19 Apr 2021

Wireless

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

T-Mobile US has hit back at DISH Network as the two companies continue their war of words regarding the planned shutdown of the former Sprint CDMA networks which power DISH’s... more

Slovenia’s 5G auction raises EUR164m

The Slovenian government’s auction of 5G spectrum has raised a total of EUR164.2 million (USD195.7 million). The sale included frequencies in the 700MHz, 1500MHz, 2100MHz, 2.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands,... more

Swisscom completes 2G shutdown

Swiss state-owned telco Swisscom has completed the deactivation of its 2G network, having started the shutdown in January this year. In a statement from the operator, Swisscom noted that the... more

Nigeria lifts suspension on the sale and activation of new SIMs

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has announced that the government has lifted the restriction on the activation and registration of new SIM cards. New customer registrations must... more

81 projects to be funded under Australia’s ‘Regional Connectivity Program’

Regional communities will benefit from improved connectivity, Australia’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) has claimed, following the announcement that 81 telecommunications infrastructure projects will share in... more

Rakuten Mobile secures 1.7GHz rollout approval

Rakuten Inc. wireless division Rakuten Mobile has announced that it has received approval from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) for its ‘special radio station deployment plan’ submitted... more

Nokia to deploy indoor 5G small cells solutions for LG Uplus

Nokia has announced an agreement with South Korea’s LG Uplus to expand the latter’s 5G coverage by installing new equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio across the country, enabling seamless... more

Africell expands Gambian network despite pandemic

Group Communications Director for Africell, Sam Williams, claimed that Africell Gambia has recently implemented ‘its biggest network footprint expansion in 15 years’ despite the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic as... more

Broadband

Globe sets ambitious target to deploy 1m new FTTH lines in 2021

In a statement last Friday (16 April), Globe Telecom announced plans to construct a million new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) lines this year, as part of its PHP70 billion (USD1.45 billion) capital... more

UPC Poland expands gigabit access to twelve new markets

UPC Poland has expanded its gigabit broadband services to a further twelve cities, adding 390,000 households to its footprint. 1Gbps access is now available to 2.97 million premises in 94... more

Wireline

CVT signs 20-year public telecoms service concession

Cape Verde’s government has renewed the public telecommunications service concession of incumbent operator Cabo Verde Telecom (CVT) for 20 years under Decree 36/2021 (14 April 2021), in return for an... more

Corporate/Financial

Government to acquire 100% stake in AirtelTigo

The government of Ghana and the parent companies of AirtelTigo – Bharti Airtel Ghana and Millicom International Cellular Africa – have concluded negotiations and executed a definitive agreement to transfer... more

1&1 Drillisch set to be renamed to 1&1

1&1 Drillisch, which was created in 2017 through the merger of 1&1 Telecommunication and Drillisch, has announced that it plans to operate under the name 1&1 in the near future.... more

MTS completes second-stage purchase of Green Dot regional fixed operators

Russian mobile and fixed network heavyweight Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has announced the completion of a second-stage acquisition of assets of the Green Dot group of regional fixed broadband, telephony and... more