5 Aug 2022

Mobile

Orange Egypt selects Nokia to modernise its network

Nokia has announced its selection by Orange Egypt to modernise the latter’s existing Nokia SDM solution with a view to supporting subscriber growth over the next five years. According to... more

ZICTA issues updated 5G spectrum roadmap

Telecoms regulator the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has published a revised ‘5G Spectrum Roadmap’ setting out updated timelines for its planned release of spectrum in the 700MHz,... more

Flow Jamaica 2G shutdown underway

Liberty Latin America (LLA) has confirmed that its Flow Jamaica subsidiary has commenced the deactivation of its 2G mobile network. In its 2Q22 report the group explained: ‘During the second... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Sigfox South Africa has relaunched commercial services via the former SqwidNet-managed Sigfox ‘0G’ network, which covers 95% of the population and 90% of national roads. SqwidNet had been launched in... more

PLDT-Smart to sunset 3G in 2023

PLDT Inc. head of network operations Mario Tamayo has said that the company plans to sunset its 3G network next year so that it can better utilise its frequencies for... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Chile’s state-owned entity Desarrollo Pais and H2 Cable, a subsidiary of Singapore-based BW Digital, have issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the construction of the Humboldt cable system aiming... more

MTN expands fixed broadband to the home market

MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscriptions, has announced the revamp and relaunch of its home broadband services. The firm is offering residential connectivity via fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and... more

Dhiraagu FTTH service reaches 85% of households

Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu), the Maldives’ incumbent telecoms operator, has announced the expansion of its fibre broadband and DhiraaguTV service to Utheemu, an inhabited island of Haa Alif Atoll. The... more

Ontario issues eight ISPs CAD1.25bn to connect 266,000 premises in 339 municipalities

The Ontario government yesterday (4 August 2022) issued funding contracts worth CAD1.25 billion (USD975 million) to eight ISPs to expand high speed fixed broadband internet access to 266,000 unserved and... more

Sky Brazil plots FTTH launch via neutral network

Pay-TV/TD-LTE operator Sky Brasil Servicos (Sky Brazil) has revealed that it plans to launch a new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) fixed broadband service in the coming weeks. Speaking at the ‘Pay-TV Forum... more

Lumen unveils symmetrical 8Gbps fibre service

Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink) has launched a symmetrical 8Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service via its Quantum Fiber brand. 8Gbps transmission speeds are available to ‘select residents and small businesses in cities... more

Corporate/Financial

Altice USA boss confirms Suddenlink sale rumours

Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei has confirmed recent reports that the cable group is engaged with other parties regarding the potential sale of its Suddenlink operating unit. Speaking during the... more

Government to offload 10% stake in Orange Cote d’Ivoire

The government of Cote d’Ivoire has announced plans to sell a 9.95% stake in national telco Orange CI, leaving it with a 5% interest. Agence Ecofin reports that 14.99 million... more

Vodacom CEO highlights ‘resilient’ performance in fiscal Q1

Vodacom Group has released its results for the three months ending 30 June 2022, with CEO Shameel Joosub noting that the company delivered a ‘resilient first quarter performance despite the... more

Bell’s 2.9% Q2 sales growth helped by strong mobile, residential fixed broadband performance

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) reported that total operating revenue increased 2.9% year-on-year in Q2 2022 to CAD5.861 billion (USD4.561 billion), driven by 3.8% higher service revenue of CAD5.233 billion –... more

Swisscom H1 turnover dips 1.6%

Swiss state-backed full-service provider Swisscom has booked net revenue of CHF5.49 billion (USD5.73 billion) for the first six months of 2022, down by 1.6% compared to H1 2021. Similarly, EBITDA... more

‘Solid’ Q2 for OTE Group

OTE Group of Greece has reported revenues of EUR849.6 million (USD866.6 million) in the second quarter of 2022, up 2.7% year-on-year. Adjusted EBITDA after lease climbed 7.2% to EUR332.8 million,... more