14 Dec 2020

Wireless

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

Belgian telco Proximus has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with DPG Media to acquire Mobile Vikings, which also includes the JIM Mobile brand. The transaction is valued... more

ACMA opens applications for ‘high band’ 5G spectrum auction

Applications to take part in the auction of ‘high band’ 5G spectrum being conducted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) are now being accepted, in what the regulator... more

Three telcos pre-selected for 2300MHz spectrum, but XL and Indosat crash out

The government of Indonesia has launched its selection process for companies wishing to secure 30MHz of 2300MHz (2360MHz-2390MHz) spectrum for mobile services, with three companies – Telkomsel, Smart Telecom (Smartfren)... more

PLDT plans record USD1.92bn CAPEX for 2021

PLDT Inc. and wireless arm Smart Communications plan to allocate a record PHP88 billion to PHP92 billion (USD1.83 billion to USD1.92 billion) in fiscal 2021 to meet surging demand for... more

T-Mobile CR and AGC Glass test transparent glass antennas

Prague-based T-Mobile Czech Republic and AGC Glass Europe have successfully completed initial tests of a new type of antenna for what are being termed ‘WAVEATTOCH’ mobile networks -- which are... more

O2 Czech Republic deploying 5G in Pilsen and Bilina under ‘Smart Cities’ programme

As part of its ‘Smart Cities’ initiative to roll out next generation mobile technology in five major cities, Czech operator O2 has announced that it is introducing 5G ‘smart technologies’... more

MTN to join discussions over SIM registration suspension

MTN Nigeria has said it will join other industry stakeholders to discuss the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) directive to mobile network operators (MNOs) to suspend the sale, registration and activation... more

5G uptake surpasses expectations in Taiwan

Initial demand for 5G connectivity has proved strong in Taiwan, with the nation’s cellcos said to have already signed up a combined total of more than one million subscribers to... more

Broadband

Fastweb and Linkem launch 5G FWA network

Italian telcos Fastweb and Linkem have cooperated to launch 5G fixed-wireless access (FWA) networks in three towns in southern Italy. The pair plan to have coverage in 50 markets by... more

Govt greenlights framework for licence-free Wi-Fi

India’s Cabinet has approved the Department of Telecommunications’ (DOT’s) proposed regulatory structure for the provision of broadband services through public Wi-Fi networks. The programme, dubbed the Prime Minister’s Wi-Fi Access... more

Corporate/Financial

CMA refers proposed O2 UK-Virgin Media merger for in-depth investigation

A proposed merger between British mobile network operator (MNO) O2 UK and multi-play provider Virgin Media has been referred for an in-depth ‘Phase 2’ investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority... more

CVC Capital Partners to acquire Myanmar tower operator

Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners has agreed to purchase Myanmar tower infrastructure provider Irrawaddy Green Towers (IGT) in a deal worth around USD700 million, Reuters reports, citing sources familiar... more