4 Jan 2021

Wireless

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

The French Competition Authority (Autorite de la Concurrence) has confirmed that it has approved the previously announced takeover of Euro-Information Telecom (EI Telecom) by Bouygues Telecom, albeit with conditions. In... more

Iran seeking 5G launch by March

Iran’s largest cellular operator, state-backed Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI), is expecting to launch 5G services by the end of the current financial year (20 March 2021). A report... more

ICASA receives six applications for spectrum; Telkom challenges licensing process

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that six companies – Cell C, Rain Networks, Vodacom, Telkom, Liquid Telecom and MTN – have applied to participate in... more

Magenta reaches 1,200 locations with 5G

Full-service provider Magenta Telekom, which was formed in 2019 from the merger of wireless operator T-Mobile Austria and cableco UPC Austria, says its fifth-generation network is now active at over... more

Indotel unveils 5G tender specifications

The Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Indotel) presented the tender specifications for its planned 5G auction at an online event held on 28 December. The regulatory authority... more

Parliamentary committee recommends revision of telecom law

Following the conclusion of its investigation into Burkina Faso’s mobile telephony market begun in March last year, a parliamentary committee has recommended a series of regulatory changes intended to improve... more

Jio petitions court over network attacks, blames rivals

Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), India’s largest mobile provider by subscribers, has petitioned courts in Punjab and Haryana seeking urgent intervention from the government to halt the destruction of its infrastructure,... more

Broadband

Telekom outlines 2020 fixed, mobile network rollout achievements

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile business of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has revealed that it upgraded fixed broadband speeds for an additional four million households in 2020. The firm... more

Nepal Telecom launches IPTV service

State-owned telecoms provider Nepal Telecom (NT) launched its long-awaited IPTV service, dubbed ‘NT TV’, over its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network on 1 January 2021. Due to network constraints, the triple-play service... more

Corporate/Financial

NYSE to delist Chinese telcos

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has said that it will delist China’s three largest telcos – China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom – following a US government order... more

Ooredoo and CK Hutchison in talks to merge Indonesian units

Reuters reports that Qatari telecoms company Ooredoo and Hong Kong conglomerate CK Hutchison have entered into talks to merge their Indonesian units – Indosat Ooredoo and Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri)... more

Singtel unveils new group structure as it looks to capitalise on digital growth

Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) has reorganised its group structure as it moves to position itself to capture new digital growth. In a press release dated 31 December, the carrier confirmed the... more

Maroc Telecom rebrands African subsidiaries as Moov Africa

Maroc Telecom is rebranding its eleven subsidiaries in Africa as Moov Africa, effective 1 January 2021. The company, which has more than 70 million customers on the continent, has revealed... more

SLT, Mobitel to offer unified branding in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) and its mobile arm Mobitel have announced that they are joining forces to offer a unified brand in the country, SLT-Mobitel, saying the move is aimed... more

Bite completes the acquisition of MEZON

Lithuanian mobile operator Bite has completed its acquisition of MEZON, the retail broadband and IPTV business of state-owned Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre (LRTC, also known as Telecentras). In July... more

Polsat makes move for rest of Netia

Polish telco and pay-TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat has announced a tender offer for the 34.02% of fixed line operator Netia that it does not already own. The offer for 114.2... more

Miscellaneous

ZTE completes Mauritanian backbone, while MT introduces Moov brand

Chinese vendor ZTE has completed the rollout of a 1,760km fibre backbone network in Mauritania. Deployed under a project funded by the World Bank, the new infrastructure includes urban loops... more