14 May 2020

Wireless

Delayed 5G auction set to take place in August

Austria’s Telecom Control Commission (TKK) has announced it plans to hold the country’s second 5G auction in August, after the process was postponed in March by the COVID-19 pandemic. The... more

Rakuten Mobile to bolster comms platform launch with Innoeye buy

Japanese newcomer Rakuten Mobile, a unit of ecommerce firm Rakuten Inc., has revealed plans to acquire US-based technology solutions company Innoeye. With the mobile start-up having already deployed the vendor’s... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

US satellite TV operator DISH Network has dropped plans to complete deployment of an NB-IoT network to focus on 5G network rollout and entrance into the mobile market, Mobile World... more

MinTIC issues 2.5GHz frequencies; Claro activates spectrum in 800 municipalities

Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (Ministerio de Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones, MinTIC) has confirmed that it has issued all of the 2.5GHz spectrum permits that... more

Sprint brand could be phased out this summer

T-Mobile US could start to phase out the recently acquired Sprint brand as early as August this year, Phone Arena reports, citing a slide from an internal presentation. The long-running... more

Broadband

Loon inflates African presence with Vodacom Mozambique deal

Vodacom Mozambique has signed an agreement with Alphabet’s balloon-powered internet connectivity provider Loon to increase access in rural areas of the country. Using the Loon solution, Vodacom will expand mobile... more

Vodafone Italy launches fixed-wireless services

Vodafone Italy has launched two new fixed-wireless access (FWA) products aimed at customers in digital divide areas. The firm is using its GigaNetwork fibre infrastructure and wireless last-mile connections to... more

Corporate/Financial

Ultrafast Fibre sale agreed

Electricity distributors WEL Networks (WEL) and Waipa Networks have agreed to sell New Zealand fibre provider Ultrafast Fibre to First State Investments (FSI). The Australian asset management company will purchase... more

Vocus agrees deal to buy Stuff Fibre

Vocus New Zealand has agreed to buy broadband retailer Stuff Fibre for an undisclosed sum. In a press release, Vocus New Zealand chief executive Mark Callander highlighted the purchase fits... more

DT anticipates ‘limited impact’ of COVID-19 on FY financials as Q1 revenue rises 2.3%

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DT) has reported net revenue of EUR19.94 billion (USD21.6 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2020, an increase of 2.3% from EUR19.49 billion in the... more

KT records 12.8% drop in net profit in 1Q20

South Korea’s KT Corp has published its financial results for the first quarter of 2020, posting an almost 13% year-on-year drop in net profit. For the three months ended 31... more

Airtel Africa books 11% revenue growth for FY20

Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has reported revenue of USD3.42 billion for the year ended 31 March 2020, up by 11.2% year-on-year. Underlying EBITDA for... more

Bouygues Telecom posts 2.5% growth in revenues in 1Q20

French conglomerate Bouygues Group has reported revenues of EUR7.219 billion (USD7.82 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2020, a decrease of 9% from EUR7.933 billion in the year-ago... more

MTN highlights ‘positive service revenue trajectory’ in Q1

African and Middle East mobile carrier MTN Group has published its quarterly trading update for the three months to 31 March 2020, highlighting that the group delivered a solid performance... more

NBN Co reports revenue increase as initial network rollout reaches closing stages

Australia’s NBN Co has reported what it termed a ‘strong third quarter … with both build and activations ahead of target’. For the nine months ended 31 March 2020 the... more

Subscriber growth drives Sunrise turnover up 2.8%

Swiss full-service provider Sunrise registered total revenue of CHF459 million (USD473 million) for the first three months of 2020, a 2.8% increase from the same period in 2019. Sunrise booked... more

Magyar Telekom Q1 sales, EBITDA virtually flat

Hungary’s Magyar Telekom reported that its total revenues reached HUF159.3 billion (USD491.8 million) in the first quarter of 2020, up 0.2% year-on-year, as increases in telecommunication service revenues in both... more

Q1 sales up 3.6% at OTE Group

Greek telco OTE Group has reported a 3.6% increase in revenues for the first three months of 2020 to EUR941.1 million (USD1.02 billion) due to positive performances at its operations... more

Sales up 1% for Telekom Slovenije in first quarter

Telekom Slovenije says operating revenues for the first quarter of 2020 were up 1% year-on-year at EUR173.6 million (USD188 million). EBITDA was stable at EUR56.4 million, while net profit climbed... more