30 Apr 2021

Wireless

TIM considers dropping Huawei from 5G rollout

Huawei could be set to lose its share of a 5G equipment contract with one of its biggest customers in Europe, Telecom Italia (TIM). A report from Reuters, which cites... more

Optus outlines plans for ‘network technology refresh’

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has announced plans to commence a network technology refresh from April 2022, with the cellco revealing its intention to refarm its 2100MHz spectrum assets.... more

MCMC details plans to enhance internet coverage in Sarawak

Plans to construct new telecommunication towers at 742 locations on the outskirts of towns and rural areas in the state of Sarawak this year have been unveiled by the Malaysian... more

HT expands 5G to 15 new cities

Croatian telco Hrvatski Telekom (HT) has launched 5G services in 15 new markets. The operator, which is majority owned by Deutsche Telekom (DT), is expanding coverage to Pula, Crikvenica, Selce,... more

Broadband

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

The Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector has determined that a secondary assessment of an application filed by Google and Facebook to... more

Corporate/Financial

Ooredoo, CK Hutchison extend exclusivity period for Indonesian merger talks until end-June

Qatar-based Ooredoo Group announced this week (28 April) that it has extended the exclusivity period of the non-legally binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison to 30... more

VOO to be put up for sale in May

Belgian cable operator VOO will be put up for sale again in May, parent company Nethys has informed Le Soir. The Wallonian utility firm has confirmed that investment bank Rothschild... more

Millicom returns to growth as Q1 subscriber additions surge

Millicom International Cellular (MIC), which offers mobile and cable broadband services in Latin America via the Tigo brand, has reported quarterly revenue of USD1.1 billion for the three months ended... more

Bell posts first revenue, EBITDA growth since start of COVID-19 crisis

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has announced its first positive quarterly revenue and EBITDA growth figures since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, with total Q1 2021 sales increasing by 1.2%... more

KPN Q1 sales drop 2.9%; operating profit rises 8.8%

Dutch fixed and mobile operator KPN reported a 2.9% year-on-year fall in revenue to EUR1.290 billion (USD1.564 billion) in the first quarter of 2021, with EBITDA after Leases (EBITDAaL) dropping... more

Saturated domestic market continues to impact Swisscom top line

Swiss state-owned full-service provider Swisscom has registered group revenue of CHF2.80 billion (USD3.08 billion) for the first three months of 2021, an increase of 2.4% year-on-year. That figure includes a... more

Proximus reports fall in revenue and EBITDA in Q1

Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has reported group underlying revenues of EUR1.367 billion (USD1.657 billion) for the first quarter of 2021, a 1.9% decline from EUR1.393 billion in the year-ago... more

Comcast 1Q21 revenues up 2.2% to USD27.2bn

US cable giant Comcast Corporation has reported consolidated revenues of USD27.2 billion for the three months ended 31 March 2021, up 2.2% year-on-year. Adjusted EBITDA for the period under review... more

Miscellaneous

Govt increases penalties for evading fees for telecom services

The Syrian government has passed legislation to impose stricter penalties on individuals that ‘use fraudulent means’ to obtain access to telecommunications services. In a statement, the Ministry of Communication and... more