23 Aug 2021

Wireless

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

Mexico-based Alestra has launched a new enterprise-focused MVNO under the Alestra Movil brand. The service leverages a wholesale agreement with AT&T Mexico. Ricardo J. Hinojosa, CEO of Alestra, commented: ‘Alestra's... more

Uruguay selects MNP database administrator

Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC) has announced that a database administrator, which will be responsible for implementing and developing mobile number portability (MNP) in the country, has been... more

PTA publishes details for AJ&K/GB spectrum auction

Sector watchdog the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has published an Information Memorandum (IM) detailing its plans for the auction of 1800MHz and 2100MHz spectrum for the provision of next generation... more

SoftBank presents its ‘6G World’ vision

Japanese mobile operator SoftBank Corp unveiled its concept for sixth-generation mobile networks which, unsurprisingly, will transmit and receive data at higher radio frequencies than the wireless waves carrying data employed... more

Vodafone Turkey tests DSS for UMTS/LTE-A 2100MHz services

Vodafone Turkey has claimed a first in the country by testing Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) between its 3G UMTS and ‘4.5G’ LTE-A networks, utilising the previously UMTS-only 2100MHz frequency band... more

Faroese Telecom chooses Ericsson for 5G core/RAN deployment

Ericsson has secured an exclusive 5G Core and Radio Access Network (RAN) deal with the Faroe Islands’ incumbent communications service provider Faroese Telecom (Foroya Tele), which will use Ericsson technologies... more

Broadband

Starlink reportedly plotting September Czech launch

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) operator SpaceX (Starlink), the company established by US entrepreneur Elon Musk to provide high speed internet connectivity to people living in remote locations, aims to start... more

Wireline

MCMC launches public inquiry on review of Access List

A public inquiry on the review of the ‘Access List’, the list of telecoms services available to licensees that are subject to price regulation, has been launched by the Malaysian... more

Corporate/Financial

MTC receives approval to list 49% of ordinary shares

Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), Namibia’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced that its application for a primary listing on the main board of the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX)... more

Afrihost, Cool Ideas merger approved

South Africa's Competition Commission (CompCom) has given its unconditional approval to the merger of ISPs Afrihost and Cool Ideas, stating that the proposed transaction is ‘unlikely to result in a... more

Vodafone Ukraine confirms plan to enter fixed market via acquisitions

Mobile operator Vodafone Ukraine – owned by Azerbaijani cellco Bakcell – has issued a statement confirming reports of its plans to enter the Ukrainian fixed telecoms sector. The company intends... more

Vero is the latest Brazilian ISP to pursue an IPO

Brazilian regional operator Vero Internet is the latest mid-sized ISP to file for an initial public offering (IPO), TeleTime reports. The company submitted its request to the Securities and Exchange... more

Sandberg Capital to exit Slovakia’s SWAN

Slovak fixed line operator SWAN is set for a change of ownership, with Sandberg Capital saying it intends to sell its 50% stake to Juraj and Pavel Ondrisovce, owners of... more

Chorus profit drops 10% due to COVID-19 headwinds and increased competition

New Zealand-based wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has announced its financial results for the twelve months ended 30 June 2021, reporting a slight decline in annual operating revenue from NZD959... more