26 Apr 2021

Wireless

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

Virgin Mobile Kuwait has secured funding from Wafra Investment International and Impulse International as it prepares to launch commercial MVNO services in 4Q21. Ghazi Al Hajeri, CEO of Wafra, stated:... more

Hormuud rolls out mobile money app WAAFI

Somalia’s Hormuud Telecom (HorTel) has announced the rollout of the WAAFI mobile money app for its customers across the country. The new app features a range of digital services on... more

France opens consultation on cost of 5G spectrum in Reunion, Mayotte

Cedric O, France’s Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, Sebastien Lecornu, Minister of Overseas Territories, and Olivier Dussopt, Minister of Public Action and Accounts, have published a... more

stc Bahrain to launch camouflaged small cell solution

stc Bahrain has announced the launch of a ‘first-of-a-kind Camouflaged Small Cell Site’ solution that will provide improved 4G and 5G network coverage across several areas of the country. The... more

Broadband

Austria allocates EUR1.4bn for high speed broadband expansion

The Austrian government has announced that it is allocating EUR1.4 billion (EUR1.7 billion) by 2026 to accelerate the expansion of high speed broadband services across the country. The new funds... more

Watchdog clears way for Telenor to enter fixed broadband market

Serbia’s Commission for the Protection of Competition (Komisiji za zastitu konkurencije, KZK) has approved an infrastructure sharing agreement between Telekom Srbija (MTS) and Telenor Serbia, paving the way for the... more

Bell deploys 400Gbps wavelength service with Ciena

Bell Canada has deployed a commercial 400Gbps wavelength service using Ciena's WaveLogic 5 Extreme technology to deliver significantly increased connectivity speeds and capacity required by large cloud and data centre... more

Wireline

Ofcom consults on future of UK telephone numbers

With British telecoms regulator Ofcom saying that the way phone numbers in the UK are used is changing – citing the increased use of mobile and online communication, and a... more

Corporate/Financial

NTT, Fujitsu enter strategic alliance to look ‘Beyond 5G’ and drive digital society

Japan’s NTT Corp and Fujitsu today (26 April) announced the signing of a strategic alliance designed to work towards the ‘Realisation of a Sustainable Digital Society’, reportedly ‘leveraging their respective... more

Sales down 2.4% for Telekom Slovenije in 2020

Slovenian fixed and mobile operator Telekom Slovenije reported operating revenues of EUR654.9 million (USD780 million) in full-year 2020, down from EUR670.8 million the previous year. EBITDA dropped 2% to EUR209.9... more

Singtel Group launches USD565m loan under new Olives initiative

Singtel Group has launched a sustainability linked loan worth SGD750 million (USD565.4 million) – the largest SG-dollar denominated sustainability-linked loan in the country to date – marking its first tentative... more

Miscellaneous

Togo: ARCEP launches tender notice for BSS platform operator

Togo’s Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) has launched an international tender seeking offerings from companies which meet its qualifying pre-conditions to supply its new business support systems... more