9 Sep 2021

Wireless

O2 Slovakia launches 5G, aims for 20% coverage this year

O2 Slovakia has switched on commercial 5G services in 15 towns and cities in the west of the country. The firm opened a trial 5G network in parts of Bratislava... more

XL expands 5G coverage to the city of Medan

Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata is expanding its 5G network footprint with the launch of next generation services in the city of Medan, the capital of Indonesia’s North... more

Batelco expands mobile coverage to major housing developments

Batelco has announced the expansion of its mobile network to cover major housing developments currently being built across Bahrain, including Khalifa City, Salman City, Ramli Housing, Diyar Al Muharraq, East... more

CURA extends consultation on multi-band spectrum auction plans

The Isle of Man’s Communications and Utilities Regulatory Authority (CURA) has extended the consultation on plans for the sale of spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz bands. In confirming it... more

ComReg proposes further extension to temporary licensing framework

Irish communications regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has issued a draft decision under which it has proposed a further extension of its COVID-19 temporary licensing framework – under... more

Mintel highlights connectivity achievements in first 100 days of Lasso administration

Ecuador’s Ministry for Telecommunications and Information Society (Mintel) has presented an overview of progress made during the first 100 days of President Guillermo Lasso’s administration, highlighting achievements in Wi-Fi and... more

Broadband

Tanzania partners power company TANESCO to increase broadband connectivity

Tanzania’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) to expand broadband connectivity across the country, reports Daily News.... more

Telenor Hungary launching fixed residential internet over its cellular network

Telenor Hungary – a subsidiary of PPF Telecom Group – announced on its website that it will launch a home broadband internet service under the ‘OtthonNet’ banner on 14 September,... more

Orange, Ericsson launch FWA 5G pilot in Galicia

Orange Espana has teamed up with Swedish vendor Ericsson to stage a 5G fixed-wireless access (FWA) pilot in Galicia. According to the telco’s website, the two parties are collaborating on... more

Ogero suspends services in more areas amid fuel crisis

Lebanese state-owned fixed internet and telephony operator Ogero announced yesterday (8 September 2021) the temporary suspension of its services in Ras Al Nabeh region, Beirut, due to the shortage of... more

Corporate/Financial

Zain dissolves Mobily tower consortium; approves non-binding offers from trio of investors

Zain Saudi Arabia has announced that it has not reached an agreement with Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), Raidah Investment Co (AlRaidah) and IHS KSA regarding the establishment of a consortium to... more

GTT starts restructuring process; close to offloading infrastructure unit to I Squared Capital

US-based global connectivity firm GTT Communications has confirmed that it has entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA) with key stakeholders, including holders of a majority of its secured and... more

Vodafone Ukraine completes Vega takeover

Vodafone Ukraine announced the completion of its acquisition of fixed broadband and voice network operator Vega from Ukrainian conglomerate System Capital Management (SCM) on 8 September 2021. The deal, reportedly... more

Botswana's BTC reports big jump in mobile data usage during pandemic

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has reported a 1% increase in revenues in its financial year to 31 March 2021 to BWP1.43 billion (USD127 million). Pre-tax profits jumped 19% to BWP165.8... more