28 Jun 2021

Mobile

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

Zain Iraq has teamed up with Californian vendor MATRIXX Software to launch its new digital disruptor brand, oodi. Pitched as Iraq’s first all-digital telecoms service, oodi launched last month, and... more

Ethio Telecom contracts Ericsson for 4G expansion

Ethio Telecom is partnering Swedish vendor Ericsson to expand its 4G services into the South West region of Ethiopia, the latter has announced. The upgrade will be carried out during... more

Axiata announces plans to commercialise Open RAN

Malaysia’s Axiata Group has revealed it is embarking on an ‘ambitious’ network transformation programme, leveraging Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN). In a press release regarding the matter, the group... more

DOCOMO publishes 5G Open RAN white paper

Japan’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, NTT DOCOMO, has announced the release of a new white paper on a ‘5G Open RAN Ecosystem’ that it says will support... more

Govt to impose new tax on mobile calls

Pakistan’s finance minister has confirmed that the government is planning to impose an additional Federal Excise Duty (FED) of PKR0.75 (USD0.005) on phone calls over five minutes, Dawn writes. The... more

Fixed Broadband

TIM expands FiberCop rollout plan

Telecom Italia (TIM) has extended the rollout plan of its FiberCop network co-investment venture to cover almost 1,000 new communities. A report from Mondo Mobile Web says a plan submitted... more

Corporate/Financial

MTN says plans to sell 14% stake in Nigerian unit are ‘well advanced’

MTN Group has revealed that plans to sell a 14% stake in its Nigerian unit to local investors are ‘well advanced’. The South African firm, which holds 78.8% of MTN... more

Liberty Global sounding out interest in Virgin Media Ireland

Liberty Global is reported to be exploring the possible sale of its Irish unit, according to British broadsheet The Times. It is understood that in the wake of the completion... more