5 Oct 2020

Wireless

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

San Francisco-based PC/smartphone manufacturer Purism has launched its own MVNO for customers who value a privacy-focused service. The MVNO – branded Libre AweSIM – utilises the nationwide T-Mobile US and... more

Vodafone CR’s NSA 5G network live in five cities and Prague Metro

Mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone Czech Republic has launched its non-standalone (NSA) 5G network in the cities of Prague, Brno, Usti nad Labem, Jesenik, and Karlovy Vary, using Dynamic Spectrum... more

Batelco achieves nationwide 5G coverage

Batelco has announced that its 5G network now covers 95% of the Kingdom’s population across all four governorates, making it the first operator in Bahrain to provide nationwide 5G coverage.... more

NOW Corp strikes MoU with Viettel Business Solutions

NOW Corp, whose communications arm NOW Telecom is looking to position itself as the Philippines’ fourth major telco, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Viettel Business Solutions, a... more

Kazakh cellcos begin rural shared network rollout under joint usage pact

Kazakhstan’s three mobile network operators (MNOs) – KaR-Tel (Beeline), Kcell and Mobile Telecom Service (Tele2-Altel) – signed a follow-on agreement on Friday (2 October 2020) finalising their plan for joint... more

SPRK complies with Tet’s request to cancel 26GHz rights

Latvian utilities regulator the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija, SPRK) has announced that it has cancelled the spectrum rights of telco Tet – previously known as Lattelecom –... more

PTA begins process for AJK, GB spectrum auction

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued a request for expressions of interest (EoIs) for consultancy services regarding the renewal of licences and allocation of additional spectrum concessions in the... more

4G licences finally allocated in Mauritania

The government of Mauritania has finally awarded three provisional 4G licences following several failed attempts to offload concessions going back to 2018. Incumbent cellcos Mauritel, Chinguitel and Mattel have agreed... more

Broadband

Digi’s fibre broadband service covers 3.7m households

Malaysia’s Digi Telecommunications has announced that its Digi Fibre Broadband service – launched in July, supported by a wholesale deal with Telekom Malaysia – is available to 3.7 million households.... more

Osiptel imposes new requirements on Movistar; issues USD16m of fines in Jan-July period

Peruvian watchdog the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has ordered full-service provider Movistar Peru to introduce web and mobile applications... more

HT wins 13 rural broadband rollout contracts across Croatia

Hrvatski Telekom (HT) has been awarded 13 new contracts to deploy next-generation broadband networks in underserved rural areas of Croatia. The infrastructure projects are worth a combined total of HRK820.5... more

TIM connects 2,700 communities with fibre

Telecom Italia (TIM) says it has deployed fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology in around 2,700 municipalities since March this year, many of which are in underserved rural areas. The telco says its... more

Corporate/Financial

Cable ONE completes Alabama asset sale

Cable ONE (Sparklight) has concluded the previously announced divestment of its Alabama cable systems to local operator Hargray Communications. The assets – which serve Anniston and the surrounding areas –... more

SDC Capital acquires 48% of ALLO for USD197m

Funds managed by SDC Capital Partners have committed to pay USD197 million for an approximately 48% ownership stake in Nebraska-based fibre operator ALLO Communications. The cash injection will provide ALLO... more

Little Britain gets Rogered

Major Canadian cableco and mobile operator Rogers Communications has completed the takeover of small independent internet provider Ruralwave, based in Little Britain, eastern Ontario. Ruralwave serves the townships of Brock,... more

Paratus Namibia announces 'solid' annual financial results

Paratus Namibia has announced a 101% rise in net profit to NAD25.4 million (USD1.6 million) and 14% revenue growth to NAD148.3 million on a like-for-like basis in the financial year... more