5 Sep 2022

Mobile

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

The UK has a new MVNO in the form of Velotel, which is targeted at cycling enthusiasts. In a press release to celebrate the launch on 25 August, the newcomer... more

Vodacom switches on 5G network in Tanzania

Vodacom Tanzania, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscriptions, has announced the launch of its 5G mobile network service, offering initial speeds of up to 400Mbps and low latency with... more

Africell Angola reaches five million subscriptions in under five months

Africell Angola, which launched the country’s third commercial mobile network in Luanda on 7 April 2022, has claimed the milestone of five million subscriptions in less than five months of... more

T-Mobile US dominates 2.5GHz auction; pays USD304m for 7,156 licences

Following the conclusion of Auction 108 on 29 August, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that T-Mobile US secured the largest number of 2.5GHz licences on offer. The cellco... more

Govt urged to extend energy price cap to telecoms sector

The Association of Mobile Operators in Romania (Asociatia Operatorilor Mobili din Romania, AOMR) – which includes Orange Romania, Vodafone Romania and Telekom Romania Mobile Communications – has urged the government... more

Lebanon suffering internet outages amid telecoms worker strikes

As a consequence of strikes begun last week by telecoms sector employees, services including mobile internet and data, fixed broadband and fixed voice have been subject to interruptions in cities... more

Fixed Broadband

Telekom starts marketing 430,000 FTTH connections in 66 municipalities

Telekom Deutschland, the fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has started marketing its fibre-optic services to more than 430,000 homes and businesses in 66 municipalities across the country.... more

DirecTV Go partners with PuntoNet

Ecuadorian ISP PuntoNet has reached an agreement with DirecTV to add the pay TV company’s DirecTV Go streaming service to its Celerity-branded plans. As a result, all new and existing... more

Corporate/Financial

Italian minister backs TIM-Open Fiber plan, but still hurdles to overcome

Italy’s Minister for Innovation and Digital Transformation has backed a plan to combine the network assets of Telecom Italia (TIM) and wholesale provider Open Fiber, but only if competition is... more

Distributel and Primus Canada to join the Bell group

Bell Canada has agreed the takeover of alternative telco Distributel, a merger which the latter says will support its growth strategy in the residential and business segments for internet services.... more

Rogers secures extension agreements with lenders to support Shaw acquisition

Canada’s Rogers Communications has announced the completion of agreements with holders of senior notes to ensure bond financing remains in place if it cannot close its proposed merger with Shaw... more

Miscellaneous

Vodafone NZ completes upgrade and onshoring of all major IT systems

Vodafone New Zealand has completed the upgrade and onshoring of its major IT systems away from its former global parent Vodafone Group. The operator noted in a statement that the... more