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27 Feb 2023


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

Swansea-based B2B operator Uplands Mobile has resurrected defunct UK MVNO The People’s Operator (TPO), which entered administration back in February 2019, less than seven years after its launch. Confirming the... more

Airtel claims 10m 5G users

Indian full-service provider Bharti Airtel has claimed that it has more than ten million unique 5G users on its network. The operator activated the system in October last year and... more

Celtiis preparing for 5G pilot

Benin’s newest mobile operator Celtiis, a division of state-owned Beninese Digital Infrastructure Company (Societe Beninoise d’Infrastructures Numeriques [SBIN]), posted on Twitter on 26 February 2023: ‘Our next generation network is... more

MTN SA selects Nokia as one of its 5G equipment vendors

Nokia has been selected by MTN South Africa as one of its 5G RAN equipment providers. Under the deal, Nokia will modernise the existing 2G/3G/4G radio network and expand MTN’s... more

Oman plans 3G shutdown from Q3 2024

Oman’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is looking to ensure that the Sultanate’s 3G mobile networks are shut down from the third quarter of 2024, reports Oman Daily Observer. The move... more

Etisalat chooses Nokia to upgrade IP core network in UAE to improve 5G

Etisalat UAE has contracted Nokia to upgrade its IP core network to support 800GE and implement transport slicing capabilities to improve 5G experience. As part of the agreement, Nokia will... more

NTC’s latest update confirms nearly 80% of SIMs still unregistered

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has published its latest update on the ongoing Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card registration progress, noting that whilst the total number of registered cards has... more

Sutel concludes 5G consultation; recommends spectrum retrieval and auction

Costa Rica’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has advised the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia y Telecomunicaciones, MICITT) to proceed with a 5G... more

Anatel authorises 3.5GHz 5G in a further 347 municipalities

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has confirmed that 3.5GHz licensees are now able to activate 5G services in a further 347 municipalities, as per the recommendations... more

STC Kuwait tests ‘5.5G’ tech

Kuwait Telecom Company (STC Kuwait) announced that it has successfully tested advanced ‘5.5G’ technologies that include 5.5G three-carrier aggregation (3CC CA) and 5.5G Passive IoT. The cellco noted that the... more

Fixed Broadband

SLT-Mobiltel seeks regulator’s approval to launch 1Gbps fibre plans

State-backed Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT-Mobitel) is looking to boost its top-speed fibre broadband plans from 200Mbps to 1Gbps and to that end has referred its new range of tariffs to... more

Fixed Voice

ComReg issues draft decision following fixed and mobile call termination market review

Having launched a consultation on its review of the fixed and mobile voice termination markets back "in October 2022":, Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has now issued a draft... more


TIM declines KKR offer for fixed network business, improved offer invited by 31 March

The board of Telecom Italia (TIM) has turned down an offer from US investment firm KKR to acquire a controlling stake in the telco’s fixed networks business, known as NetCo.... more

TPG Telecom’s revenue up 1.5% in 2022 on back of mobile subscriptions gains

Australia’s TPG Telecom has published its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2022, reporting a 1.5% year-on-year increase in service revenue on the back of customer gains. For... more


ANCOM adopts 2023 work plan

The Romanian telecoms watchdog the National Authority for Management & Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) has adopted its action plan for 2023 following a public consultation late last year. The main... more

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