12 Jul 2021

Wireless

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

Mexican MVNO Diri, which launched in April 2020 over the open access Red Compartida network, is embarking on a crowd-funding exercise via the Play Business platform. Diri claims that its... more

A1 5G network covers 80% of Vienna

A1 Telekom Austria has announced that its total number of 5G transmitters has increased to 2,000 across the country. The firm’s 5G network now covers almost 50% of the population... more

Hormuud embarks on nationwide 4G rollout

Somali operator Hormuud Telecom has announced plans to extend its 4G network across the country, ITWeb Africa reports. Under the plan, Hormuud will extend coverage to rural areas of Somalia... more

ComReg consulting on possible extension of temporary licensing framework

Irish telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has published an Information Notice aimed at providing an update on its COVID-19 temporary licensing framework – under which licences are... more

Broadband

Biden urges restoration of Net Neutrality, greater scrutiny of tech mergers

President Joe Biden has signed a sweeping executive order which he hopes will boost competition in a number of sectors – not least the telecoms industry. The ‘Executive Order on... more

JCRA suggests wholesale broadband price review should lead to lower prices for consumers

A review of wholesale broadband prices in Jersey conducted by the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA) should result in lower charges being passed on to consumers, the watchdog has said,... more

Wireline

Doubts emerge over TSTT’s copper deactivation timeline

Doubts have emerged over the planned PSTN deactivation date shared by Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT) earlier this year. In correspondence sent to its customers in May,... more

Corporate/Financial

United Group expands in Croatia with Optima Telekom deal

United Group has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Croatian fixed line operator Optima Telekom. The group is buying a 17.41% stake in Optima from Hrvatski Telekom (HT) and... more

Govt to sell ‘significant’ stake in state-run Djibouti Telecom

The government of Djibouti has issued a statement confirming its aim to sell what it terms a ‘significant minority’ stake in state-run national PTO Djibouti Telecom. The administration said the... more

PPF in talks to sell Telenor Montenegro to 4iG

Hungarian technology company 4iG has signed a preliminary non-binding agreement with PPF Telecom Group to acquire a 100% stake in Telenor Montenegro, the country’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO)... more

RCOM RP warns that failure to renew licences will end resolution process

The resolution professional (RP) managing the bankruptcy proceedings for telco Reliance Communications (RCOM) has warned that the insolvency resolution process will collapse if the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) does not... more

Vi in talks to raise USD3bn to cover payments

Indian cellco Vodafone Idea (Vi) has begun talks with US-based private equity firm Apollo Global Management, through which the operator hopes to secure USD3 billion in funding over the next... more

Miscellaneous

Osiptel to scrutinise migration/cancellation processes

Peruvian telecoms watchdog the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has issued a new resolution requiring providers of telecommunications services to... more