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12 Dec 2022

Mobile

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

Grover, the technology rental firm founded by Michael Cassau in 2015, has launched a US-based MVNO under the Grover Connect brand. The eSIM-based proposition has been launched in association with... more

MTN 4G launch rollout enters pilot phase

MTN Guinea has begun the pilot phase of its 4G network rollout and plans to collect customer feedback and implement improvements over the course of the month, Agence Ecofin reports.... more

Zambian new entrant Beeline Telecom to launch 31 January

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has disclosed that the country’s fourth mobile network operator Beeline Telecom will launch commercial LTE-based services by the end of January 2023,... more

Rakuten Mobile issued with Administrative Guidance over ‘serious’ network outage

Japan’s new fourth mobile operator Rakuten Mobile has received a slap on the wrist from the Japanese government which, issuing Administrative Guidance to the company, warned it not to repeat... more

Free deploys a 5G network at ASN’s Calais site

Free has deployed a 5G private network at Alcatel Submarine Networks’ (ASN’s) site in Calais (France). With 57 indoor 5G access points and two outdoor 5G access points, the private... more

Netherlands launching 3.8GHz-4.2GHz Dynamic Spectrum Management & Sharing pilot

The Netherlands’ Telecommunications Agency (Agentschap Telecom [AT], soon to be renamed the National Inspectorate for Digital Infrastructure [Rijksinspectie Digitale Infrastructuur]) is launching a ‘Dynamic Spectrum Management & Sharing’ (DSMS) pilot... more

Fixed Broadband

Arcep authorises SPLANG to use 3.4GHz-3.8GHz spectrum until 2026

Arcep has published a decision authorising Local Public Company for the Digital Development of Guyana (SPLANG) to use frequencies in the 3420MHz-3460MHz band in French Guiana until 31 December 2026... more

Dedicado selects Nokia for 5G network deployment

Nokia has announced that it has been selected to provide Uruguayan telecoms operator Dedicado’s 5G Non-Standalone (5G NSA) network in the 3.5GHz band with LTE in the 900MHz band. The... more

Airtel launches fibre-based services in Kampala

Airtel Uganda has launched its first fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services for residential and business users. The new service, dubbed Airtel Xtreme, is available at 125 locations in the capital Kampala and... more

Corporate/Financial

Helios closes Omantel tower acquisition

Helios Towers has announced that it has closed the acquisition of Omantel’s passive infrastructure assets in Oman, adding 2,519 sites to its portfolio for a gross consideration of USD495 million.... more

Globe completes PHP9.5bn sale of towers to Frontier; announces 5G SA launch

Globe Telecom announced today (12 December) the successful completion of the sale of 750 towers to Frontier Tower Associates Philippines for PHP9.5 billion (USD171.3 million). In a regulatory filing, the... more

Tax office pursuing claims of USD572m from trio of cellcos

Congolese tax authority the Directorate General of Taxes (La Direction Generale des Impots, DGI) is seeking to recover a combined total of USD572 million in tax arrears it claims are... more

KKR considering TIM move

US investment fund KKR is thought to be weighing a bid for Telecom Italia’s (TIM’s) fixed network business as part of a partnership with the Italian government. A report from... more

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