13 May 2022

Mobile

Advisory committee: 3.5GHz band available for 5G after December 2023

A special advisory committee to the Dutch government has said that 5G mobile frequencies in the 3.5GHz band will become available after an auction on 1 December 2023. The committee... more

NICTA confirms Vodafone PNG has inked interconnection deals with Digicel and Telikom

Kila Gulo-Viu, chief executive of Papua New Guinea’s National Information and Communications Technology (NICTA), has reportedly confirmed that new mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone PNG has inked interconnection agreements with... more

Bakcell launches VoLTE

Azerbaijani mobile network operator (MNO) Bakcell has announced the launch of VoLTE services throughout the country, including areas of Nagorno-Karabakh, providing customers with improved voice quality, faster call connectivity and... more

One Montenegro claims record 5G transfer rate in testing

Following deployment of its first 5G base transceiver station (BTS) in the capital Podgorica last week, mobile network operator (MNO) One Montenegro (formerly Telenor Montenegro) claims to have achieved a... more

Claro Colombia targets December 2022 2G shutdown

Claro Colombia has announced that the dismantling of its 2G network is proceeding at pace and expects the process to conclude in December 2022. The latest phase of the shutdown... more

Brisanet acquires Huawei antennas for 5G pilot

Brazilian regional ISP Brisanet has confirmed that it has invested BRL230 million (USD44.7 million) in Huawei mobile equipment ahead of its planned 5G pilot. TeleGeography notes that the Ceara-based company... more

Fixed Broadband

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

China Mobile International Limited (CMI), China Unicom Global (CUG), Converge and PPTEL SEA-H2X have reaffirmed their partnership to construct and operate the South East Asia Hainan-Hong Kong Express Cable System... more

Starry increases ‘serviceable homes’ coverage to 5.5m

US fixed wireless access (FWA) provider Starry, which started trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in March, following its USD1.76 billion ‘business combination’ with FirstMark Horizon Acquisition Corp,... more

Eutelsat signs deal in Tuvalu

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC) has signed a deal with Eutelsat to use capacity on the Eutelsat 172B satellite to provide connectivity to rural areas of the Pacific island nation. The... more

TIM and Open Fiber sign rural network pact

Telecom Italia (TIM) and Open Fiber have inked a EUR230 million (USD240 million) agreement regarding infrastructure sharing in rural areas of Italy. The deal involves TIM’s last-mile networks venture FiberCop,... more

Corporate/Financial

Venezuela to list up to 10% of CANTV, Movilnet on local stock exchange

A number of state-owned Venezuelan companies – including CANTV and Movilnet – will sell shares via the Caracas Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores de Caracas, BVC), President Nicolas Maduro has... more

BT Group revenues down 2% in FY22

BT Group CEO Philip Jansen said his company had delivered ‘a strong operational performance’ as it published its financial results for the year ended 31 March 2022. In the twelve-month... more

DT posts 6.2% rise in Q1 revenue, raises FY guidance

German telecoms group Deutsche Telekom (DT) has reported net revenue of EUR28.02 billion (USD29.2 billion) for the three months ended 31 March 2022, an increase of 6.2% from EUR26.39 billion... more

Vi to complete equity conversion in coming weeks; achieves 5.9Gbps speeds in 5G trials

Indian cellco Vodafone Idea (Vi) expects to complete the conversion of a portion of its dues into government ownership within the coming weeks, the Economic Times writes, citing Ravinder Takkar.... more

MTN Group reports ‘solid’ financial and operational performance in Q1

South Africa-based regional carrier MTN Group said its consolidated service revenue came in ‘ahead of medium-term targets’, improving by 15.9% year-on-year to ZAR45.755 billion (USD2.8 billion), while Group EBITDA increased... more

Sales down 4% at Telekom Slovenije

Telekom Slovenije reported revenues of EUR151.2 million (USD158 million) for the first three months of 2022, down 4% year-on-year. EBITDA rose 2% to EUR56.7 million, while net profit jumped 23%... more

OTE reports 4.7% rise in Q1 sales

OTE Group of Greece has recorded a 4.7% annual increase in sales for the first three months of the year to EUR825.3 million (USD861 million). Adjusted EBITDA after lease rose... more