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20 Oct 2022

Mobile

Govt planning direct allocation of long-term 5G spectrum

The New Zealand government has announced it intends to provide long-term access to the 3.5GHz spectrum band through a direct allocation process, believing it to be the best way to... more

Telcel 5G coverage reaches 64 cities

America Movil (AM)-backed Telcel has revealed that its 5G network is now available in a total of 64 towns and cities across Mexico. Writing in its 3Q22 earnings release, AM... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Bharti Airtel has launched its ‘Always On’ IoT connectivity solution in India, comprising dual profile M2M eSIMs allowing IoT devices to stay connected across multiple mobile network operators (MNOs). Airtel’s... more

CRTC sets MVNO terms and conditions

In a long-awaited step, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued decisions on the terms and conditions for MVNO access to the networks of national infrastructure-based mobile operators... more

Fixed Broadband

Equity investment from government to enable NBN Co to extend FTTP availability

NBN Co has welcomed the Australian government’s commitment to invest AUD2.4 billion (USD1.5 billion) to enable to the rollout of full fibre connectivity to more communities across the country. According... more

Liquid South Sudan rebrands as Liquid Intelligent Technologies

Liquid Telecom South Sudan, the local unit of pan-African technology group Cassava Technologies, has officially rebranded as Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Sudan, reflecting its transformation into a ‘one-stop-shop technology group’... more

American Tower enlists Nokia to deploy open access FTTH network in Argentina

Infrastructure firm American Tower Corporation has confirmed that it has hired Nokia to deploy a neutral fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network that passes close to one million homes in Argentina. The vendor... more

Triangle Comms, Mavenir claim first US ‘rip-and-replace’ upgrade

Montana-based regional operator Triangle Communications has announced that it is undergoing a full network transformation with Mavenir – in line with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-driven ‘Secure and Trusted Communications... more

Corporate/Financial

Qatar Investment Authority in talks over possible acquisition of 20% stake in Vodafone Egypt

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is said to be in advanced talks regarding the acquisition of stakes held by the Egyptian state in a number of Egyptian companies, including Vodafone... more

DITO willing to discuss ‘amicable’ solution to PHP430m PLDT debt dispute

The Philippines’ new third telco DITO Telecommunity has revealed that whilst it is still considering any legal alternatives, it is open to finding an ‘amicable settlement’ in its dispute with... more

AT&T seeks partner for USD10bn fibre JV

AT&T Inc. is in discussions to create a joint venture (JV) that would invest billions of dollars in the expansion of the telco’s fibre-optic networks, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar... more

Tele2 reports 6% rise in Q3 sales

Scandinavian telecoms group Tele2 has reported total revenue of SEK7.08 billion (USD634 million) for the three months to the end of September 2022, up 6% year-on-year. End-user service revenue was... more

France’s TDF attracts two bidders for 45% stake

Infrastructure investment firms EQT and Tillman Infrastructure are reportedly considering competing bids to acquire a 45% stake in French towers firm TDF. Reuters cites three unnamed sources as saying that... more

SBIN ‘official’ consumer service launch scheduled this week

Beninese Digital Infrastructure Company (Societe Beninoise d’Infrastructures Numeriques [SBIN]) will ‘officially launch’ its range of services for the ‘general public market’ on 21 October, reports Agence Ecofin, as announced as... more