9 Jul 2021

Wireless

Orange Mali tests 5G

Mobile operator Orange Mali has claimed the country’s first 5G network tests, presenting its progress at a pilot project launch event on 7 July attended by government officials including Harouna... more

Millicom invests USD135m in Honduras, Paraguay, Bolivia upgrade

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has revealed plans to invest USD135 million to modernise its mobile networks in Honduras, Paraguay and Bolivia, in partnership with Ericsson. The Luxembourg-based group says that... more

Iran awards 2.3GHz spectrum for 4G

The bandwidth available for mobile internet services in Iran has increased by 30% this week following the award of new spectrum in the 2.3GHz band. According to a report from... more

VodafoneZiggo, Ericsson test 26GHz 5G for Augmented Reality

VodafoneZiggo and Ericsson have carried out 5G 26GHz tests at the 5G Hub in Eindhoven, involving Augmented Reality (AR) applications in partnership with Dutch Rose Media. In a demo, several... more

Cellnex completes Polkomtel tower buy

Spanish tower firm Cellnex has completed its acquisition of Polkomtel Infrastruktura, giving it access to around 7,000 communication towers across Poland. The EUR1.6 billion (USD1.95 billion) deal was first announced... more

Broadband

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

Chile’s Desarrollo Pais (previously Fondo de Infraestructura) has commenced the search for strategic partners for the planned Humboldt submarine cable aiming to connect Valparaiso (Chile) to Auckland (New Zealand) and... more

Starlink receives Mexican authorisation, reports says

Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture – has received permission to launch in Mexico. According to El Economista, Starlink Satellite... more

Corporate/Financial

NOW Corp ups NOW Telecom stake as it considers ‘the next level'

Publicly-listed Filipino conglomerate NOW Corp has increased its stake in telecoms arm NOW Telecom (NOW Network) and says it plans to take the business ‘to the next level', according to... more

Optus tower sale attracts multiple bidders

The planned sale of Optus’s Australian Tower Network (ATN) unit has attracted multiple bidders, the Australian Financial Review reports, with binding bids expected to be submitted in late September. The... more

Viatel to acquire Nova; deal is third ISP takeover in nine months

Irish ISP Viatel has announced the takeover of Cork-based B2B voice/data provider Nova Telecom. Viatel says that the deal represents the company’s third notable acquisition in the last nine months,... more

Polsat increases Netia stake to almost 98%

Polish pay-TV and telecoms group Cyfrowy Polsat has increased its stake in fixed line operator Netia to 97.82% following the latest phase of its buyout of minority shareholders. Polsat acquired... more

ATH rights issue raises USD54m

Fiji-based telecommunications conglomerate Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd (ATH) raised close to FJD113 million (USD54 million) from the completion of a rights issue, first announced back in April 2020. According to... more

Judicial Reorganisation Court ratifies sale of Oi’s InfraCo unit

In a notice to its shareholders and the market, Brazilian telecoms operator Oi has confirmed that the 7th Corporate Court of the Capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro... more