28 Feb 2022

Mobile

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

US cableco WOW! has partnered with Reach Mobile to launch a new MVNO service. Harjot Saluja, CEO of Reach Mobile, commented: ‘By leveraging Reach Next, our new and innovative network... more

2degrees launches 5G network

Following a series of tests and optimisation demonstrations in recent months, New Zealand operator 2degrees has announced the official launch of its 5G network in central areas of Auckland and... more

Movistar switches on 700MHz 5G network

Telefonica Espana (Movistar) has launched its 700MHz 5G network to coincide with the Mobile World Congress 2022 event in Barcelona. A total of 700 towns are covered from launch –... more

China to deploy 2m 5G sites by end-2022

Chinese mobile providers have deployed a total of more than 1.42 million 5G base stations, and are planning to roll out a further 600,000 in 2022, CCTime writes, citing a... more

Orange contracts Ericsson to deploy 5G SA core network

Orange Poland has announced that it is using equipment from Ericsson to roll out its dedicated 5G Standalone (SA) core network. The telco says the signing of the five-year agreement... more

MTN, Mafab pay for 3.5GHz licences

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that the provisional winners of the recently concluded 3.5GHz spectrum auction, MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications, have each made the full payment of... more

Cote d’Ivoire expects 5G launch in 2023

The government of Cote d’Ivoire says it expects the country’s first 5G networks to go live next year. Ecofin cites Kanvoli Kacou Bi Dje from the Ministry of Digital Economy,... more

MoTC extends deadline for 700MHz spectrum licences covering Aland Islands

Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Liikenne-ja viestintaministerio, MoTC) has extended the deadline for the issuance of 700MHz spectrum licences covering the Aland Islands. Having previously opened applications back in... more

CITC to award 2100MHz spectrum for NTN networks in August 2022

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has revealed that it will hold an auction for spectrum in the 2100MHz band for Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) technologies such as 5G-non-terrestrial networks... more

Zain enhances 5G network in East Hidd

Zain Bahrain has announced the permanent deployment of 5G network enhancements in the newly developed areas of East Hidd. The operator noted residents can now ‘enjoy reliable, fast, and uninterrupted... more

Telstra achieves 5.9Gbps downlink speed on commercial mmWave 5G network

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Telstra, in collaboration with Ericsson and Qualcomm, has reportedly set a new network download speed record of 5.9Gbps using a smartphone form factor mobile test... more

Fixed Broadband

Hyperoptic: FTTP network now passes 750,000 premises

British full fibre broadband provider Hyperoptic has confirmed that its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network now covers more than 750,000 premises, ISPreview reports, while also announcing that it has attracted more than... more

Govt scraps tender for village fibre rollout

The Indian government has cancelled an INR190 billion (USD2.5 billion) tender for extending fibre connectivity to villages across 16 states due to a lack of eligible bidders, the Economic Times... more

Corporate/Financial

Far EasTone and Asia Pacific Telecom ink merger agreement

Taiwan’s Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) has announced plans to merge with rival Asia Pacific Telcom (APT) in a share swap deal reported to be valued at around TWD24.7 billion (USD882... more

Airtel greenlights Google investment

Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel has approved plans to issue preferential shares to Google as part of a deal that would see the US tech giant invest around INR75 billion... more

Telemach Croatia to launch buyout of Optima Telekom

Telemach Croatia, a subsidiary of United Group, has received regulatory clearance to proceed with a buyout of the remaining shares of fixed line operator Optima Telekom which it does not... more

VEON reports 6.8% FY21 sales rise; announces world-first ‘Always-on’ network

Multinational telecoms group VEON reported a 6.8% rise in consolidated FY 2021 revenue to USD7.788 billion, while noting that revenues in local currencies across the group climbed by 10.1% in... more