7 Sep 2020

Wireless

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

amaysim, Australia’s largest MVNO by subscribers, has announced that it ended 30 June 2020 with a ‘recurring mobile subscriber base’ of 830,000, alongside 350,000 ‘As You Go’ (i.e. pre-paid) mobile... more

Vodafone Idea reveals new brand ‘Vi’

Indian cellco Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) has today unveiled a new unified brand name, ‘Vi’, having completed what it claims as the world’s largest network integration ‘in record time’ and... more

Three UK, CityFibre expand their 5G mobile backhaul deal

Mobile operator Three UK has inked a deal with British pure fibre provider CityFibre, extending their multi-million pound 5G backhaul contract signed in February 2020. Under the amended contract, the... more

FIU puts brakes on Lonestar’s new mobile money service

According to Front Page Africa, Liberia’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has ‘with immediate effect’ instructed domestic mobile operator Lonestar Cell-MTN to stop offering its new mobile money International Remittance Service... more

ATH unit Digitec to benefit from USD25m investment for greenfield 4G network

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a PGK87 million (USD25.4 million) investment in Digitec Communications (PNG), which is majority-owned by ATH International Venture Limited (ATHIV), a subsidiary of Fiji’s... more

MTN Ghana seeks Supreme Court review of SMP declaration

MTN Ghana has filed an application with the country’s Supreme Court seeking a review of its designation as a significant market power (SMP) operator by the National Communications Authority (NCA).... more

Broadband

Proximus extends fibre network to Leuven

Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has begun FTTP deployment in the city of Leuven as part of a plan to connect more than 50,000 homes and businesses across the city... more

Mozambique begins rural internet project

The government of Mozambique has launched a rural connectivity project which will bring internet access to 27 unserved districts. The project, to be implemented through the creation of ‘digital squares’,... more

Corporate/Financial

Far EasTone to acquire 11.58% stake in APT for TWD5bn; telcos ink spectrum sharing pact

Taiwanese mobile operator Far EasTone Telecommunications is set to pay TWD5 billion (USD170.4 million) to acquire an 11.58% stake in rival player Asia Pacific Telecom (APT), the Taipei Times reports,... more

SilkNet announces change in shareholders

Georgian full-service provider SilkNet has announced that Kazakh entrepreneur Yerkin Tatishev now holds a 36.3% equity interest in the company, following his acquisition of a 38.2% stake in Silk Road... more

Supreme Court allows ten years to pay AGR dues; passes spectrum sale issue to NCLT

India’s Supreme Court has set a ten-year time limit for major telecoms operators to pay back their Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR)-related dues to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), with an... more

Miscellaneous

TRA publishes draft dominance report for consultation

Oman’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has invited comments from telecoms licensees, other stakeholders and the general public on its draft Market Definition and Dominance (MDD) Report 2020, which was last... more