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3 Feb 2023

Mobile

Ofcom sets 2G/3G switch-off expectations; consults on Openreach’s FTTP pricing arrangements

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has set out four ‘key expectations’ for the nation’s mobile network operators (MNOs) with regards to what happens when they switch off their 2G and 3G... more

Bouygues Telecom to decommission 2G in 2026, 3G to follow in 2029

Bouygues Telecom is aiming to shut down its 2G network at the end of 2026, with 3G services to be decommissioned by 2029, local news source L'Usine Digitale writes. Jean-Christophe... more

Telekom launches hybrid 5G solution

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile business of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DT), has launched its ‘Hybrid 5G’ solution, bringing fixed network and mobile together to provide fast, reliable internet.... more

Number portability reaches Barbados

Mobile number portability (MNP) and fixed number portability (FNP) have gone live in Barbados, government officials have confirmed. The 1 February launch event was presided over by David Ishmael, the... more

60% of T-Mobile’s post-paid subs using 5G

Approximately 60% of T-Mobile US’s post-paid customers had a 5G smartphone as of 31 December 2022 and approximately two-thirds of all traffic is now being carried by the cellco’s 5G... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Unitirreno Submarine Network (Unitirreno) has announced a contract in force (CIF) for the construction of its new fibre-optic submarine cable system in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The 1,030km system will connect... more

Minister working on ‘action plan’ for ISP sector

Benin’s Minister of Digital and Digitalisation, Aurelie Adam Soule, has held a meeting with local ISPs to address concerns about the low internet penetration rate in the West African country... more

Corporate/Financial

DT completes sale of 51% stake in GD Towers

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has completed the sale of a 51% stake in its tower business GD Towers to US infrastructure investment company DigitalBridge and Canadian asset management firm Brookfield. Effective... more

US M&A round-up: Cox, Nextlink, LiveOak agree fibre deals

Cox Communications is expanding its service offerings at the 3,600-acre resort community Lake Las Vegas via the acquisition of network assets from Cable Systems of Nevada. According to Nevada Business,... more

Russian government approves sale of Beeline to management, conditional on bond deal

Russia’s Government Commission for the Control of Foreign Investments has approved the proposed management buyout of mobile and fixed network operator Beeline Russia (PJSC VimpelCom), currently 100% owned by Amsterdam-based... more

Oi lurches back into crisis; asks watchdog for ‘urgent precautionary relief’

Troubled Brazilian telco Oi faces an uncertain financial future – less than two months after the judicial recovery process overseeing the company was abandoned. As per a regulatory filing on... more

Mawingu raises USD9m to expand to 25 more counties in Kenya

Kenyan ISP Mawingu has announced that it has raised a total of USD9 million through a Series B funding round, bringing on board new investor InfraCo Africa, part of the... more

Bell Canada Q4 revenues climb 3.7%; 5G network reaches 82% coverage

Bell Canada reported CAD6.439 billion (USD4.842 billion) in revenues in the fourth quarter of 2022, up 3.7% year-on-year, with a slight improvement in EBITDA, up 0.3% to CAD2.437 billion, while... more

Rogers posts 6%, 10% sales, EBITDA improvements in Q4

Rogers Communications reported that its total revenue and service revenue each increased by 6% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2022, to CAD4.166 billion (USD3.133 billion) and CAD3.436 billion, driven... more

Chunghwa Telecom records 3.0% increase in revenue in FY22

Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom has reported a 3.0% year-on-year rise in revenues for its financial year ended 31 December 2022, ‘mainly due to growing core business including mobile, ICT and broadband... more

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