12 Aug 2020

Wireless

Liberia’s lower house votes through telecoms law amendment allowing LIBTELCO to offer GSM services

Liberia’s Daily Observer newspaper reports that the House of Representatives voted Tuesday (11 August) to amend the Telecommunications Act of 2007, Part IV Section 12 (2)(3)(4) and Section 13 (1)... more

Zain KSA expands 5G footprint to 35 cities

Zain Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) has extended its 5G network coverage to five additional cities, namely Duwadimi, Hawtat Bani Tamim, Hayathim, Muzahimiyah and Quwayiyah, thus expanding its 5G footprint to... more

Telekom Slovenije confirms Ericsson’s 100th 5G equipment agreement

Telekom Slovenije has released more details of its 5G rollout, confirming that it is working with Ericsson on Slovenia’s first commercial fifth-generation network. Telekom launched 5G services last month using... more

Corporate/Financial

Liberty offers to buy Sunrise following failed bid for UPC

UK-based multi-brand cable group Liberty Global has announced that it has agreed to acquire 100% of Swiss full-service provider Sunrise Communications via an all cash public tender offer. Liberty has... more

MTN says Iran exit is not imminent

MTN Group of South Africa says it has no ‘immediate’ plans to exit is operation in Iran, though it is expecting to ‘dispose of its operations in the Middle East... more

Ucom files lawsuit to prevent what it terms ‘unfair competition’ from Team LLC-VEON Armenia deal

Armenian altnet Ucom has reportedly filed a lawsuit with the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction against Team LLC, the new venture set up by brothers Hayk and Aleksandr Yesayan in... more

Telebras set for privatisation

State-backed Brazilian telco Telebras is set to be privatised, TeleSintese reports, citing a statement sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (Comissao de Valores Mobiliarios, CVM). The privatisation... more

Isabel dos Santos leaves Unitel board

Angolan billionaire businesswoman Isabel dos Santos has decided to leave her position on the board of directors of the country’s leading mobile operator Unitel she has held for 20 years,... more

Trilogy International Partners Q2 revenues drop 25% to USD135m

Trilogy International Partners (TIP), which owns telecoms assets in New Zealand (2degrees) and Bolivia (Viva), has reported total revenues of USD135.0 million for the three months ended 30 June 2020,... more

Miscellaneous

TRA amends directive on anti-competitive behaviour

Oman's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a new decision to prevent anti-competitive behaviour in the telecoms market. Decision No. 59/2020, which has amended some provisions of Decision No. 70/2013... more