24 Jul 2019

Wireless

Telenor Bulgaria starts 5G trials

Telenor Bulgaria has embarked on a series of 5G trials, with the company completing its first 5G video call in the country. Going forward, Telenor will assess different 5G use... more

TIM Brasil, Vivo ink network sharing pact

TIM Brasil and Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see them initiate discussions on a number of potential network sharing agreements. Ideas on the... more

Mexico’s Red Compartida achieves 45% coverage

ALTAN Redes, the consortium behind the rollout of Mexico’s open access 700MHz network deployment, has announced that its footprint now covers 45% of the Mexican population, following launches in Tuxtla... more

Telecom Namibia connects Impalila Island

Residents of Impalila Island, a small settlement in the east of the country, can now access fixed and mobile telecoms following the launch of Telecom Namibia services on 19 July... more

M1 Singapore partners SUTD for R&D into 5G robotics technology

Singaporean telco M1 and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today (July 24) to further research into advanced robots that use 5G... more

Broadband

Ten million premises now connectable via the NBN

NBN Co, the company overseeing the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced that more than ten million premises are now covered by its infrastructure. In a press... more

Open Fiber uses Intracom WiBAS solution for rural broadband rollouts

Italian wholesale operator Open Fiber has contracted Athens-based wireless solutions provider Intracom Telecom to deploy a fixed-wireless access (FWA) system to support its rollouts in rural areas of Italy. Intracom... more

Telecom Egypt signs IPTV deal with Cable Network Egypt (CNE)

Telecom Egypt (TE) has announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with pay-TV operator Cable Network Egypt (CNE) which will enable it to provide TE customers with IPTV services... more

Corporate/Financial

DoT planning Airtel/TTSL merger challenge at Supreme Court

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is reportedly planning to challenge the merger of Tata Teleservices Limited’s (TTSL’s) consumer mobile business into Bharti Airtel at the Supreme Court, the Economic Times... more

DISH agrees USD5bn T-Mobile/Sprint asset deal, report says

US satellite TV giant DISH Network has agreed to pay USD5 billion for assorted wireless assets in a deal with T-Mobile US and Sprint, people familiar with the matter have... more

LLA not plotting BTC buyout; targets FTTH expansion

In an interview with Bahamian website Tribune 242, Garry Sinclair, CEO of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), has rejected speculation suggesting that co-owner Liberty Latin America (LLA) has made an... more

Telekom Romania restructuring intended to bolster cash flow, claims CEO

Telekom Romania CEO Miroslav Majoros has told local media outlet Ziarul Financiar that the company’s recently announced restructuring plan will result in annual savings of several million euros. However, he... more

Bosnian sale hits Telekom Slovenije revenues in H1

Slovenian operator Telekom Slovenije recorded operating revenues of EUR343.1 million (USD383 million) for the first six months of 2019, down 5% on the same period last year, with the fall... more

First-half sales fall 1.3% at Etisalat despite subscriber growth

UAE-based telco group Etisalat has reported consolidated revenues of AED25.87 billion (USD7 billion) for the first half of 2019, down 1.3% year-on-year. Net profit climbed 3.1%, however, to AED4.44 billion,... more

Q2 revenues down 3.1% at KPN

Netherlands-based telco KPN has reported adjusted revenues of EUR1.36 billion (USD1.5 billion) for the second quarter of 2019, down 3.1% year-on-year. The fall was attributed to ‘a decline in legacy... more

STC books increase in revenues, profit in H1 2019

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2019, reporting an 11.2% increase in net profit to SAR5.598 billion (USD1.49 billion) from... more