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31 Oct 2022

Mobile

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

US cable giant Comcast has announced that its Xfinity Mobile MVNO passed the five million subscriptions milestone on 27 October – just over five years after the service’s commercial launch.... more

EKIP launches bidding procedure for 5G multi-band spectrum auction

Montenegro's telecoms watchdog the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (EKIP) has launched the procedure for approving companies wishing to bid for spectrum in the 700MHz (694MHz-790MHz), 3.6GHz (3400MHz-3800MHz)... more

ANCOM receives three applications for 5G spectrum auction

Romanian telecoms watchdog the National Authority for Management & Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has announced that Orange Romania, RCS&RDS (DIGI) and Vodafone Romania submitted applications to participate in the selection... more

Celcom launching 5G on 1 November; Digi announces ‘gradual’ 5G deployment via DNB network

Two of Malaysia’s main mobile network operators (MNOs), Celcom and Digi, have confirmed final approvals of their Access Agreements (AAs) with Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) for access to Malaysia’s 5G... more

MTN launches 5G pilot in Republic of the Congo

Mobile operator MTN Congo officially launched its pilot-phase 5G mobile network on 28 October 2022, claiming a first in the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville). As reported by Agence Ecofin,... more

Fixed Broadband

VOO raises top broadband speed to 500Mbps outside gigabit coverage area

Belgian cable operator VOO is increasing the down/upload speeds provided by its premium 'GIGA MAX' packages to 500Mbps/50Mbps from 400Mbps/20Mbps previously. In areas where the company's 1Gbps (GIGA) service is... more

Movistar unveils Buenos Aires fibre tie-up with Metrotel

Telefonica Argentina (Movistar) and Metrotel have signed a pact which will see them share fibre-optic infrastructure in various Buenos Aires locations. The agreement follows a pilot project in the Caballito... more

Millicom on track to complete Bolivia-Paraguay link by year-end

Latin American telecoms group Millicom International Cellular (MIC) says it is on track to complete a terrestrial fibre link connecting Bolivia and Paraguay before the end of 2022. The progress... more

Openreach considering lower wholesale rates

BT Group’s infrastructure division Openreach is considering lowering the wholesale rates which it charges to third party providers for access to its network. A report from Bloomberg says proposals being... more

Corporate/Financial

Deal scrapped as market uncertainties spook TalkTalk, VMO2; UFO sightings dismissed

The proposed sale of UK ISP TalkTalk to domestic rival Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) has been abandoned due to market and regulatory uncertainties, The Telegraph reports. Preliminary discussions over a... more

Low stock price hampering Vi equity conversion plans

Plans for the conversion of dues owed by cellco Vodafone Idea (Vi) to the Indian state into a government stake have been delayed by the operator’s low share price, the... more

TIM extends CDP talks but drops exclusivity

Telecom Italia (TIM) has agreed an extension to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding the proposed acquisition of its fixed network assets by a group led by Cassa Depositi e... more

Angola completes nationalisation of Unitel

Angola’s President Joao Lourenco has issued a decision finalising the transfer of ownership stakes in mobile market leader Unitel from private companies Vidatel and Geni to the State. The nationalisation... more