29 Nov 2021

Mobile

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

Verizon Communications has completed its previously announced acquisition of TracFone Wireless and TracFone’s family of brands from America Movil (AM). TracFone is the largest MVNO in the US, serving approximately... more

Epic 5G launch in Malta

Maltese cellco Epic (formerly Vodafone Malta) has announced the launch of its 5G network in parts of the Inner Harbour area around Valletta. The 5G rollout forms part of a... more

Nos launches 5G service ‘across the country’

Portuguese operator Nos has announced that its 5G network is now available ‘across the country’. Miguel Almeida, CEO of Nos, commented: ‘This is the moment we have been waiting for... more

ice belatedly opts to take up voluntary coverage obligation

Norwegian mobile network operator (MNO) ice has decided that it will take up a voluntary coverage obligation in return for a discount on the 3.6GHz spectrum it won at auction... more

Makedonski Telekom expands 5G to a third of population

Makedonski Telekom has expanded its 5G network to twelve cities in central and western parts of the country (equivalent to a third of the population), with plans to cover Demir... more

Uruguay operators sign MNP contracts with database administrator

Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC) has announced that the country’s mobile operators have signed contracts with the recently-selected mobile number portability (MNP) database administrator. According to the regulator,... more

IMDA awards provisional 2.1GHz spectrum allocations for 5G

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore has announced the award of provisional 2.1GHz spectrum allocations for 5G services to domestic operators Singtel, the M1-StarHub Consortium (Antina [JVCo]) and... more

ICA approves the sale of Vodafone, Nova passive infrastructure

The Icelandic Competition Authority (ICA, known locally as Samkeppniseftirlitid) has given its unconditional approval to the sale of Syn (Vodafone Iceland) and Nova’s passive mobile infrastructure to ITP ehf, itself... more

Airtel Lanka outlines 4G network expansion to consolidate nationwide coverage

Bharti Airtel's Sri Lankan subsidiary Airtel Lanka has announced a major network expansion programme to build out its 4G footprint across the island. Under the plan the company will deploy... more

Ooredoo, Nokia sign strategic five-year agreement, including 5G

Finnish vendor Nokia today announced that it has been selected by Qatar-based Ooredoo Group to bring multiple technologies and services, including 5G, to customers in the Middle East, North Africa... more

PTA orders reduction in MTR

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has ordered a reduction in the mobile termination rate (MTR) from its current level of PKR0.7 (USD0.00396) per minute to PKR0.3 (USD0.00170) from 1 July... more

Fixed Broadband

Allianz invests EUR1bn in rollout of fibre network in Austria

Allianz Capital Partners, on behalf of Allianz Insurance Companies and the Allianz European Infrastructure Fund, has entered into an agreement with Oesterreichische Glasfaser-Infrastrukturgesellschaft (oGIG) for the financing of the rollout... more

Enable to boost fibre speeds in Christchurch

Wholesale fibre provider Enable Networks has announced plans to upgrade most fibre broadband customers across the Christchurch area to a new fibre connection providing maximum down/upload speeds of 300Mbps/100Mbps. The... more

Starlink ordered to stop taking pre-orders

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has instructed satellite connectivity provider Starlink to stop taking pre-orders, as the company is not yet licensed to provide satellite internet services in India. In... more

Fixed Voice

Nepal Satellite Telecom's licence cancelled

The National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) revoked the licence of Nepal Satellite Telecom (NST) on 26 November following the operator’s failure to pay its outstanding regulatory fees, The Himalayan Times reports.... more

Corporate/Financial

Reliance Industries Limited said to be weighing up bid for BT Group

Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is reportedly considering an offer for BT Group, according to India’s Economic Times, which cites sources familiar with the matter. With it suggested that... more

TIM loses CEO as KKR considers a new joint offer with CVC

Telecom Italia (TIM) CEO Luigi Gubitosi has resigned as the telco considers the recent EUR10.8 billion (USD12 billion) takeover offer from US investment firm KKR. The executive said he decided... more