14 Mar 2022

Mobile

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

Verizon Communications – which completed the USD6.25 billion takeover of TracFone Wireless in November 2021 – is understood to be taking steps to migrate the roughly seven million mobile users... more

ICASA multiband auction surpasses ZAR8 billion; WOAN project to be scrapped

The main stage of South Africa’s auction of mobile broadband spectrum, which started on 10 March 2022 and is expected to continue this week, has so far raised more than... more

DOCOMO accelerates 5G rollout to keep pace with rivals

Japan’s leading mobile operator by subscriptions, NTT DOCOMO, is looking to ramp up the pace of its 5G network rollout to keep pace with its main rivals KDDI (au) and... more

Intelsat to support Safaricom LTE expansion

Kenyan mobile provider Safaricom has signed a multi-year contract with satellite provider Intelsat to modernise its network and expand LTE coverage. Under the deal, Intelsat will provide cellular backhaul and... more

Zain Kuwait's 5G services going Standalone with Cisco

Zain Kuwait has selected US-based Cisco to deploy Standalone (SA) 5G network technology, aiming to deliver ‘high value for B2B services’, the operator announced on its website. Highlighting that its... more

Fixed Broadband

ComReg issues update on wholesale fixed access charges decision

Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has issued a statement regarding the decision it published in December 2021 – Decision D11/21 – relating to the setting of prices for several... more

Telekom Malaysia stops accepting new copper-based broadband sign-ups

Telekom Malaysia has announced that it is no longer accepting new registrations for its copper-based broadband services, ‘unifi Lite’ (‘Streamyx’) and ‘Business Broadband’. In a press release regarding the matter... more

Sky Cable plots fibre expansion

Sky Cable (SKY Fiber), the fixed broadband ISP of ABS-CBN Corp, is in the process of identifying new areas where it will launch its fibre internet services. The ISP’s head... more

AT&T to cut copper footprint by 50% by 2025

US telecoms giant AT&T Communications has revealed plans to reduce its copper footprint by 50% by 2025. By that date, the telco expects that 75% of its network footprint will... more

Fixed Voice

Chorus prepares to switch off first copper cabinets

New Zealand wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has announced it will begin switching off its first copper cabinets in mid-March as it continues its fibre network upgrade. The company has... more

Corporate/Financial

China Unicom books 15% uptick in annual profit

Chinese full-service provider China Unicom has reported a 7.9% increase in annual operating revenue, with turnover reaching CNY327.9 billion (USD51.7 billion) in the year to end-December 2021. Service revenue made... more

MTN Group looking to trim MTN Nigeria shareholding to 65%

African regional mobile carrier MTN Group has reiterated its commitment to its business in Nigeria, although it has said that, as part of efforts to further broaden the local shareholder... more

Orange seeks part-refund of price paid for Telekom Romania

Orange Group has asked OTE for a retrospective adjustment to the EUR296 million (USD323 million) price it agreed to pay last year for a 54.01% stake in Telekom Romania Communications... more

Rogers initiating talks with potential buyers for Shaw’s mobile assets

Bloomberg reports that Rogers Communications has opened a data room and begun talks with potential buyers of the mobile assets of Shaw Communications as the two Canadian groups attempt to... more

TIM to hold talks with KKR on buyout bid

The board of Telecom Italia (TIM) has decided to open formal talks with US investment firm KKR over its EUR10.8 billion (USD11.8 billion) takeover bid for the telco. The board... more

EC approves Play’s UPC takeover

The EC has approved the takeover of UPC Poland by mobile network operator (MNO) Play (P4), which is itself part of France’s Iliad group. Play announced plans to buy the... more

Iranian operators speak out against 2% tax increase

Iranian telcos MTN Irancell and Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) have spoken out against the government’s plan to impose a further 2% tax on operator revenues, which they say would... more