14 Sep 2020

Wireless

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

UK supermarket chain Asda has signed a new mobile wholesale agreement with Vodafone UK, bringing an end to Asda Mobile’s seven-year association with EE. As a result of the five-year... more

Austria’s delayed multiband 5G auction raises EUR202m

Austria’s Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting & Telecoms (RTR) has completed its delayed 5G auction of spectrum in the 700MHz, 1500MHz and 2100MHz bands, raising a total of EUR201.9 million (USD239.1... more

Zain Saudi adds three new cities to 5G footprint

Zain Saudi Arabia has expanded the footprint of its 5G network with the deployment of 5G services in the cities of Qurayyat, Ras Tanura and Tabarjal, bringing the total number... more

Vini extends 4G to remote archipelagos

French Polynesian state-owned telco Vini has announced that it has been expanding its 4G network in islands and remote archipelagos throughout 2020 and now covers parts of Rangiroa, Tikehau, Fakarava,... more

Airtel Uganda being told to upgrade to NTO licence

Another licensing row has broken out in Uganda, this time centred on number two cellco Airtel. Following a long-running series of negotiations concerning market leader MTN Uganda, which was settled... more

Broadband

Converge ICT deploys Nokia FTTH solution

Filipino internet and digital services provider Converge ICT Solutions has teamed up with Nokia to deploy a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network on the island of Mindanao. In a press release outlining... more

Court rejects big operators’ appeal against CRTC wholesale broadband rates

Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed appeals by Bell, Rogers, Telus and other large telco and cableco firms against the wholesale fixed internet access rates proposed by the Canadian... more

Corporate/Financial

Pangilinan’s MVP Group stalking Sky Cable, paper says

The MVP Group, the conglomerate of several regulated businesses chaired by entrepreneur Manuel V Pangilinan that includes PLDT Inc., is plotting a move for Lopez-owned Sky Cable (SKY Fiber), the... more

Post Office exploring GBP100m sale of telecoms arm

The Post Office is in talks to offload its telecoms arm, Sky News reports. City sources have indicated that investment bank PJT Partners has been hired to run the auction,... more

MASMOVIL leaves IBEX 35 after 50% of shareholders approve takeover

Grupo MASMOVIL will cease trading on the IBEX 35 – the benchmark stock market index of the Bolsa de Madrid – today, after 50% of its shareholders voted in favour... more

Salt challenges Sunrise takeover by UPC

Swiss full-service providers Sunrise and Salt have come to blows over plans for Liberty Global – parent company of rival operator UPC Switzerland – to take over the former. Salt... more

Bredband2 and A3 to combine in Swedish fibre market

Swedish ISP Bredband2 has made a buyout offer for rival operator A3, which has a total bid value of SEK621.7 million (USD70.7 million). A3 shareholders representing 71.7% of the company’s... more