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20 Mar 2023


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

T-Mobile US has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ka’ena Corporation and its subsidiaries Mint Mobile, Ultra Mobile and Plum. Following the deal’s close, Mint’s founders David Glickman and... more

Kcell switches on first 5G base stations in Almaty, Shymkent

Kazakh mobile operator Kcell has switched on its first batch of 5G base transceiver stations (BTS), with twelve cell sites in the major cities of Almaty and Shymkent now live... more

Applications opened for next rounds of Australia’s rural infrastructure programmes

Australia’s communications minister, Michelle Rowland, has announced the opening of applications for the government’s ‘Mobile Black Spot’ and ‘Regional Connectivity’ programmes, in a development which it was claimed ‘reaffirmed the... more

Tele2 Russia withdraws Nokia lawsuit

Rostelecom-owned mobile operator Tele2 Russia has retracted a RUB478 million (USD6.2 million) lawsuit it had filed against the local division of Finnish vendor giant Nokia, CNews reported, confirming that the... more

Fixed Broadband

Netomnia secures funding to support ongoing network deployment

Netomnia, which bills itself as ‘one of the fastest growing altnets in the UK’, has announced that, along with ISP sister company YouFibre, it has raised GBP230 million (USD280 million)... more

Eastern Communications sets PHP1bn CAPEX target for 2023

Filipino telco Eastern Communications has revealed plans to invest PHP1.04 billion (USD19 million) in 2023 to further develop its operational presence in the Visayas and Mindanao regions, and to complete... more

Govt activates Kinshasa-Muanda link

The Congolese government has launched a new fibre-optic link connecting Kinshasa and Muanda, Agence Ecofin reports, citing telecom minister Augustin Kibassa. The 690km cable is owned by the Congolese Fibre... more

Telia added 50,000 homes to Estonian fixed broadband network in 2022

Telia Estonia has announced that its fixed broadband network reached 550,000 households at the end of 2022, providing speeds of up to 1Gbps via fibre and up to 200Mbps using... more

Claro Argentina, Empatel ink La Pampa connectivity pact

La Pampa-based telco Empatel has signed a cooperation framework alliance with Claro Argentina that aims to improve fixed and mobile connectivity within the sparsely populated central province. The two companies... more


Xavier Niel increases Millicom stake to 20%

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has confirmed that French billionaire Xavier Niel has raised his stake in the group to 20.00%, up from 19.42% on 14 February. Previously, on 27 October... more

Rostelecom ditches plan to sell Armenian unit

Russian telco Rostelecom has apparently opted against selling its subsidiary in Armenia, Rostelecom Armenia (formerly GNC-ALFA), choosing instead to actively engage in the development of the company. TASS cites Rostelecom’s... more

Play expects sale of stake in networks business to conclude soon

Polish fixed and mobile operator Play (registered as P4), which is part of French group Iliad, aims to complete the sale of a 50% stake in its fibre networks business... more

America Movil converts its stock into a single series

Mexico City-based America Movil (AM) has confirmed that it has reclassified its Series AA, A and L shares into a single series of ordinary shares (Series B) with full voting... more

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