24 Sep 2021

Wireless

Mongolia to get fifth mobile network

Mongolia’s Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) has awarded the country’s fifth mobile licence to ONDO (registered as IN Mobile Network), which plans to operate under the SuperNet brand. The firm plans... more

Tigo, Nokia team up with AngloGold Ashanti for ‘industrial grade’ 5G SA mining trial

A number of companies, including Tigo Colombia, Nokia, Epiroc, Sandvik and OSC Top solutions have teamed up with AngloGold Ashanti Colombia to conduct the first underground 5G mining trial in... more

BT contracts Oracle to help accelerate delivery of new 5G services

BT Group has selected Oracle Communications Cloud Native Converged Policy Management to optimise its network resources and bring new 5G offerings to market faster. In a press release regarding the... more

Broadband

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

The Southern Cross NEXT submarine cable – developed by Spark and Southern Cross Cables and aiming to link Australia to the US – has landed in Tokelau. The 13,700km Southern... more

Court overturns approval of Telekom, EWE fibre joint venture

The approval of the creation of a fibre-optic joint venture between telecoms operators Deutsche Telekom (DT) and EWE has been overturned by the Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court, reports Heise Online.... more

Gigaclear publishes annual report for 2020, confirming network rollout progress and uptake

British full fibre broadband provider Gigaclear has confirmed that its network passed a total of 175,000 premises at the end of 2020, up from 126,000 a year earlier, with the... more

AzTelekom, Baktelecom reduce broadband prices

Azerbaijan state-owned operators AzTelekom and Baku Telephone Communication (Baktelecom) have reduced monthly subscription prices for their ADSL broadband packages by around 35% while increasing download speeds, the Ministry of Transport,... more

Izzi boosts fibre coverage in Mexico, Durango states

Grupo Televisa-backed cableco Izzi has invested USD40 million to expand its fibre optic network in Mexico and Durango states, BNAmericas reports, citing an online press conference held by company executives.... more

Wireline

Kazakhstan to switch to its own international dial code

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation & Aerospace Industry has disclosed a plan for the country to switch to a new international telephone dial code from 2023. Currently sharing Russia’s... more

Corporate/Financial

Namibia's MTC launches IPO

Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), Namibia’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has finally kicked off its long-awaited initial public offering (IPO). Shares in the state-owned telco officially went on sale... more

KazTransCom integrated with Jysan Mobile

Kazakh fixed telecoms network operator KazTransCom will be merged with associate company Jysan Mobile under an integration and rebranding programme of its parent Jysan Group, which has transferred the direct... more

Govt and Etisalat agree to resolve long-standing dispute

The Pakistani government and UAE-based Etisalat Group have agreed to resolve a long-standing dispute regarding the latter’s acquisition of a minority stake and management control of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited... more

Miscellaneous

NTRA and ECA sign MoU to regulate competition in telecom market

Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) to form a permanent joint committee which will develop a system... more

Poland referred to ECJ for dismissing the head of UKE

Poland has been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) by the EC for failing to ensure the independence of its national telecoms regulator, the Office of Electronic Communications... more