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16 Jan 2023

Mobile

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

T-Mobile US is considering a takeover deal for Mint Mobile, the MVNO co-owned by actor Ryan Reynolds, people familiar with the matter have informed Bloomberg. The mobile giant has been... more

Guinee Telecom will be operational by end of January

State-owned telco Societe des Telecoms de Guinee (Sotelgui), now known as Guinee Telecom, could be operational by the end of the month, telecom minister Ousmane Gaoual Diallo informed a cabinet... more

Telekom improves 4G, 5G coverage and capacity in over 3,000 locations

Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), says it expanded the capacity and coverage of its mobile network at 3,096 locations nationwide since October last... more

Telstra and TPG appeal against ACCC’s ruling on proposed regional network deal

Telstra and TPG have both lodged applications with the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) calling for a review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) decision not to authorise proposed... more

Globe Telecom outlines 5G expansion in Visayas and Mindanao

Globe Telecom has revealed that its ongoing 5G network rollout has taken in an additional 237 sites in Visayas (212 sites) and Mindanao (25), covering areas such as Davao City,... more

FNA reviews mobile operator 4G, 5G coverage targets

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) is reviewing reports submitted by mobile network operators (MNOs) to determine whether they met the coverage requirements of... more

NOW Telecom plans pilot 5G network in Metro Manila with USTDA support

NOW Telecom has said it will launch a pilot 5G network in parts of Metro Manila backed by its "previously announced":https://www.commsupdate.com/articles/2022/12/19/now-telecom-secures-ustda-funding-for-5g/ funding agreement with the US Trade and Development Agency... more

Du and SES demo 5G satellite backhaul

United Arab Emirates telco Du has demonstrated the first satellite-enabled 5G backhaul in the Middle East using SES medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites. The live proof of concept trials saw... more

Fixed Voice

Huawei to assist with telecoms infrastructure expansion in Turkmenistan

Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies is to assist in the expansion of telecommunication infrastructure in Turkmenistan, Turkmenaragatnashyk, the Turkmenistan state news agency, has announced. In a press release regarding the matter,... more

Corporate/Financial

MTN Ghana hit with GHS8bn bill for back taxes

MTN Ghana has received a bill for back taxes of around GHS8.21 billion (USD664 million), including penalties and interest charges, the company announced on Friday. The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)... more

Sunrise takes over EBL telecom division

Swiss full-service provider Sunrise has acquired the telecom business of energy utility Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland (EBL) with retroactive effect from 1 January 2023. The company notes that a total of... more

Shaw quarterly sales decline 1.2%

Total revenue at Canadian quadruple-play telecoms group Shaw Communications dropped 1.2% year-on-year to CAD1.370 billion (USD1.023 billion) in the three months ended 30 November 2022 (the first quarter of its... more

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