1 Jun 2022

Mobile

Telia completes sale of 49% of its Swedish tower business

Sweden’s Telia Company has completed the sale of a 49% stake in its domestic mobile tower business to a consortium comprising infrastructure investment firms Brookfield and Alecta. The total cash... more

APT and FET announce spectrum swap details

Taiwanese mobile network operators Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) and Far EasTone (FET) have announced details of a major spectrum swap they plan to undertake. In separate statements to the Taiwanese... more

Decision on 700MHz spectrum licences for Aland Islands deferred again

A deadline for the granting of 700MHz spectrum licences for the Aland Islands has been further extended, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Liikenne-ja viestintaministerio, MoTC) has announced. Previously, in... more

ARKEP begins consultation on 3400MHz-3800MHz range

Sector watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Post and Electronic Communications (Autoriteti Rregullator i Komunikimeve Elektronike dhe Postare, ARKEP) has launched a public consultation regarding the distribution and use of spectrum... more

Unitel signs three-year Huawei deal on RAN, other services

Angola’s mobile market leader Unitel has signed a new three-year framework agreement with its long-term Chinese vendor partner Huawei incorporating ‘a complete series solution’ including Radio Access Network (RAN), transmission... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Japan’s NTT Com in partnership with it subsidiary Transatel has launched ‘IoT Connect Mobile Type A’, a one-stop IoT connectivity service for mobile connectivity via SIM cards supported with a... more

Fixed Broadband

SLT-Mobitel announces significant FTTH targets under One Million Fibre Project

State-owned fixed and mobile operator Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT-Mobitel) has unveiled ambitious plans to significantly ramp up the rollout of fibre-optic network infrastructure under its One Million Fibre Project. SLT-Mobitel... more

Neptune cleared for Jamaican launch, boss confirms

Barbados-based Neptune Communications has been authorised to launch satellite-based broadband services in Jamaica by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), its executive team have confirmed. Managing director Brian Bennett-Easy, a... more

Corporate/Financial

2degrees and Vocus NZ complete merger

2degrees and Vocus New Zealand (also known as Orcon Group) have officially become the country’s third-largest telco following completion of their NZD1.3 billion (USD848 million) merger. Despite its increased scale,... more

TIM values networks business at around EUR20bn, but Vivendi wants more

Telecom Italia (TIM) has valued its fixed network business at around EUR20 billion (USD21.5 billion) including debt as it looks to push through a sale, Reuters reports. TIM is planning... more

EdgePoint takes control of first batch of PLDT towers

Singapore-based telecommunications infrastructure company EdgePoint Infrastructure announced today (1 June) that it has successfully completed the takeover of the first tranche of tower sites in the Philippines, totalling 1,512 sites... more

Rogers and Shaw agree to put merger on hold to resolve Competition Bureau objections

Canada’s Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications issued a joint statement on Monday stating that they have agreed to postpone closure of their proposed CAD26 billion (USD20 billion) merger in order... more

Vodafone Ukraine’s subscription base dropped by half a million in Q1, but revenue still increased

Vodafone Ukraine reported its Q1 2022 results, with costs associated with the war – emergency work on the network, support for the country and customers, mass migration of customers –... more

Wipeout! Surf Telecom seeks buyer for Plintron stake

Brazilian mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) Surf Telecom has reportedly hired Banco Santander to find a buyer for the 40% ownership stake in the company that is held by Plintron... more

Miscellaneous

Sri Lanka hikes Telecommunication Levy to 15% as part of wider tax reforms

The government of Sri Lanka is implementing a wave of tax reforms including a rise in VAT from 8% to 12% and an increase in the Telecommunication Levy from 11.25%... more