23 May 2022

Mobile

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

Altice France-backed SFR has reportedly acquired another MVNO, after previously inking deals for the likes of Afone (May 2021), Prixtel (June 2021) and Coriolis (April 2022). According to a report... more

stc Bahrain launches 5G SA network

stc Bahrain has announced the launch of what it claims is the country’s first 5G Standalone (SA) network. A company press release highlighted that the network, which has been deployed... more

Italy relaunches rural 5G tender

The Italian government’s Infratel unit has launched a new tender for state-subsidised 5G network rollouts in rural areas after its initial call for partners earlier this year failed to attract... more

Ofcom proposes update to technical conditions of O2 and Vodafone licences

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that, in response to requests from local mobile network operators (MNOs) Vodafone and O2, it is proposing to make changes to some licences the... more

Fivefold mobile rates hike taking effect 1 July; fixed line prices upped by 2.5 times

Lebanon’s telecoms services tariffs will be significantly raised on 1 July as part of a new plan for the sector passed by cabinet on Friday. The country’s two state-owned mobile... more

Rakuten Mobile to roll out FWA service from December; 4G coverage reaches 97%

Rakuten Mobile CTO Tareq Amin has revealed that his company plans to launch a fixed wireless access (FWA) service in Japan in December, on the proviso that it can secure... more

Globalive aims to boost its Freedom bid with Telus sharing agreement

Globalive Capital – chaired by Anthony Lacavera – has signed a 20-year nationwide mobile network and spectrum sharing agreement with Telus Communications, effective only in the event that Globalive is... more

CRA approves amendments paving way for increased 5G bandwidth

Qatar’s Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Mohammed bin Ali Al Mannai, has approved amendments made by the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) to Annexure ‘G’ related to Network Rollout and... more

Fixed Broadband

ACCC consulting on future of NBN regulation

NBN Co’s proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU), which is a key part of the regulation of the National Broadband Network (NBN), has been published by the Australian... more

Telenet demos DOCSIS 4.0 ahead of planned 2024 rollout

Belgian full-service telecoms provider Telenet has achieved download speeds of 8.5Gbps during a demonstration of DOCSIS 4.0 technology, Tijd reports. The company revealed it plans to begin deployment of the... more

Corporate/Financial

Vero Internet notches 17th takeover with Renovare deal

Brazilian regional ISP Vero Internet has announced that it has sealed a takeover agreement for 100% of the capital of smaller rival Renovare. The latter company is based in Dois... more

O2 Slovakia to split retail and networks businesses

O2 Slovakia has announced that it is separating its networks business into a new independent entity on 1 June. The subsidiary, to be called O2 Networks, will manage the construction... more

Miscellaneous

Malawi launches USF strategic plan

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has officially launched the Universal Service Fund (USF) Strategic Plan for the period 2022-2027. The five-year plan is set to promote the adoption of... more