19 Nov 2021

Mobile

ANCOM receives two qualifying bids in multi-band spectrum auction

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has announced it received only two qualifying applications within the competitive selection procedure organised for the auction of short-term user... more

MobiFone approved to pilot mobile money

MobiFone has announced that it has become the first mobile operator in Vietnam to secure approval to pilot mobile money services nationwide. The State Bank of Vietnam has signed Decision... more

DNA says all 5G base stations connected to SA core; upgrade to go live in 2022

Finnish mobile operator DNA has announced that all of its 5G base transceiver stations (BTS) are now connected to a core network that supports Standalone (SA) 5G architecture. Kimmo Liikonen,... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Jersey-based investment company 3i Infrastructure has agreed to pay USD512 million to acquire a 100% stake in Global Cloud Xchange (GCX). GCX provides high-bandwidth connectivity to a range of blue-chip... more

Tele2 bundles parent Rostelecom’s fixed internet with mobile for Moscow users

Tele2 Russia, in a joint launch with its parent fixed line operator Rostelecom, has introduced the option for Tele2 customers to bundle residential fixed broadband internet with their mobile tariff,... more

BTRC proposes higher minimum mobile, fixed internet speeds

According to a decision of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), the ‘minimum speeds’ for mobile internet and fixed broadband internet will be set at 15Mbps and 20Mbps respectively, increasing... more

Swisscom boosts fixed download speeds with ‘5G Internet-Booster’ device

State-owned telco Swisscom has introduced a new offering that allows customers to utilise the operator’s 5G and 4G mobile networks to improve fixed broadband connection speeds. According to Swisscom the... more

UPC Poland inks wholesale deal with Tauron

UPC Poland has signed a new deal to share the fibre networks of utility firm Tauron. The wholesale agreement will add 100,000 people to UPC’s footprint in 132 communities in... more

Corporate/Financial

Mexican judge declares ALTAN Redes bankrupt

ALTAN Redes, the consortium which operates Mexico’s Red Compartida open access 700MHz network, has confirmed that the Seventh Judge in Civil Matters of Mexico City has declared it bankrupt. The... more

LLA remains committed to selling TSTT stake

Liberty Latin America (LLA) remains committed to honouring the six-year-old agreement to divest its 49% shareholding in Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT), the Trinidad Express reports. TSTT is... more

Omantel revenue dips 3.1% in 9M 2021

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent telecoms operator, reported revenue of OMR1.802 billion (USD4.7 billion) for the first nine months of 2021, a decrease of 3.1% from OMR1.859 billion... more

ER-Telecom boosts nine-month revenue by 25%

Russian fixed broadband network operator ER-Telecom posted a 25% year-on-year rise in consolidated revenues for the first nine months of 2021, to RUB48.0 billion (USD658 million), driven by B2B revenue... more

Zim cellcos say tax burden is too high

Telcos in Zimbabwe are calling on the government to reduce their tax burden. IT Web cites Econet Wireless deputy executive officer Roy Chimanikire as saying that the firm currently pays... more

Miscellaneous

Africell and Industry Five team up to produce handsets in Kinshasa

US-owned African telecoms group Africell has announced that it is launching a pilot project with manufacturing firm Industry Five for mobile phones to be sold in the Democratic Republic of... more