7 Apr 2022

Mobile

Africell Angola launches commercial mobile services

New Angolan network operator Africell announced today that it has launched commercial mobile services, bringing fresh competition to the country’s two established cellcos Unitel and Movicel. The start-up’s initial service... more

Vodafone brand relaunched in PNG as Digitec enters mobile sector

A new mobile network operator (MNO) has entered Papua New Guinea, doing so under the Vodafone banner. Local press outlet The Post Courier reports that Digitec Communications – part of... more

Digicel drops Panama exit bombshell

Digicel Group Holdings Limited (DGHL) has announced that Digicel Panama intends to apply for voluntary liquidation and withdraw from the Panamanian telecoms market. Describing the decision as ‘regrettable’, Digicel says... more

Smile expands to Zanzibar

Smile Communications expanded its 4G LTE mobile broadband services to Zanzibar last month, with customers on the island now able to access maximum speeds of 50Mbps. ‘Following Smile Tanzania's recent... more

ARTA dismisses NTC’s motion and approves automatic permit for NOW Telecom

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) of the Philippines has granted its approval for NOW Telecom’s application for an automatic extension of its mobile licence permits, paving the way for it... more

WINDTRE and Iliad hope to launch rural 5G network venture by 30 June

A rural 5G network sharing agreement involving Italian operators WINDTRE and Iliad has moved one step closer with the news that the firms have reached an agreement with trade unions... more

Lynk Global announces successful launch of ‘cell-tower-in-space’

Lynk Global has announced the successful launch, deployment, and initial on-orbit check-out of Lynk Tower 1. The spacecraft is the company’s sixth ‘cell-tower-in-space’ satellite and is now in position to... more

T-Mobile US: 40% of post-paid subs have a 5G device

T-Mobile US CEO Mike Sievert has revealed that more than 40% of the operator’s post-paid mobile subscriptions now have a 5G device, and 5G traffic already accounts for roughly half... more

4ka extends 5G trial to third city

Slovak cellco 4ka, which is part of the SWAN group, has activated 5G services in a third market, with a switch-on confirmed in the city of Trnava. A report from... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

BH Telecom announced the launch of commercial NB-IoT services over an 800MHz guard-band network in Bosnia-Herzegovina on 1 April, under the ‘NB-IoT Connectivity’ banner. The operator’s NB-IoT services are aimed... more

Fixed Broadband

Bell claims Canadian speed record with 3Gbps symmetrical fibre launch

Bell has claimed ‘the fastest internet speeds of any major provider in Canada’ with the launch of a fibre broadband service offering download and upload speeds of 3Gbps, noting that... more

Corporate/Financial

Telecel Group buys Mattel of Mauritania

Tunisie Telecom (TT) and its local partners have reached an agreement to sell the Mauritanian cellco Mattel to UK-based group Telecel Group, which currently has operations in South Africa, Liberia... more

BSNL/MTNL merger still on ice; BSNL to roll out 112,000 4G sites

The Indian government has deferred the planned merger of state-owned providers Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the Economic Times writes, citing Minister of State... more

MTN selects JPMorgan to help with Fintech listing

Pan-African mobile carrier MTN Group has selected JPMorgan Chase & Co to act as its advisor on the planned separation of its financial technology business Fintech, people with knowledge of... more

Miscellaneous

Ten EU states still to implement EECC measures

The EU has referred ten member states to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over their failure to transpose the EU Electronic Communications Code (EECC) into national law. In February... more