20 Jul 2020

Wireless

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

Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa has confirmed that its Izzi Movil MVNO – which launched on 1 June 2020 – ended that month with 14,000 customers. Salvi Folch Viadero, Televisa’s... more

APT contracts IP Infusion for 5G Cell Site Router deployment

IP Infusion has announced that Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has selected it to deliver ‘a comprehensive disaggregated solution for the deployment of [the cellco’s] 5G mobile network’. In a... more

Nokia deploys Self-Organising Network software for Telstra

Finland’s Nokia has announced the deployment of its EdenNet Self-Organising Network (SON) software for Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Telstra, saying the development will help the latter centralise and automate... more

TDSAT stays TRAI order on Airtel/Vodafone Idea premium plans

India’s Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has stayed an order from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) which blocked premium plans offered by Bharti Airtel and Vodafone... more

Police probe Econet mobile money service

Zimbabwe’s largest cellular operator, Econet Wireless, has been issued with a search warrant ordering it to provide the police with a list of all subscribers, EcoCash mobile money transactions and... more

Broadband

Orange Guinea selects Alepo to digitise fixed broadband services

Orange Guinea has selected Alepo’s authentication, authorisation and accounting (AAA) platform to digitise its fibre broadband services by migrating to digital enablement and revenue management. Customers who purchase pre-paid FTTH... more

Ofcom consulting on regulation of KCOM’s network

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has proposed the creation of conditions designed to ‘improve retail competition in the fixed telecoms markets in the Hull Area, through [its] wholesale regulation of KCOM’.... more

Corporate/Financial

Proximus confirms BICS shareholders in talks to sell majority stake

Proximus has confirmed in a statement that the shareholders of its international wholesale arm Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS), which include MTN and Swisscom, are exploring a potential sale of... more

Vodafone Idea pays INR10bn more towards AGR dues

Vodafone Idea has paid a further INR10 billion (USD133.6 million) to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) towards clearing its dues related to the Supreme Court’s October 2019 ruling on Adjusted... more

Globe raises USD600m on international bond market

Filipino communication services provider Globe Telecom has reportedly raised USD600 million from the sale of dual-series fixed-rate notes on the international bond market. The telco reportedly took advantage of low... more

SoftBank divests USD2.2bn worth of Alibaba shares; targets Vision Fund kick-start

Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp has sold a further USD2.2 billion worth of shares in Chinese multinational technology company Alibaba Group Holding, as part of its strategy to raise funds... more

T-Mobile to complete Sprint rebranding on 2 August

T-Mobile US has confirmed that it plans to phase out the recently acquired Sprint brand from 2 August this year, as the company ‘combines brand operations’ with the smaller operator,... more

Leeway for a three-way? Claro, TIM, Vivo confirm joint Oi bid

Claro Brasil, Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) and TIM Brasil have each separately confirmed that they have submitted a three-way bid for the mobile assets of financially stricken telecoms operator Oi. Telefonica’s... more