8 Apr 2021

Wireless

24 applicants for Canada's 3500MHz auction; Shaw/Freedom not bidding

Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED) has published the list of applicants for the auction of 3500MHz band 5G wireless spectrum set for June 2021, following the 6 April... more

Airtel upgrades network sites in preparation for 5G rollout

Airtel Kenya has upgraded around 600 mobile sites with 5G technology as it aims to launch commercial services in the next couple of years. Business Daily cites the company’s Managing... more

Airtel Lanka deploying towers in Ratnapura as part of ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative

Mobile network operator (MNO) Bharti Airtel Lanka is to deploy 37 new cell sites in Ratnapura, the provincial capital of Sabaragamuwa Province in south-central Sri Lanka, as part of a... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

India’s Bharti Airtel has launched a new 5G-ready IoT platform, claiming capabilities to connect and manage billions of devices and applications as the company looks to build its enterprise business... more

Botswana drops MNP plans

Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Thulaganyo Segokgo, has announced that plans to implement mobile number portability (MNP) have been abandoned after more than six years of preparation. A report... more

Lucky 13 for Moov Mauritel 4G

Mauritanian cellco Moov Mauritel has launched 4G services in its 13th city, Tidjikja. The operator introduced LTE-based services at the end of last year and now covers parts of Nouakchott,... more

Broadband

T-Mobile ‘Home Internet’ 5G service goes live

T-Mobile US has announced that its planned 5G Home Internet service has now gone live. A press release from the operator asserts: ‘T-Mobile Home Internet launches today with more than... more

Hughes boosts Puerto Rico satellite coverage

Hughes Network Systems has secured additional capacity over Puerto Rico for its HughesNet satellite internet service. Hughes says that the capacity increase – on the existing Hughes 63 West satellite... more

Corporate/Financial

Axiata and Telenor in ‘advanced discussions’ on merger of their respective Malaysian units

Malaysia-based Axiata Group and Norway’s Telenor Group have announced that they are in ‘advanced discussions’ on the merger of their respective Malaysian units, Celcom Axiata and Digi Telecommunications. In a... more

Stonepeak, EQT weighing USD15bn KPN bid, sources say

New York-based Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and Sweden’s EQT are working on a joint bid for KPN which could value the Dutch telco at more than USD15 billion, according to anonymous... more

HKBN secures HKD5bn for refinancing

Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) has agreed a HKD5 billion (USD643 million) five-year loan for refinancing. Global Capital Asia reports that the five mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners are Bank... more