29 Jul 2022

Mobile

Bell launches ‘5G+’ 3500MHz service in Ontario; prepares to deploy 5G SA core network

Bell Canada announced yesterday (28 July 2022) the availability of ‘5G+’ mobile services based on 3500MHz spectrum in selected parts of southern Ontario, offering compatible smartphone users in Toronto, Guelph,... more

WINDTRE and Ericsson expand 5G Core agreement

Italian fixed and mobile operator WINDTRE has selected Ericsson to power its 5G Standalone (SA) network with a dual-mode 5G Core on cloud infrastructure. The latest long-term deal builds on... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Cypriot telecoms operator CYTA has inked a deal securing its participation in the USD850 million East Med Corridor (EMC) submarine cable system. The new submarine cable will connect Singapore and... more

Nokia and SINET deploy XGS-PON network for enterprises

Nokia has announced that Cambodian ISP SINET has chosen to deploy its XGS Passive Optical Network (XGS-PON) solution to address the growing demand for high speed broadband in the business... more

Get a room: Zain and Huawei jump into bed with FTTR

Zain Kuwait has announced the upcoming launch of fibre-to-the-room (FTTR) technology based on a solution provided by Huawei. Zain says FTTR will offer stable internet connection of up to 1Gbps... more

Filipino FTTR testers call Globe for room service

Globe Telecom has revealed it hopes to be among the first Southeast Asian providers to launch fibre-to-the-room (FTTR) after successful testing of the technology. The telco announced today (29 July)... more

SpaceX (Starlink) targets end-22 for commercial launch in the Philippines

Starlink Internet Services Philippines, a 100% owned subsidiary of SpaceX (Starlink), confirmed this week that it will launch its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite internet service commercially by December. In... more

BoFiNet upgrades backbone with Ribbon Communications

Botswana’s state-owned infrastructure company, Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet), has contracted Ribbon Communications to upgrade and enhance its national backbone network. Ribbon is providing BoFiNet with a multi-terabit optical network that... more

Fixed Voice

Donetsk, Luhansk breakaway regions switch to Russian fixed network code

From 1 August 2022 the fixed voice telephony networks of the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine will switch to the Russian ‘+7’ numbering prefix,... more

Corporate/Financial

EU warns proposed Orange-VOO merger may hurt competition, opens probe

EU antitrust regulators opened on Thursday an in-depth investigation into Orange’s bid for a majority stake in Belgian cable operator VOO, warning the deal may reduce competition and increase prices... more

ANRT fines Maroc Telecom USD238m for failing to comply with competition rules

Maroc Telecom Group (IAM) has been fined MAD2.45 billion (USD238 million) by the National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom, ANRT) for failing to comply with... more

Videotron takes a bite of Ontario market with Burger buyout

Quebecor, the parent of Quebec-based cableco/cellco Videotron, has purchased smaller internet and TV provider VMedia, a move which signifies the group’s intentions to expand outside its home province, reports the... more

Millicom Q2 revenue jumps 44.6% to USD1.4bn after Tigo Guatemala buyout

Millicom International Cellular (MIC), which offers mobile and fixed broadband services in Latin America via the Tigo brand, has reported quarterly revenue of USD1.447 billion for the three months ended... more

VMO2 claims ‘continued operating momentum' in second quarter results

Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) has published its financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2022, with the company claiming the period under review saw it ‘delivers continued operating momentum... more

Mobily posts a 47% increase in net profit in 2Q22

Saudi Arabian mobile network operator (MNO) Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 June 2022, reporting a 4.6% year-on-year increase in revenues to... more

ATN International posts Q2 revenue of USD179.5m; rumours of a sale swirl

Massachusetts-based multi-country telecoms group ATN International (ATNI) has reported revenues of USD179.5 million for the second quarter of 2022, up from USD123.9 million in 2Q21, with the uptick primarily due... more

Proximus raises FY guidance after strong Q2

Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has increased its guidance for the full year following continued growth and ‘strong commercial traction’ in Q2 2022. Group underlying revenues rose 4.9% year-on-year to... more

Liberty revenue growth slows to 1.0% in Q2

UK-based cable group Liberty Global has reported total revenues of USD1.75 billion in the second quarter of 2022, a decrease of 41.3% from USD2.99 billion in Q2 2021, but up... more

VodafoneZiggo highlights Q2 mobile, B2B turnover rises; DOCSIS 3.1 reaches 86% of network

Dutch fixed and mobile network operator VodafoneZiggo reports that its total revenue declined by 0.7% year-on-year to EUR1.001 billion (USD1.019 billion) in the second quarter of 2022, primarily due to... more

Miscellaneous

GCRA and JCRA publish annual report, say local telecoms sectors were ‘steady’ in 2021

A study of the Channel Islands’ telecoms markets has been jointly published by the Guernsey Competition and Regulatory Authority (GCRA) and the Jersey Competition and Regulatory Authority (JCRA). According to... more