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28 Oct 2022

Mobile

FCC to explore using 12.7GHz band for 5G, 6G and beyond

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to explore repurposing up to 550MHz in the 12.7GHz-13.25GHz (‘12.7GHz’) range for next-generation mobile broadband services. The watchdog notes: ‘The FCC expects that... more

EIB backs MTN Nigeria with EUR100m for network expansion

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to EUR100 million (USD100.2 million) financing with MTN Nigeria to support the telecoms company’s network expansion programme. The investment will enable the acceleration... more

XL and Huawei ink MoU for 5G smart city project

Indonesian telco XL Axiata and Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a smart city, dubbed ‘5G City’, through 5G networks. The scope of... more

EE accelerates 5G deployment, modernises infrastructure in partnership with Ericsson

British mobile network operator (MNO) EE, a subsidiary of BT Group, is deploying Ericsson’s latest ultra-lightweight radio technology to deliver improved 5G energy efficiency and network performance, it has been... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Meta (Facebook) has revealed that the 2Africa fibre-optic cable has landed in African telecoms company AFR-IX’s newly inaugurated Barcelona Cable Landing Station (CLS). Located by the Sant Adria de Besos... more

Utility Warehouse and TalkTalk ink new long-term wholesale agreement

Multi-service utility provider Utility Warehouse (UW), which is listed on the London Stock Exchange as Telecom Plus, has entered into an improved and extended wholesale supply agreement with TalkTalk Group.... more

Proximus set to trial new 10Gbps fibre connection

Belgian full-service operator Proximus is preparing to trial a new 10Gbps fibre connection ahead of an official launch in February 2023. The new 'Ultra Fiber' package, which increases the company's... more

Mawingu revamps branding as it eyes expansion across Kenya

Kenyan ISP Mawingu has revamped its branding as it prepares to close a new investment round and expand its business to additional areas of the country. Since its establishment in... more

E-Networks to spend USD35m on VoLTE rollout

Guyanese ISP E-Networks has announced plans to invest USD35 million on the deployment of VoLTE technology on its fixed wireless LTE. The upgrade will be rolled out by US-based Mavenir... more

USDA provides USD759m to boost broadband in 24 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, Palau

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced that the department is providing USD759 million to bring high speed broadband access to people living and working... more

Corporate/Financial

Rogers-Shaw merger will go to Competition Tribunal hearing after mediation failure

The proposed merger of Canadian cableco/mobile groups Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications – including an associated deal to offload Shaw’s Freedom Mobile subsidiary to Quebecor’s telecoms division Videotron – will... more

IAM reports 2.6% growth in revenues in 3Q22

Maroc Telecom (IAM) has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 September 2022, reporting a 2.6% increase in revenues from MAD9.006 billion (USD821 million) to MAD9.240 billion,... more

DITO reportedly in talks with potential investors

DITO CME Holdings, which holds a 53% stake in the Philippines’ new third telco DITO Telecommunity, is understood to be holding talks with would-be investors, with the nation’s biggest state... more

Millicom Q3 revenues up 37.9% to USD1.4bn as Guatemala buyout boosts top-line

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) – which offers mobile and cable broadband in Latin America under the Tigo brand – has reported quarterly revenues of USD1.388 billion for the three months... more

Proximus raises FY revenue guidance after strong Q3

Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has announced strong results in the three months ended 30 September 2022, delivering growth in its domestic and international operations. Underlying group revenue in the... more

Airtel Africa net profit dips to USD133m

Airtel Africa – the African division of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel – has reported total quarterly revenues of USD1.31 billion for the three months to end-September 2022, up from... more

TIM and Open Fiber deal could require asset disposals

The EU is likely to impose conditions on a proposed deal to combine Italy’s two main fixed communications network owners. A report from Reuters, which cites sources close to the... more