13 May 2021

Wireless

Orange Slovakia switches on 5G in two cities

Orange Slovensko has launched 5G networks in areas of Bratislava and Banska Bystrica. The cellco is using 3.5GHz spectrum and Massive MIMO equipment to provide peak theoretical download rates of... more

Tigo Colombia deploys ‘LatAm’s first O-RAN network’

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced that its Tigo Colombia subsidiary will become the first operator in Latin America to deploy Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) architecture. The rollout will... more

Togo moves to quell multiple SIM ownership

The government of Togo has set a cap on the number of active SIM cards that any individual can own, Togo First reports. According to a press release by the... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Verizon Business now offers enterprises IoT connectivity for mobile assets in 170 countries on a single SIM, including permanent roaming options in North America and Western Europe, enabling organisations to... more

Commerce Commission maintains regulation of three wholesale services

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has announced it will retain regulation for three wholesale telecom services to continue to promote competition and protect consumers. The three wholesale services under review were... more

Sweden consults on local 5G licensing

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) has opened a public consultation regarding the award of local 5G licences for industrial and public sector use in fields such... more

Mobilis and Djezzy renew telecoms operating licences for five years

The Algerian government has approved the five-year renewal of the telecoms network operating licences of cellcos Mobilis and Djezzy, subsidiaries of Algerie Telecom and VEON, respectively. As reported by Agence... more

Videotron expands 5G to Quebec City

Following its initial launch of 5G mobile services in Montreal in December 2020, Canadian operator Videotron announced the expansion of the latest-generation network to Quebec City on 12 May 2021.... more

Broadband

One in five UK homes now has access to gigabit speeds, according to latest Ofcom data

The UK’s telecoms regulator Ofcom has published its latest ‘Connected Nations’ interim report, which includes data based on mobile coverage and fixed broadband availability across the UK as of January... more

Solomon Telekom to launch OTT service using Switch Media platform

Solomon Telekom (Our Telekom) is launching an OTT streaming service on its free-to-air Telekom Television (TTV) network, using an online video platform supplied by Switch Media. The vendor is supplying... more

Proximus and Nokia double speed, capacity of VDSL network

Belgian full-service operator Proximus and Finnish vendor Nokia have partnered to develop a technology that they claim allows the servicing of twice as many customers in a single street cabinet,... more

Corporate/Financial

Swiss private equity fund in talks for ACT takeover

A Swiss private equity fund, Partners Group, is reportedly negotiating with the owners of Indian ISP Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT) regarding a potential takeover, the Economic Times writes, citing people... more

Tele Columbus successfully implements capital increase

German cable operator Tele Columbus has successfully implemented a capital increase by way of a rights offering resolved on 17 April 2021. All offered shares were either subscribed for based... more

Telefonica 1Q21 revenues drop 9% to EUR10.3bn

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has reported revenues of EUR10.340 billion (USD12.517 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2021, down 9.0% year-on-year on a reported basis. Group OIBDA for... more

Airtel Africa books strong revenue, subscriber growth for full year

Airtel Africa, Bharti Airtel’s majority-owned pan-African division, has reported underlying revenue of USD3.89 billion for the year to end-March 2021, up from USD3.42 billion in the previous year. Of that... more

LG Uplus records 35% increase in net profit in 1Q21

South Korea’s LG Uplus has reported a total turnover of KRW3.417 trillion (USD3.03 billion) for the first quarter of 2021, up 4.0% year-on-year, with service revenues rising by 4.7% to... more