21 Mar 2022

Mobile

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

Polish ISP Asta-Net, which currently serves around 50,000 B2C/B2B subscriptions in Wielkopolska and neighbouring parts of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship region, has launched an MVNO service under the Namaste Mobile... more

ICASA concludes main IMT auction; to hold assignment round on 22 March

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has confirmed the successful conclusion of the main stage of the IMT spectrum auction, with the assignment round to determine the actual... more

Zain, Huawei ink MoU to accelerate '5.5G' innovation

Zain Group has selected Huawei to accelerate the migration from 4G to 5G, while also including ‘5.5G’ innovation to enrich the customer experience across multiple markets. A memorandum of understanding... more

Algerian government prepares for 5G launch

The Algerian government aims to ensure the launch of 5G mobile networks ‘soon’ and is currently working on freeing up and optimising the requisite radio frequency spectrum, telecoms minister Karim... more

O2 Slovakia improves 5G coverage

O2 Slovakia has added dozens of new locations to its 5G network, adding coverage in cities including Kosice, Kezmarok, Poprad, Spisska Bela, Lipany, Svaty Jur and Topolcany. According to a... more

Fixed Broadband

Germany outlines key points for Gigabit Strategy 2030

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport has presented its Gigabit Strategy to industry stakeholders, with a view to achieving widespread fibre-optic networks and the latest mobile communications standard... more

Netia expands gigabit services to two million premises

Polish ISP Netia, which is part of the Polsat Plus Group, says it now has gigabit-capable networks passing two million households. This represents around 75% of its own access network.... more

Corporate/Financial

CityFibre secures further GBP300m equity commitment from Mubadala

British pure fibre provider CityFibre has announced a further equity commitment of GBP300 million (USD395 million) from its existing shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company. In a press release regarding... more

Govt planning to merge BBNL into BSNL

The Indian government is planning to merge Bharat Broadband Nigam Limited (BBNL) – the special purpose vehicle established by the government for the deployment of a nationwide fibre network (BharatNet)... more

Entel offloads four data centres to Equinix

Chilean telecoms group Entel has agreed to sell four of its data centres to US-based group Equinix in a transaction that valued the assets at a combined total of USD736... more

IHS closes USD315m SP5 takeover

IHS Holding Limited (IHS Towers) has completed the acquisition of Sao Paulo Cinco Locacao de Torres (SP5), a Grupo TorreSur (GTS) portfolio company. The acquired assets include 2,115 towers and... more

Kazakhtelecom’s revenues climb 13% in 2021; highlights FWA expansion push

Kazakhtelecom (KT) reported that in 2021 its group revenues increased by 13% to KZT594 billion (USD1.164 billion) while annual group net profit jumped by 49% to KZT97 billion, helped by... more