6 Sep 2021

Wireless

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

Long-running MVNO Virgin Mobile South Africa has announced that it will shut down its operations in November this year. A statement posted on the virtual operator’s website explains: ‘In recent... more

State Secretary confirms 3.5GHz 5G auction will be delayed

The Netherlands’ State Secretary for Economic Affairs Mona Keijzer has told the House of Representatives that the planned auction for 3.5GHz 5G mobile frequency licences will be delayed due to... more

SIM registration programme to begin in October

Ghana's Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced that the delayed national SIM card re-registration exercise will begin on 1 October and run until 31 March 2022, after... more

Free challenges Bouygues, Altice’s Huawei 5G equipment permits in court

French operator Free Mobile has reportedly filed a case at the Paris Administrative Court against permits given to Bouygues Telecom and Altice France (SFR) to use Huawei 5G antennas, French... more

T-Mobile CR deploys 270 new 5G sites; network now covers 10.4% of the population

Czech operator T-Mobile has published a press update on its 5G network rollout, reporting that over the past month it has more than doubled its coverage footprint by deploying 270... more

Corporate/Financial

VEON agrees USD970m Russian tower asset sale

VEON has sealed an agreement to sell its mobile network towers in Russia to Service-Telecom for a total consideration of RUB70.65 billion (USD970 million). The group’s press release notes that... more

Telstra unveils new tower unit Amplitel

Telstra has launched its new tower unit Amplitel after completing the sale of a 49% stake in the venture to a consortium comprising the Future Fund, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation and... more

Telkomsel to sell 4,000 telecom towers to Mitratel for USD435m

Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular) has struck a deal to sell 4,000 telecom towers to Dayamitra Telekomunikasi (Mitratel) for IDR6.2 trillion (USD435.2 million). Under the terms of... more

Reliance offer for T-Mobile Netherlands anticipated within a month

Indian financial paper Mint reports that conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) – parent of Indian mobile market leader Jio – is expected to offer USD5.7 billion for a controlling stake... more

TIM CEO says Open Fiber merger plans have not been shelved

The CEO of Telecom Italia says a plan to combine its fibre-optic assets with those of wholesale provider Open Fiber is still on the cards. ‘I don't believe anything has... more

Miscellaneous

House of Representatives votes to give LIBTELCO five-year tax holiday

Liberia’s de facto fixed line telecoms monopoly Liberia Telecommunications Co (LIBTELCO) has been granted a five-year tax break by the country’s lower house, the House of Representatives. On 2 September... more