19 May 2022

Mobile

Orange Poland has over 1m active 5G devices

Orange Poland says it now has more than one million 5G devices on its network. The firm added that 47% of all handsets sold during April this year were 5G-capable,... more

Lesotho launches SIM registration

The Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) has announced that the country’s mobile phone users will be required to register their SIM cards with their service provider starting from 24 June. The... more

PLDT-Smart to carry out Philippines’ first cellular broadband test

PLDT mobile division Smart Communications announced today (19 May) that it hopes to be the first company in the Philippines to test US-based start-up AST SpaceMobile’s BlueWalker 3 satellite to... more

T-Mobile US seeks special temporary authority to trial 3.45GHz spectrum

T-Mobile US has requested special temporary authority (STA) from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to test spectrum in the 3.45GHz-3.55GHz band in and around Dallas, Texas, Kansas City, Missouri, New... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Indian government-backed Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) and mobile operator Vodafone Idea (Vi) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and deploy IoT/M2M solutions in India. A... more

Iran’s MCI expands 5G to Kish Island

State-owned Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI) has expanded its 5G coverage with a launch on the island of Kish, off the coast of southern Iran. A report from Ebinews... more

Fixed Broadband

Altice USA to launch 5Gbps fibre in New York Tri-State area

Optimum, a brand of Altice USA, has unveiled a new ‘Optimum 5 Gig Fiber Internet’ product, which it says represents the fastest residential fibre service in the New York Tri-State... more

Cable ONE invests USD950m to pave the way for 10G

US cableco Cable ONE has revealed that it has made investments of nearly USD950 million over the last three years, as it seeks to increase capacity and extend coverage ahead... more

ACCC says smaller ISPs boosted market share in 1Q22 as it releases wholesale indicators report

Smaller Australian broadband providers increased their market share in the National Broadbandn Network (NBN) wholesale market in the opening three months of 2022, doing so at the expense of the... more

DISH to resell AT&T fibre broadband

US satellite TV giant DISH Network has entered into a distribution agreement with AT&T Communications that will allow it to offer AT&T fixed broadband services – including AT&T Fiber –... more

ComCom extends Swisscom universal service licence

Swiss telecoms watchdog the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has extended the universal service licence of state-backed incumbent operator Swisscom for an additional year. In a statement from the watchdog, ComCom... more

Vodafone NZ, Commerce Commission both appeal fine

Vodafone New Zealand and the Commerce Commission have both said they will appeal a NZD2.25 million (USD1.4 million) fine imposed on the telco for its historic marketing of ‘FibreX’ branded... more

Corporate/Financial

Equity firms eye Hong Kong’s HKBN

Hong Kong fixed broadband provider HKBN could be the subject of takeover bids from several private equity firms. A report from Bloomberg links KKR, PAG and Stonepeak as potential buyers.... more

eir claims ‘solid results’ as it publishes first quarter financials

Ireland’s eir has released what it called ‘solid results in line with expectations’ in publishing its performance for the quarter ended 31 March 2022. With the company reporting a total... more

MTS Q1 group revenue up 8.5%

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) reported that Q1 2022 consolidated group revenue increased 8.5% year-on-year to RUB134.4 billion (USD2.1 billion), driven by robust top-line performance in its Telecom, Fintech and Media... more