12 Apr 2022

Mobile

TRAI publishes 5G auction recommendations

Sector watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published its recommendations for the auction of spectrum for 5G services, advising the government to release all available spectrum in... more

Nokia exiting Russia, but looking to support existing networks

Finnish telecoms equipment giant Nokia released a statement this morning confirming that it is exiting the Russian market, whilst aiming to enable support for existing networks there. Nokia will take... more

MTN granted final approval for mobile banking services in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria has announced that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has granted it final approval to provide mobile payment banking services to its customers. In November last year MTN... more

Telekom improves 4G, 5G coverage and capacity in 1,055 locations

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), says it has expanded the capacity and coverage of its mobile network at 1,055 locations nationwide in the... more

Vodafone UK extends 5G coverage to twelve more locations

British mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone UK has announced the switch-on of its 5G network in twelve new locations, those being: Coventry, Dursley, Golborne, Keynsham, Llantwit Major, Lydney, Redditch, Rickmansworth,... more

XL Axiata densifies 4G LTE in Batam, Bintan

Mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata is continuing to improve its 4G LTE network, announcing that it has recently completed work to further densify its infrastructure in the Riau Islands... more

Telma deploys Ericsson Radio 6626

Telecom Malagasy (Telma) and Ericsson have deployed the Swedish vendor’s three-sector, dual-band Radio 6626 across five major sites in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. Combining three sectors and two frequencies in one... more

Established cellcos react to newcomer with promotional tariffs

In response to the arrival of new competitor Africell on 7 April, Angola’s established mobile operators Unitel and Movicel have both introduced tariff promotions in attempts to combat the threat... more

PM requests PUC address internet QoS issues

Guyanese Prime Minister Mark Phillips has requested that industry regulator the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) develop a set of quality of service (QoS) benchmarks for operators to abide by, following... more

Fixed Broadband

Globe achieved three-fold increase in FTTH connections in FY21

Globe Telecom said it rolled out 1.4 million fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections across the Philippines last year as fibre capacity improved by 38.6% and end-user subscriptions climbed by 36.5%. In a... more

Orange Poland says 335,000 households passed by FTTH under state-subsidised rollout

Orange Poland says it has now installed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks that pass 335,000 households under the government-subsidised Operational Programme Digital Poland (Programu Operacyjnego Polska Cyfrowa, POPC). Telko.in reports that networks... more

Corporate/Financial

Spark to retain shareholding in new TowerCo

Spark New Zealand has launched a process to explore the introduction of third-party capital in its mobile network infrastructure spinoff, dubbed Spark TowerCo, comprising approximately 1,263 sites. The company intends... more

Vodafone mulls Spanish fixed line sale

Vodafone Spain is considering hiring a merchant bank to coordinate the sale of its fixed line assets, Expansion reports. According to the business daily the telco is open to selling... more

Miscellaneous

US exempts internet communication services from Russian sanctions

The US Treasury has exempted the provision of internet communication services from US sanctions against Russia, in a move welcomed by human rights and open access groups, Datacenterdynamics.com reported. A... more