15 Mar 2022

Mobile

Safaricom ET inks deal to lease dark fibre from Ethiopian Electric Power

Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia (Safaricom ET) has announced the signing of a five-year lease agreement to share dark fibre-optic with state-owned Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). According to Safaricom ET, the shared... more

BIPT to extend 2G and 3G licences by a further six months

Following a public consultation, telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has announced the 2G and 3G spectrum licences held by Orange Belgium, Proximus and Telenet... more

beCloud continues to expand LTE coverage in Belarus

As part of its ongoing national network rollout, Belarus’ common infrastructure provider Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud) has announced the deployment of a further 59 4G LTE base transceiver stations (BTS)... more

Africell Angola launch delayed after unsuccessful infrastructure sharing negotiations with Unitel

Start-up mobile operator Africell Angola – which in December 2021 declared its technical readiness to launch commercial consumer mobile services in Luanda – has reportedly pushed its launch target date... more

Fixed Broadband

FCC approves USD640m for next phase of Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it is ready to authorise more than USD640 million through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) to fund new broadband deployments in... more

Chile completes Fibra Optica Austral rollout

The Chilean government has confirmed that it has completed the deployment of its Southern Fibre Optic (Fibra Optica Austral, FOA) rollout, delivering connectivity to more than 536,000 users in 15... more

NBI connects first premises in Monaghan under NBP

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company tasked with delivering fibre broadband connectivity to rural areas under Ireland’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), has announced that the first premises in County Monaghan... more

Corporate/Financial

Commerce Commission grants clearance for Vocus/2degrees merger

New Zealand regulator the Commerce Commission has granted clearance to a transaction that would see the merger of the Vocus Group with 2degrees. The NZD1.7 billion (USD1.15 billion) deal announced... more

Sources say DT has begun EUR18bn tower sale

German giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) has initiated an auction process for its towers business and expects indicative offers in the next couple of weeks, reports Reuters citing three anonymous ‘sources... more

Multitel privatisation application deadline extended to 1 April

Angola’s State Assets & Participations Management Institute (Instituto de Gestao de Activos e Participacoes do Estado, IGAPE) announced on its website an extension to the deadline for proposals in the... more

Open Fiber covered 13.5 million premises at end-2021, FY sales up 45%

Italian state-backed wholesale network operator Open Fiber says its fibre infrastructure covered 13.5 million premises at the end of 2021, up 23% in twelve months, making it one of the... more