15 Mar 2021

Wireless

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

US satellite TV giant DISH Network has announced the takeover of Republic Wireless, an MVNO that uses the T-Mobile US network. Upon closing, DISH says it will assume approximately 200,000... more

MTN Nigeria acquires 800MHz spectrum from Intercellular

MTN Nigeria has announced it has acquired 10MHz of spectrum in the 800MHz band from Intercellular Nigeria (InterC Network). The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved the transaction and has... more

BTRC auctions additional 1800MHz, 2100MHz spectrum

The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BRTC) has successfully completed an auction of additional spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands for BDT76.16 billion (USD883 million), local news source New Age... more

Orange expands NAAS contract with NuRAN

NuRAN Wireless has announced that further to its previously disclosed Network as a Service (NAAS) contract with Orange Cameroon announced in October 2020, Orange has exercised its option to add... more

Telenet selects Ericsson, Nokia as 5G network suppliers

Belgian full-service telecom operator Telenet has selected Ericsson, Nokia and Google Cloud as partners for the rollout of its 5G network. The announcement follows a thorough selection procedure which began... more

AT&T to commence C-band 5G rollout by year-end

As part of its Analyst & Investor Day, AT&T has shared details of its future 5G deployment plans. In an accompanying press release, the telco explains: ‘During the recent C-band... more

Govt denies BSNL request to use 4G equipment from international vendors

India’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has reportedly rejected a request from state-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for permission to utilise core network equipment from foreign vendors such as... more

Union requests corporate rescue for Zimbabwe’s Telecel

A communications workers’ union in Zimbabwe is pushing for struggling state-backed mobile operator Telecel to enter a corporate rescue process or receivership. Corporate rescue would implement a temporary supervision order... more

MTS joins rivals in roaming on foreign 5G networks

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has introduced international mobile data roaming on 5G networks in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) via agreements with... more

Broadband

Bezeq confirms commercial FTTP launch

Israel’s Bezeq has announced the commercial launch of its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, calling it ‘Israel’s largest infrastructure project, which is being carried out along the length and breadth of the... more

CityFibre identifies 216 more locations to be covered by its FTTP infrastructure

British pure fibre provider CityFibre has identified 216 additional towns and villages that will benefit from its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network rollout, completing the list of locations that will be covered... more

Corporate/Financial

Unicom annual profit grows 10% following mobile turnaround

Full-service provider China Unicom has reported a 4.6% increase in operating revenue for the year to end-December 2020, including a 4.3% year-on-year increase in service revenue to CNY275.8 billion (USD42.4... more

Verizon to acquire Triangle Mobile assets

Montana-based Triangle Mobile has entered into an agreement that will allow Verizon Wireless to purchase the networks constructed as part of the decade-old ‘LTE in Rural America Programme’. The transaction... more

Miscellaneous

Commerce Commission consults on future of regulated telecom services

New Zealand’s competition regulator, the Commerce Commission, is seeking feedback on its draft decisions to retain regulation for three telecom services: number portability, fixed PSTN interconnection, and mobile co-location. ‘We... more