18 Jul 2022

Mobile

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

Bridgetown Holdings, the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed by billionaires Peter Thiel and Richard Li, is considering a potential merger with Singapore-based MVNO Circles.Life, Bloomberg reports. According to the... more

Telia Estonia wins secondary 5G auction

Estonia’s Consumer Protection & Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) has announced Telia as the winner of the country’s second-phase 5G 3500MHz spectrum licence auction, after the company placed the highest bid... more

Telekom, Vodafone expand 5G networks in Germany

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), says it has expanded the capacity and coverage of its mobile network at 855 locations nationwide in the... more

Xplore Mobile shutting down next month

Manitoban cellular network operator Xplore Mobile, an associate of Xplornet Communications, has announced on its website that it is shutting down its services effective 31 August 2022. The company launched... more

Airtel completes trial of private 5G network; L&T throws hat in ring for CNPN spectrum

Indian cellco Bharti Airtel has completed a successful trial of what it claims is India’s first 5G private network at Bosch Automotive Electronics India’s facility in Bengaluru. According to the... more

Tigo Guatemala using 3.5GHz for 5G; 100 cell sites live in Guatemala City

Tigo Guatemala’s new 5G network utilises the 3.5GHz band, senior official Jacobo Lara has informed BNamericas, adding that the cellco’s 5G infrastructure currently spans 100 cell sites across Guatemala City.... more

Corporate/Financial

VMO2 reportedly in early talks on possible acquisition of TalkTalk

Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) is said to be in early talks to acquire rival fixed broadband provider TalkTalk, British broadsheet The Telegraph reports. According to the press outlet, which cites... more

Vodafone NZ to sell mobile tower assets for NZD1.7bn

Vodafone New Zealand, together with shareholders Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management, have announced the sale of the operator’s passive mobile tower assets for NZD1.7 billion (USD1.05 billion) to funds managed... more

Elisa records 7.7% increase in revenue for 2Q22 on growth of mobile and digital services

Finland-based Elisa has published its financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2022, reporting a 7.7% year-on-year increase in revenue, to EUR522 million (USD527 million), with the company saying... more

Zain Group reports a 10% increase in revenues in H1 2022

Kuwait-based telecoms group Zain has published its consolidated financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2022, reporting a 10% increase in revenues year-on-year to KWD829 million (USD2.7 billion),... more

Miscellaneous

NCC consults on draft regulatory documents

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has published several draft regulatory documents and invited comments on them from the public and industry stakeholders. The draft legislative documents include: Type Approval Regulations;... more