19 Oct 2020

Wireless

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

T-Mobile Netherlands has agreed to acquire Dutch SIM-only MVNO Simpel for an undisclosed fee. Simpel CEO Jasper de Rooij commented: ‘We have been using T-Mobile's network for many years and... more

EE seeks Ofcom permission to trade portion of 2.6GHz spectrum to O2

British mobile operator EE, a subsidiary of BT Group, has requested permission from regulator Ofcom to trade a surplus 25MHz block of 2600MHz band 4G spectrum (2595MHz-2620MHz) to rival O2... more

Japan's Fair Trade Commission to scrutinise MNOs’ ‘high mobile rates’, paper says

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) plans to conduct an investigation into the pricing models and sales practices employed by the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) in a bid to foster... more

Ratel opens public consultation on 700MHz band

Serbian telecoms watchdog the Republic Agency for Electronic Communications (RATEL) has launched a public consultation on a frequency allocation plan for spectrum in the 694MHz-790MHz range. The draft plan would... more

BIPT redistributes Entropia’s temporary 3.5GHz spectrum

Belgian telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has redistributed temporary licences in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band following Entropia Investments BVBA’s failure to pay for its requested... more

T-Mobile Netherlands delays consumer 2G shutdown to Jun-21; M2M 2G continues to Jun-23

T-Mobile Netherlands has set a new date of 1 June 2021 to stop supporting 2G GSM for consumer mobile services, extending a previous proposed deadline of 15 November 2020. Seeking... more

Broadband

Globe Telecom fibre upgrade gains traction

As part of a nationwide programme, Filipino operator Globe Telecom is rolling out free broadband fibre upgrades – migrating customers over from its legacy copper network to give them faster... more

Corporate/Financial

GTT Communications agrees USD2.15bn sale of infrastructure division to I Squared Capital

US-based global cloud networking provider GTT Communications has signed a definitive agreement to sell its infrastructure division to I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment firm, for USD2.15 billion.... more

Cogeco’s parent rejects second offer from Altice, Rogers

Gestion Audem, the controlling shareholder of Canadian/US communications group Cogeco, has rejected a second unsolicited buyout proposal from cableco Altice USA and Canadian counterpart Rogers Communications. Louis Audet, president of... more

Enel to exit Open Fiber this year?

Reports from Italy suggest that utility group Enel could sell its 50% stake in wholesale network operator Open Fiber by the end of this year. Last month Enel received a... more

ALFA weighing up bids for Axtel

Mexican industrial conglomerate ALFA has received a number of non-binding bids for its telecoms unit Axtel, which serves the wholesale, business and government markets. ALFA confirmed: ‘We are advancing to... more