16 Feb 2022

Mobile

Zain KSA approves the sale of its tower infrastructure to PIF

The Board of Directors of Zain Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) has approved the binding offer submitted by the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF)-led consortium to acquire an 80% majority stake... more

VMO2 commits to reaching 50% population coverage with its 5G network in 2023

Virgin Media O2 (VMO2), the enlarged entity formed by the merger of mobile operator O2 UK and fixed broadband provider Virgin Media, has revealed expanded 5G coverage across the country,... more

ECOI consults on the planned 2G/3G shutdown

The Electronic Communications Office of Iceland (ECOI) has opened a public consultation on the planned closure of the country's 2G and 3G networks, with interested parties given until 8 March... more

Telekom to use 700MHz spectrum for 5G SA this year

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom, added an additional 159 new 5G locations last month, bringing the 5G antenna total to more than 63,000 to... more

Fixed Broadband

Maxis achieves downlink speed of almost 10Gbps in 10G-PON trial

Malaysian communications provider Maxis has successfully trialled 10G-PON technology, reaching download speeds of close to 10Gbps over its live next generation fibre-to-home (FTTH) network. In a press release regarding the... more

Intracom scores Dialog Axiata FWA network augmentation deal

Greece-based global telecommunication systems and PSIM solutions vendor Intracom Telecom has secured a contract extension with Sri Lankan telco Dialog Axiata for the supply of its WiBAS fixed wireless access... more

ONI unveils 10Gbps FTTP network

Portuguese B2B player Onitelecom (ONI) has launched a new 10Gbps-capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, its parent company has confirmed. Spanish communications group GIGAS – which acquired ONI in 1Q21 – has... more

ASTEL expands Almaty Region network coverage with Infinet Wireless

Fixed wireless access (FWA) connectivity solutions vendor Infinet Wireless has assisted Kazakhstan’s ASTEL to expand its backbone network via radio links in the Almaty Region using the Quanta 5 and... more

Corporate/Financial

Visabeira Global acquires 51% of CST

Portuguese conglomerate Visabeira Global has acquired a 51% stake in Companhia Santomense de Telecomunicacoes (CST), the incumbent provider of fixed and mobile services in Sao Tome and Principe, from Africatel... more

Vodafone Spain hires UBS, Morgan Stanley as MASMOVIL merger talks heat up

Vodafone Spain has hired UBS and Morgan Stanley to represent it in talks over its potential acquisition by smaller rival Grupo MASMOVIL, El Confidencial reports. The banks will negotiate with... more

Miscellaneous

Cambodia postpones national internet gateway plans

Plans by the government of Cambodia to route all domestic and international internet traffic through a National Internet Gateway (NIG) have been postponed, an official told Nikkei Asia. The new... more

GCRA launches consultation on licence fees

The Guernsey Competition and Regulatory Authority (GCRA) has launched a consultation regarding proposed changes to the mechanism for setting licence fees. According to the watchdog, following the reversion to separate... more