29 Apr 2022

Mobile

Minister: ‘5G auction by June, rollouts by September’

India’s telecoms minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has stated that 5G auctions will take place ‘by June’ with 5G network rollouts to follow by ‘August-September’, The Times Of India reports. The Department... more

Three Ireland issues refunds, makes payment to ComReg for roaming overcharging

Irish mobile network operator (MNO) Three Ireland has issued EUR334,970 (USD352,117) in refunds to customers, while paying a further EUR30,000 to Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) in lieu of prosecution... more

Qcell is expanding mobile network across Sierra Leone

Sierra Leonean operator Qcell has embarked on a mobile network expansion programme across the country, Concord Times writes. As part of phase three of the project, QCell is installing 150... more

FNA bans marketing of zero-rated options

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur) has prohibited the marketing of the zero-rating options ‘StreamOn’ offered by Telekom Deutschland and ‘Vodafone Pass’ from Vodafone and has ordered... more

Airtel Lanka given go-ahead to shut down 3G network from June

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has approved Bharti Airtel Lanka’s request to shut down its 3G mobile network from 26 June 2022. In a brief statement, the... more

Globe teaming up with AST SpaceMobile for satellite mobile broadband

Globe Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US-based AST SpaceMobile to provide satellite broadband to standard mobile handsets in the Philippines. The telco released a statement noting... more

Fixed Broadband

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

Google has submitted an application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a licence to construct, land and operate a private, non-common carrier submarine fibre-optic cable connecting the US, Brazil,... more

TFL looking to expand internet reach in Fiji’s northern regions

Fijian operator Telecom Fiji Ltd (TFL) is reportedly planning to lay a fibre-optic cable from Savusavu to Labasa to expand the speed, reach and reliability of internet access in the... more

UScellular launches 5G FWA in ten cities using mmWave spectrum

UScellular, in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and Inseego, has launched a new 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) service in parts of ten cities using millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum. Branded ‘Home... more

Vodafone secures access to Adamo’s rural fibre network

Vodafone Spain has reached an agreement to access Adamo Telecom Iberia’s rural fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network on a wholesale basis. The latter company currently operates networks that pass more than one... more

Corporate/Financial

Telekom still seeking buyer for Romanian mobile operation

Deutsche Telekom and its Greek subsidiary OTE have resumed efforts to find a buyer for Telekom Romania Mobile Communications, their mobile operation in Romania. Quoting unnamed sources, Ziarul Financiar reports... more

Oi agrees to transfer IPTV, DTH subs to Sky Brazil

Fresh from concluding the sale of its Oi Movel unit to a consortium comprising Claro, TIM Brasil and Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) earlier this month, Oi has struck an agreement to... more

Aquilini family looking at Freedom bid

The Vancouver Sun reports that Vancouver’s Aquilini family (Aquilini Investments) is interested in buying Shaw Communications’ cellular network operating division Freedom Mobile, which is up for sale as Rogers Communications... more

Batelco reports 9% drop in net profit in Q1 2022

Bahraini telecoms group Batelco has announced its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2022, reporting net profit of BHD17.9 million (USD47.2 million), a 9% decrease from BHD19.7... more

Turkcell sales, EBITDA up 36.7%, 30.1% in 1Q22

Turkcell’s consolidated revenues increased by 36.7% year-on-year to TRY10.7 billion (USD722 million) in the first quarter of 2022, driven mainly by Turkcell Turkey’s performance, while the group’s international and techfin... more

stc reports a 2.8% increase in revenues in 1Q22

Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has published its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2022, reporting a 2.8% increase in net profit to SAR3.035 billion (USD808.2 million) from... more

Du profit up 21% in Q1

Du of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reported an almost 9% rise in revenues for the first quarter of 2022 at AED3.1 billion (USD844 million). Net profit jumped 21%... more

Telenet grows FMC subscription base in mixed Q1

Belgian full-service telecoms provider Telenet has published its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2022, highlighting a significant rise in its fixed-mobile converged (FMC) subscription base amid... more

VEON’s Q1 sales improve by 9.8% in local currencies

Multinational telecoms group VEON ended 1Q22 with consolidated revenue of USD1.823 billion, down 0.4% year-on-year, although in local currencies sales were up by 9.8% y-o-y. Quarterly EBITDA of USD775 million... more