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27 Jan 2023

Mobile

SFR selects Nokia for 5G SA network; to decommission 2G/3G by 2028

Altice France (SFR) has selected Finnish vendor Nokia for the deployment of its 5G Standalone (SA) core network. As part of its ongoing 5G deployment, SFR has signed a strategic... more

Mafab expands 5G network to Lagos

Mafab Communications, which was declared one of the winners of 3.5GHz spectrum in December 2021, has expanded 5G services to a second city, Lagos, reports Vanguard. The firm switched on... more

Antel trials VMware Telco Cloud Platform for 5G SA

Uruguayan state-owned telecoms operator Antel is working with VMware for a use case driven trial using the VMware Telco Cloud Platform to support a Proof of Concept (PoC) for its... more

Argentina poised to introduce biometric ID for new SIM cards

Argentina’s National Communications Agency (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM) is poised to introduce biometric identification for the sale of new SIM cards, media outlet Clarin reports. The article cites Gustavo... more

Fixed Broadband

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

The 2Africa submarine cable has landed in Yanbu (Saudi Arabia), following a landing in Jeddah earlier this month. The system is now expected to complete its third landing in the... more

Chorus hits 1m fibre connection milestone

New Zealand wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has reported that it ended December 2022 with a total of 997,000 fibre accesses, having added 17,000 new fibre connections in the second... more

Telemach deploys 10Gbps fibre in Rijeka

Telemach Croatia has completed the first phase of its 10Gbps fibre-optic network rollout in the country’s major cities, having added Rijeka to its footprint. The firm says more than 100,000... more

Dialog Home Broadband introduces uber affordable pre-paid data plans

Dialog Axiata subsidiary Dialog Broadband Networks has launched two new Home Broadband pre-paid plans in Sri Lanka as it seeks to keep its promise to deliver affordable and accessible internet... more

Uzbektelecom signs contract with Japanese quartet for USD148m infrastructure development project

Uzbek state-backed operator Uzbektelecom has signed a contract with four Japanese companies – NTT, NEC, Toyota Tsusho and Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) – to implement a telecommunications infrastructure development project... more

Corporate/Financial

Ministries, bank reportedly object to Beeline Russia sale deal

Russia’s finance ministry, economy ministry and central bank have all objected to aspects of the recent deal struck by multinational telecoms group VEON to sell its Beeline-branded Russian division, Reuters... more

Telefonica unveils EUR1bn ‘green’ bond deal

Telefonica has declared a EUR1 billion (USD1.09 billion) so-called ‘green hybrid’ bond tied to the Spanish telco’s efforts to become more sustainable in terms of energy efficiency. Madrid-based Telefonica has... more

Comcast 2022 revenues climb 4.3% to USD121.4bn; cable sales up 3.1% to USD66.3bn

US cable giant Comcast Corporation has reported consolidated revenues of USD121.427 billion for the twelve months ended 31 December 2022, up 4.3% from USD116.385 billion in 2021. Adjusted EBITDA for... more

Entel books Q4 profit of CLP53bn

Chilean telecoms group Entel has published its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2022, booking total revenue of CLP642.61 billion (USD800 million) for the three-month period, down from CLP659.56... more

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