1 Mar 2021

Wireless

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

Australia’s MNF Group, which bills itself as one of Asia-Pacific’s fastest growing technology companies, has divested its SIM-only MVNO Pennytel following a strategic review of its business portfolio. MNF has... more

Nokia wins 5G network deal from CNT

Nokia has been selected by Ecuadorian state-owned operator Corporacion de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) to bring the first 5G network to the country. The deal includes the modernisation of existing LTE infrastructure... more

Hormuud Telecom awarded Somalia’s first mobile money licence

The Central Bank of Somalia (CBS) has announced it has awarded the country’s first mobile money licence to Hormuud Telecom (HorTel). The licensing and regulation of mobile money service providers... more

Three UK confirms its 5G network is now available in 193 towns and cities

British mobile network operator (MNO) Three UK has issued a network update, revealing that it now has 1,250 5G sites in operation across 193 towns and cities, up from around... more

BIPT extends 2G and 3G spectrum licences for six months

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has confirmed the 2G and 3G spectrum licences held by Orange Belgium, Proximus and Telenet will be extended for... more

M1 unveils new brand identity and outlines ‘full digital transformation’ plan

Keppel Corp subsidiary M1 Limited (M1) has unveiled a refreshed brand identity, supported by a full digital transformation which it claims ‘marks the rebirth of M1 with a reinvigorated goal... more

Expresso obtains 4G licence

Expresso Senegal, the country’s third largest cellco by subscribers, has obtained a 4G LTE licence from the Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et... more

Cellnex expands Poland tower network with Polkomtel deal

Mobile tower firm Cellnex has agreed a EUR1.6 billion (USD1.9 billion) deal to acquire network assets from Polish mobile operator Polkomtel, which trades under the Plus brand. The transaction will... more

Italian regulator consults on extension of 3.5GHz permits

Italy’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, Agcom) has opened a public consultation into the extension of 3.5GHz licences for wireless broadband services. In November 2019 an... more

Broadband

Telekom and NetCologne extend fibre cooperation

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has announced the expansion of its fibre-optic network cooperation with regional provider NetCologne. The agreement, which began in... more

Corporate/Financial

MTN Group responds to Syrian court’s MTN Syria ruling

Johannesburg-based emerging markets mobile operator MTN Group has issued its response to a Syrian court’s ruling dated 25 February 2021 placing its MTN Syria unit under ‘judicial guardianship’. The move... more

Liberty Latin America 2020 revenues drop 2.6% to USD3.8bn

Liberty Latin America (LLA) has reported revenue of USD3.765 billion for the twelve months ended 31 December 2020, down 2.6% from USD3.867 billion on an annualised basis. LLA reported adjusted... more

Ukrtelecom’s internet revenues climb 7% in 2020

Ukrainian fixed network operator Ukrtelecom saw its total annual revenues fall by 2% to UAH6.214 billion (USD220 million) in 2020, although its EBITDA increased by 4.8% to UAH1.698 billion, with... more