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3 Nov 2022

Mobile

Maxis confirms it aims to finalise access agreement with DNB by January 2023

With all of its rival mobile network operators (MNOs) having finalised Access Agreements (AAs) with Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) for access to Malaysia’s 5G Single Wholesale Network (SWN) last month,... more

Hi3G deploys 1,000 sites in 3500MHz band

Hi3G Denmark (3) has deployed a total of 1,000 5G mobile sites in the 3500MHz C-band, bringing its 5G population footprint to 70%. The company is aiming to provide 5G... more

Airtel hits one million 5G users within first 30 days

Indian cellco Bharti Airtel has announced that it has crossed the one million unique 5G user mark within 30 days of the commercial launch of the network. Airtel launched the... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

SoftBank Corp has introduced the 1NCE IoT Flat Rate low-bandwidth connectivity service for enterprise customers in Japan under an exclusivity agreement. For a one-time payment of JPY2,200 (USD14.86) including tax,... more

Fixed Broadband

BT’s FTTP network now passes 8.8m premises; group publishes H1 financials

BT Group has confirmed the fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure overseen by its network unit Openreach now passes 8.8 million homes and businesses across the UK, including 2.8 million in rural areas.... more

Telenet in talks with Orange over VOO network access deal

Belgian full-service provider Telenet has confirmed it is in talks with Orange concerning potential network access on the VOO cable network, which the French telecoms group plans to acquire. The... more

Azerbaijan expands fibre networks

More than 649,000 households across Azerbaijan are now covered by GPON-based fibre-optic networks, the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport (MDDT) has revealed. In a press release the MDDT highlighted... more

Corporate/Financial

Lumen sells EMEA business to Colt for USD1.8bn

Lumen Technologies has entered into an exclusive arrangement for the proposed sale of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business to London-based Colt Technology Services for USD1.8 billion. The... more

Axiata exploring options for Indonesian units XL and Link Net, sources say

Malaysia’s Axiata Group is understood to be mulling its options for its Indonesian operations – mobile operator XL Axiata and broadband services provider Link Net (First Media) – including the... more

VEON Q3 revenue climbs 3.6%; up-for-sale Beeline Russia’s local currency turnover drops 6.1%

Amsterdam-headquartered multinational telecoms group VEON reported a 3.6% year-on-year improvement in consolidated revenue to USD2.077 billion in the third quarter of 2022, with local currency turnover climbing 3.4%. Underlying service... more

stc reports an 8.2% increase in net profit in 9M 2022

Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has published its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2022, reporting an 8.2% increase in net profit to SAR9.413 billion (USD2.507 billion) from... more

PLDT sees 4.5% rise in 9M service revenue fuelled by strong broadband growth

PLDT Inc. (including Smart Communications) reported consolidated service revenues of PHP141.9 billion (USD2.43 billion) in January-September 2022, up 4.5% versus the same period of 2021, as reported net income surged... more

VodafoneZiggo Q3 mobile service revenue climbs 7.2%; Gigabit speeds reach 90% of fixed network

Dutch quadruple-play network operator VodafoneZiggo reported that its total revenue grew 1.0% year-on-year in Q3 2022 to EUR1.033 billion (USD1.020 billion), primarily driven by growth in ARPU, mobile post-paid subscriptions... more

Miscellaneous

Belizean cabinet approves telecoms licensing amendments

In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister John Briceno on 27 October, the Belizean cabinet gave its approval for an amendment to Statutory Instrument No. 110, titled ‘Telecommunications (Licensing Classification,... more