30 Mar 2020

Wireless

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

Austrian MVNO Spusu, which is owned by Mass Response, has confirmed that its long-awaited Italian unit has delayed its planned launch as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As... more

India: industry adapts to pandemic challenges

The Indian government, telecom industry stakeholders and regulatory authorities have proposed a series of measures to adapt to new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, although communication and cooperation between... more

K-Net aims to cover Gbekuta under govt LRTIP programme

Privately-owned K-Net aims to provide coverage to the township of Gbekuta in Bokomu District, Gbarpolu County, as part of the Liberian government’s Liberia Rural Telephony Infrastructure Project (LRTIP). An initiative... more

Kyivstar starting LTE-900 deployment next month

Ukraine’s largest mobile operator by users, Kyivstar, has announced that it will start work on 5 April 2020 to upgrade its base stations for LTE 900MHz services, mainly in rural... more

CTM to pump USD75m into first phase of 5G rollout

Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau (CTM) says it plans to invest MOP600 million (USD75 million) on the first phase of its 5G network rollout. The deployment began on 10 March... more

Broadband

Lost in space: Venezuela’s only telecoms satellite stops working

Venezuela’s only telecoms satellite, VeneSat-1 (also known as the Simon Bolivar Satellite), has drifted away from its assigned orbital position and stopped functioning, the Associated Press reports. The satellite was... more

Flow boosts basic broadband speeds amid COVID-19 outbreak

Flow has announced that it has boosted broadband speeds in Saint Kitts and Nevis, increasing its basic broadband speed from 6Mbps to 15Mbps with no additional charge to users. The... more

Corporate/Financial

CityFibre completes acquisition of FibreNation

British pure fibre provider CityFibre has announced the completion of its acquisition of FibreNation from TalkTalk, following shareholder approval. In a press release confirming the development, CityFibre said the purchase... more

A1 Slovenia agrees Studio Proteus buy

Fixed and mobile operator A1 Slovenia has reportedly agreed to acquire regional cableco Studio Proteus. See News cites local daily Delo as saying that the deal will strengthen A1’s position... more

1&1 Drillisch posts 1.1% rise in 2019 revenue

German telecoms company 1&1 Drillisch has reported revenue of EUR3.67 billion (USD4.0 billion) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2019, an increase of 1.1% from the year-ago period, as... more

Miscellaneous

Network traffic surges in lockdown countries – TeleGeography blog

Broadband internet and OTT providers across the globe are being forced to make changes to their operations to handle massive, pandemic-induced increases in bandwidth demand. Sharp rises in teleworking, video... more