6 Dec 2021

Mobile

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

UK MVNO ParentShield has activated ‘Daily Data Budgeting’ functionality for its customers. The virtual operator, which allows parents to oversee their child’s phone usage without invading their privacy, previously stated:... more

Viettel expands 5G trials to Vinh Phuc, secures mobile money pilot licence

Viettel, Vietnam’s largest mobile operator by subscriptions, has expanded its 5G trials to the mountainous province of Vinh Phuc, northwest of Hanoi. The region has become the ninth location to... more

Telekom Malaysia to conduct 5G trials with DNB

Telekom Malaysia has agreed to conduct 5G trials with state-run Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), although it has not confirmed whether it has signed a long-term agreement on the usage of... more

MTN trialling 5G in Cote d’Ivoire

MTN Cote d’Ivoire says it has conducted the country’s first 5G mobile trials. A report from Journal de Brazza cites an unnamed MTN source as saying that talks are underway... more

Ecuador reduces tax burden on mobile operators

The Ecuadorian government has confirmed that the Special Consumption Tax (Impuesto a los Consumos Especiales, ICE) will no longer be applied to fixed voice and mobile phone services with effect... more

Claro Dominicana switches on 5G in 29 parts of Distrito Nacional

Claro Dominicana has announced that it has activated 5G connectivity in 29 locations across the Distrito Nacional. The locations covered at launch have been named as Bella Vista, Centro Olimpico,... more

Telenor Hungary now operating over 200 5G base stations

Telenor Hungary, which soft-launched 5G mobile services earlier this year, reports on its website that the live 5G network now spans more than 200 base stations in areas including high-demand... more

BIPT begins consultation on spectrum auction rules

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has opened a public consultation on proposed rules for participants in the upcoming multi-band spectrum auction. Stakeholders have until... more

Vodafone deploys SA 5G node at Almeria Science and Technology Park

Vodafone Spain has announced that it has deployed a 5G node using Standalone (SA) architecture at the Parque Cientifico Tecnologico de Almeria (Almeria Science and Technology Park). As a result,... more

Fixed Broadband

Starlink to begin India licensing process by Jan-22

Starlink, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture, is now planning to apply for licences to operate in India after being rebuked by... more

KPN’s Glaspoort JV fibre rollout extended by 170,000 households

Dutch telco KPN announced today in a brief statement that Glaspoort – the open access fibre network joint venture (JV) of KPN and pension fund ABP – is expanding its... more

Corporate/Financial

MTN’s Ugandan IPO fails to ignite

South Africa-based MTN Group has announced that it will proceed with the listing of its 22.4 billion ordinary shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE), with trading commencing immediately. In... more

Aussie Broadband to acquire Over the Wire for AUD344m

Victoria-based Aussie Broadband has entered into a ‘Scheme Implementation Deed’ with Queensland-based Over the Wire (OTW), under which the larger ISP has agreed to acquire all of the issued shares... more

Keppel unitholders vote to invest in M1

Unitholders of Keppel DC REIT, which claims to be the first pure-play data centre real estate investment trust (REIT) listed in Asia and on the Singapore Exchange, have reportedly voted... more

Teoh divests TPG Telecom shares worth an estimated USD235m

In an Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) announcement dated 2 December, Australia’s TPG Telecom announced that David Teoh, a substantial shareholder of the company, had entered into an agreement to sell... more

Magyar Telekom ceasing ADS trading on LSE

Hungary’s Magyar Telekom disclosed that its Board of Directors have decided to cancel trading of its American Depositary Shares (ADSs) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) with effect from 30... more