24 May 2021

Wireless

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

Paris-based mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) Transatel has revealed that it has launched seven new UK MVNOs since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. New MVNOs include PopIT, which seeks... more

Global Partnership for Ethiopia named as winner of new Ethiopian telecom licence

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) have confirmed the award of a new telecom licence to Global Partnership for Ethiopia (GPE), a private consortium comprising... more

Canada sets ‘early 2023’ date for 3800MHz auction

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has announced a decision to hold an auction for frequency licences in the 3800MHz (3650MHz-4200MHz) spectrum band in ‘early 2023’ to support expansion... more

Sonatel signs final agreement to manage SBIN

Senegal-based Sonatel signed the agreement to manage state-owned Beninese Digital Infrastructure Company (Societe Beninoise d’Infrastructures Numeriques, SBIN) on 21 May 2021, reports Agence Ecofin. Following the announcement in March that... more

Dutch operators receive government directives on network vendor choice

The Netherlands’ government has issued orders to the nation’s mobile network operators (MNOs) regarding choice of network suppliers, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has confirmed, although KPN, T-Mobile and VodafoneZiggo... more

Broadband

CETIN connects millionth fibre customer

Czech telecommunications infrastructure group CETIN has announced hitting a milestone of one million households connected to its high speed fibre broadband, while also confirming that a total of 4.224 million... more

TD upgrades speeds for a further 118,000 homes

Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has revealed that it upgraded fixed broadband speeds for an additional 118,000 households in April. The firm says that... more

Proximus begins FTTP deployment in Mons

Belgian full-service operator Proximus has announced it has begun deploying its FTTP network in the city of Mons and surrounding areas. According to the company’s schedule, more than 10,000 homes... more

Corporate/Financial

Desktop Sigmanet is the latest Brazilian ISP to pursue an IPO

Brazilian ISP Desktop Sigmanet is planning to stage an initial public offering (IPO), TeleTime reports. The Sao Paulo-based company sent the draft of its preliminary prospectus to the Securities and... more

M-net fibre networks reach 790,000 homes; FY revenue up 5%

Regional operator M-net has revealed that its fibre-optic (FTTx) networks passed 790,000 households and businesses in Bavaria at the end of 2020, an increase of 2.6% from 770,000 a year... more

Indosat Ooredoo books solid first-quarter profit as merger talks continue

Indonesian mobile operator Indosat Ooredoo – whose parent Ooredoo Group is in talks with Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison (owner of Hutchison 3 Indonesia [Tri]) in relation to a potential transaction... more