21 Jun 2021

Wireless

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

Israeli B2B provider/MVNO Free Telecom (x2one) has reportedly struck an ILS330 million (USD101 million) takeover for 018 Xfone, the country’s smallest mobile network operator (MNO). According to its website, x2one... more

Ericsson to deploy high-band 5G network for Etisalat

Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has contracted Ericsson to deploy a 5G network based on millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies. Ericsson says the rollout will help the telco achieve... more

Globe 5G network now covers 88% of NCR

Ayala-led Globe Telecom has announced that its 5G network rollout in Metro Manila continues apace, meaning that 88% of people living in the National Capital Region (NCR) are now covered... more

Smartfren carries out second 5G trial using 26GHz mmWave spectrum

Indonesian mobile operator PT Smartfren Telecom (Smartfren), working in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI, or KemKominfo), has held a second 5G network trial using frequencies in... more

Angola interested in Safaricom’s mobile money

Angola’s Minister of Economy and Planning, Sergio Santos, has invited Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom to invest in Angola, with particular interest in its ‘M-Pesa’ mobile payment solution, reports Agence Ecofin.... more

Mozambique dispute rumbles on

Vodacom Mozambique says no agreement has been reached in its interconnect dispute with rival operator Mocambique Telecom (Tmcel). The pair held negotiations on Friday (18 June) under the mediation of... more

Broadband

Russian 3.5GHz fixed-wireless licensees given a year extension

Russia’s State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) has decided to extend all existing 3500MHz fixed-wireless operating licences until 1 July 2022, the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications & Mass Media... more

Orange begins pilot FTTP deployment in Brussels region

Orange Belgium has begun a pilot FTTP deployment in the Brussels-Capital region which will connect 15,000 homes and businesses in the municipalities of Evere and Ixelles to an open and... more

Nkom advises ESA of proposed changes to price regulation of Telenor’s fibre-based services

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has sent a draft decision on updated price regulation of access to Telenor Norge's fibre network to the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA). Announcing... more

Corporate/Financial

Telenor Group and Axiata ink Malaysian merger agreements

Axiata Group, Telenor Asia and Digi.Com have announced the successful conclusion of a due-diligence exercise, following which they have now signed transaction agreements for the proposed merger of their Malaysian... more

FNE approves KKR purchase of a 60% stake in Movistar fibre unit

Chilean antitrust watchdog the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalia Nacional Economica, FNE) has greenlit the acquisition of a 60% stake in Movistar Chile’s fibre-optic infrastructure subsidiary InfraCo by KKR Alameda... more

Mercury to acquire Trustpower’s retail business

New Zealand electricity generator and retailer Mercury has announced that it has entered into binding agreements to acquire rival Trustpower’s retail business for NZD441 million (USD306 million) in cash. The... more