1 Oct 2021

Mobile

Nkom’s 5G spectrum auction concludes with four winning bidders

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced the conclusion of its 5G spectrum auction that got underway at the start of this week, confirming that four companies have... more

Ericsson selected to power Vodafone Oman’s networks

Ericsson has announced the signing of an agreement with Oman Future Telecommunications (Vodafone), the Sultanate’s recently licensed third mobile network operator (MNO), to deploy, operate and maintain a new 4G... more

Fixed Broadband

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

The 2Africa consortium – consisting of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC – has announced the addition of a new segment, called the... more

FWA operator Linkem launches Italy’s first 5G SA network

Italian fixed-wireless access (FWA) ISP Linkem has switched on the country’s first commercial 5G Standalone (SA) network using 3.5GHz spectrum. The operator had previously launched 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) in December... more

DIGI Romania launches 10Gbps fibre broadband package

DIGI Romania (RCS&RDS) has announced the launch of new 'Fiberlink' fibre broadband packages providing download speeds of 2.5Gbps and 10Gbps, which it claims to be the country’s fastest broadband connection.... more

Federated Wireless launches CBRS networks in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

US-based ‘shared spectrum’ operator Federated Wireless says it has become the first company to bring its 3.5GHz CBRS networks online in the unincorporated US territories of Puerto Rico and the... more

Kolbi boosts fibre-optic footprint

Grupo ICE, the state-owned parent company of Costa Rican telco Kolbi, has announced that its fibre-optic networks now pass more than 233,000 homes and businesses in 853 towns. A total... more

Ofcom issues decision on Openreach’s FTTP pricing proposal

Ofcom has published its decision on a new fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) pricing offer that Openreach intends to introduce from today (1 October 2021). With the regulatory requirements designed to ensure that... more

Corporate/Financial

MegaFon, USM complete Ucell takeover; JV begins operations in Uzbekistan

Russian mobile operator MegaFon and its parent USM Telecom declared on 30 September 2021 the completion of their previously announced acquisition of a majority stake in Uzbekistan’s mobile market leader... more

Orange Romania completes acquisition of 54% stake in Telekom Romania Communications

Orange Romania has announced it completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Telekom Romania Communications (TKR) from Greek telco OTE on 30 September. The closing of the deal, announced... more

Optus to sell 70% stake in tower unit to AustralianSuper for AUD1.9bn

Optus has announced that its parent company, Singtel Group, has entered into an agreement to sell a 70% stake in Australia Tower Network (ATN), a wholly-owned subsidiary which operates the... more

Turkey’s sovereign fund exploring Turk Telekom takeover, report says

State-owned Turkey Wealth Fund (TWF) is considering a majority takeover of fixed and mobile operator Turk Telekom (TT), according to unnamed people with knowledge of the matter cited by Bloomberg.... more

American Broadband acquires fibre assets from BNT Broadband, WayneNet

American Broadband, a rural ISP based in Sulphur, Louisiana, has announced the acquisition of fibre assets belonging to BNT Broadband and WayneNet. The company notes that the deal will facilitate... more

Verizon swoops for Chariton Valley Communications assets, report says

Verizon Wireless has negotiated a deal to acquire small-scale regional operator Chariton Valley Communications Corporation (CVCC), Light Reading reports, citing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings. The article quotes the documentation... more