MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments: South African retailer *Pick n Pay* plans to launch MVNOs under the *Pick n Pay Mobile* and *Boxercom…
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26 Oct 2020
Wireless
MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments
 International   South Africa   Russia   Mexico   Brazil  
South African retailer Pick n Pay plans to launch MVNOs under the Pick n Pay Mobile and Boxercom brands in the near future, the company revealed in its interim results... more
Italian govt steps in to block Fastweb 5G deal with Huawei
 Italy  
The Italian government has reportedly blocked a deal which would see Chinese firm Huawei providing 5G core network equipment for local telco Fastweb. A report from Reuters, which cites three... more
ACMA to begin accepting applications for 5G mmWave spectrum next month
 Australia  
According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the deployment of 5G technology in Australia ‘is a step closer’ as it prepares to begin accepting applications for millimetre wave... more
PLDT-Smart to up 5G investment in 2021
 Philippines  
Filipino telecoms giant PLDT Inc. has revealed it is looking to ramp up investments in fifth-generation mobile services next year, including gearing up its fibre-optic network rollout which reached 395,000km... more
Bulgaria and US ink a security declaration for 5G networks
 Bulgaria   United States  
Bulgaria and the US have inked a security declaration for mobile 5G networks, designed to ensure secure and clean communications, Reuters writes. Via the agreement, Bulgaria has joined the US... more
MIT warns cellcos over pre-paid cut-off
 Jordan  
Jordan’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) has called on the nation’s mobile providers to reverse a recent change in the way that the trio manage pre-paid customers following the... more
SLT partners Fon Wireless to deliver community-based Wi-Fi networks
 Sri Lanka  
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has teamed up with global wireless network provider Fon Wireless to offer community-based Wi-Fi network access via the launch of its ‘sltgo’ Wi-Fi solution. Local newspaper... more
Cellnex buys Play towers in Poland, could be close to deal with 3 Europe
 Poland  
European mobile tower company Cellnex Telecom has reached an agreement with Polish telco Play to acquire a 60% stake in its infrastructure unit. Cellnex will pay EUR800 million (USD948 million)... more
Broadband
NetCologne upgrades speeds up to 1Gbps with Nokia G.fast technology
 Germany  
Nokia has announced that it has deployed its G.fast solution to extend the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network of German regional telecoms operator NetCologne. The Finnish vendor’s technology allows NetCologne to extend... more
Ooredoo expands FTTH to three new locations
 Maldives  
Ooredoo Maldives has expanded its ‘SuperNet’ fibre-optic broadband service in Villimale (located in Kaafu Atoll), Dharavandhoo (an inhabited island of Baa Atoll) and Hoarafushi (Haa Alif Atoll). Customers in these... more
World Bank approves USD60m digital connectivity grant for Haiti
 Haiti  
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a USD60 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Haiti Digital Acceleration Project. The financing aims to increase... more
Claro’s Colombian FTTH footprint reaches 110 cities
 Colombia  
Claro Colombia has announced that it has extended its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 19 new locations, taking its total footprint to 110 towns and cities. New locations served are: Caqueza,... more
Corporate/Financial
DoJ approves LLA takeover of AT&T assets in PR, USVI
 Virgin Islands (U.S.)   Puerto Rico  
Liberty Latin America (LLA) has entered into a ‘consent judgement’ with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) regarding the previously announced USD1.95 billion acquisition of AT&T’s wireless and wireline operations... more
Ukrtelecom partners Odessa ISP Sohonet; reports 8% internet revenue increase
 Ukraine  
Ukrainian national fixed line operator Ukrtelecom has formed a network sharing partnership in Odessa with local ISP Sohonet, under which the latter is transferring some of its users from copper... more
Miscellaneous
Telecom Egypt constructing country’s largest data centre
 Egypt  
Telecom Egypt has announced that is constructing what it claims will be the country’s largest international data centre. In a press release regarding the matter, the operator noted that with... more