22 Feb 2021

Wireless

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

Victoria-based ISP Aussie Broadband will move its MVNO from Telstra to the Optus network, as per an agreement signed in December 2020. The deal will give Aussie Broadband access to... more

Du deploys 5G RAN with Ericsson

United Arab Emirates (UAE) fixed and mobile operator Du has selected Ericsson to roll out its 5G radio access network (RAN) infrastructure as part of a major network expansion and... more

Globe Telecom 5G network now live in 1,069 locations nationwide

Filipino operator Globe Telecom continues its aggressive 5G rollout programme, with the news that by the end of last month its in-deployment network was now live in 1,069 areas across... more

ZICTA awards fourth licence to Beeline Telecoms

Sector watchdog the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has awarded the nation’s fourth mobile operator licence to Beeline Telecoms, reportedly a wholly Zambian-owned company, Zambia Reports writes. The... more

C Spire ramps up 5G rollout on Mississippi Gulf Coast

US regional operator C Spire has deployed 5G technology at 54 new sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since December 2020. The new cell sites – situated in Harrison and... more

Remaining Spanish 3.5GHz licences going on sale today

Spain’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation (Ministerio de Asuntos Economicos y Transformacion Digital, MINECO) has announced that two remaining 3.5GHz licences will go on sale today, with Telefonica... more

URSEC seeks MNP administrator

Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC) has invited interested parties to participate in a procedure for the selection of a database administrator which will be responsible for implementing and... more

Broadband

Vodafone NZ launches 5G BFWA services

Vodafone New Zealand has announced the launch of 5G fixed-wireless access broadband services in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Customers in the coverage areas can now enjoy 5G... more

Telesat Lightspeed receiving CAD400m investment from Quebec government

Canadian satellite operator Telesat has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Quebec for an investment of CAD400 million (USD317 million) – consisting of CAD200 million... more

SLT-Mobitel teams up with Cisco to launch SD-WAN services to enterprise users

Sri Lankan telco SLT-Mobitel has announced that, working in partnership with Cisco Systems and MillenniumIT ESP, it has launched a new managed SD-WAN service ‘to accelerate digitisation of enterprise and... more

Corporate/Financial

Mobily reports a surge in profit to SAR783m in 2020

Saudi Arabian mobile network operator (MNO) Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has published its financial results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2020, reporting a 4.4% year-on-year increase in revenues to... more

Batelco reports 10% rise in FY 2020 net profit

Bahraini telecoms group Batelco has announced its financial results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2020, reporting a 10% year-on-year rise in net profit to BHD56.7 million (USD149.5 million),... more

Turkcell’s revenues climb 15.8% in 2020

Turkcell reported that its consolidated group revenues increased by 15.8% in full-year 2020 to TRY29.104 billion (USD4.172 billion) including Turkish revenue which climbed 17.1% to TRY25.160 billion supported by strong... more

Miscellaneous

Govt of Saint Kitts and Nevis adopts Electronic Communication Bill 2021

The Federal Parliament of Saint Kitts and Nevis formally adopted the Electronic Communications Bill, 2021 – a bill to provide for regulating an electronic communications network and an electronic communications... more