24 Jan 2022

Mobile

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

Russian state-owned nuclear power corporation ROSATOM plans to launch an MVNO next year, Kommersant reports. According to the business daily, the MVNO will operate on the Tele2 network. The report... more

HT Mostar inks new contract with Ericsson Nikola Tesla

HT Mostar has signed a new contract worth more than HRK11 million (USD1.7 million) with Ericsson Nikola Tesla, relating to the management of Ericsson solutions software and licences in the... more

Ericsson establishes dedicated NOC for DNB’s 5G network

Ericsson has established a Network Operations Centre (NOC) dedicated to Digital Nasional Berhad’s (DNB) 5G network, the company has announced in a press release. The DNB 5G NOC, which is... more

DITO looking to double subscription base in 2022 via USD1bn investment

DITO CME Holdings' telecoms arm DITO Telecommunity Corp aims to double its mobile subscription base in 2022 aided by planned capital expenditure of USD1 billion to expand coverage across the... more

Avantel switches off IDEN network

Colombian mobile operator Avantel – which has been majority owned by Icelandic-backed, UK-based Novator Partners since July 2020 – has confirmed that its legacy IDEN network was switched off at... more

Telkom withdraws urgent application to halt IMT spectrum auction

Telkom has requested the removal of its urgent application to interdict ICASA from proceeding with Invitations To Apply (ITAs) for IMT spectrum. The company said: ‘Telkom has reached agreement with... more

Fixed Broadband

Magenta upgrades fixed broadband speeds

Full-service provider Magenta Telekom, which was formed in 2019 from the merger of wireless operator T-Mobile Austria and cableco UPC Austria, has upgraded its fixed broadband plans by introducing a... more

Proximus to begin phasing out VDSL broadband services in March

Belgian full-service provider Proximus will begin phasing out VDSL fixed broadband services in some areas from March, according to a report by Belga news agency. The process of shifting customers... more

T-Mobile Netherlands claims gigabit service footprint of 3.3m premises

T-Mobile Netherlands announced today on its website that its gigabit fixed broadband access footprint – via a mixture of third-party operators’ networks and its own fibre rollouts – now covers... more

Corporate/Financial

SoftBank Corp seeking USD263m funding to finance HAPS mobile initiative

Japanese telco SoftBank Corp is reportedly looking to raise up to JPY30 billion (USD263 million) to fund exploration into high-altitude mobile services. Capacity Media reports that Masayoshi Son’s communications unit... more

Jio Platforms reports 8.9% net profit growth

Jio Platforms, the telecom services wing of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and parent company of full-service provider Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), reported gross revenue of INR241.8 billion (USD3.25... more

Vodafone Group rumoured to have explored acquisition of Three UK

UK-based Vodafone Group is said to have recently explored the possibility of acquiring rival mobile network operator (MNO) Three UK, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. It... more

Vi quarterly net loss widens to USD971m

Indian mobile provider Vodafone Idea (Vi) has booked gross revenue of INR97.2 billion (USD1.3 billion) for the three months to end-December 2021, down from INR108.94 billion in the same period... more

Vodafone and Iliad mull Italian merger

Italian telcos Vodafone and Iliad are reportedly considering a merger in a move which would reduce the country’s mobile market from four players to three. A report from Reuters, which... more

Telemach finalises Optima deal in Croatia

Telemach Croatia has completed its acquisition of a 54.31% stake in fixed broadband provider Optima Telekom. In a deal first announced last July, United Group subsidiary Telemach has bought stakes... more

Miscellaneous

KemKominfo to take role in developing telecoms infrastructure in Indonesia’s new capital

Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI, aka KemKominfo) has pledged to take an active role in developing telecommunication services and infrastructure in the country’s new National Capital (IKN) in... more