27 Aug 2021

Wireless

Asia Pacific Telecom aims to reach 90% of population with 5G by end-2021

Taiwanese mobile network operator Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has said it expects its 5G network to cover 90% of the population by the end of this year, as its 5G... more

Telefonica accelerates 3G switch-off in Germany

Telefonica Deutschland, which provides services under the brand name O2, is accelerating the shutdown of its 3G network in various regions of Germany. The company began shutting down its 3G... more

Indosat Ooredoo lights up 5G network in Jakarta

Mobile operator Indosat Ooredoo, which is 65%-owned by Qatari group Ooredoo, has announced the launch of commercial 5G services in Jakarta. At a press junket to support the launch, the... more

Ecuador watchdog begins renegotiating Claro and Movistar concessions

Ecuador’s Agency for Regulation & Control of Telecommunications (Agencia de Regulacion y Control de las Telecomunicaciones, ARCOTEL) has announced negotiations have begun with Otelecel (Movistar) and Conecel (Claro), the country’s... more

Broadband

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

Djibouti Telecom is leveraging Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution to upgrade its Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) network linking Djibouti (Djibouti), Bosaso (Somalia), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya). Ciena’s GeoMesh... more

TRAI issues recommendations for satellite-based IoT

Sector watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published its recommendations on the licensing framework for the use of satellite connectivity for IoT services and other low bit... more

Corporate/Financial

Partner lodges bid for 018 Xfone, competing with Golan’s earlier offer

Israel’s Partner Communications has made a bid for Marathon (018) Xfone, offering ILS187 million (USD58 million) for the ‘business activity’ of its smaller rival, subject to a purchase price adjustment... more

4iG and Antenna Hungaria forge strategic partnership

Hungarian ICT services group 4iG has signed a preliminary agreement with the minister responsible for management of national property, Andrea Mager, under which 4iG will acquire a majority stake in... more

Axiata cites resilience of subsidiaries as reported first half revenue rises by 5.3% y-o-y

Malaysia’s Axiata cited ‘operational resilience despite continuous pandemic impacts’ as it published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2021. For the period under review Axiata said... more

MegaFon revenues climb 7.1% in Q2

Russian cellco MegaFon reported that its revenues grew by 7.1% year-on-year to RUB84.1 billion (USD1.1 billion) in the second quarter of 2021, with underlying service revenue improving by 4.5% to... more