25 Oct 2021

Mobile

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

Isle of Man-based technology and platform provider plan.com has announced a new MVNO agreement with BT Wholesale, which will include access to EE’s 4G and 5G networks, as well as... more

RRT announces plans for 700MHz auction

Lithuanian telecoms watchdog the Communications Regulatory Authority (Rysiu Reguliavimo Tarnyba, RRT) has published plans for the upcoming sale of spectrum in the 700MHz band for 5G mobile services, set to... more

Nokia deploys 5G standalone core for Taiwan Mobile Company

Finnish vendor Nokia has announced it has deployed a 5G standalone (SA) core network for Taiwan Mobile Company, to enable the mobile operator to ‘provide the most advanced 5G applications... more

Rakuten pushes back 96% coverage target amid microchip shortages

The Nikkei writes that Rakuten Mobile, the start-up venture of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, is pushing back its target to achieve 96% mobile coverage to March 2022 as an ongoing... more

ARCEP Togo launches public consultation on mobile number portability

The Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP) of Togo has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce mobile number portability (MNP) in the country. The consultation runs until... more

T-Mobile delays CDMA shutdown by three months

T-Mobile US has extended the deadline for closing its legacy CDMA mobile network by three months to 31 March 2022. The cellco’s press release claims that whilst it has ‘aggressively... more

Fixed Broadband

Melita boosts maximum download speed to 1.2Gbps

Maltese cableco and mobile operator Melita has increased the data transfer rates of its fibre-based broadband plans, with maximum download speeds of 1.2Gbps now available to around 50% of households,... more

Fixed Voice

NTC considering FNP move despite underwhelming debut of MNP

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is reportedly mulling the introduction of fixed number portability (FNP) in the Philippines, according to its deputy commissioner Edgardo Cabarios. ‘Congress opted to limit the... more

Corporate/Financial

Telstra partners with Australian government to acquire Digicel Pacific

Australia’s Telstra has announced that, in partnership with the government, it has agreed to acquire Digicel Pacific, calling the deal ‘a unique and very attractive commercial opportunity for Telstra to... more

Jio Platforms books 23.5% y-o-y increase in net profit

Jio Platforms, the telecom services wing of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and parent company of full-service provider Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), registered consolidated gross revenue of INR232.2 billion... more

China Telecom 9M net profit grows by 24.7%

Chinese full-service provider China Telecom has published its results for the first nine months of 2021, registering operating revenue of CNY329.2 billion (USD51.6 billion) – up from CNY292.6 billion in... more

Miscellaneous

Ukraine revamping regulators

Ukraine’s independent telecoms regulator the National Commission for State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR or NKRZI) will be restructured as the National Commission for State Regulation of Electronic Communications,... more