29 Mar 2021

Wireless

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

Guadalajara-based direct-to-consumer specialist Betterware de Mexico has acquired 60% of domestic MVNO GuruComm for MXN45 million (USD2.2 million). Going forward, GuruComm will operate within Betterware, as Betterware Connect, but will... more

Namibia introduces mandatory SIM registration

Namibia approved new regulations on 15 March that will require all mobile phone subscribers to register their SIM cards before being able to access network services, reports The Namibian. Minister... more

ICASA extends temporary spectrum allocations to May 2021

South Africa’s telecoms regulator Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has extended the temporary allocation of emergency spectrum under South Africa’s disaster management regulations by two months (from 1... more

Taiwanese operators face requirement to disclose important service info online from 2022

Taiwan’s five dominant telecom services providers – Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone (FET), Asia Pacific Telecom and Taiwan Star – will be required to disclose important service information on... more

Broadband

Sonatel awarded management contract for Benin’s SBIN

The government of Benin has decided to award a contract to Senegal-based Sonatel to manage the state-owned Beninese Digital Infrastructure Company (Societe Beninoise d’Infrastructures Numeriques, SBIN) with the intention to... more

10Gbps services arrive in Italy

Italian wholesale network operator Open Fiber has launched the country’s first commercial 10Gbps symmetrical broadband service using XGS-PON technology. The offer is available to retail partners across its entire national... more

Supreme Court sides with Vodacom over access to Telkom’s ducts

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has dismissed an application from Telkom seeking to appeal a High Court judgment that allowed rival Vodacom access to Telkom’s cable ducts, TechCentral... more

MIIT sets out dual gigabit network action plan

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued its ‘Dual Gigabit Network Coordinated Development Action Plan (2021-2023)’, setting out targets and planned works for the extension of the... more

Paratus Zambia launches to infinity with new business plans

Paratus Zambia, a subsidiary of pan-African network operator the Paratus Group, has announced the launch of a new range of business packages under the brand name Infinity. The Lusaka-based telco... more

CNT installs Wi-Fi access points in Antonio Ante canton

Ecuador’s Ministry of Telecommunications & Information Society (Mintel) has announced that more than 54,000 citizens in the Antonio Ante canton in the northern province of Imbabura can now connect to... more

Corporate/Financial

Grupo MASMOVIL offers EUR2.1bn for Euskaltel

Spanish alternative operator Grupo MASMOVIL has offered EUR2.1 billion (USD2.5 billion) for regional player Euskaltel, in what Bloomberg describes as ‘a friendly deal’. As per the report, MASMOVIL is offering... more

A1 completes acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent Voice Business from NTT

A1 Telekom Austria has completed the acquisition of NTT’s Austrian traditional fixed telephony operation Alcatel-Lucent Voice Business. The transaction, which was announced in November 2020, received the necessary antitrust approvals... more