6 Jun 2022

Mobile

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

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

AEK planning to award 5G spectrum to all applicants

Three companies – Neotel, A1 Makedonia and Makedonski Telekom (Telekom) – have submitted letters of interest (LoI) to the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEK) in regards to the forthcoming auction... more

Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr ink raft of new agreements

Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr have announced the signing of six new commercial and strategic agreements, with the former saying the development represented ‘a step that comes within the framework... more

Telia shuts down a third of 3G base stations

Telia Lietuva has completed the first stage of the deactivation of its 3G network in Lithuania. From the start of the year to the end of May, the company has... more

LMT selects Nokia for 5G SA Core

Latvian cellco Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) has selected Nokia to provide its 5G Standalone (SA) Core which the vendor claims will allow LMT to deliver more advanced 5G services such... more

WOM claims 73% urban 5G network coverage

Chilean mobile provider WOM has extended its 5G network to cover 246 communes nationwide and now claims that the network is available to 73% of the country’s urban population, or... more

Regulator rejects price hike claims

Congolese telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority of Post and Telecommunications (Autorite de Regulation des Postes et Telecom, ARPTC) has published a statement refuting claims from the Federation of Companies of... more

Telenor no more; cellco becomes Atom Myanmar

Mobile provider Telenor Myanmar has changed its name to Atom Myanmar with effect from 30 May 2022 following the sale of the company by former parent Telenor Group to M1... more

Anatel approves two-month extension to 3.5GHz 5G launch schedule

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has approved a 60-day extension to the deadline for launching 5G services in the 3300MHz-3700MHz band for winners of frequency auctions in all state capitals... more

T-Mobile US launches commercial Voice-over-5G

T-Mobile US has announced the launch of commercial Voice-over-5G (Voice-over-New Radio [VoNR]) in limited areas of Portland (Oregon) and Salt Lake City, with plans to expand the service to ‘many... more

Fixed Broadband

CityFibre completes GBP4.9bn debt raise to support its full fibre rollout

British pure fibre broadband provider CityFibre has announced that it has secured a debt package totalling GBP4.9 billion (USD6.1 billion), comprising committed facilities of GBP3.9 billion and an accordion facility... more

Paratus Namibia extends fibre connectivity to northern areas

Paratus Namibia has installed the first fibre connection at Ohakweenyanga village, just outside Ongwediva, fulfilling a promise made last year to provide fibre connectivity to underserved northern areas of the... more

Virgin brand could be introduced in Italy’s fibre broadband market

Italian wholesale network operator Open Fiber is in discussions with a group which has acquired rights to use the Virgin brand to launch fibre broadband and TV services in Italy.... more

Corporate/Financial

Telenet completes sale of mobile towers to DigitalBridge

Telenet has completed the sale of its mobile tower business to DigitalBridge Investments. As a result of the sale, DigitalBridge’s Belgium Tower Partners now holds all of Telenet’s mobile passive... more

Virgin Mobile Poland merged into parent company Play

Virgin Mobile Poland has merged with its parent company, P4, which trades under the name Play. A report from Telko.in says the companies filed a merger application on 2 May... more

Miscellaneous

Arcep awards a new concession to Starlink

Satellite internet company Starlink has been awarded a new concession in France, after its previous authorisation was revoked on a legal technicality. The original decision to grant two frequency bands... more