8 Mar 2021

Wireless

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

Lebara Group has selected Florida-based Cirrus Core Networks (CCN) to deliver a virtualised MVNO core solution for its European operations as it seeks to transition to a Full MVNO. The... more

MTS claims first 'large-scale' pilot 5G user network in Russia

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has announced the launch of Russia’s first large-scale 5G pilot user network, utilising the 4.9GHz frequency band, in 14 popular locations in Moscow, where MTS subscribers using... more

Zain launches 4G in South Sudan

The South Sudanese unit of Zain Group has launched a commercial 4G network in the capital Juba. ‘In collaboration with the National Communication Authority (NCA), Zain South Sudan has launched... more

MobiCom begins 5G equipment trial in Mongolia

Mongolian cellular operator MobiCom, which is a subsidiary of KDDI of Japan, has launched a 5G interoperability trial in partnership with its parent company and Telecom Infra Project (TIP). The... more

DoT mulls legislative overhaul before 5G launch

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly proposed replacing the nation’s telecom legislation with new rules that are more in line with current developments in the sector, Mint writes, citing... more

Globe VoLTE now blankets Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite and Bulacan

Globe Telecom has announced that its VoLTE service is now available to its post-paid users in all cities/town in Metro Manila as well as in three neighbouring provinces – Rizal,... more

Commercial SMS disrupted following implementation of TRAI rules

The implementation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI’s) regulations on unsolicited commercial communications has caused disruptions to critical SMS services from banks, e-commerce companies and the government’s Aadhar... more

Broadband

Paratus Namibia signs infrastructure sharing agreement with AfricaOnline

Paratus Namibia has announced the signing of a fibre open access agreement with ISP AfricaOnline, noting it is the first of many infrastructure sharing deals with licensed operators designed to... more

Corporate/Financial

Verizon closes Bluegrass Cellular takeover

Verizon Communications officially closed the deal to acquire certain assets of Bluegrass Cellular – a rural wireless operator serving central Kentucky – on Friday 5 March. The takeover agreement was... more

HIG Capital analysing ten possible fibre takeovers in Sao Paulo

HIG Latin America, the regional offshoot of Miami-based HIG Capital, is said to be evaluating the acquisition of up to ten fibre-optic ISPs in Sao Paulo, Valor Economico reports. The... more

Oman sets annual royalty fees for telecoms operators

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has established the annual royalty rate that telecoms licensees are obligated to pay to the government of Oman. ‘Ministerial Decision No. 19/2021 Determining the Percentages... more

Miscellaneous

Bermuda’s RA takes aim at telcos over non-payment of fees

Bermuda’s Regulatory Authority (RA) is looking to open enforcement proceedings against East End Group (EEG) companies Telecommunications Networks Ltd (trading as East End Telecom) and its subsidiary TeleBermuda International (TBi)... more

Uganda regulator pushing for more network sharing

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is preparing a legal framework for the deployment and sharing of telecoms infrastructure. The regulator wants local operators to pool their efforts in order to... more

Tuvalu boosts satellite capacity

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC) is expanding its national and international telecoms capacity under a contract with satellite services provider ABS. Satellite technology is utilised in Tuvalu not only for international... more