16 Nov 2020

Wireless

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

Kong Seng Paging, Macau’s first – and to date only – MVNO licensee, has requested that its licence be revoked. The Post and Telecommunications Bureau (Correios e Telecomunicacoes de Macau,... more

Five firms, including incumbents, win frequencies in Czech 5G auction

In a press release dated 13 November, the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) said it has successfully completed the auction phase of bidding on particular auction blocks offered in the frequency... more

Baghdad court revokes licence renewal

A Baghdad court has revoked a government decision to renew the licences of three of the nation’s cellcos for eight years following a legal challenge from politician Mohammed Shia Al... more

Uruguay prepares spectrum and connectivity policy

The head of Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC), Mercedes Aramendia, has said the country is preparing a spectrum and connectivity policy which will have a focus on 5G,... more

Government and Huawei officially launch rural telephony project

Ghana’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) through the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), in partnership with the Export-Import Bank of China and Huawei Technologies Ghana officially launched the Rural... more

Broadband

A1 invests EUR310m in expanding fibre, 5G coverage

So far this year, A1 Telekom Austria has extended its fibre-optic network by over 5,000km, increasing the total length of the infrastructure to more than 60,000km. The fibre network has... more

Corporate/Financial

Vodafone Group six-month revenue, EBITDA down 2.3%, 1.9%

Vodafone Group has reported what it called a resilient financial performance in line with expectations for the first half of its financial year (FY21) ended 30 September 2020. Six-month consolidated... more

Italian government conditionally approves KKR role in FiberCop

The Italian government has reportedly agreed to the acquisition of a minority stake in Telecom Italia’s (TIM’s) last-mile networks unit FiberCop by US investment firm KKR. The deal between TIM... more

Jazz files challenge against PKR25bn tax demand

Pakistani cellco Jazz has filed a case with the Islamabad High Court to challenge the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR’s) claims that the operator owes some PKR25 billion (USD158 million)... more

Grupo MASMOVIL to complete delisting process today

Grupo MASMOVIL is poised to complete its planned delisting from the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges today (16 November), El Economista reports, citing an announcement from the National... more

Rostelecom buys Lukoil’s telco division

Russian communications giant Rostelecom has signed a final agreement to acquire 50.1% of Lukoil-Inform, the telecommunications business of major oil and gas firm Lukoil. Call/put options enable Rostelecom to increase... more

GO goes as United Group increases stake in Forthnet

Amsterdam-based United Group has reached an agreement to increase its stake in Greek telco Forthnet by acquiring shares from Maltese firm GO. A report from Liberal says that United Group... more

Miscellaneous

Orange Group wins EUR2.2bn tax dispute

French telecoms group Orange has won a tax dispute claim in the French State Council (Conseil d'Etat), which will allow it to reclaim more than EUR2.2 billion (USD2.6 billion) paid... more