11 Feb 2021

Wireless

Omantel launches 5G mobile services in the Sultanate

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent telecoms operator, has announced the commercial launch of 5G mobile services. The state-owned firm claims the new network offers ‘higher speeds and reduced... more

TIM Brasil initiates 2G shutdown pilot as part of ‘single grid’ plans

TIM Brasil has disclosed plans to trial a partial shutdown of its 2G GSM network. According to TeleTime, which quotes CTO Leonardo Capdeville, the deactivation process will focus on 15... more

XL Axiata trials Open RAN technology

Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata has kicked off trials of Open RAN (Radio Access Network) technology in Ambon, the provincial capital of Maluku province, in support of the... more

Dominican Republic welcomes registrations for 5G auction

Plans to award 5G licences in the Dominican Republic continue to edge forwards, with the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Indotel) inviting interested parties to register for... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Sweden-based Telia Company has declared that its new Telia Global IoT Connectivity solution can save companies ‘an average of 28% of the cost of global IoT communications’. The solution enables... more

Orange inks expansion deal with NuRAN

French-owned wireless provider Orange DRC has signed a ten-year Network as a Service (NaaS) contract with Canadian vendor NuRAN to extend the cellco’s coverage of rural areas of the Democratic... more

Dutch operators express concerns over 3.5GHz auction

Mobile operators in the Netherlands have sent a letter to Parliament criticising the government’s plan for auctioning 5G 3.5GHz mobile licences in Q1 2022, Dutch press reported. Telecompaper wrote that... more

Broadband

Broadband ISP Canalbox claims 100% of Lome now covered

Three years after its arrival in Togo, Canalbox, the ISP set up and backed by Vivendi Africa Group (GVA), says its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) coverage now extends to 100% of the... more

Italian broadband voucher scheme helps 70,000 families

The Italian government’s Ministry of Economic Development (Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico, MiSE) has awarded 70,000 vouchers to encourage the take-up of broadband services. The Ministry’s Infratel unit launched the EUR200... more

Corporate/Financial

Blink and you’ll miss it: another regional ISP merger takes place in Brazil

The ongoing trend for regional ISP mergers in Brazil shows no signs of slowing down, with four Minas Gerais-based operators the latest to unite. Blink Telecom, Prolink, Telecom Dados and... more

PTCL books 38% improvement in annual profit; completes 5G trial

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) – which is majority owned by the state but minority stakeholder Etisalat of the UAE has management control – has booked consolidated revenues of PKR129.4... more

Telstra reports 10% drop in H1 turnover on lower equipment sales and roaming revenues

Australia’s Telstra has published its financial results for the six-month period ending 31 December 2020, reporting declines in revenue, EBITDA and net profit, despite which the company claimed its performance... more

A1 Telekom reports stable revenues in 2020

A1 Telekom Austria Group has reported total revenues of EUR4.55 billion (USD5.5 billion) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2020, a slight decrease of 0.3% from EUR4.56 billion in... more

Telenet reports broadly stable revenues in 2020

Belgian full-service telecom operator Telenet has reported total revenues of EUR2.575 billion (USD3.343 billion) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2020, broadly unchanged on a reported basis from EUR2.584... more