Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments: *Google* has been granted a licence to construct, land and operate the *Grace Hopper* cable system…
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26 Nov 2021
Mobile
VNPT claims first mobile money trial service in Vietnam
 Vietnam  
State-owned national PTO Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) has announced the pilot launch of a mobile money service across the country. The firm received one of the nation’s first... more
Digi confirms 3G shutdown timeline
 Malaysia  
Malaysian mobile operator Digi has issued a 3G network shutdown timeline, which will commence on 6 December and conclude by the end of the month. According to a schedule posted... more
Nepal Telecom issued licence for 5G trials
 Nepal  
State-owned telecommunications provider Nepal Telecom (NT) has finally received the green light from the National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) to proceed with 5G network testing, reports Nepalitelecom.com. Following submission of its... more
SCO and Zong sign MoU for telecom development in AJ&K and GB
 Pakistan  
Pakistan’s military-run telco the Special Communication Organisation (SCO) and China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) – which operates under the Zong brand name – have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on... more
Israel plans to allow Palestinian operators to launch 4G
 Palestinian Territory   Israel  
Israeli and Palestinian telecommunications officials held a private meeting on 14 November where the Israelis gave tentative approval to a plan to allow Palestinian mobile operators to launch 4G networks,... more
Fixed Broadband
Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments
 International   United Kingdom   United States   Spain   Oman  
Google has been granted a licence to construct, land and operate the Grace Hopper cable system, a non-common carrier fibre-optic submarine cable system connecting the US with the UK and... more
SWAN takes flight with 5G for home users
 Slovakia  
Slovak ISP SWAN has launched a fixed wireless broadband service for home users utilising the 5G infrastructure of mobile subsidiary 4ka. The service is initially available in ten districts of... more
Digicel launches gigabit fibre in Saint Lucia
 Saint Lucia  
Digicel Saint Lucia has boosted the transmission speeds available via its existing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, with the introduction of 1Gbps download speeds. Offered under the ‘Digicel+’ brand that is already... more
ANCOM reports significant rise in average broadband download speeds
 Romania  
Fixed broadband internet connections recorded average download speeds of 429.17Mbps during the first six months of 2021, a 42% year-on-year increase, and upload speeds of 279.83Mbps (77% faster), according to... more
Turk Telekom, Nokia test 25G PON technology
 Turkey  
Turk Telekom has claimed a national first by testing 25G PON fixed broadband technology in partnership with Nokia. In a trial at the Turk Telekom Ankara Innovation Centre, data transmission... more
Corporate/Financial
Israeli consortium offers USD300m for 27% Partner Communications stake
 Israel  
Israeli telco Partner Communications has confirmed that it has received a bid of USD300 million for the 27% stake currently held by S.B. Israel Telecom. The bid was lodged by... more
Team Telecom Armenia to convert to OJSC and sell off shares
 Armenia  
Team Telecom Armenia, which still trades under the Beeline brand of former owner VEON, is considering reorganising as an open joint-stock company (OJSC) and holding an initial public offering (IPO).... more
Salt reports revenue, profit growth for Q3
 Switzerland  
Swiss full-service provider Salt has reported total revenues of CHF266.3 million (USD285 million) for the three months to end-September 2021, an increase of 6.4% year-on-year. EBITDA for the period was... more
Miscellaneous
Estonia moves one step closer to Huawei ban
 Estonia  
Legislation barring equipment from Chinese supplier Huawei has been passed by Estonia’s parliament, the Rigiikogu. The amendment to the Electronic Communications Act now passes to the President for approval and... more