21 Feb 2022

Mobile

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

Russian retail giant Magnit is poised to trial its long-gestating MVNO in the first quarter of 2022. When live, the proposition will be targeted at the company’s loyalty programme users,... more

British govt consults on legal direction to restrict use of Huawei equipment

The British government has opened a consultation on proposed legal instruments to mandate the removal of all Huawei equipment from 5G networks by end of 2027, while proposed measures for... more

Telekom launches commercial 5G network in North Macedonia

Makedonski Telekom claims to have launched the first commercial 5G network in North Macedonia. Coverage is currently available in 15 cities and their surrounding areas, namely Stip, Veles, Kavadarci, Negotino,... more

Somaliland operators sign interconnection agreement

Somaliland-based telecoms operators Telesom and Somtel have signed an interconnection agreement allowing users of one network to communicate with customers of the other, reports The Somaliland Chronicle. Abdiweli Abdillahi Soufi,... more

Telstra and TPG Telecom ink ‘landmark’ network sharing agreement for regional Australia

Australian mobile operators Telstra and TPG Telecom have announced what they called a ‘ground-breaking ten-year regional Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) commercial agreement’. In a press release regarding the development, the... more

Govt to repeal controversial tax

The Congolese government has adopted a decision to end the controversial device registration (Registre des Appareils Mobiles, RAM) tax from 1 March 2022, following criticism regarding the collection of the... more

MTN 5G trials extended to nine sites in Abidjan

MTN Cote d’Ivoire has released more information on its ongoing 5G trials, following a demo on Friday (18 February) of a number of services over its test network, including virtual... more

Fixed Broadband

VOO to extend 1Gbps broadband connectivity

Belgian cable operator VOO plans to extend the availability of its 1Gbps internet connection throughout the Brussels region and to half of households in Wallonia by the end of 2023,... more

Baktelecom to expand fibre-optic network in Baku subsurbs

Azerbaijan state-owned regional operator Baku Telephone Communication (Baktelecom) is expanding its fibre network in the suburbs of Baku, Trend reports. According to the local news agency, the operator plans to... more

Corporate/Financial

Lyse inks agreement to acquire Ice Group Scandinavia Holdings

Regional energy supplier Lyse has entered into a Heads of Terms agreement to acquire Ice Group Scandinavia Holdings (IGSH) from Ice Group and its subsidiary AINMT. In an announcement regarding... more

True, DTAC boards approve merger arrangement

Thai telecoms operators True Corp and DTAC reported on 18 February that their respective boards have approved the merger of their businesses to create a new listed telecoms and tech... more

Altitude Infra merges Kosc, Covage fibre assets

French fibre providers Kosc Telecom and Covage have been merged by their mutual parent company, Altitude Infra, it has been announced. The enlarged entity will operate under the Covage brand.... more

KKR could block FiberCop transfer

A report from Italy suggests that US investment firm KKR could potentially block a move by Telecom Italia (TIM) to transfer last-mile networks unit FiberCop to a new infrastructure business,... more

XL Axiata books IDR1.3tn net income in FY21; 4G coverage hits 458 cities/municipalities

Indonesia’s XL Axiata reported revenue of IDR26.77 trillion (USD1.86 billion) in FY21, up 3% from IDR26.02 trillion in the previous year, as EBITDA improved 2% to IDR13.29 trillion and net... more