18 May 2021

Wireless

DITO hits 500,000 subs milestone as it goes live in Metro Manila

The Philippines’ new third telco, DITO Telecommunity, has reported achieving the milestone of 500,000 subscribers on its network, roughly two months after it launched services in the country. In a... more

ProInversion announces auction for 1700MHz, 2300MHz spectrum

Peru’s Agency for the Promotion of Private Investment (Agencia de Promocion de la Inversion Privada, ProInversion) has announced a special public tender for two lots of 4G spectrum, with the... more

Rakuten Mobile teams up with NEC on global Open RAN initiative

Rakuten Mobile and NEC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote Open RAN (open radio access networks) in global mobile telecommunications markets, the pair confirmed in a joint... more

Vodafone activates 5G in Palmerston North

Vodafone New Zealand has announced residents of Palmerston North can now connect to its 5G mobile and fixed-wireless broadband services, following cell site upgrades as part of the operator’s ‘turbocharged’... more

CNT and Movistar roaming deal to boost LTE coverage in 18 provinces

Ecuadorian state-owned operator Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) and Telefonica’s Movistar Ecuador have concluded an Automatic National Roaming agreement to provide customers in 18 provinces with greater 4G LTE coverage.... more

Lonestar Cell-MTN’s 4G network now live in Grand Cape Mount County

Mobile operator Lonestar Cell-MTN has extended the reach of its 4G LTE network, switching on services in N’dablama, Grand Cape Mount County – a prominent gold mining site in the... more

T-Mobile, Tampnet licensed for 5G in North Sea

The Netherlands’ radio frequency regulator Agentschap Telecom (AT) announced that the process of distributing 700MHz 5G mobile spectrum in the North Sea was completed on 17 May 2021, with T-Mobile... more

Broadband

Telekom to deploy over 1m FTTH connections in three cities by end-25

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), plans to roll out more than one million fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections in the three cities of Hamburg, Frankfurt... more

Corporate/Financial

Vodafone Group returns to profit in FY21 despite lower revenues

Vodafone Group has published its financial results for the year ended 31 March 2021 (FY21), reporting what it called a ‘resilient performance’. For the twelve-month period under review, the company... more

AT&T spins off WarnerMedia via USD43bn Discovery deal

US telecoms giant AT&T has announced a definitive agreement to combine WarnerMedia’s entertainment, sports and news assets with Discovery's non-fiction and international entertainment and sports businesses to create what they... more

Airtel narrows annual net loss to INR151 billion

Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel has published its financial results for the quarter and year to 31 March 2021, booking revenue of INR1.01 trillion (USD13.7 billion) for the twelve-month period... more

Iliad reports a 33.6% annual increase in revenues in 1Q21

Paris-based telecoms company Iliad Group has published its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2021, reporting a 33.6% increase in its consolidated revenues to EUR1.846 billion (USD2.24... more

Sales up 1% for Tiscali in FY20

Italian telco Tiscali has reported revenues of EUR144 million (USD175 million) for full-year 2020, an increase of EUR1.4 million (1%) from 2019. EBITDA rose 14% year-on-year to EUR29.1 million, but... more

Xplornet buys TowerCo’s tower assets in Manitoba

Rural-focused Canadian broadband provider Xplornet Communications has closed the acquisition of TowerCo’s tower assets in Manitoba. Xplornet said the acquisition of more than 160 wireless communications towers located across rural... more