26 Nov 2021

Mobile

VNPT claims first mobile money trial service in Vietnam

State-owned national PTO Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) has announced the pilot launch of a mobile money service across the country. The firm received one of the nation’s first... more

Digi confirms 3G shutdown timeline

Malaysian mobile operator Digi has issued a 3G network shutdown timeline, which will commence on 6 December and conclude by the end of the month. According to a schedule posted... more

Nepal Telecom issued licence for 5G trials

State-owned telecommunications provider Nepal Telecom (NT) has finally received the green light from the National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) to proceed with 5G network testing, reports Nepalitelecom.com. Following submission of its... more

SCO and Zong sign MoU for telecom development in AJ&K and GB

Pakistan’s military-run telco the Special Communication Organisation (SCO) and China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) – which operates under the Zong brand name – have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on... more

Israel plans to allow Palestinian operators to launch 4G

Israeli and Palestinian telecommunications officials held a private meeting on 14 November where the Israelis gave tentative approval to a plan to allow Palestinian mobile operators to launch 4G networks,... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Google has been granted a licence to construct, land and operate the Grace Hopper cable system, a non-common carrier fibre-optic submarine cable system connecting the US with the UK and... more

SWAN takes flight with 5G for home users

Slovak ISP SWAN has launched a fixed wireless broadband service for home users utilising the 5G infrastructure of mobile subsidiary 4ka. The service is initially available in ten districts of... more

Digicel launches gigabit fibre in Saint Lucia

Digicel Saint Lucia has boosted the transmission speeds available via its existing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, with the introduction of 1Gbps download speeds. Offered under the ‘Digicel+’ brand that is already... more

ANCOM reports significant rise in average broadband download speeds

Fixed broadband internet connections recorded average download speeds of 429.17Mbps during the first six months of 2021, a 42% year-on-year increase, and upload speeds of 279.83Mbps (77% faster), according to... more

Turk Telekom, Nokia test 25G PON technology

Turk Telekom has claimed a national first by testing 25G PON fixed broadband technology in partnership with Nokia. In a trial at the Turk Telekom Ankara Innovation Centre, data transmission... more

Corporate/Financial

Israeli consortium offers USD300m for 27% Partner Communications stake

Israeli telco Partner Communications has confirmed that it has received a bid of USD300 million for the 27% stake currently held by S.B. Israel Telecom. The bid was lodged by... more

Team Telecom Armenia to convert to OJSC and sell off shares

Team Telecom Armenia, which still trades under the Beeline brand of former owner VEON, is considering reorganising as an open joint-stock company (OJSC) and holding an initial public offering (IPO).... more

Salt reports revenue, profit growth for Q3

Swiss full-service provider Salt has reported total revenues of CHF266.3 million (USD285 million) for the three months to end-September 2021, an increase of 6.4% year-on-year. EBITDA for the period was... more

Miscellaneous

Estonia moves one step closer to Huawei ban

Legislation barring equipment from Chinese supplier Huawei has been passed by Estonia’s parliament, the Rigiikogu. The amendment to the Electronic Communications Act now passes to the President for approval and... more