16 May 2022

Mobile

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Grupo MASMOVIL has reportedly completed the migration of all Euskaltel, R and Virgin Telco MVNO subscriptions onto its Yoigo mobile network. Spanish tech blog Xataka Movil quotes Norberto Ojinaga, Euskaltel’s... more

Viettel and Qualcomm collaborate on 5G infrastructure development

Viettel Group and Qualcomm Technologies have announced plans to collaborate and develop a next generation 5G Radio Unit (RU) with massive MIMO capabilities and distributed units (DUs) to accelerate the... more

Telia Norway partners Ericsson on tests of high-band 5G

Telia Norway and Swedish vendor Ericsson have joined forces to conduct 5G tests in the millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum, claiming to have already achieved download speeds of close to 4Gbps.... more

Vivacom to offer 5G to 72% of population by end-2022

Bulgarian telecoms operator Vivacom now offers 5G in over 530 cities and resorts, with plans to extend the coverage to 72% of the population and a ‘large part of the... more

ENACOM to distribute 2600MHz spectrum to boost LTE networks

Argentina’s National Communications Agency (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM) has agreed to provide the country’s incumbent mobile operators with additional 2600MHz frequencies, in order to help them boost LTE coverage.... more

Cosmote buys 410MHz licence

Greece’s National Telecommunications & Post Commission (Ethniki Epitropi Tilepikoinonion kai Tachydromeion, EETT) has announced that a sale of spectrum in the 410MHz-430MHz band attracted a single bidder. The licence offering... more

Fixed Broadband

CT launches 1Gbps speed boost option

Montenegrin operator Crnogorski Telekom (CT) has announced the launch of a new optional extra that boosts fibre-optic connection speeds to 1Gbps. Bundled free of charge with new or extended 'Magenta... more

Telefonica, OneWeb ink connectivity MoU

Telefonica has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite operator OneWeb to improve connectivity services across Europe and Latin America. The agreement has been secured... more

Starlink utilised in Quebec, Manitoba rural broadband programmes; portability option launched

The Government of Quebec has allocated a portion of funding in its rural broadband connectivity programme for subsidising SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service for 10,200 ‘hard-to-reach’ homes. A CAD9.5 million... more

Corporate/Financial

e& announces strategic investment in Vodafone Group

e& (formerly Etisalat Group) has announced that, via wholly owned subsidiary Atlas 2022 Holdings Limited, it has acquired 2.766 billion shares in UK-based Vodafone Group, representing 9.8% of the latter’s... more

Vodacom Group FY22 shows resilient performance with gains in revenue, EBITDA and profit

In publishing its preliminary results for the year ending 31 March 2022, South Africa-based multinational mobile operator Vodacom Group noted that revenues rose 4.5% to ZAR102.7 billion (USD6.3 billion) from... more