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3 Mar 2023


Uzbektelecom begins 5G mobile rollout in Tashkent, regional centres

Uzbek state-backed full-service telco Uzbektelecom (Uztelecom, including Uzmobile) has begun a mobile network upgrade project which includes deployment of 5G technology alongside 4G LTE coverage expansion and data speed improvements.... more

CelcomDigi expanding 5G ‘free trial’ offerings

Malaysian mobile sister brands Digi and Celcom – collectively CelcomDigi – have announced that they are extending and expanding their 5G ‘free trial’ promotions for a wider pool of customers.... more

Japan simplifies MNP rules

The Asahi Shimbun writes that Japan’s four mobile network operators (MNOs) – NTT DOCOMO, KDDI (au), SoftBank Corp and Rakuten Mobile – and some MVNOs will introduce a simplified mobile... more

Digicel launches eSIMs in Grenada

Digicel (Grenada) has introduced eSIMs for its mobile customers, rolling out the technology in Grenada on 24 February 2023. The digital version of a SIM card, eSIMs can be used... more

MTS pilots B2B 5G in Moscow Metro

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has installed a pilot B2B 5G network in five stations of the new Big Circle Line (BCL) of the Moscow Metro. Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Moscow Mayor... more

Fixed Broadband

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

Australian telco Vocus Networks has begun laying the last AUD100 million (USD68 million) segment of its Darwin-Jakarta-Singapore Cable (DJSC) submarine cable connecting South East Asia to Darwin (Australia). Deployed by... more

EC clears fibre JV between Magenta and Meridiam

The European Commission (EC) has granted competition clearance for Alpen Glasfaser, a fibre-optic joint venture (JV) between Austrian full-service provider Magenta Telekom and French infrastructure partner Meridiam. The two companies... more

Liquid teams up with Microsoft’s Airband Initiative to connect 20m underserved Africans

Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a business of Cassava Technologies, has announced a new collaboration to deliver internet access to 20 million underserved people in Africa by the end of 2025. Working... more

Movistar Chile plans to swap copper for fibre by 2027, shut down 2G

Spanish-owned provider Movistar Chile is planning to begin removing all of the copper cabling from its fixed network this year and aims to complete the works within the next three... more

NTT’s regional units to offer corporate users next-gen services under IOWN initiative

Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT Corp) has announced that it will soon begin offering its corporate clients its first services under an optical technology-based next generation network initiative,... more

Telkomsel partnering Ericsson and Qualcomm in 5G FWA trials

Telkomsel, Ericsson and Qualcomm has revealed plans to work together to develop a 5G-based fixed wireless access (FWA) technology roadmap in Indonesia. In a press release, Ericsson noted that the... more

NBN subs total shrinks as major players lose market share

The number of residential NBN services declined for the first time in the three months ended 31 December 2022, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed in its... more

4ka to sell fixed broadband at post offices

Slovak fixed and mobile operator SWAN, which offers residential services under the 4ka brand, is to begin selling fixed broadband packages at the outlets of its retail partner, national post... more


Slovenia Broadband requesting CPC’s approval of Bulsatcom deal

Slovenia Broadband has submitted a notification to the Commission for the Protection of Competition (CPC) regarding its intention to acquire some assets belonging to Bulgarian pay-TV and fixed broadband operator... more

Struggling Oi submits new judicial reorganisation request

Stricken Brazilian telco Oi has informed its shareholders and the market in general that it has filed a request for judicial reorganisation with the 7th Corporate Court of the Judicial... more

EQT, PSP agree USD3bn takeover for Radius Global Infrastructure

EQT Active Core Infrastructure and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) have entered into a definitive agreement to indirectly acquire Radius Global Infrastructure for USD15.00 per share in cash,... more

MEGA ownership heading to State Development Bank, minister indicates

Preparations have begun regarding plans to transfer the ownership of Kyrgyz state-backed mobile operator MEGA (formerly MegaCom) to the country’s State Development Bank, the economy minister Daniyar Amangeldiev indicated to... more

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