27 May 2022

Mobile

Yes unveils range of new unlimited data plans as part of full commercial 5G launch

Malaysian mobile network operator (MNO) Yes, which in December 2021 soft-launched 5G connectivity over the network being rolled out and managed by Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), has announced a full... more

UScellular hands Nokia new 5G contract

Fresh from awarding Ericsson a contract to deploy its newly acquired C-band and 3.45GHz spectrum, United States Cellular (UScellular) has added Nokia to the vendor mix with a parallel 5G... more

Rwandan cellcos link mobile money services under eKash

RSwitch, the national e-payment switch of Rwanda, has launched eKash, which enables the interoperability of the country’s two mobile money providers for the first time. Customers of MTN’s Mobile Money... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Construction work on the IRIS submarine cable system aiming to connect Iceland and Ireland has commenced in Thorlakshofn (Iceland). The cable has been manufactured by SubCom, which is also responsible... more

Chorus, Nokia demo 25G PON broadband

New Zealand wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has partnered with Nokia to demonstrate 25G PON broadband technology at the Chorus Fibre Lab in Auckland, achieving a download speed of 21.4Gbps.... more

Brightspeed targets one million homes passed by end-2023

New US ISP Brightspeed has announced that it plans to achieve one million new fibre passings across its multi-state territory by the end of 2023. The company says that the... more

Corporate/Financial

Altice’s latest increase in BT stake called-in for national security assessment

A call-in notice for a full national security assessment of the acquisition of 6% of shares in British fixed line incumbent BT has been ordered by the UK’s Business Secretary,... more

Axiata’s acquisition of Link Net stumbles as 42% of shareholders oppose plan

At an extraordinary general meeting on Thursday (26 May), 42.17% of Axiata Group’s shareholders – including Permodalan Nasional – voted against the proposed acquisition of a 66.03% stake in Indonesian... more

Q1 revenues jump 40% for United Group

United Group has reported revenues of EUR616.8 million (USD660.5 million) for the first three months of 2022, up 40% year-on-year, boosted by the acquisitions Wind Hellas in Greece and Optima... more

Miscellaneous

New federal policy aims to reduce tariffs and support consumers

Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Francois-Philippe Champagne, yesterday announced a new proposed policy direction in the telecoms sector which will require the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)... more