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7 Nov 2022

Mobile

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

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has awarded an MVNO licence to Dolphin Telecoms, which hopes to become the country’s first successful virtual operator. Dolphin has reportedly... more

stc deploys Ericsson’s AI software solution to boost network performance

Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has deployed Ericsson’s artificial intelligence (AI) powered cognitive software solution to boost user experience and network performance, according to a recent press release. The cognitive software... more

ANFR authorised 36,868 5G sites by 1 November

France’s independent telecoms regulator, the National Agency of Frequencies (Agence Nationale des Frequences, ANFR), has published its monthly update on the number of base transceivers stations (BTS) in the country,... more

Telstra names first consumer devices which can utilise its 5G SA network

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Telstra has confirmed the first consumer devices that will be able to connect to its 5G Standalone (SA) infrastructure. As "previously reported by TeleGeography's CommsUpdate":https://www.commsupdate.com/articles/2020/05/01/telstra-says-its-network-is-now-end-to-end-enabled-for-5g-standalone/,... more

ICE receives USD300m in 5G financing from EXIM Bank

Costa Rica’s state-backed telco Grupo ICE (Kolbi) has been offered a USD300 million line of credit by EXIM Bank, the official export credit agency of the US federal government. The... more

Ukrainian operators continue network restoration

Ukrainian network operator Kyivstar has reported ongoing restoration of mobile services in eastern regions, with the recently-liberated settlements of Kindrashivka, Borova and Vilcha in the Kharkiv regions among those reconnected,... more

Fixed Broadband

Grain names four new locations for FTTP rollout

British full fibre broadband provider Grain has named four new areas where it will roll out fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, namely: Whitley Bay and Thornaby in the North East; Blackpool in... more

OneWeb, Paratus sign multi-year gateway agreement

Paratus Group announced a multi-year agreement with OneWeb to build a satellite gateway in Angolan capital Luanda, providing Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite services to Angola and several countries in... more

O2 Slovakia launches pilot FTTH offer

O2 Slovakia has launched pilot fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in two cities. The operator, which currently offers broadband access for home users via its TD-LTE and 4G networks, is now offering... more

Corporate/Financial

MTN agrees sale of Afghan unit to M1

South Africa’s MTN Group has announced that it has agreed to sell its Afghan division to Lebanese investment firm M1 New Ventures for a gross consideration of USD35 million. The... more

Xavier Niel scoops up Millicom stake, group confirms

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced that French billionaire Xavier Niel has acquired a 6.99% stake in the business via his Atlas Investissement holding company. As per Millicom’s paperwork, the... more

Vivendi welcomes Italian government’s stance on TIM

French group Vivendi, the largest single shareholder in Telecom Italia (TIM), is eager to begin discussions with Italy’s government over the plan to create a single national broadband network by... more

ALTAN Redes exits bankruptcy protection

Mexican open access mobile operator ALTAN Redes (Red Compartida) has announced that it exited bankruptcy protection on 28 October, after receiving approval from the First District Court for Bankruptcy Matters... more

State bank to put Ukrtelecom parent firm’s debt up for auction

Ukrainian state bank Oschadbank is putting up for sale a debt worth nearly USD49 million owed by Epic Services Ukraine (ESU), the holding company of national fixed line telco Ukrtelecom,... more

MTN Group reports solid service revenue growth in Q3; subscriptions rise to 284.9m

Pan-African mobile operator MTN Group released its quarterly trading update for the three months ended 30 September 2022, highlighting service revenue growth of 14.3%, with voice revenue up 2.7% and... more

Telus Q3 9.3% sales growth supported by solid mobile, fixed broadband performance

Canadian telecoms and digital solutions group Telus posted total operating revenues (excluding intersegment sales) of CAD4.671 billion (USD3.463 billion) for the third quarter of 2022, up 9.3% year-on-year, divided between... more

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