31 Jan 2022

Mobile

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

West Yorkshire-based B2B solutions provider Abzorb, which inked an MVNO deal with BT Wholesale (EE) back in 2019, has entered into a new MVNO partnership with Qubiti. James Slater, director... more

SPRK confirms results of 1.5GHz auction; Tele2, LMT and Bite secure airwaves

Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission (Sabiedrisko Pakalpojumu Regulesanas Komisija, SPRK) has finalised the results of its auction of spectrum rights in the 1.5GHz band. Concessions were awarded to Latvia’s... more

Crnogorski Telekom reports 37% growth in data traffic in 2021

Montenegrin operator Crnogorski Telekom (CT) recorded a 37% year-on-year increase in mobile data traffic in 2021, with approximately 28 million GB of data carried over its network last year –... more

Liberty to switch off Puerto Rican 3G network on 22 February

Liberty Mobile has announced that it will be the first mobile service provider in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands to complete the shutdown of its 3G network,... more

Fixed Broadband

VMO2 and its parent companies planning new fibre joint venture

Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) is reportedly planning to launch a fibre-building joint venture (JV) with parent companies Telefonica and Liberty Global as it seeks to compete with British fixed line... more

Telekom rolls out fibre network to 463 new development areas

Telekom Deutschland, the fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), rolled out its fibre-optic network to an additional 463 new development areas in the fourth quarter of 2021. The... more

Government targeting nationwide fixed broadband access by 2024

Trend reports that the government of Azerbaijan is aiming to ensure fixed broadband access throughout the entire country by 2024, extending services to more than 700 settlements that are not... more

Intersat boosting satellite internet services in Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Senegal via Eutelsat Konnect

Intersat – a provider of VSAT internet solutions across Africa – has signed a multi-year deal with Eutelsat Communications to utilise the latter’s Eutelsat Konnect high-throughput satellite for meeting the... more

Rock Connect selects Nokia for FWA 4G rollout

Jamaican 700MHz licence holder Rock Connect (formerly known as Rock Mobile) has selected Nokia to deploy an LTE-based fixed wireless access (FWA) network which will cover 95% of the population... more

Orange Poland begins latest stage of state-backed fibre rollout

Orange Poland has begun deployment of fibre network infrastructure under the government-subsidised Operational Programme Digital Poland (Programu Operacyjnego Polska Cyfrowa, POPC). A report from Telko.in says the operator will be... more

Fixed Voice

Tusass to phase out fixed voice services by the end of 2022

Greenlandic telco Tusass (previously TELE Greenland) has revealed that it will phase out fixed voice services by the end of 2022. The company disclosed that the decision was made as... more

Corporate/Financial

Cevian builds stake in Vodafone Group, presses for changes

Sweden-based investment firm Cevian Capital has reportedly built an undisclosed stake in UK-based telecoms giant Vodafone Group, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. According to the news outlet,... more

KPN posts EUR1.28bn FY21 net profit

Dutch fixed and mobile operator KPN’s Q4 2021 adjusted revenues increased 0.3% year-on-year to EUR1.359 billion (USD1.515 billion) mainly due to continued mass-market service revenue growth (+1.5% y-o-y). Quarterly mobile... more

KDDI Q3 revenues flatline, but net income up

Japan’s KDDI (au) has published its financial results for its fiscal third quarter ending 31 December 2021, with operating revenue flatlining at JPY1.389 trillion (USD12.05 billion), compared to JPY1.387 trillion... more