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2 Feb 2023

Mobile

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Serbia’s Telekom Srbija is deploying an NB-IoT network alongside its existing LoRaWAN network, aiming to launch a ‘carrier-grade nationwide multi-technology IoT public network’ to serve more clients in industrial segments,... more

Bakcell launches pilot 5G network in Baku

Azerbaijani cellco Bakcell has announced the launch of a pilot 5G network in the city of Baku. Currently operating in test mode, the network is available at three locations in... more

Costa Rica launches 5G consultation

Costa Rica’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has launched a 5G consultation as it seeks to establish which spectrum bands to include in its planned 5G spectrum auction.... more

Fixed Broadband

Starlink enters the African market with first launch in Nigeria

Nigeria has become the first country in Africa to see a commercial launch of satellite broadband services by Starlink, the satellite internet business of SpaceX. The firm’s Low Earth Orbit... more

Zzoomm and Truespeed announce latest FTTP coverage milestones

British pure fibre providers Zzoomm and Truespeed have each issued updates on the progress of their respective network rollouts, with the former notably confirming that it now passes more than... more

NTT East and NTT West shutter ADSL services for good

NTT Corp subsidiaries NTT East and NTT West completed the planned shutdown of their respective ADSL broadband services on 31 January. The decision to terminate the service – which was... more

TSTT approves TTD120m fibre investment; ramps up Tobago coverage

Lisa Agard, CEO of Telecommunication Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT), has announced that the company has approved an investment package of more than TTD120 million (USD17.3 million) to accelerate... more

Corporate/Financial

KKR makes non-binding offer for stake in TIM’s fixed network business

Telecom Italia Group (TIM Group) has confirmed that it has received a non-binding offer from investment firm KKR for a controlling stake in its Italian fixed line network business known... more

Telenor Group net profit surges in FY22 on completion of Malaysian merger

Norway’s Telenor Group has published its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results for the year ended 31 December 2022, saying the last three months of the year saw it make ‘significant... more

BlackRock holds a 7.1% stake in Liberty Latin America

New York-based investment firm BlackRock holds a 7.1% stake in Liberty Latin America (LLA), equivalent to 3.12 million Class A shares. The shareholding was reported by financial data specialist Fintel,... more

Airtel Africa net profit improves to USD172m

Airtel Africa – the African division of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel – has reported total quarterly revenues of USD1.35 billion for the three-months to end-December 2022, an increase of... more

Play acquires majority interest in SferaNet

Polish fixed and mobile operator Play has taken a majority stake in regional ISP SferaNet, which is based in Bielsko-Biala. Play has purchased 83.55% of SferaNet’s shares for an undisclosed... more

MTN Irancell has pumped more than USD10bn into Iran since launch

The CEO of MTN Irancell in Iran says the company has invested more than USD10 billion since its launch in October 2006. Abbasi Arend is quoted by Digiato as saying... more

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