21 Jan 2021

Wireless

Nokia and Mobily pilot 4G and 5G FWA network slicing

Nokia and Mobily have successfully piloted 4G and 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) network slicing on Mobily’s live commercial network, claiming that this is ‘the first sliced FWA deployment in... more

Optus switches on 5G at Perth’s Optus Stadium

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has completed the rollout of 5G within the Optus Stadium in Perth, with the work having been carried out in partnership with Finnish vendor... more

Almost 1m numbers ported in Romania in 2020

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has revealed that 945,186 telephone numbers were ported in 2020, of which 92% (873,519) were mobile numbers and only 71,667... more

Zain Bahrain successfully trials NB-IoT with Ericsson

Zain Bahrain, in collaboration with Ericsson, has announced the successful completion of trials of Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology. The trial that started in early August showcases ‘massive... more

MTS and Vodafone extend strategic partnership

Russia’s leading mobile operator by subscribers Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and UK-based global mobile operator Vodafone Group, have jointly announced the extension of their existing strategic partnership agreement, which will now... more

Broadband

MoC fines HOT over failure to comply with wholesale market provisions

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has fined HOT Telecom ILS6 million (USD1.8 million) for failing to properly comply with the provisions of the country’s wholesale market reform. In a press... more

Ooredoo expands fibre to five new locations

Ooredoo Oman has announced the expansion of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service to an additional five areas. Customers in Nizwa Hay Al Ain, Rustaq (Ph-1) Hey Al Sarah, Musannah Al... more

Cabinet greenlights RoW policy

A new Right of Way (RoW) Policy has been approved by Pakistan’s federal cabinet, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoIT) has confirmed. According to Federal Minister for IT... more

Corporate/Financial

DT, Cellnex combine Netherlands tower businesses, form investment fund

German giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) and multinational towerco Cellnex Telecom have agreed to combine their respective tower infrastructure businesses in the Netherlands and also become anchor investors in a newly... more

UAE telcos increase foreign ownership limit to 49%

United Arab Emirates (UAE) telcos Etisalat and Du have raised the foreign ownership limit on their shares from 20% to 49%. A report from Gulf News cites financial analysts as... more

Israeli Competition Commissioner approves HOT’s investment in IBC

Cellcom has confirmed that the Israeli Competition Commissioner has given its approval to a proposed investment transaction between it, the Israel Infrastructure Fund (IIF) and Hot Telecommunication Systems, in fellow... more

MHNET Telecom acquires C-Connect

Brazilian regional operator MHNET Telecom has reportedly acquired C-Connect, an ISP operational in Criciuma, Icara and Balneario Rincao, in the state of Santa Catarina. The value of the transaction has... more

TDS rebrands acquired Continuum unit

US fixed line operator TDS has announced that it rebranded its North Carolina-based Continuum unit on 19 January. The latter company – which was acquired for USD80 million in January... more

Distributel buys fellow Canadian telco Primus

Canadian telco Distributel Communications has acquired fellow independent operator Primus Telecommunications (Canada), which it announced will create a stronger brand offering residential, business and wholesale telecommunications services nationwide. Financial details... more