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7 Oct 2022

Mobile

Safaricom Ethiopia announces commercial launch

Safaricom Ethiopia has officially brought competition to the Ethiopian mobile sector with the announcement of its commercial launch. This development comes just a couple of months after the company kicked... more

Azercell to deploy 5G network ‘soon’

Azercell, Azerbaijan’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscriptions, has announced that it is planning to deploy its 5G network ‘soon’. In a press release, the company revealed it has... more

BTHK suspends 4G/5G spectrum auction as objection lodged with Competition Board

Turkcell has announced that it has been notified by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’s (TRNC's) Information Technologies and Communication Authority (Bilgi Teknolojileri ve Haberlesme Kurumu, BTHK) that the 4G/5G... more

MTC commissions five new sites in Ohangwena

Namibia’s market-leading cellco Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) has commissioned five new sites in the Ohangwena region to improve network coverage, New Era reports. The new 3G sites, which were activated in... more

BSNL close to inking 4G deal with TCS

State-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is close to finalising an agreement with a consortium led by domestic vendor Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for the rollout of 4G and... more

Colt offers Japanese corporations 4G/5G Wireless Access service

Colt Technology Services has launched its ‘4G/5G Wireless Access’ service in Japan, aimed mainly at corporations across manufacturing, service and retail industries that are adopting cloud computing and SD-WAN, reports... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Unidata (via a special purpose company called Unitirreno) has signed an agreement for the deployment of an 890km fibre-optic submarine system in the Tyrrhenian Sea that will connect Mazara del... more

Time dotCom introduces 2Gbp speeds for residential subscribers

Malaysia’s Time dotCom has announced the introduction of 2Gbps speeds for residential users, a development which marks the first commercial deployment of 10G PON technology in the country. Initially, access... more

Iliad and Fastweb ink Italian fibre deal

Iliad Italy has signed a wholesale fibre agreement with Fastweb, allowing it to expand its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service footprint. Iliad says that, thanks to the new deal and its existing... more

Tele2 converged fixed/mobile offer reaches 30 regions

Mobile operator Tele2 Russia, a subsidiary of Rostelecom, has expanded the coverage of its converged fixed/mobile bundling offer to 30 regions. Enabling Tele2 mobile customers to add residential fixed broadband... more

TIM to launch 10Gbps internet access next week

Telecom Italia (TIM) is set to launch its first commercial 10Gbps fixed broadband service in 33 cities at the start of next week. A report from MondoMobileWeb says that the... more

WTL planning fundraising drive for FTTH rollout

ISP WorldCall Telecom Limited (WTL) has announced that it has completed the pilot stage of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) conversion programme and has begun the second phase of the project. In... more

Nextlink taps Nokia for rural XGS-PON rollout

Rural-focused US operator Nextlink Internet has selected Finnish vendor Nokia to deploy its XGS-PON solution to connect 200,000 homes and businesses in rural and exurban communities in twelve states. The... more

Corporate/Financial

Telenor Group establishes Norwegian passive fibre company, divests minority stake in it

Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor Group has announced the establishment of a passive fibre infrastructure ownership company in its home country, while also confirming an agreement to divest 30% of this... more

Macquarie board meets to discuss TIM deal

Australian investment firm Macquarie is still working on its side of a deal to acquire a stake in the last-mile infrastructure business of Telecom Italia (TIM). A report from Bloomberg,... more

CNMC launches disciplinary probe into MASMOVIL takeover of Ahi+

Spain’s National Commission for Markets and Competition (Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, CNMC) has initiated disciplinary action against Xfera Moviles, a subsidiary of Grupo MASMOVIL, regarding its... more

NTT reorganises NTT Data group division

Japan’s NTT Corporation and NTT Data Corporation have announced the formation of NTT Data Inc. and formally launched their combined international business to create ‘an IT services powerhouse with total... more

CADE approves Highline takeover of Vogel cell towers

Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica, CADE) has approved – without restrictions – the purchase of 79 cell towers from Algar Telecom-backed Vogel Telecom by... more