11 Aug 2021

Wireless

stc, Ericsson to collaborate on 5G SA deployment

Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has expanded its partnership with Ericsson to deploy a 5G Core New Radio (NR) network on the Ericsson Cloud Native Infrastructure. The core network will support... more

UTL plans full cellular coverage of Uganda with AST SpaceMobile deal

Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with AST SpaceMobile, a company building a space-based mobile network accessible by conventional mobile handsets. The deal would provide... more

Nokia to upgrade core networks for three United Group subsidiaries

United Group has awarded Nokia a contract to upgrade its core mobile networks in Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia. The Finnish vendor replaces two legacy equipment suppliers to become United Group’s... more

Intertelecom CDMA continuing only in Odessa from November

Ukraine’s Intertelecom is continuing the process of phasing out CDMA-based wireless network services in regions around the country, with its latest announcement confirming that from 1 November 2021 it will... more

ARTP launches QoS app for mobile networks

Senegal’s Regulation Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) has launched a new application for Android and iOS devices that enables users to... more

Broadband

Virgin Media O2 says gigabit speeds now available to half of homes covered by its network

Virgin Media O2 has extended the reach of gigabit connectivity to a further 1.5 million premises, announcing that more than half of its network footprint now has access to such... more

eir unveils plans to reach 200,000 more premises with FTTH

Irish fixed line incumbent eir has announced the expansion of its ‘Gigabit Fibre’ network rollout to include the upgrade of a further 200,000 homes and businesses across the country. In... more

Co-Pilot: T-Mobile teams up with Manhattan ISP for surprise FTTH project

T-Mobile US has teamed up with Manhattan-based ISP Pilot Fiber to offer 940Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services under the ‘T-Mobile Fiber’ banner. The unexpected development was reported by PC Mag, which... more

129 applications for broadband subsidies in Swedish government tender

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) says the application period for broadband subsidies has ended, with almost SEK7.5 billion (USD860 million) having been requested by network operators.... more

Corporate/Financial

Euskaltel squeeze-out set for 27 August as takeover reaches 'positive outcome'

All members of the Board of Directors at Spanish regional operator Euskaltel announced their respective resignations on 10 August, citing the ‘positive outcome’ of the takeover bid by Grupo MASMOVIL... more

DigitalBridge acquires controlling stake in US towerco Vertical Bridge

DigitalBridge Group has announced that funds affiliated with DigitalBridge Investment Management have reached a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in US towerco Vertical Bridge Holdings. Founding partners the... more

ER-Telecom completes Avantel takeover

Russian broadband network operator ER-Telecom confirmed in a statement on its website that it has completed the 100% acquisition of alternative Russian regional telecoms operator Avantel, which operates in cities... more

Vi submits review petition in AGR case

Indian cellco Vodafone Idea (Vi) has filed a review petition seeking to overturn the Supreme Court’s recent ruling regarding the calculation of dues relating to the decade-long dispute over Adjusted... more

China Telecom books CNY17.7bn H1 net profit

Chinese full-service provider China Telecom has booked operating revenue of CNY219.24 billion (USD33.8 billion) for the first six months of 2021, an increase of 13.1% year-on-year. Of that total, service... more

Telecom Egypt reports 88% y-o-y net profit increase in 1H21

Telecom Egypt has published a strong set of financials for the first half of 2021, with the company reporting growth in all key metrics, prompting its CEO Adel Hamed to... more

Magyar Telekom’s Q2 sales improve by 5.7%

Hungarian full-service operator Magyar Telekom – part of the Deutsche Telekom (DT) group – increased its revenues by 5.7% year-on-year to HUF166.1 billion (USD551 million) in Q2 2021, with increasing... more

Trilogy International Partners Q2 revenues up 17% to USD158m

Trilogy International Partners (TIP), which owns telecoms assets in New Zealand (2degrees) and Bolivia (Viva), has reported total revenues of USD157.6 million for the three months ended 30 June 2021,... more