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3 Oct 2022

Mobile

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

South African financial services group Capitec has launched a new MVNO called Capitec Connect, joining rival banks Standard Bank and FNB in the virtual operator market. Announcing the launch, Capitec... more

India kicks off 5G; Airtel launches in eight cities, Jio to follow by Diwali

India’s first 5G services were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) event over the weekend, which also featured a raft of announcements and technology... more

Ericsson, Telefonica demo 5G mobile backhaul for non-urban areas

Ericsson and Telefonica Deutschland, which provides services under the O2 brand, have successfully demonstrated 5G wireless backhaul for rural and suburban coverage. This demo showed that the companies can deliver... more

Belarusian cellco life:) added 44 new BTS in August/September

Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST, life:)) said it added 44 base transceiver stations (BTS) to its network in August and September 2022, as it works to ensure that its services work... more

Fixed Broadband

Drei launches 5G SA for homes and businesses

Full-service provider Hutchison Drei Austria has announced the commercial launch of 5G Standalone (5G SA) services under the name ‘5G+’. The offering has been made available for 1.3 million homes... more

eir FTTH passes 900,000 premises

More than 900,000 homes and businesses across Ireland have now been passed by eir’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, as the telco accelerates its rollout pace to 250,000 annual premises under its... more

Vodafone Italy introduces 300Mbps 5G FWA service

Vodafone Italy has launched fixed wireless access (FWA) services for home users over its 5G network, providing download rates up to 300Mbps. The offer joins its existing Casa Wireless 4G... more

Corporate/Financial

Vodafone Portugal inks an agreement to acquire Nowo

Vodafone Portugal has entered into an agreement with Llorca JVCO, the owner of Spanish operator MasMovil Ibercom (trading as Grupo MASMOVIL), to acquire Cabonitel, the holding company which controls Portuguese... more

Sonaecom exchanges 50% ZOPT stake for a 26.1% direct share in Nos

Portuguese telecoms group Sonaecom has announced that it has ceased to be an investor in ZOPT (its 50/50 joint venture with Isabel dos Santos-controlled Unitel International Holdings and Kento Holdings),... more

AmericaNet swoops for Opyt

Sao Paulo-based ISP AmericaNet has sealed the takeover of Goias-based Opyt, expanding its presence in the interior and Midwest of the country. The deal was negotiated by boutique M&A firm... more