21 Sep 2020

Wireless

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

Verizon Communications has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of US MVNO TracFone Wireless from Mexican telecoms group America Movil. The total USD6.25 billion consideration for the transaction will... more

Globe extends 5G to nine new areas in Metro Manila

In a press release over the weekend, Filipino telecoms operator Globe says it is ‘firing up’ 5G in more areas in Metro Manila, namely: Taguig, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Paranaque, Muntinlupa,... more

NOW Telecom secures provisional authority (PA) extension

NOW Corp communications arm NOW Telecom has secured an extension to its provisional authority (PA) to install, operate, and maintain a nationwide mobile telecommunications system, The Philippine Star reports. The... more

Telekom to switch off 3G network from 30 June 2021

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has announced plans to switch off its 3G network from 30 June 2021, as it focuses on the... more

TRC in talks with unnamed company over 4G licence

Jordan’s Telecom Regulatory Commission (TRC) has issued a statement confirming that it has received a request from an unnamed Jordanian company for permission to obtain the necessary licences to establish... more

Airtel, Vi request release of additional backhaul airwaves

Executives from Indian cellcos Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) – now operating under the Vi brand – have urged regulators to release spectrum in the E band (71GHz-76GHz... more

Telecom Egypt, Vodafone apply for 2600MHz spectrum

Telecom Egypt announced on its website on Saturday (19 September 2020) that it has submitted a financial and technical offer to the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) to apply for... more

Kyrgyz 2300MHz auction invalidated due to lack of bids

Kyrgyzstan’s State Communications Agency (SCA) confirmed on its website that a series of auctions for wireless spectrum licences in the 2300MHz-2400MHz TDD range have been declared invalid due to absence... more

MTC offers pre-paid customers free upgrade to 4G SIM

Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), Namibia’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has launched the ‘Free SIM Swop Campaign’ offering pre-paid customers using 2G/3G SIM cards a free upgrade to a... more

Croatia opens new spectrum consultation

The Croatian Regulatory Agency for Network Operations (Hrvatska regulatorna agencija za mrezne djelatnosti, HAKOM) has opened a consultation into its plans to allocate spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz... more

Broadband

Digicel extends FTTH reach in north Dominica

Fixed and mobile operator Digicel (Dominica) marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria – a category five system that wreaked havoc and destruction when it passed over the country –... more

Commerce Commission consults on approach to fibre regulation, urges cellcos to improve tariff transparency

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has released a paper detailing its proposed high-level approach and process for determining the information disclosure and price-quality regulations that will be applied to fibre access... more

Wireline

Regulator asks operators to take over PEOPLEnet local telephony services

Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR) has issued a notice for local fixed telephony operators regarding the possibility of continuing services for subscribers of CST-Invest... more

Corporate/Financial

Iliad to acquire Play in Poland

French telecoms group Iliad is to acquire the Polish cellco Play, which is registered under the name P4. Iliad has agreed to acquire a 40% stake in Play from its... more

Great Plains Communications completes ETC acquisition

Midwestern telecoms provider Great Plains Communications (GPC), which operates a 13,000-mile fibre network reaching 11 states, has completed its previously announced acquisition of Indiana-based Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation (ETC). Operational in... more