Cartao de TODOS social inclusion initiative. The latter is made... more

Free expands 5G coverage to 52% of population

French mobile operator Free is advertising 5G coverage of 52% of the French population, with 8,700 municipalities now within its 5G footprint. The operator includes the service in its Free... more

Uruguay postpones MNP database administrator selection process

Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC) has announced that the government has extended the procedure for the selection of a database administrator which will be responsible for implementing and... more

Nepal Telecom begins trials of VoLTE service

Nepal Telecom (NT), the country’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has begun trials of VoLTE services, enabling customers with a compatible handset to enjoy high definition voice calling... more

Enea working with Telenor on multi-vendor 5G SA core solution

Swedish vendor Enea has announced that it is part of Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor’s initiative to create ‘the world’s most diverse multi-vendor 5G standalone (SA) solution’ that includes Proof of... more

SMA hails spectrum auction as a success; minister reviewing bid

Dr Maria Myers-Hamilton, the managing director at Jamaica’s Spectrum Management Authority (SMA), has informed the Jamaica Gleaner that the country’s recent tender for a 700MHz was a success, and a... more

Broadband

Tiscali extends 100Mbps FWA coverage under Linkem deal

Italian ISP Tiscali has extended the availability of its 100Mbps fixed-wireless access (FWA) services under a wholesale agreement signed with rival operator Linkem in June 2019. Tiscali had already been... more

Corporate/Financial

KDDI full year profits, revenues improve on solid subs gains

KDDI (au) has published its financial results for the year ending 31 March 2021, with operating revenue increasing 1.4% year-on-year to JPY5.313 trillion (USD48.6 billion) from JPY5.237 trillion, operating income... more

Singtel anticipates SGD1.21bn charge in annual results as it launches business review

Singapore-based Singtel Group announced last Friday (14 May) that it is likely to book a ‘record’ SGD1.21 billion (USD907.1 million) charge in its full-year results to 31 March 2021, in... more

Digi Communications posts 8.6% revenue growth in Q1 2021

Romania-based Digi Communications has reported group revenue (excluding intersegment revenue and other income) of EUR340.2 million (USD413.2 million) for the three-month period ended 31 March 2021, an increase of 8.6%... more

Miscellaneous

COVID-19 boosts mobile broadband usage in Sweden in 2020

Sweden’s communications regulator, the Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS), says that the COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in broadband and mobile voice usage in 2020. In... more