15 Jul 2021

Wireless

ECA confirms issuance of licence to Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has confirmed it has now issued the country’s new communications licence. In a press release announcing the development, the regulator noted that, pursuant to Articles... more

KT Corp becomes first South Korean MNO to launch 5G SA commercially

South Korean mobile network operator (MNO) KT Corp has commercialised 5G standalone (5G SA) technology, making it the first in the country to do so, the ZDNet reports. With the... more

BT Group unveils network convergence ambitions, says EE will offer 5G nationwide by 2028

BT Group has unveiled plans under which it aims to offer ‘high performance 5G solutions across the entire UK and to fuse its leading mobile, Wi-Fi and fibre infrastructures to... more

Canadian 3500MHz auction beats previous spend record, preliminary reports say

Canada’s ongoing 3500MHz 5G licence auction is expected to raise up to CAD8 billion (USD6.4 billion), according to sources cited by The Globe & Mail. Over 20 applicants have been... more

AT&T 5G network reaches 250m people

AT&T Communications has revealed that its 5G network now covers 250 million people, with the telco hitting its end-of-year coverage target six months early. The low band 5G network utilises... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Wireless Logic, a UK-based IoT/M2M connectivity platform provider with over seven million devices connected globally, has strengthened its European presence with the acquisition of Italy-based IoT connectivity provider Things Mobile.... more

TNM invested MWK31.5bn in infrastructure in 2020

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has revealed that it invested over MWK31.5 billion (USD38.5 million) in its infrastructure during 2020, as part of its ongoing efforts to develop a sustainable business... more

Globe outlines H1 NCR rollout achievements; DITO expands footprint to 18 new areas

Globe Telecom has announced that in the first six months of this year it deployed 212 new cell sites in the National Capital Region (NCR, aka Metro Manila), with the... more

Millicom to invest USD250m in Panama

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has committed to invest USD250 million in its Panamanian operations across 2021 and 2022. The investment target follows a meeting between Millicom CEO Mauricio Ramos and... more

Ofcom consulting on annual fees for 2100MHz spectrum licences

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has published the proposed annual licence fees for UK spectrum licences in the 2100MHz band. The target frequencies were originally auctioned back in 2000 with a fixed... more

Phoenix completes tower purchases in Malta and Cyprus

Phoenix Tower International (PTI) has finalised its acquisition of mobile towers from Monaco Telecom subsidiaries in Malta and Cyprus. Under a deal announced in March, Monaco Telecom’s units Epic Malta... more

Broadband

Telefonica set to begin marketing fixed services on Tele Columbus network

Telefonica Deutschland will begin marketing its O2 fixed line products of the cable network of Tele Columbus from 21 July. The pair signed a wholesale cooperation agreement allowing Telefonica long-term... more

BIPT proposes new rules for ‘unlimited’ internet deals

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has begun a consultation regarding its draft guidelines governing the provision of ‘unlimited’ internet packages subject to a fair... more

Corporate/Financial

Apollo plotting USD5bn swoop for Lumen’s consumer operations

Apollo Global Management is in talks to acquire a portfolio of assets from Lumen Technologies – the US telco formerly known as CenturyLink. According to Bloomberg, which cites people with... more

Zain Group posts a 5% increase in net profit in 1H21

Kuwait-based telecoms group Zain has published its consolidated financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2021, reporting a 3% decrease in revenues year-on-year to KWD750 million (USD2.5 billion),... more

A1 Telekom Austria posts strong rise in Q2 revenue, EBITDA

A1 Telekom Austria Group has reported total revenues of EUR1.166 billion (USD1.38 billion) for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 6.4% from EUR1.096 billion in the year-ago period,... more