12 Apr 2021

Wireless

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

Finnish smartphone manufacturer HMD Global, a unit of Nokia, has unveiled plans to launch a new, independent MVNO in the UK at the end of April. Branded HMD Mobile, the... more

ANACOM to speed up painfully slow 5G auction

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has reworked the terms of its ongoing 5G auction, as it seeks to speed up the sluggish bidding process. In a... more

Rakuten Mobile marks one-year anniversary with new UN-LIMIT offer; mobile applications top 3.9m

Japan’s new fourth operator Rakuten Mobile has marked the first anniversary of its full-scale commercial launch by introducing a new promotional campaign that offers its UN-LIMIT VI service plan to... more

RCG to deploy new 4G telecoms network on Chatham Islands

The Rural Connectivity Group (RCG), a joint venture between New Zealand mobile network operators (MNOs) Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees, has signed a contract to deploy a new 4G wireless network... more

Wireline

Rostelecom plans payphone shutdown; Tele2 uses Rostelecom 2300MHz spectrum

Russian state-backed telco Rostelecom is planning to decommission the majority of its public payphones by the end of this year in favour of a universal communications service (UCS) programme to... more

Intertelecom shutting CDMA voice in 13 regions in July; offers switch to SIP or Ukrtelecom services

Fading Ukrainian network operator Intertelecom has announced the latest step in its phasing-out of CDMA-based services, confirming on its website that it will cease CDMA voice telephony services in 13... more

Corporate/Financial

PPF Group considering further acquisitions, paper says

In the first major interview since the untimely death of its owner Petr Kellner last month, PPF Group’s new head Ladislav Bartonicek has reportedly said the company is ‘considering further... more

IHS Towers expands LatAm focus with Centennial Towers acquisition

IHS Towers has announced that it has acquired Centennial Towers’ Brazilian and Colombian tower operations. The acquisition includes 602 sites in Brazil and 217 in Colombia; Centennial’s 800 towers in... more

Orange Poland and APG form FiberCo JV

Orange Poland has partnered with Netherlands-based investment fund APG to launch its FiberCo joint venture which aims to deploy fibre networks past 1.7 million homes over the next five years.... more