3 Aug 2020

Wireless

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

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has extended the deadline for MVNO applications until 11 November 2020 as a result of ‘challenges and obstacles’ caused by the ongoing... more

Subtel sets out timeline for 5G spectrum auctions

Chile’s telecom sector watchdog the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) has set out the timeline for four separate, parallel 5G spectrum auctions, to take place in Q4 2020,... more

Mobile ownership tax extended to post-paid SIMs and recharges

The Nepalese government’s Finance Bill for fiscal year 2020/21 extended the ‘mobile ownership fee’ to new post-paid SIMs and recharge cards with effect from 16 July, reports Nepal Post Daily.... more

Italian cellcos have licences extended

Italian cellco Iliad has been granted an eight-year extension of its 900MHz licence which was due to expire at the end of 2021. Telecoms regulator Agcom has agreed to extend... more

Broadband

Telecom Namibia upgrades VSAT to bring connectivity to remote areas

Telecom Namibia has upgraded its VSAT hub to ensure faster and reliable connectivity for users in remote areas and will soon begin deploying remote terminals to various areas across the... more

Corporate/Financial

DOCOMO Q1 revenue falls on lower mobile/equipment sales; reports 149,000 5G users

Japanese carrier NTT DOCOMO, a 64.1%-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Corp), has released its first-quarter financial results for the three months ended 30 June 2020. The... more

Nvidia rumoured to be in ‘advanced talks’ to buy chip designer Arm from SoftBank

Rumours abound that US-based graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp plans to acquire the UK-based semiconductor design firm Arm Holdings from Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp, which purchased the company for USD32 billion... more

United Group closes Vivacom acquisition

Netherlands-based United Group, owned by London-based private equity firm BC Partners, has finalised its acquisition of Bulgarian telecoms operator Vivacom. United Group agreed to purchase the Bulgarian operator in November... more

Telus posts 3.6% Q2 sales rise, although EBITDA falls 1.0% on COVID-19 factors

Canadian quadruple-play operator Telus reported that in the second quarter of 2020 its consolidated operating revenue increased by 3.6% year-on-year to CAD3.728 billion (USD2.779 billion), while EBITDA decreased by 1.0%... more

Masiyiwa still searching for buyer for Liquid Telecom shares

Reports from Zimbabwe suggest that local billionaire Strive Masiyiwa is struggling to find a buyer for part of his stake in pan-African fibre network operator Liquid Telecom Holdings. According to... more

Miscellaneous

NTC extends Filipino telco permits until 31 December, cites lockdown restrictions

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) of the Philippines issued a memorandum on 29 July 2020 formally extending all existing permits, certificates and licences of telecom services providers and broadcasters until... more