8 Oct 2021

Mobile

NCC plans to hold 3.5GHz spectrum auction in December

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has published a Draft Information Memorandum for its upcoming auction of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, as part of its 5G Technology Deployment Plan and... more

Comium ‘committed’ to pay dues to lift suspension

Gambian mobile network operator Comium – which had its services suspended for a month on 5 October for non-payment of fees – has held a press conference in which it... more

Fixed Broadband

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

NEC Corporation has been contracted by Facebook to build an ultra-high performance transatlantic subsea fibre-optic cable connecting the US and Europe. The submarine system will be using NEC’s newly developed... more

Gigabit speeds now available to almost 87% of all premises, Nkom reports

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has revealed a notable increase in the number of homes and businesses which have access to gigabit speeds. According to the regulator, at... more

Virgin Media O2’s gigabit speeds now available to 12.8m premises

Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) has announced what it called ‘one of its largest ever gigabit broadband switch-ons’, revealing that a further 2.5 million premises have gained access to faster download... more

Sahel Telecom launches in Mauritania

A new ISP has launched in Mauritania under the name Sahel Telecom. The operator is providing customers with wireless broadband connectivity in parts of the capital Nouakchott, with plans to... more

Corporate/Financial

Report says XL Axiata, Smartfren owners exploring options including merger

Bloomberg reports that Malaysia-based Axiata Group and Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas Group are exploring options that could include a merger of their telecoms operations in Indonesia, citing anonymous sources ‘with... more

Trilogy International confirms preliminary merger discussions of 2degrees and Orcon

Trilogy International Partners (TIP) has confirmed that it has entered into exclusive discussions with Macquarie Asset Management and Aware Super to assess whether a merger of TIP’s New Zealand subsidiary... more

Starry goes public after FirstMark tie-up; transaction valued at USD1.66bn

US fixed-wireless access (FWA) provider Starry has entered into a definitive merger agreement with FirstMark Horizon Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of FirstMark Capital.... more

Telekom Srbija subsidiary buys Kosovan cableco

Telekom Srbija’s Kosovan subsidiary MTS has taken over Herc International, a cable operator in central Kosovo. A report from N1 says that MTS is also negotiating to buy other cablecos... more