20 Sep 2021

Wireless

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Long-running MVNO Virgin Mobile South Africa has shut down more than two months ahead of schedule, with its SIM cards rendered inactive from Friday 17 September. Earlier this month Virgin... more

Comium issued suspension order by Gambian regulator

Gambian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has ordered mobile operator Comium to suspend its services due to its failure to pay licensing, spectrum and international gateway fees,... more

Vi conducts 5G trials on 26GHz, 3.5GHz bands

Indian cellco Vodafone Idea (Vi) has conducted trials of 5G technology in the cities of Pune and Gandhinagar using spectrum in the 26GHz and 3.5GHz bands. The operator and its... more

XL extends 4G LTE reach to Maluku and Papua

Mobile network operator XL Axiata has announced that under its ongoing 4G network rollout programme, it has deployed LTE to remote areas in the vast Maluku Islands – extending from... more

Broadband

Globe hits 1m fibre rollout target three months ahead of schedule

Globe Telecom has fulfilled its goal of deploying one million new fibre-optic lines this year, three months ahead of schedule. ‘All of our regional teams delivered big numbers especially in... more

Starlink to emerge from beta next month, Musk says

Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture – has indicated that it will emerge from its beta testing phase next month.... more

Wireline

TFL removes public payphone charges countrywide

Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL), the country’s de facto monopoly provider of local and national long-distance telephony, and the sole operator of the PSTN, has said that Fijians will now be... more

Corporate/Financial

GTT completes infrastructure sale; I Squared renames assets as EXA

GTT Communications has announced the completion of the sale of its infrastructure division to I Squared Capital. The division consists of a pan-European, North American, and subsea fibre network and... more