4 Jul 2022

Mobile

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

Australian ISP Swoop Broadband has purchased Queensland-based MVNO Moose Mobile for AUD24 million (USD16.5 million). The purchase is broken down as AUD19 million in cash and AUD5 million in Swoop... more

Wind Hellas to begin 3G shutdown

Greek telco Wind Hellas, part of United Group, is beginning its 3G network shutdown with a pilot in Zakynthos and Corfu on 12 July, Telecompaper reports. The network is due... more

Up to 39m subscribers hit by KDDI’s service disruption

KDDI (au) has said that work to restore mobile services following roughly two days’ of service disruption over the weekend has now been completed, although reports continued to come in... more

New taxes on imported phones, SIM cards come into force

The Kenyan government has imposed a 10% excise duty on imported mobile phones under the Finance Act 2022. Business Daily reports that a tax of KES50 (USD0.42) has also been... more

DIGI and MASMOVIL benefit most from number portability in 1H22

Spanish business journal Cinco Dias has published an update on fixed and mobile number portability (FNP/MNP) in Spain covering the period January-June 2022, highlighting that DIGI Mobil – a wholly-owned... more

Sprint reaches the finishing line: legacy LTE networks switched off by T-Mobile

T-Mobile US has deactivated the legacy LTE networks that formerly belonged to Sprint, in accordance with its previously disclosed timetable. Sprint’s LTE network – which used the 800MHz (ex-iDEN), 1900MHz... more

700MHz band free for TIM, Vodafone and Iliad 5G

Italian operators TIM, Vodafone and Iliad are now able to use 700MHz frequencies in their 5G networks following the completion of the process by television broadcasters to vacate the band.... more

Antitrust regulator approves Cellnex’s acquisition of Nos cell sites

The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrencia, AdC) has approved the acquisition of a portfolio of 350 cell sites (towers and rooftops) of Portuguese operator Nos by ON Tower Portugal,... more

Fixed Broadband

Ooredoo fibre broadband reaches Gemanafushi

Ooredoo Maldives has expanded its ‘SuperNet’ fibre-optic broadband service to Gemanafushi, an inhabited island in Gaafu Alif Atoll. Customers are able to access fixed broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps.... more

Fixed Voice

Govt still working on plans to relaunch Sotelgui

The Guinean government is still determined to resurrect the incumbent operator Societe des Telecommunications de Guinee (Sotelgui), now known as Guinee Telecoms, reports Mosaique Guinee. Following a visit to the... more

Corporate/Financial

AIS to acquire ISP 3BB for THB19.5bn

Thai mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) is planning to acquire ISP Triple T Broadband (3BB). The deal is valued at a total of THB32.4 billion (USD908 million) and will... more

Cable & Wireless Panama closes Claro takeover

Liberty Latin America (LLA) has announced that its 49%-owned subsidiary Cable & Wireless Panama (CWP, +Movil) completed its acquisition of Claro Panama from America Movil (AM) on 1 July. Balan... more