26 Oct 2020

Wireless

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

South African retailer Pick n Pay plans to launch MVNOs under the Pick n Pay Mobile and Boxercom brands in the near future, the company revealed in its interim results... more

Italian govt steps in to block Fastweb 5G deal with Huawei

The Italian government has reportedly blocked a deal which would see Chinese firm Huawei providing 5G core network equipment for local telco Fastweb. A report from Reuters, which cites three... more

ACMA to begin accepting applications for 5G mmWave spectrum next month

According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the deployment of 5G technology in Australia ‘is a step closer’ as it prepares to begin accepting applications for millimetre wave... more

PLDT-Smart to up 5G investment in 2021

Filipino telecoms giant PLDT Inc. has revealed it is looking to ramp up investments in fifth-generation mobile services next year, including gearing up its fibre-optic network rollout which reached 395,000km... more

Bulgaria and US ink a security declaration for 5G networks

Bulgaria and the US have inked a security declaration for mobile 5G networks, designed to ensure secure and clean communications, Reuters writes. Via the agreement, Bulgaria has joined the US... more

MIT warns cellcos over pre-paid cut-off

Jordan’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) has called on the nation’s mobile providers to reverse a recent change in the way that the trio manage pre-paid customers following the... more

SLT partners Fon Wireless to deliver community-based Wi-Fi networks

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has teamed up with global wireless network provider Fon Wireless to offer community-based Wi-Fi network access via the launch of its ‘sltgo’ Wi-Fi solution. Local newspaper... more

Cellnex buys Play towers in Poland, could be close to deal with 3 Europe

European mobile tower company Cellnex Telecom has reached an agreement with Polish telco Play to acquire a 60% stake in its infrastructure unit. Cellnex will pay EUR800 million (USD948 million)... more

Broadband

NetCologne upgrades speeds up to 1Gbps with Nokia G.fast technology

Nokia has announced that it has deployed its G.fast solution to extend the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network of German regional telecoms operator NetCologne. The Finnish vendor’s technology allows NetCologne to extend... more

Ooredoo expands FTTH to three new locations

Ooredoo Maldives has expanded its ‘SuperNet’ fibre-optic broadband service in Villimale (located in Kaafu Atoll), Dharavandhoo (an inhabited island of Baa Atoll) and Hoarafushi (Haa Alif Atoll). Customers in these... more

World Bank approves USD60m digital connectivity grant for Haiti

The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a USD60 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Haiti Digital Acceleration Project. The financing aims to increase... more

Claro’s Colombian FTTH footprint reaches 110 cities

Claro Colombia has announced that it has extended its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 19 new locations, taking its total footprint to 110 towns and cities. New locations served are: Caqueza,... more

Corporate/Financial

DoJ approves LLA takeover of AT&T assets in PR, USVI

Liberty Latin America (LLA) has entered into a ‘consent judgement’ with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) regarding the previously announced USD1.95 billion acquisition of AT&T’s wireless and wireline operations... more

Ukrtelecom partners Odessa ISP Sohonet; reports 8% internet revenue increase

Ukrainian national fixed line operator Ukrtelecom has formed a network sharing partnership in Odessa with local ISP Sohonet, under which the latter is transferring some of its users from copper... more

Miscellaneous

Telecom Egypt constructing country’s largest data centre

Telecom Egypt has announced that is constructing what it claims will be the country’s largest international data centre. In a press release regarding the matter, the operator noted that with... more