12 Oct 2020

Wireless

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

Russian MVNO SberMobile has signed a memorandum of understanding with network host Tele2 Russia and Chinese vendor Huawei, which will see the three parties test ‘5G use scenarios’ and explore... more

Vodacom secures interim order against Lesotho licence revocation

Vodacom Lesotho has been granted an interim order by the country’s High Court to prevent the revocation of its operating licence by the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA), reports Business Insider.... more

MTN Group taps TIP for future transport network evolution

Pan-African mobile operator MTN Group has announced that it has selected Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to assist the transformation of its communication transport infrastructure, which it hopes will become a... more

Regulator orders closure of Cellcom’s offices; Orange Guinea activates 4G+ network

Guinea’s Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (L’Autoritie de Regulation des Postes et Telecommunications, ARPT) ordered the closure of Cellcom’s head office on 8 October, following the mobile network operator’s... more

Ministry wants to allocate 4.8GHz 5G band to a single operator; cellcos remain sceptical

At Russia’s SatComRus-2020 conference, Andrei Zheglov, Deputy Director of the Department of State Policy in the Field of Communications of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, said... more

Broadband

Huawei to modernise the SNFN for Mobily, ITC

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) have signed an agreement with Huawei for a modernisation of the Saudi National Fiber Network (SNFN). Trade Arabia writes that the SNFN... more

T-Mobile US expands Home Internet service to 450 towns and cities

T-Mobile US has unveiled plans to expand its Home Internet pilot service to an additional 20 million households in parts of 450 cities and towns, mainly in rural America. The... more

Uzbek president issues digital strategy decree, including 2022 universal broadband target

Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has issued a decree ‘On approval of the Strategy Digital Uzbekistan 2030 and measures for its effective implementation’. The national digital strategy includes a goal to... more

WorldLink partners with Facebook to expand free Express Wi-Fi access points

WorldLink Communications, Nepal’s largest ISP, has announced a partnership with Facebook Connectivity to provide fast, affordable and reliable Wi-Fi services to its users. Facebook Connectivity’s free Express Wi-Fi service has... more

Cote d’Ivoire works with Huawei to develop digital society

The government of Cote d’Ivoire has enlisted Chinese vendor Huawei to help develop its ICT industry over the next ten years. A report from Agence Ecofin says Huawei will provide... more

Corporate/Financial

EQT mulling KPN takeover bid, sources say

Sweden-based private equity firm EQT is considering a takeover bid for Dutch fixed and mobile operator KPN, reports Bloomberg quoting anonymous sources who claimed that EQT is in the early... more

Converge ICT sets IPO price at bottom end of range

Philippines-based fibre broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions, which is controlled by Pampanga entrepreneur Dennis Anthony H Uy, has cut the price of its initial public offering (IPO) to PHP16.80 (USD0.348)... more

Tigo Panama rebrands B2B units

Tigo Panama – which was known as Movistar until 27 August this year – has confirmed that it has rebranded its B2B units Telecarrier and Movistar Negocios as Tigo Business.... more