4 Mar 2022

Mobile

Nokia selected by IOH as ‘prime supplier’ in major network expansion deal

In a press release, Nokia said it has been selected by Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) as a ‘prime supplier’ in a multi-year network deal to expand its 4G coverage, while... more

Our Telekom to benefit from Aussie funding to build new cell sites in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands’ Minister for Communication and Aviation, Peter Shanel Agovaka, has signed a SBD37.6 million (USD5 million) funding arrangement with Australia’s Head of the Office of the Pacific, Ewen McDonald,... more

Turk Telekom signs 5G MoU with Huawei, ‘goodwill agreement’ with ZTE; names partners for Open vRAN and other projects

Turk Telekom (TT) and China’s Huawei Technologies have signed a memorandum of understanding (Mou) on developing 5G technology for cellular broadband networks in Turkey. Initial focus areas under the MoU... more

Intelsat to deliver 3G/4G connectivity for Orange Mali

Intelsat has announced it has been selected by Malian mobile network operator (MNO) Orange Mali to bring 3G and 4G connectivity to hard-to-reach areas in the country. In a press... more

Ooredoo Qatar, Ericsson deploy 5G Indoor shareable solution

Ooredoo Qatar and Ericsson have announced the successful implementation of a ‘world first’ 5G Indoor shareable solution, achieving data speeds of 1.5Gbps. The Ericsson Indoor Connect 8855 solution, part of... more

Fixed Broadband

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

Telecom Egypt (TE) and Barcelona-based AFR-IX Telecom have inked an agreement for the landing of the Medusa Submarine Cable System in Egypt. The deal was signed during the Mobile World... more

Raha rebrands as Liquid Intelligent Technologies

Tanzanian ISP Raha Liquid Telecom has officially announced its rebranding to Liquid Intelligent Technologies, as it seeks to establish itself as a leading digital service partner for businesses. The firm... more

Telekom, willhelm.tel set to agree open access fibre deal

Telekom Deutschland has announced plans to sign a long term open access agreement with regional operator wilhelm.tel. Under the agreement, Telekom would be able to market its products to customers... more

Windstream Wholesale taps Infinera for modernisation

Windstream Wholesale and Infinera have announced plans to collaborate on an initiative to transform Windstream’s optical network infrastructure. According to the press release, the modernised network will ‘enable Windstream to... more

Starlink receives Romanian authorisation

Starlink, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture, has been authorised in Romania, Ziarul Financiar reports. The announcement was made on LinkedIN by... more

Aeronet launches 2Gbps fibre service in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican B2B-focused ISP Aeronet has launched a new 2Gbps service plan, doubling the download speed currently offered by its AeroFiber brand. The new product went live on 1 March... more

Fastweb preparing for 5G SA with Qualcomm

Italian ISP Fastweb is collaborating with Qualcomm to implement 5G Standalone (SA) technology on its networks this year. Qualcomm says that the platform will feature Snapdragon X65 and X62 5G... more

Corporate/Financial

FCCC approves sale of Digicel Fiji to Telstra

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has granted final approval for the indirect acquisition of Digicel Fiji by Australia’s Telstra. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2021... more

Minister declares opposition to transferring Shaw/Freedom mobile licences to Rogers

Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Francois-Philippe Champagne, yesterday issued a statement regarding Rogers Communications’ proposed takeover of Shaw Communications and its subsidiary Freedom Mobile, in which he indicated... more

Vodafone said to be seeking NZD1bn tower sale

Bloomberg reports that Vodafone New Zealand is seeking prospective buyers for its mobile phone towers that provide coverage to about 98% of the country’s population. According to a presentation sent... more

Consolidated offloads Kansas City assets to Alinda Capital

Consolidated Communications Enterprise Services has entered into an agreement to sell its Kansas City assets to funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners. The asset sale is an all-cash transaction resulting... more

Paratus buys Botswana’s BBi

The Paratus group has been cleared to acquire 100% of Broadband Botswana Internet (BBi). The Competition and Consumer Authority of Botswana has given its unconditional approval for the buyout, with... more

Bell acquires indy ISP EBOX

Bell Canada has acquired EBOX, which is described as the largest independent ISP in Quebec. The internet, telephone and TV provider based in Longueuil, Quebec, has been operating for 25... more

Telecom Egypt reports 74% y-o-y increase in net profit in 2021

Telecom Egypt has reported a 16% rise in consolidated revenue for the year ended 31 December 2021, saying growth had been mainly driven by a 30% uplift in data revenues... more

MTS FY 2021 revenue climbs 8%

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) reported that its full-year 2021 consolidated group revenue increased by 8.0% to RUB534.4 billion (USD4.95 billion), with top-line contributions across all segments, including Telecom, Fintech, and... more

Miscellaneous

Public hearing on Unitary Licences postponed, TRC confirms

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has confirmed that its planned public hearing regarding revised Unitary Licence requirements has been postponed until further notice. The... more