8 Feb 2021

Wireless

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

Attorneys general representing 16 states and the District of Columbia have sent a letter to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to request additional information from Verizon... more

State Council upholds French equipment law

France's State Council (Conseil d'Etat) has rejected a legal case brought by Bouygues Telecom and Altice France (SFR) against Law No. 2019-810 of 1 August 2019 – introduced by the... more

Nkom consults on proposals for upcoming 5G spectrum auction

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has confirmed plans for an auction of 5G-suitable spectrum this September, and is now consulting on the proposed rules for the sale process.... more

DIGI’s 5G auction appeal thrown out by apex court

The Curia (Supreme Court) of Hungary has rejected an appeal by fixed and mobile network operator DIGI, deciding that it was legal for the National Media & Infocommunications Authority (Nemzeti... more

Regulator threatens to withdraw Expresso’s licence

Senegal’s Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) has formally notified Expresso Telecom that it will withdraw the telco’s operating licence... more

T-Mobile’s 2G, 3G shutdown dates leaked

Prospective shutdown dates for T-Mobile’s 2G and 3G networks in the US have been published by unofficial company blog, The T-Mo Report, which cites correspondence sent to the cellco’s business... more

CTM will complete 5G indoor coverage by mid-2021, but still awaits licensing

Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau (CTM) says it expects to have achieved full indoor 5G coverage by June this year, with most buildings covered by end-March. Negotiations are continuing with... more

Broadband

MTN Uganda launches home fibre access

MTN Uganda has launched its first fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services for home users, adding to its existing range of business fibre services. Fibre access is available in selected areas of Kampala... more

Corporate/Financial

MIRA makes non-binding AUD3.4bn bid for Vocus Group

Australia’s Vocus Group has confirmed its receipt of a confidential non-binding, indicative proposal from investment firm Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). In a stock exchange statement, Vocus Group said... more

Kcell’s revenues climb 11.5% in full-year 2020

Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell today announced its results for 2020, including an 11.5% rise in full-year revenue to KZT174.684 billion (USD414 million), with service revenue climbing by 1.8% to KZT140.049... more

Telus International IPO generates over USD1bn gross proceeds

Canada’s Telus Corporation (Telus) announced the closing of the initial public offering (IPO) of its Telus International subsidiary, generating aggregate gross proceeds of CAD1.36 billion (USD1.06 billion) for the Telus... more

Government planning to sell further stake in Gabon Telecom

Gabon’s parliament has passed the country’s 2021 Finance Law authorising the state to further reduce its holdings in several companies including Gabon Telecom (Moov Africa) during the financial year, reports... more

Vero Internet to acquire Empire Telecom

Brazilian regional ISP Vero Internet, which operates in Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Parana, has agreed to acquire Empire Telecom, which has served residential and business... more