12 Nov 2021

Mobile

New Zambian cellco Beeline Telecom to launch by 30 June 2022, regulator says

Beeline Telecom, which was awarded Zambia’s fourth mobile licence in February this year, will launch a commercial service by 30 June 2022, it has been revealed. An unnamed spokesperson from... more

Safaricom to invest KES67bn to kick-start Ethiopian division

Kenyan telco Safaricom is planning to invest an initial KES67 billion (USD593 million) in start-up costs for its Ethiopian division, Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia, The Nation writes. The telco holds a... more

Vodafone CR: 5G network now available to more than 50% of Czech population

Mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone Czech Republic has disclosed that it now covers more than 50% of the population with its 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) network, which was launched in October... more

Libya PM plans to open telecom sector to competition

Libyan Prime Minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba has said that the country’s telecoms sector needs to be opened up to competition to improve services, Libya Herald reports. Speaking at the Taqnya... more

NCC plans to auction further 3.5GHz spectrum in the future

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will auction off additional 3.5GHz spectrum following the upcoming sale of two slots in the 5G-suitable band scheduled to take place next month. This Day... more

Sutel unwilling to reimburse Grupo ICE for its unused 5G frequencies

Costa Rica’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has informed the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia y Telecomunicaciones, MICITT) that it is unwilling to... more

Vodafone NZ completed 26 cell site upgrades/builds in October

Vodafone New Zealand has revealed it completed the deployment or upgrade of 26 cell sites last month as part of its regional investment programme, despite needing to implement heightened COVID-19... more

Vodafone Australia, Samsung complete 5G mmWave vRAN trial, expand collaboration

TPG Telecom, operating under the Vodafone Australia banner, and Samsung Electronics have announced the successful completion of their 5G virtualised RAN (vRAN) 26GHz mmWave trial which began in July, aimed... more

Etisalat Misr lines up EGP5bn spend for 2022

Egyptian mobile operator Etisalat Misr is planning to invest between EGP5 billion and EGP5.5 billion (USD317.5 million and USD349.3 million) in its operations in 2022, roughly matching its spending in... more

Lao Telecom reaches 3.5m subs as it celebrates 25th anniversary

Lao Telecommunications Company (Lao Telecom) has issued a progress report as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, noting that it now serves 3.5 million mobile subscriptions. The telco, which was founded... more

MTN Rwanda requests additional time to improve QoS

Mobile operator MTN Rwanda has requested an extension to enable it to fix network issues before the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) hands down the fines which it threatened several... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Installation works on a new submarine cable linking the Greek municipality of Attica to Heraklion in Crete has commenced. The new system is part of a EUR1 billion (USD1.15 billion)... more

Cabletica plots fibre expansion; unified brand planned for 2022 after Movistar deal

Liberty Latin America (LLA)-backed Cabletica intends to continue its deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure in 2022, with Johanna Escobar Guerra, general manager of Cabletica-Movistar, quoted as saying: ‘Practically 100% of... more

Fixed Voice

T-Mobile Netherlands loses appeal against KPN copper switch-off schedule

T-Mobile Netherlands has lost a court appeal against rival KPN’s planned copper network shutdown schedule, and says it will now argue its case to the regulator, the Authority for Consumers... more

Corporate/Financial

Millicom pays USD2.2bn to buy out partner’s 45% stake in Tigo Guatemala

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has signed an agreement to acquire the remaining 45% equity interest in Tigo Guatemala from Panama-based Miffin Associates Corp for USD2.2 billion in cash. According to... more

Open Fiber sale approved by EC

The EC has approved the sale of a 50% stake in Italian wholesale telco Open Fiber. Australian infrastructure investment firm Macquarie has been cleared to acquire a 40% interest, while... more

DT reports 1.8% rise in Q3 2021 revenue, raises FY guidance

German telecoms group Deutsche Telekom (DT) has reported net revenue of EUR26.88 billion (USD30.8 billion) for the three months ended 30 September 2021, an increase of 1.8% from EUR26.39 billion... more

Mobile rollout costs continue to weigh heavy on e-commerce group Rakuten

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. has reported that net losses for the three months ending 30 September 2021 reached JPY26.8 billion (USD236 million) and nine-month losses spiralled to JPY92.3 billion... more

Zain Group reports a 5% increase in net profit in 9M21

Kuwait-based telecoms group Zain has published its consolidated financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2021, reporting a 3% decrease in revenues year-on-year to KWD1.1 billion (USD3.8 billion),... more

T-Mobile Netherlands reports sales, EBITDAaL, subscription growth in 3Q21

T-Mobile Netherlands reported total revenue in Q3 2021 of EUR515 million (USD590 million), displaying year-on-year growth of 6.4%, while the operator’s EBITDA after Leases (EBITDAaL) grew 22.7% y-o-y to EUR173... more