13 Dec 2021

Mobile

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

Canada’s SaskTel has unveiled the launch of a new digital sub-brand called Lum Mobile. Lum (pronounced ‘loom’) will be a fully digital mobile model that will support a self-serve wireless... more

Far EasTone calls for more ‘rational’ 5G pricing

Taiwanese mobile network operator (MNO) Far EasTone Telecommuncations (FET) has called on its rival providers to set ‘rational’ flat rates for 5G services, the Taipei Times reports, with the cellco... more

ECOI to extend most frequency licences to 31 March 2023

The Electronic Communications Office of Iceland (ECOI) has revealed plans to extend most frequency authorisations set to expire in 2022-2023 until 31 March 2023 in order to harmonise the validity... more

Mobile operators fined for QoS and coverage failings

Following a mobile network QoS and coverage audit conducted between August and November of this year, Senegal’s Regulation Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des... more

Telenor signs licence renewal template

Norwegian-owned cellco Telenor Pakistan has reportedly signed the GSM licence renewal template issued by sector watchdog the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) ‘under protest and without prejudice’, adding that it reserves... more

EU ‘roam like at home’ will be extended to 2032

In a decision covering all 27 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, the EU’s mobile ‘roam like at home’ scheme will be extended until 2032, according to a... more

1&1 signs tower deal with Vantage

European mobile tower company Vantage Towers has signed a long-term agreement to lease tower infrastructure to German telco 1&1 (formerly 1&1 Drillisch) to enable it to launch as the country’s... more

MTN Uganda unveils expansion plans

MTN Uganda has revealed plans to increase its mobile network coverage to 90% of the country’s landmass by end-2023. The firm currently covers 72% of the geographic area of Uganda... more

Fixed Broadband

Govt plans to lift universal service rate to 80Mbps

Switzerland’s Federal Council has proposed increasing the minimum internet access speed that must be offered by the universal service provider to 80Mbps/8Mbps (downlink/uplink) from 2024 and has initiated a consultation... more

Virgin Media confirms locations where it is trialling HFC to FTTP upgrades

Following reports in November 2021 that Virgin Media had started trials designed to test the process of upgrading its HFC infrastructure to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, the locations where those tests... more

Mauritania completes backbone network project

The Mauritanian government has completed the final stage of its national backbone infrastructure rollout, which is being carried out under the West African Regional Communication Infrastructure Project (WARCIP). Ecofin reports... more

Corporate/Financial

DITO looking to raise up to USD224m via sale of shares

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that DITO Telecommunity parent DITO CME Holdings, which owns an indirect majority stake in the country’s new third telco, is planning to raise PHP8.0 billion-PHP11.3... more

Miscellaneous

Telma partners with Zattoo for IPTV rollout

Axian Group has announced its Madagascan subsidiary Telecom Malagasy (Telma) is using an end-to-end, fully hosted and managed TV-as-a-Service solution provided by Zattoo to offer set-top box and app-based IPTV... more