4 Nov 2021

Mobile

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Bell Canada is partnering geographic information system (GIS) provider Esri Canada to create the Bell Integrated Smart City Ecosystem, combining Bell’s 5G network and IoT solutions with Esri’s real-time analytics... more

Nar reports 23% increase in 4G users in 9M21

Azerfon (Nar), Azerbaijan’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscriptions, has revealed its LTE user base grew by 23% in the first nine months of 2021. The company attributed... more

High Court supports Comium in suspension dispute

Gambian newspaper The Standard reported that Banjul High Court issued a ruling on 28 October permitting cellco Comium Gambia to resume full operations, overriding its one-month service suspension ordered by... more

Fixed Broadband

CityFibre passes millionth home with its FTTP network

UK-based CityFibre has announced the passing of what it called ‘a major milestone’, with it confirming it has made its millionth home ready for service (RFS) under its nationwide rollout... more

CommSol Holdings is first to breach new network infrastructure rules, ACMA says

Canberra-based wholesale telco CommSol Holdings has become the first company found in breach of new infrastructure rules which aim to ensure all Australians have access to broadband services with peak... more

FCC approves Boeing’s LEO satellite constellation

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved an application from the Boeing Company for a licence to construct, deploy, and operate a satellite constellation. As detailed in its FCC application,... more

Vianet launches fibre broadband in Janakpur and Bardibas

Nepalese fibre broadband operator Vianet Communications has announced its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and television services are now available in Janakpur and Bardibas in Province 2, expanding its footprint to a total... more

Corporate/Financial

General Superintendence approves Oi Movel sale; decision passes to CADE

The Brazilian government has announced that the General Superintendence (Superintendencia-Geral, SG) has approved the proposed sale of Oi Movel, while recommending ‘the adoption of remedies that mitigate competitive risks’. Measures... more

MTN Nigeria IPO to commence this month

The planned initial public offering (IPO) of MTN Nigeria shares will get underway this month, with some 575 million shares being made available. According to a statement by MTN Group,... more

Airtel Africa completes USD51.7 million Madagascar tower sale

Airtel Africa, Bharti Airtel’s majority-owned pan-African division, has completed the sale of its passive infrastructure assets in Madagascar to regional infrastructure firm Helios Towers for USD51.7 million. Under the terms... more

Telefonica reports 3Q21 revenues of EUR9.3bn; OIBDA surges on asset sales

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has reported revenues of EUR9.298 billion (USD10.774 billion) for the three months ended 30 September 2021, down 11.1% year-on-year on a reported basis, but up 3.6%... more

MTN Group reports ‘solid’ Q3 performance despite impact of SIM regulations in Nigeria

Pan-African mobile carrier MTN Group has released its quarterly trading update for the three months ended 30 September 2021, highlighting a 19.1% year-on-year increase in consolidated service revenue. The Johannesburg-based... more

Liberty Q3 turnover drops to USD1.9bn

UK-based cable group Liberty Global has reported total revenue of USD1.90 billion for the three months to end-September 2021, down from USD2.85 billion in the same period of 2020. The... more

PLDT 9M21 service revenues climb 7%, EBITDA up 8% marking ‘fifth consecutive quarter of record growth’

Filipino telecoms group PLDT Inc. has announced that its consolidated service revenues for the nine months ended 30 September 2021 increased by 7% year-on-year to PHP135.9 billion (USD2.7 billion), aided... more