8 Nov 2021

Mobile

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

Telefonica Deutschland has confirmed it has signed a new wholesale agreement with long-term MVNO player Lebara Germany, which will switch to its network from 2022. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database,... more

Brazilian 5G auction concludes; total bids reach BRL47.2bn

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has confirmed that its multi-band 5G spectrum auction drew to a close on Friday 5 November, generating total bids of BRL47.2... more

UPC Poland introduces 5G service

Cableco and MVNO UPC Poland has launched 5G connectivity for its mobile customers. Two 5G tariffs are available, priced at PLN24.99 (USD6.28) a month for 25GB of bandwidth or PLN59.90... more

Vodafone Egypt reportedly negotiating with NTRA on possible 5G trials

Mohamed Abdullah, CEO of Vodafone Egypt, has said that his company has been in negotiations with the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) regarding the possibility of undertaking 5G trials in... more

Our Telekom undertaking multimillion dollar network upgrade

Solomon Telekom (branded Our Telekom) is reportedly investing heavily in the development of its national network infrastructure, that will see 35 2G mobile sites upgraded to 3G and operational by... more

Paratus Namibia, MTN sign roaming agreement

Paratus Namibia and MTN Namibia have signed a national roaming agreement, the first of its kind in the Southern African country, allowing them to expand their own networks without duplicating... more

Fixed Broadband

US House passes ‘Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’; includes USD65bn broadband commitment

On Saturday 6 November the United States House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which President Joe Biden has described as ‘a once-in-generation bipartisan infrastructure bill that... more

Telekom forms fibre JV with IFM Global Infrastructure Fund

IFM Investors, through the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund (IFM GIF), has agreed a long-term partnership with Deutsche Telekom for the establishment of a new fibre-optic joint venture GlasfaserPlus. The 50-50... more

Corporate/Financial

Ghanaian government completes takeover of AirtelTigo

The government of Ghana has completed its takeover of mobile network operator (MNO) AirtelTigo, according to Bharti Airtel’s regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange. The Indian group confirmed that... more

KKR could up its stake in TIM fixed infrastructure vehicle

Private equity firm KKR is reportedly considering taking a greater stake in Telecom Italia’s (TIM’s) fixed line assets. Reuters cites three sources as saying that KKR could make a new... more

NBN announces first quarter results; outlines next locations for ‘on demand’ FTTP upgrades

Australia’s NBN Co has released its financial results for the first quarter of its current fiscal year (which ends 30 June 2022), reporting a total turnover of AUD1.25 billion (USD924... more

TDC reports a marginal increase in revenues in Q3 2021

Danish telco TDC has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 September 2021, reporting a marginal 0.3% increase in revenues year-on-year to DKK4.004 billion (USD621.9 million), up... more

SoftBank Group Corp slips into the red on falling Vision Fund valuations

Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp reported losses of JPY397 billion (USD3.5 billion) for its fiscal second-quarter ending 30 September 2021, compared to a profit of JPY628 billion in the corresponding... more

Telus reports 6.8%, 7.6% growth in Q3 revenue, EBITDA

Canadian full-service operator Telus reported that its consolidated revenues increased by 6.8% year-on-year to CAD4.251 billion (USD3.412 billion) in the three months ended 30 September 2021. Q3 EBITDA increased by... more