20 May 2022

Mobile

Canada decides to ban Huawei, ZTE from 5G networks

In a long-delayed decision, Canada’s federal government has opted to ban the country’s telecoms operators from using Chinese equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE to build their 5G networks, and furthermore... more

Proximus to open 5G network to more customers

Androidworld reports that Proximus is expanding access to 5G for its post-paid subscriptions. The operator has informed customers with a 'Mobile Flex' subscription – to be renamed 'Mobile Flex S'... more

Italian cellcos continue 5G expansion

Italian mobile network operators (MNOs) WINDTRE and TIM have announced the latest expansions to their respective 5G networks. WINDTRE says its 5G TDD system now reaches 56.6% of the country’s... more

DITO looking to extend footprint to Camotes in Cebu province, paper says

The Philippines’ third telco DITO Telecommunity is considering extending its mobile services to Camotes islands in Cebu province, the Philippines News Agency quotes local governor Gwendolyn Garcia as saying yesterday... more

Vanu deploying solar-powered sites for MTN Rwanda

US-based equipment provider Vanu has launched a new partner programme in Rwanda to deploy mobile base stations in remote areas away from the electricity grid. Working with local firms HUI... more

Fixed Broadband

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

EllaLink has disclosed plans to deploy a new submarine cable system linking Sines to Lisbon (Portugal) and is looking for anchor partners to invest in dark fibres at cost of... more

PuntoNet pledges to invest USD50m by 2024

Ecuadorian ISP PuntoNet has pledged to invest more than USD50 million over the next three years to expand its fibre-optic networks and enhance its corporate cloud and cybersecurity offerings, as... more

Frontier on course to exceed one million homes target for 2022

Frontier Communications expects to exceed its target of one million new fibre locations in 2022, chief financial officer Scott Beasley has revealed, speaking at the MoffettNathanson Media Communications Summit. The... more

MEO FTTH network passes six million homes

Altice Portugal (MEO) has revealed that it now has access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks that pass more than six million homes. The fibre infrastructure passed 6.1 million homes as of... more

Corporate/Financial

Malaysia’s four major cellcos reported to be seeking majority stake in DNB

Malaysia's four major mobile communications providers – Celcom Axiata, DiGi Telecommunications, Maxis and U-Mobile – are reported to be seeking a majority stake in Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), the state-owned... more

Iliad reports growth in revenues, EBITDAaL in 1Q22

Paris-based telecoms company Iliad Group has published its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2022, reporting a 4.8% increase in its consolidated revenues to EUR1.934 billion (USD2.04... more

Miscellaneous

Sunrise to retire UPC brand

Swiss full-service provider Sunrise UPC has announced that Sunrise will be the company’s main brand from 23 May, with business customers to be served by Sunrise Business. Customers served by... more

Derecho Telecommunications secures 25-year operating franchise

Outgoing president Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a 25-year operating franchise for Philippines-registered Derecho Telecommunications. Provided under Republic Act 11759, Derecho Telecommunications or ‘its successors or assignees’ has been... more