25 Aug 2022

Mobile

MTN kicks off 5G pilot, prepares for commercial launch in seven cities

MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscriptions, has announced that it has kicked off an open 5G pilot for customers with compatible devices where coverage is available. The... more

Tele2 ready for 5G rollout in Lithuania

Tele2 Lithuania, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscriptions, has revealed that it is ready to start of deployment of its 5G network, after being awarded spectrum in the 3.5GHz... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Hutchison Drei Austria has launched LoRaWAN IoT network services across Lower Austria and most of Upper Austria, Vienna and Burgenland, in partnership with SPL TELE following a rollout begun last... more

Spark trials end-to-end 5G SA network

New Zealand telco Spark reports it has created and run two proof-of-concepts to lay the groundwork for a future 5G Standalone (5G SA) network deployment. In these trials, the operator... more

90% of subscribers now on XL’s 4G network

XL Axiata booked revenue of IDR14.075 trillion (USD947.6 million) in 1H22, up 9% from IDR12.974 trillion in the corresponding period of 2021, as pre-tax profit eased to IDR728.1 billion from... more

Approval granted for almost 400 5G sites

The Luxembourg government has revealed that approval has so far been granted for the deployment of 391 5G sites nationwide, as the country aims to complete the rollout of the... more

US 2.5GHz auction passes USD400m mark after a month of bidding

Bidding activity in Auction 108 – the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) sale of unused spectrum in the 2.5GHz band – remains sluggish as the process approaches the one-month mark. At... more

Beeline Uzbekistan deploys 1,350 base stations in year to-date

Beeline Uzbekistan reports that it has deployed more than 1,350 new base stations in the year to-date, including a batch of more than 430 rolled out in June-July, significantly improving... more

Fixed Broadband

Magenta forms EUR1bn fibre partnership with Meridiam

Full-service provider Magenta Telekom, which was formed in 2019 from the merger of mobile operator T-Mobile Austria and cableco UPC Austria, and French investor Meridiam have agreed to form a... more

Vivendi CEO supports single network plan in Italy

The CEO of Telecom Italia (TIM) shareholder Vivendi has said that a single fixed broadband network in Italy is the ‘right step’. Arnaud de Puyfontaine said the country is now... more

Uganda expanding free Wi-Fi hotspot scheme to 2,000 locations

The government of Uganda is expanding its free Wi-Fi hotspot programme to cover 2,000 sites, up from 600 currently. 300 of the existing hotspots are in the capital Kampala and... more

Corporate/Financial

Singtel to reduce Airtel stake

Singtel has entered into a share purchase agreement (SPA) to sell a 3.3% direct stake in regional associate Bharti Airtel to Bharti Telecom, its joint venture with Bharti Enterprises, for... more

H1 sales down 1% at Telekom Slovenije

Telekom Slovenije Group has reported total revenues of EUR316.6 million (USD315.1 million) for the first half of 2022, down 1% year-on-year. EBITDA fell by the same margin and totalled EUR112.2... more