3 Dec 2020

Wireless

Viettel launches 5G trial with customers in Hanoi

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has announced that mobile network operator Viettel has launched a pilot 5G network in Hanoi. Around 100 base transceiver stations (BTS) in the... more

No fourth operator to be licensed in Ethiopia until at least 2030

There will be no fourth operator licensed in the Ethiopian telecoms market for at least ten years following the initial introduction of competition, Addis Fortune reports, citing comments made by... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Indonesia’s Indosat Ooredoo has launched the ‘IoT Smart Manufacturing’ service aimed at enabling customers in the manufacturing sector to easily manage their business, ensuring the entire production flow runs optimally... more

PLDT-Smart to build 2,000 new cell sites in 2021

PLDT Inc. (including Smart Communications and Sun Cellular) announced Tuesday (1 December) that it aims to deploy an additional 2,000 cell sites in fiscal 2021, while augmenting its fibre-optic network... more

Azerfon reports 35% rise in 4G subscribers in first nine months of 2020

Azerfon (Nar), Azerbaijan’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced that its LTE user base increased by 35% in the first nine months of 2020. Compared to... more

AKEP begins consultation on cost modelling for mobile services

Albanian telecoms sector watchdog the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (Autoritetit Te Komunikimeve Elektronike Dhe Postare, AKEP) has published a consultation document on cost modelling for mobile services as it... more

Broadband

Virgin Media extends DOCSIS3.1 coverage to South Wales

British multi-play service provider Virgin Media has announced that it has extended the rollout of DOCSIS3.1 technology to ‘hundreds of thousands of homes’ across South Wales. According to ISPreview the... more

HeroTel reaches 100,000-subscriber mark

South African ISP HeroTel has revealed that it has reached the 100,000-customer milestone. HeroTel CEO and co-founder Van Zyl Botha told IT Web: ‘While 45,000 customers came with the businesses... more

Corporate/Financial

Orange announces bid to buy outstanding shares in Belgian unit, possible delisting

French telecoms group Orange has announced it plans to launch a conditional voluntary public takeover bid on all the shares it does not already own in Orange Belgium and will... more

NTT Corp considering USD19bn bond offering for DOCOMO acquisition; mobile unit to slash prices

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT Corp) is reported to be mulling plans to launch bond offerings worth up to USD19 billion both at home and abroad, as part of... more

A1 buys Alcatel-Lucent Voice Business telephony unit from NTT

NTT in Austria has agreed to sell its traditional fixed telephony operation Alcatel-Lucent Voice Business to A1 Telekom Austria. Through Alcatel-Lucent Voice Business, NTT provides services to small companies, hotels,... more

SoftBank invests USD699m in Swedish cloud communications developer Sinch

Japanese conglomerate Softbank Group Corp has ploughed significant cash into Swedish software developer Sinch, which plans to use the cash injection to fund its own M&A programme, Telecoms.com reports. SoftBank... more