8 Sep 2021

Wireless

Africell to exit Uganda next month

Uganda’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) Africell is to close its doors next month. The company announced that 7 October will be its last day of operation, with its... more

StarHub opens 5G to all customers on giga! plans

Singaporean mobile network operator (MNO) StarHub recently announced that existing and new customers on its giga! tariff plans can access its 5G non-standalone (NSA) network at no extra cost, as... more

Tele2 Kazakhstan users get access to 5G in central Almaty

Kazakh cellco Tele2-Altel (Mobile Telecom Service), a wholly-owned subsidiary of state-backed Kazakhtelecom, has opened up a fledgling 5G network for free user access in a limited central zone of Kazakhstan’s... more

Celcom to shutter 3G network in stages; ready for 5G launch by end-2021

Malaysian mobile network operator (MNO) Celcom plans to shut down its 3G network on a sequential basis, The Malaysian Reserve reports, citing comments made by the company’s CEO Mohamad Idham... more

DITO clears second technical audit hurdle

DITO Telecommunity has passed its second technical audit headed by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), its parent firm has confirmed. In a stock market filing dated 7 September, DITO CME... more

Broadband

Virgin Media O2 gigabit speeds now available to more than 10m premises

Virgin Media O2 has announced a milestone in the deployment of its gigabit-capable broadband network, confirming it now covers more than ten million premises across the UK. In a press... more

WorldLink launches 300Mbps broadband connection

WorldLink Communications, Nepal’s largest ISP by subscribers, has launched a new 300Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service, the fastest broadband package available on the market. The connection, dubbed ‘WorldLink Photon’, is powered... more

Neptune Communications aims to make a splash in Jamaica

Barbados-based Neptune Communications has announced the launch of its satellite-based broadband operations in Jamaica. Julian Jordan, CEO of Neptune Communications, commented: ‘The Caribbean remains highly vulnerable to network outages and... more

Corporate/Financial

Macquarie concludes USD2.9bn Cincinnati Bell takeover

Cincinnati Bell has announced the completion of its acquisition by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners V (MIP), in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately USD2.9 billion, including debt. The deal, which was... more

Telenor exit from Myanmar in doubt

The sale of Norwegian telecoms group Telenor’s Myanmar division to Lebanese investment firm M1 Group has been cast into doubt amidst reports that the new regime will not approve the... more

Etisalat foreign shareholder limit raised to 49%

Etisalat Group of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) says it has raised its foreign ownership limit from 20% to 49% after receiving all the necessary approvals for the move. The... more