28 Mar 2022

Mobile

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

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has published its ‘Licence Framework for the Establishment of Mobile Virtual Network Operators in Nigeria’. The document outlines the watchdog’s stance on matters such as... more

BH Telecom inks new contract with Ericsson Nikola Tesla

BH Telecom has signed a contract valued at HRK14.8 million (USD2.1 million) with vendor Ericsson Nikola Tesla, continuing a long-term cooperation between the two companies. In a press release regarding... more

JTOWER and DOCOMO strike infra-sharing agreement

JTOWER, which was founded in June 2012 as the first ‘Infra-Sharing’ company in Japan, has entered into a master transaction agreement with the country’s leading cellco by subscriptions, NTT DOCOMO,... more

SABC labels 31 March analogue switch-off as ‘premature’

The South African government’s plan to switch off analogue TV broadcasts on 31 March has been labelled as ‘premature’ and an ‘unsustainable risk’ by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC),... more

President instructs telecoms ministry to strengthen universal service fund

Agence Ecofin reports Senegal’s president Macky Sall has instructed the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications to optimise telecoms network coverage by strengthening the universal service fund. Stressing further public... more

Fixed Broadband

WINDTRE begins phasing out ADSL

WINDTRE has become the first major Italian fixed broadband provider to abandon ADSL technology for new customers. Previously, the telco offered ADSL alongside fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), fibre-to-the cabinet (FTTC) and fixed... more

NCC to open applications for would-be providers of LEO satellite services in June 2022

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed that it will begin accepting applications from companies which aim to offer low earth orbit (LEO) satellite services in June 2022. The Taipei... more

Telus offers ZTE Connect-Hub 5G home internet devices

ZTE Canada announced that its Connect-Hub 5G home internet gateway CPE device is now available to customers on the Telus network. The Connect-Hub 5G is offered in two variations –... more

Corporate/Financial

CVC bids for stake in TIM’s enterprise business

CVC Capital Partners has made a non-binding expression of interest to acquire a minority stake in Telecom Italia’s (TIM’s) enterprise services division. A report from Reuters says CVC is looking... more

Airtel pays INR88bn towards spectrum, will buy 4.7% Indus stake from Vi

Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel has paid INR88.15 billion (USD1.16 billion) to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) towards the prepayment of deferred liabilities relating to the acquisition of spectrum in... more

Airtel sells towers in Malawi to Helios for USD55m

Airtel Africa has announced the first closing of a transaction to sell its telecommunications tower company in Malawi to Helios Towers, a leading independent telecoms infrastructure company in Africa. The... more

Singtel Telecom International sells 1.6% of Airtel Africa for USD110.6m

Singtel Group subsidiary Singapore Telecom International, which provides technical and management consultancy services in the field of telecommunications, has sold a 1.6% stake in Airtel Africa for SGD150 million (USD110.6... more

Telenor completes Myanmar exit

Norway’s Telenor Group has completed the sale of its Myanmar division to Lebanese investment firm M1 Group. In a statement, Telenor confirmed that it had received the first payment of... more

Sistema group’s effective MTS stake reduced to below 50%; CEO buys shares

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) announced on its investor website that the effective ownership share percentage collectively held by Russian financial/industrial holding company Sistema and its subsidiaries has been reduced to... more

Copel Telecom renamed as Ligga Telecom

A vote by Parana residents to determine the new name of Copel Telecom has selected ‘Ligga Telecom’ as the preferred option. 85% of respondents opted for the new name, ahead... more