6 May 2021

Wireless

NCC signs MoU with NigComSat to free up spectrum for 5G

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) to enable the rollout of 5G services in the West... more

FAS permits MegaFon, Beeline, Rostelecom to pursue 5G sharing proposals without MTS

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has given ‘preliminary consent’ to an agreement to jointly develop 5G mobile networks proposed by major cellcos MegaFon and VimpelCom (Beeline) with Rostelecom (parent of... more

Benin invites applications for third MNO licence, but SBIN expected to win

Benin’s Ministry of Digital & Digitalisation (Ministere du Numerique et de la Digitalisation – MND) has launched a tender to license a new mobile network operator (MNO), open to foreign... more

MTS Belarus activates LTE-800 in Mogilev region

Working with the country’s infrastructure provider Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud), mobile operator MTS Belarus has announced the launch of LTE-800 services in the Mogilev region. In a press update, MTS... more

MTN Ghana increases voice, data tariffs to fund new coronavirus recovery levy

MTN Ghana, the country’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced customers will be paying more for calls and data services from 1 May to fund an increase... more

Play and Samsung trial 4G and 5G in Warsaw

The Polish cellco Play is trialling 4G and 5G equipment with Korean vendor Samsung. The trial will be conducted in Play’s labs and on its live network in Warsaw, testing... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless has launched a range of M2M services which it says will boost productivity and efficiency for businesses and be a key enabler in achieving a digital economy,... more

Broadband

Baktelecom continues network expansion in Baku

Azerbaijan state-owned regional operator Baku Telephone Communication (Baktelecom) has announced plans to cover 10,000 households with its fibre-optic network in the Bina district of Baku by mid-2022. More than 500... more

UPC Slovakia expands gigabit internet to ten new markets

UPC Slovakia has expanded the coverage of its gigabit broadband service to a further ten cities and towns. Residents in Presov, Trnava, Banska Bystrica, Levice, Sliac, Velky Saris, Haniska, Petrovany,... more

Corporate/Financial

Liberty Latin America records 25% y-o-y revenue increase in 1Q21

Liberty Latin America (LLA) has published its financial results for the three months ending 31 March 2021, reporting a 25% year-on-year increase in revenue, driven in part by acquisitions it... more

Ice Group claims ‘record high’ adjusted EBITDA in 1Q21 as net loss also narrows

Norway-based Ice Group has reported delivering what it called a ‘record high’ adjusted EBITDA result for the first quarter of 2021, while also revealing an uptick in revenues during the... more

Turk Telekom boosts Q1 revenues by 20.4%

Fixed and mobile operator Turk Telekom posted consolidated revenues of TRY7.59 billion (USD910 million) in Q1 2021, up by 20.4% year-on-year, with EBITDA climbing 27.7% to TRY3.80 billion and operating... more