9 Aug 2021

Wireless

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

US satellite TV giant DISH Network – which owns MVNOs Boost Mobile, Ting and Republic Wireless – is preparing to introduce a new post-paid brand in 2022, as it seeks... more

WOM signs up 1m subscribers since launch

Partners Telecom Colombia, which provides mobile services under the brand name WOM, has signed up one million subscribers since its commercial launch in April. The operator’s CEO Chris Bannister made... more

Communications minister confirms bidding limits will apply to upcoming 5G spectrum auction

Australia’s communications minister Paul Fletcher has confirmed that allocation limits will apply to the amount of low-band spectrum that mobile network operators (MNOs) can acquire in the country’s upcoming 5G... more

Vodafone Romania returns licence for 2.6GHz TDD block

Romania's National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has received a request from Vodafone Romania to waive its user rights for a 15MHz block of frequencies in the... more

Broadband

DCMS unveils plans to trial broadband rollout via UK’s water pipes

Fibre broadband cables could be fed through the UK’s water pipes as part of the government’s plan to speed up the nationwide rollout of superfast broadband and mobile coverage in... more

TIM’s FiberCop and Iliad sign co-investment agreement to speed up fibre rollout

TIM Group’s majority-owned infrastructure company FiberCop and mobile operator Iliad Italia have signed an agreement to further develop the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) access market, under which Iliad will participate in the... more

Fiberklaar to proceed with Geel FTTH rollout following successful campaign

Fiberklaar, the joint venture between Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus and Sweden’s EQT Infrastructure, has confirmed it will proceed with its planned fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment in the municipality of Geel,... more

EC gives approval to Orange/APG fibre JV

In a decision published today (9 August 2021) the European Commission (EC) has approved the fibre infrastructure joint venture (JV) of fixed/mobile operator Orange Poland and pension fund manager APG... more

ACCC takes Telstra, Optus and TPG to court over allegations they misled customers on NBN speeds

Separate proceedings in the Federal Court have been instituted against each of Telstra, Optus and TPG Internet by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). In a press release regarding... more

Corporate/Financial

China Telecom aiming to raise upwards of USD7.3bn through Shanghai IPO

Chinese full-service provider China Telecom has finalised plans for its initial public offering (IPO) on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), through which the operator is aiming to raise CNY47.1 billion... more

6.4% sales growth for Bell in Q2

Bell Canada’s quarterly net income increased by 149.7% year-on-year to CAD734 million (USD584 million) in Q2 2021, on consolidated revenue growth of 6.4% to CAD5.698 billion. Adjusted EBITDA rose 6.2%... more