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16 Dec 2022

Mobile

EE extends 4G coverage to more than 500 rural areas

British mobile network operator (MNO) EE has announced that is has built or upgraded more than 500 4G sites in rural areas across the UK since December 2021 as part... more

MCMC further extends deadline for public inquiry on access pricing review

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has announced a further extension to a public inquiry on a review of the Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP). With the regulator... more

ComReg notifies Vodafone and Dense Air of non-compliance with 3.6GHz regulations

Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has issued notifications of a finding of non-compliance to both Vodafone Ireland and Dense Air Ireland in respect of 3.6GHz regulations. Both operators have... more

MTN, CamTel implement first phase of national roaming

MTN Cameroon and state-owned CamTel (Blue) have announced the commercial launch of national roaming in Nkoteng, after a strategic agreement was signed between the two telecoms operators earlier this year.... more

ARTP opens consultation in preparation for 5G roadmap

Senegal’s Regulation Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) is seeking stakeholders' views on the future deployment of 5G services in the country,... more

DoT in favour of awarding additional 5G spectrum to BSNL

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is reportedly in favour of increasing the 5G spectrum allocation for state-backed telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the Economic Times writes, citing an unnamed... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Orange has revealed that the Medusa Submarine Cable System will land at Orange’s new infrastructure facility in Marseille (France). Orange is now investing in new submarine cable landing infrastructure in... more

Ofcom: 42% of UK premises now have access to full fibre broadband

Ofcom has published its latest ‘Connected Nations’ update, in which it reports that more than 12.4 million premises, or 42% of the UK total, had access to full fibre broadband... more

Govt announces completion of UFB programme

The New Zealand government has announced the successful completion of the second phase of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network, concluding an eleven-year national programme which has provided fibre connectivity to... more

Cable Bahamas targets 33,00 FTTH passings on New Providence in 1Q23

Cable Bahamas is targeting 33,000 southern New Providence homes for connection to its new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network starting in the first quarter of 2023, after overcoming supply chain challenges that... more

Corporate/Financial

PLDT reaches PHP9.2bn deal with Unity Digital for sale of 650 towers

PLDT Inc. has inked a PHP9.2 billion (USD164.8 million) sale and leaseback agreement with Aboitiz-backed tower company Unity Digital Infrastructure, regarding 650 towers currently owned by its subsidiaries Smart Communications... more

Megacable rejects Televisa merger offer

Megacable Holdings has rejected a merger offer from Mexican media conglomerate Grupo Televisa, arguing its current business plan offers better prospects. The unsolicited offer was made on 14 November, but... more

Rogers and Shaw await merger verdict after Competition Tribunal ends

On the final day of Competition Tribunal hearings on 14 December, lawyers representing Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications lauded the potential benefits for Canadian consumers stemming from the proposed merger... more

Italy looking for some Sparkle this Christmas

The Italian government is thought to be considering a move to take control of Telecom Italia Group’s (TIM Group’s) submarine cable unit, Sparkle. A report from Reuters, which cites four... more

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