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5 May 2023


Entel preparing 5G launch to coincide with 15th anniversary of renationalisation

Bolivian president Luis Arce Catacora has announced that state telco Entel is preparing to launch 5G technology to coincide with the 15th anniversary of its renationalisation, which is being celebrated... more

MICITT instructs Sutel to initiate 5G auction process; bidding to commence in 2H23

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia y Telecomunicaciones, MICITT) has formally instructed the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) to initiate the country’s... more

Nine companies express interest in Colombia’s extended AWS band

Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (Ministerio de Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones, MinTIC) has confirmed that nine companies have submitted expressions of interest (EoI) in using... more

Rain launches fully fledged South African mobile service

South African operator Rain, which previously offered data-only LTE connectivity alongside fixed wireless 5G access, has announced that it has entered the mobile market for the first time. The telco... more

Canada launching non-competitive local licensing for 3900MHz, mmWave spectrum

Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED) has issued a decision on a Non-Competitive Local (NCL) Licensing Framework for spectrum in the 3900MHz-3980MHz band and portions of the mmWave 26GHz,... more

SK Telecom expected to cease using 28GHz frequencies for 5G

SK Telecom (SKT) is reportedly likely to cease utilising 28GHz spectrum for 5G connectivity, after failing to install the number of base stations as required by its concession, according to... more

Digicel PNG confirms 4G coverage level, says will construct 70 more towers in 2023

Digicel PNG has reportedly expanded its 4G network to encompass 72% of the population, local press outlet The National reports, citing comments made by the cellco’s CEO, Colin Stone. The... more

Orange inks 5G RAN deal with Nokia

Orange Jordan has selected Nokia to supply 5G RAN equipment for its nationwide rollout of the technology. Under the terms of the deal the Finnish vendor will completely replace Orange’s... more

Eastlink extends Ericsson partnership to expand 5G 3500MHz services

Ericsson has extended its ten-year partnership with Canadian cableco/cellco Eastlink by three years with an agreement to strengthen 5G mobile network services across the hundreds of communities that Eastlink serves.... more

Fixed Broadband

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

US tech conglomerate Meta has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to obtain a licence to land and operate a fibre-optic submarine cable system between the US... more

BNET signs MoU with Huawei

BNET, the owner and operator of Bahrain’s fibre-based national broadband network, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huawei to identify strategic objectives, outline governance rules,... more

Converge ICT lights up Boracay fibre broadband services

Converge ICT Solutions yesterday (4 May) announced the launch of fibre broadband services in Boracay, as part of a wider objective to deploy its fibre-optic infrastructure on neighbouring Panay Island.... more

Regulator approves Mila wholesale tariff

The Electronic Communications Office of Iceland (ECOI) has approved the cost analysis of Icelandic wholesale operator Mila as the basis for the wholesale tariff for access to copper cables and... more


TIM sets 9 June as date for final bids for networks business

The board of Telecom Italia (TIM) has deemed the latest offers to acquire its fixed networks business as ‘not yet adequate’ and has called on the two bidders to submit... more

ComCom approves Connexa’s acquisition of 2degrees tower assets

Spark New Zealand has confirmed that Connexa has been granted clearance by the Commerce Commission (ComCom) to acquire the passive mobile telecommunications tower assets of 2degrees from owners Macquarie Asset... more

Telenor Group sees net profit boost in 1Q23 on merger gains

Norway’s Telenor Group has published its financial results for the first quarter of 2023, claiming a ‘solid strategy execution’ as it recorded growth in turnover for the period under review.... more

Ooredoo posts 2%, 3% growth in sales, EBITDA for Q1

Qatar-based Ooredoo Group’s revenue grew 2% year-on-year to QAR 5.635 billion (USD1.538 billion) in Q1 2023, driven by mobile data, fixed B2B services, wholesale business and handset sales. EBITDA increased... more

Globe’s first-quarter profits slump 47%

Filipino carrier Globe Telecom said net income for January-March 2023 declined by 47% year-on-year to PHP7.27 billion (USD853.8 million) from PHP13.66 billion in 1Q22, largely due to the lack of... more


Libya adopts ICT sector strategy 2023-2027

The head of Libya’s Government of National Unity, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, has approved the country’s National Strategy for the Communications and Informatics Sector 2023-2027, Libya Herald reports. With years of... more

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