5 Nov 2021

Mobile

Brazilian 5G auction kicks off; first day bids reach BRL7.1 billion

Brazil’s multi-band 5G spectrum auction commenced yesterday (4 November), generating first-day bids of BRL7.089 billion (USD1.3 billion). According to TeleTime, Claro Brasil is currently in pole position, notching up bids... more

PIF mulling a merger of stc, Zain infrastructure into a new tower company

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) is reportedly mulling a plan to merge the mobile tower infrastructure of Saudi Telecom Company (stc) and Zain Saudi to form the largest cell... more

Indosat Ooredoo, Cisco forge next-generation/5G connectivity partnership

Indonesian operator Indosat Ooredoo and US-based vendor Cisco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ‘development of next-generation connectivity solutions for businesses of all sizes.’ Under the MoU, Cisco... more

T-Mobile US notches 4.95Gbps speeds in 5G SA data call

T-Mobile US has announced that it has performed what it calls ‘the world’s first 5G Standalone (SA) New Radio Dual Connectivity (NR DC) data call on a commercial network’. The... more

Unitel using satellites to boost Mongolia coverage

Mongolian mobile network operator (MNO) Unitel is looking to boost its rural network coverage via a deal with satellite operator Lynk Global. Unitel says the size and topography of Mongolia,... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Hawaiki Submarine Cable (Hawaiki) has revealed plans to deploy the Hawaiki Nui submarine cable system, with the new infrastructure described as ‘the first and largest SDM cable connecting South-East Asia,... more

Corporate/Financial

TIM could give up control of networks to ease way for merger

Telecom Italia (TIM) could be prepared to relinquish control of its fixed networks in order to push through a merger with government-backed wholesale operator Open Fiber. A report from Bloomberg... more

BCE reports 3.6% service revenue growth in Q3; total net activations up 10.2%

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) reported a 0.8% year-on-year increase in total revenues to CAD5.836 billion (USD4.696 billion) in Q3 2021, with 3.6% consolidated service revenue growth driving 4.2% higher adjusted... more

Turkcell group revenue jumps 22.3% year-on-year

Turkish mobile and fixed network operator Turkcell reported TRY9.354 billion (USD964 million) in consolidated group revenues in the third quarter of 2021, rising 22.3% year-on-year, driven by subscription base growth,... more

VodafoneZiggo Q3 turnover improves by 1.8%

Dutch fixed and mobile operator VodafoneZiggo reported total revenue of EUR1.023 billion (USD1.183 billion) in the third quarter of 2021, up 1.8% year-on-year, as consumer revenue rose 0.5% to EUR750... more

BT 6M revenues dip 3% to GBP10.3bn; telco claims 5.279 million ‘5G-ready’ subscriptions

BT Group has reported revenues of GBP10.305 billion (USD14.0 billion) for the six months ended 30 September 2021, down 3% from GBP10.590 billion year-on-year, driven by declines in its Enterprise... more

Sales rise 1.5% at Telekom Slovenije

Telekom Slovenije has reported net sales of EUR486.8 million (USD563 million) for the first nine months of 2021, up 1.5% year-on-year, boosted by higher income from international voice services and... more