6 May 2022

Mobile

FCC grants Auction 110 licences

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted 4,041 flexible-use licences for mobile services in the 3.45GHz band to the winning bidders in Auction 110, which closed in January. The FCC... more

MTN, Mafab officially handed 5G licences

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed that the winners of last December’s 3.5GHz spectrum auction, MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications, have each been officially issued with their spectrum licences.... more

EFTA Court upholds fine on Telenor Norge for anticompetitive practices

Telenor Norge has confirmed that a EUR112 million (USD118 million) fine handed to it back in June 2020 by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has been upheld. In a press... more

Orange Espana passes one million 5G subs milestone

Orange Espana has confirmed that it passed the one million 5G subscriptions milestone in the first quarter of 2022. The telco ended 31 March with a total of 1.114 million... more

Slovakia’s incumbent cellcos win 5G spectrum in 3.5GHz band

Slovakia’s Office for Regulation of Electronic Communications & Postal Services (Urad pre regulaciu elektronickych komunikacii a postovych sluzieb, RU) has completed its auction of 5G-capable spectrum in the 3.5GHz band... more

Fixed Broadband

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

The Gondwana-2 system has landed in Fiji, with New Caledonia’s Minister for Telecommunications Vaimua Muliava saying that the connection between the two countries is ‘significant for regional development’, fbcnews.com.fj writes.... more

World Bank provides USD200m to accelerate digital transformation agenda

The World Bank has approved USD200 million in funding to help Ghana increase access to broadband, enhance the efficiency and quality of selected digital public services, and strengthen the digital... more

Vodafone Greece eyes 800,000 FTTH homes by 2024

Vodafone Greece has announced plans to accelerate its rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks as it looks to pass 800,000 households with fibre by 2024. The firm says it is planning... more

Corporate/Financial

CEO: Cross-border mergers in Europe not part of Orange’s strategy

Cross-border mergers are not part of Orange's strategy in Europe, according to new CEO Christel Heydemann, with the executive adding that the company's priority is to strengthen its position in... more

Anatel approves V.tal sale

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) approved the sale of Oi’s V.tal unit (formerly known as InfraCo) on 5 May. According to the watchdog, the transaction will... more

Sales down 1% in Q1 for CKHGT

CK Hutchison Group Telecom Holdings (CKHGT) has reported revenues of EUR2.43 billion (USD2.56 billion) for the first three months of 2022, down 1% year-on-year. Total margin was flat at EUR1.71... more

Globe’s first-quarter profits surge 86% on back of record service revenues

Globe Telecom of the Philippines has reported that net income for the three months ended 31 March 2022 surged 86% to PHP13.66 billion (USD260.1 million) from PHP7.34 billion in the... more

Bell Canada Q1 results ‘surpass pre-COVID levels’

Bell Canada’s operating revenue increased 2.5% year-on-year to CAD5.850 billion (USD4.576 billion) in Q1 2022, driven by 4.2% higher service revenue of CAD5.177 billion on strong mobile, residential internet and... more

Zimbabwe’s ZOL completes rebrand as Liquid Home

Liquid Intelligent Technologies Zimbabwe says it has carried out the rebranding of its retail ISP operations in the country, with services switched from the ZOL name to the new brand... more