5 Jul 2021

Wireless

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

Russian telecoms giant Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has announced the 100% acquisition of Multiregional Transit Telecom (MTT) for RUB5.0 billion (USD69 million) on an enterprise value basis. Founded in 1994, MTT... more

Telefonica 5G reaches 80 German cities

Telefonica Deutschland has announced that its 5G network, which operates in the 3.5GHz band, is now available in around 80 cities via a network of approximately 2,000 antennas. The firm... more

TPG Telecom switches on live 5G SA network using 700MHz spectrum

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) TPG Telecom (branded Vodafone Australia) and Finnish vendor Nokia have announced the switch-on of a live 5G standalone (SA) network on the 700MHz spectrum band,... more

Globe reports strong 5G take-up on back of network rollout drive

Globe Telecom reports that by dint of its efforts to accelerate the rollout of advanced mobile technology across the Philippines, the number of 5G devices live on its network passed... more

Dialog Axiata to spend USD207m in 2021; targets ‘more than 95%’ population coverage

Axiata Group subsidiary Dialog Axiata has announced the switching on of its 4,000th network tower – in Thihawa village, Kurunegala District, North Western province – as it continues to make... more

MTN facing legal action for cutting off internet access

MTN Group has revealed that its Eswatini unit MTN Eswatini has been cited as one of several respondents in an urgent court application which seeks the immediate restoration of internet... more

Mobily says tower merger with Zain no longer part of its strategy

Saudi cellco Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has backtracked on previous plans to merge its wireless tower infrastructure with Zain Saudi Arabia’s, saying the plan no longer aligns with Mobily’s strategy and... more

SLT-Mobitel committing USD126m per annum to improve 4G, FTTH connectivity

State-owned fixed and mobile operator Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT-Mobitel) claims it has invested more than LKR25 billion (USD126.3 million) per annum over the past few years on infrastructure development, with... more

NTA to refarm 900MHz spectrum

Nepal’s National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) is planning to refarm the 900MHz spectrum band to facilitate the switch to 4G services, reports Nepalitelecom.com. The regulator is said to have set up... more

KPN sets out 2G, 3G shutdown timetable

Dutch telco KPN has issued an update regarding the planned shutdown of its 2G and 3G networks. The operator will deactivate its 3G networks first, saying it will ‘definitively stop’... more

Telia and Ericsson claim Swedish 5G speed record

Telia and Ericsson are claiming a new speed record for a Swedish 5G network. The firms say they achieved a download rate of 2.2Gbps using Telia’s live 5G network in... more

Broadband

Ofcom to consult on Openreach’s proposed FTTP pricing; issues ruling on geographic pricing

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation on new pricing arrangements that have been proposed by Openreach, the network unit of fixed line incumbent BT Group. Calling for input... more

Corporate/Financial

DT kicks off EUR4.5bn T-Mobile Netherlands sale, report says

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) has initiated the sale of its T-Mobile Netherlands subsidiary, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The unit is expected to be valued... more

C Spire completes Alabama Broadband Company acquisition

Regional US mobile operator C Spire has completed the acquisition and integration of Harbor Communications, which it agreed to buy in December last year. C Spire Home, the telco’s internet... more

TelOne reports rise in revenues in 2020

Zimbabwe’s state-owned fixed line telco TelOne has reported revenues of ZWL4.7 billion (USD13 million) for full year 2020, up from ZWL1.9 billion the year before, with the growth attributed to... more