31 Mar 2022

Mobile

KDDI (au) shutting 3G network today; advises users to upgrade if they wish to keep its services

Japan’s second largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscriptions, KDDI (au), has announced that it is shutting down its legacy 3G network today (31 March) and advises affected users to... more

T-Mobile US commences CDMA shutdown; expands 5G Home Internet footprint

T-Mobile US’s long-awaited deactivation of the legacy 3G CDMA networks inherited from Sprint begins today, although question marks have emerged regarding the full shutdown timeline. Earlier this week The T-Mo... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Vodafone New Zealand has expanded its NB-IoT network coverage by partnering the Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) and expects to surpass 60% NB-IoT geographic coverage over the next few years as... more

Vi Should Be Dancing: Govt confirms plans to release BGs

The Indian government is planning to return to telcos bank guarantees (BGs) submitted for deferred payments for spectrum rights purchased at auctions in 2012-2016, the Economic Times writes, citing Minister... more

Nokia sues Romania govt after denied clearance to sell 5G equipment

Finnish equipment vendor Nokia has mounted a legal action against the Romanian government after failing to obtain authorisation from the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT) to provide 5G network... more

BIPT extends allocation of 70GHz/80GHz frequency bands to Orange, Proximus, Telenet

Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has allocated exclusive spectrum in the 70GHz/80GHz frequency bands to mobile network operators (MNOs) Telenet, Proximus and Orange Belgium... more

ACCC to conduct public inquiry into regional mobile tower access

A public inquiry into access to regional mobile towers and the feasibility of providing mobile roaming during natural disasters or other emergencies is to be conducted by the Australian Competition... more

Fixed Broadband

Togo looking to raise EUR300m to deploy fibre infrastructure on its power grid

Togo’s Minister of the Digital Economy and Digital Transformation, Cina Lawson, has said that the African nation plans to fiberise its entire network of electricity power lines, now that it... more

Swedish regulator promotes satellite broadband to boost rural coverage

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) says that satellite broadband will need to play an important role in helping the country meet its target of having... more

Corporate/Financial

Lyse completes acquisition of Ice Group Scandinavia Holdings

Regional industry group Lyse has completed its acquisition of Ice Group Scandinavia Holdings (IGSH) from Ice Group and its subsidiary AINMT. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the transaction was announced... more

New restructuring plan approved for Smile

A judge at the English High Court has sanctioned a restructuring plan proposed by pan-African operator Smile Telecoms Holdings. Law360 reports that under the USD230 million rescue plan, a Luxembourg... more

Antin swoops for Empire

Antin Infrastructure Partners has agreed to invest in Empire Access and North Penn Telephone (together known as Empire), a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) ISP that serves New York and Pennsylvania. The Wagner... more

Xplornet acquires County of Annapolis fibre network

Xplornet Communications, Canada’s largest rural-focused fixed broadband provider, has purchased the fibre internet infrastructure of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis in Nova Scotia. Xplornet will acquire, manage and... more

Trilogy International Partners revenue up 7% to USD653.6m in 2021

Trilogy International Partners (TIP), which owns telecoms assets in New Zealand (2degrees) and Bolivia (NuevaTel), has reported total revenues of USD653.6 million for the twelve months ended 31 December 2021,... more