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2 Dec 2022

Mobile

Zain plans to invest USD800m in Sudan in next five years

Kuwaiti-owned telecoms company Zain Group has earmarked investment of USD800 million for its Sudanese operations over the next five years, reports Sudan News Agency (SUNA). In a meeting with the... more

stc, Huawei install SuperLink solution in Saudi Arabia

Huawei and Saudi Telecom Company (stc) have installed what they claim is ‘the world’s first SuperLink network solution’ in Dammam (Saudi Arabia). The SuperLink solution consists of a multi-frequency antenna... more

Nicaragua preparing to use 3.5GHz for 5G

The Nicaraguan Institute for Telecommunications and Posts (Instituto Nicaraguense de Telecomunicaciones y Correos, Telcor) has outlined plans to utilise the 3.5GHz band to support the country’s future 5G ambitions. As... more

Fixed Broadband

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

America Movil (via subsidiary Claro Costa Rica) has invested USD500 million to extend the America Movil Submarine Cable System-1 (AMX-1) submarine cable to Costa Rica and build a landing station... more

Rural Capacity Upgrade programme expansion to benefit 30,000 homes

Around 30,000 rural homes and communities will soon have access to faster, improved connectivity with an expansion of the Rural Capacity Upgrade programme, the New Zealand government has announced. Rural... more

Flow Jamaica introducing gigabit speeds

Flow Jamaica has reportedly activated 1Gbps download speeds for anyone signed up to one of its ‘Ya’ad & Road’ packages. According to the Jamaica Gleaner all other subscriptions should have... more

Telkomsel working with Ericsson and Qualcomm on 5G mmWave

Indonesia’s Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular), which is majority owned by Telkom Indonesia, is working with Ericsson and Qualcomm to carry out trials of fixed wireless access (FWA) services using 5G extended-range... more

Tele2 Russia expands fixed/mobile bundling to 60 regions

Mobile operator Tele2 Russia, a subsidiary of Rostelecom, has expanded the coverage of its converged fixed/mobile bundling offer to 60 regions, doubling the figure in two months having announced reaching... more

MegaFon doubles fibre broadband coverage in Dushanbe

MegaFon Tajikistan, a subsidiary of Russian cellco MegaFon, reports on its website that it has doubled the coverage of its ‘Internet For Home’ fibre broadband coverage in Dushanbe. Having previously... more

Fixed Voice

Fixed number portability is finally live in Argentina

Fixed number portability (FNP) was belatedly enabled in Argentina on 21 October, the National Communications Agency (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM) revealed in a press release issued last month. In... more

Corporate/Financial

Altice scraps sale of Suddenlink unit

Altice USA has announced that it has concluded its previously announced review of strategic alternatives for its Suddenlink business. The company stated: ‘Over the course of the past several months,... more

Verizon snaps up Texan cellco West Central Wireless

Regional mobile operator West Central Wireless, which is based in San Angelo, Texas, has been acquired by mobile giant Verizon Wireless. Local new site San Angelo Live quotes a statement... more

Digicel in talks to postpone USD925m debt payment

Pan-Caribbean telecom firm Digicel Group is reportedly involved in talks with investors to postpone the repayment of debts totalling around USD925 million that falls due in March, the Irish Times... more

Cote d’Ivoire looking to raise USD222m from Orange share offer

The government of Cote d’Ivoire is launching its sale of shares in fixed and mobile operator Orange Cote d’Ivoire (Orange CI) at the start of next week. The state is... more

Consolidated closes Kansas City sale; NOVA buys Xchange; Omni Fiber acquires Ohio Telecom

Consolidated Communications completed the sale of its Kansas City assets to Everfast Fiber Networks on 30 November 2022. The deal was valued at approximately USD82 million in gross cash proceeds,... more

Miscellaneous

Ofcom to examine transparency of in-contract price increases

British communications regulator Ofcom has announced the launch of an industry-wide enforcement programme into whether in-contract price rises were laid down clearly enough by operators before customers signed up. In... more

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