29 Apr 2021

Wireless

Axian plans USD500m investment in Tanzania, seeks further expansion opportunities

Madagascar-based Axian Group plans to invest USD500 million in Tanzania following its acquisition of Millicom International Cellular’s operations in the East African country, reports Bloomberg. Earlier this month Millicom agreed... more

PLDT-Smart: 5G network now live at more than 2,600 sites

PLDT Inc. wireless division Smart Communications has announced that its in-deployment 5G network rollout now reaches more than 2,600 sites across the Philippines, up from 2,000 in late-March. In a... more

Tele2 completes 5G test on 700MHz band

Latvian cellco Tele2 has begun what it claims is the first 5G research on the 700MHz band in Latvia, in anticipation of the expected release of the spectrum band to... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Ukraine’s Kyivstar has signed an agreement with the Sectoral Centre for Digitalisation and Cybersecurity to develop digital solutions for infrastructure projects in Ukrainian cities, focused on five main areas: IoT... more

4ka confirms 5G trial in Bratislava

Slovakian cellco SWAN Mobile (trading as 4ka) has expanded its trial of 5G services to the capital Bratislava. A report from Zive.sk says the firm has switched on 83 cell... more

Broadband

Oi launches FTTH in Sao Paulo

Oi has launched fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in Sao Paulo – Brazil’s largest city in population terms – for the first time. The Brazilian telco expects its fibre networks to pass... more

Salt teams up with Swisscom on FTTH

Swiss full-service provider Salt has announced that it has entered into a long-term partnership with its state-owned rival Swisscom, under which the duo will collaborate on the expansion of fibre-to-the-home... more

eir confirms its FTTP network is now available in 79 towns

Irish communications provider eir has announced a further expansion of its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, revealing that the infrastructure is now available to homes and businesses in 79 towns across the... more

Telefonica selects Nokia for Spanish IP network upgrade

Nokia has been chosen by Telefonica Espana (Movistar) to upgrade its IP network. Telefonica will deploy the Nokia 7250 IXR products, including the 7250 IXR-e cell site router for access... more

Corporate/Financial

M1 and Keppel enter non-binding agreement to create SPV for telco’s assets

Singaporean fixed and mobile operator M1 and its shareholder Keppel Corp – acting through Keppel DC REIT Management – have announced the signing of a non-binding term sheet to create... more

Q1 profit up 8% for Etisalat

Etisalat Group has reported a 7.9% annual rise in its first quarter net profit to AED2.35 billion (USD640 million). Revenues rose 0.8% to AED13.22 billion, while EBITDA was up 0.7%... more

VEON Q1 sales drop 5.1%, although rise 4.3% in local currencies

VEON reported that its group consolidated revenues declined 5.1% year-on-year in Q1 2021 to USD1.989 billion due to currency headwinds, while it noted a 4.3% y-o-y improvement in local currency... more

Ooredoo Q1 EBITDA improves 6% despite 1% revenue decline

Qatari telecoms group Ooredoo reported a year-on-year revenue decline of 1% to QAR7.197 billion (USD1.959 billion) in Q1 2021 largely due to a negative FX impact, while excluding currency effects... more

Batelco posts 6% rise in Q1 net profit

Bahraini telecoms group Batelco has announced its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2021, reporting net profit of BHD19.7 million (USD51.96 million), a 6% increase from BHD18.5... more

Telenet reports fall in revenue and profit in Q1

Belgian full-service telecoms provider Telenet has reported total revenue of EUR645.9 million (USD780.8 million) for the first quarter of 2021, a 1% decline on both a reported and rebased basis... more