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Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/31/2020 06:13
Movistar Chile has reportedly instructed Banco Santander to find a buyer for a minority stake in its recently-created fibre infrastructure division, InfraCo, El Confidencial writes. The operator is looking to sell a stake of just under 50% in the company, which was established earlier this year to install, maintain and operate fibre infrastructure and to provide wholesale fibre services. InfraCo was estimated to be valued at around EUR500 million (USD552.9 million), with the potential stake worth roughly EUR250 million. Elsewhere, Chile’s Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication (Miniseterio de Transportes y Telecomunicaciones, MTT) and five of the nation’s largest telcos – Movistar, Claro, Entel, VTR and Grupo GTD – have announced the l.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/31/2020 06:13
1&1 Drillisch is having to delay the deployment of its 5G network due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Handelsblatt cites Ralph Dommermuth, the CEO of parent company United Internet, as saying. Dommermuth explained that permits required for the laying of fibre-optic cables are difficult to obtain as many local building authorities have closed. He added that while 1&1 Drillisch is also seeking access to the networks of existing mobile operators, it has so far failed to reach an agreement on the financial details of an infrastructure sharing deal with Telekom Deutschland, Vodafone Germany or Telefonica Deutschland. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, 1&1 Drillisch applied to take part in Germany’s 5G spectrum auction in Januar.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/31/2020 06:13
In a press release, Japanese company Fujitsu said it was granted the country’s first commercial Private 5G radio station licence from the Kanto Bureau of Telecommunications on 27 March 2020, and will begin operating a private 5G network at its Shin-Kawasaki Technology Square office in Kanagawa Prefecture. The statement noted: ‘Fujitsu will strengthen crime prevention measures in the building by leveraging its private 5G technology for data transmission of high-definition images collected by multi-point cameras, creating an AI-powered security system that quickly detects suspicious behaviour through motion analysis’.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/31/2020 06:13
Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has disclosed the identities of those companies that have been approved to take part in its forthcoming spectrum auction scheduled to start on 6 May 2020. In a press release, Nkom revealed that, while it would not ordinarily disclose the identities of companies that have registered to take part in one of its spectrum auctions, it was doing so on this occasion as some would-be participants had received an automatically generated e-mail which showed some contact details of all those that had applied. As such, and to ensure that all companies considering taking part in the sale process have the same information, the regulator said it had opted to make public th.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/31/2020 06:13
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will extend the validity of existing frequency spectrum licences by three months, due to South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown. The communications authority said: ‘In terms of the regulations, the due date for the renewal of radio frequency spectrum licences is 31 March annually. The regulations further provide that failure to pay the prescribed licence renewal fee by the due date will result in expiry of the radio frequency spectrum licence immediately on the next calendar day that marks the beginning of the new financial year. In this regard, ICASA has resolved to grant all radio frequency spectrum licence holders an extension to renew their licences by no later than 30 June 2020.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/31/2020 06:13
French media and communications group Vivendi has reaffirmed its position as a shareholder of Telecom Italia (TIM) following the decision last week by US activist fund Elliott Management to reduce its own stake in the telco from 9.72% to 6.97%. Reuters cites a spokesperson for the French firm as saying: ‘In light of recent events and Elliott’s stake reduction, Vivendi confirms its own commitment to Telecom Italia as a long-term industrial investor.’ TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Vivendi has a majority holding in TIM of around 24%.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/30/2020 07:00
German telecoms company 1&1 Drillisch has reported revenue of EUR3.67 billion (USD4.0 billion) for the twelve months ended 31 December 2019, an increase of 1.1% from the year-ago period, as service revenues rose 3.1% year-on-year to EUR2.94 billion. EBITDA, however, declined from EUR721.9 million in 2018 to EUR683.5 million the following year, mainly due to higher costs for advance service purchases following the expiration of the temporary adjustment mechanism of an advance service contract at the end of 2018. 1&1 Drillisch expects revenue and earnings for fiscal year 2020 to be broadly stable with the previous year. Meanwhile, 1&1 Drillisch reported that the number of mobile internet customers jumped by 8.6% to 9.99 million at 31 December.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/30/2020 07:00
Austrian MVNO *Spusu*, which is owned by *Mass Response*, has confirmed that its long-awaited Italian unit has delayed its planned launch as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As previously reported by MVNO Monday, in April 2019 Mass Response signed a wholesale contract with Italian provider *Wind Tre* and was later awarded one million numbers with the ‘3780’ prefix by the *Ministry of Economic Development*. The new MVNO had been expected to go live in the first quarter of 2020. Sticking with Italy, a new MVNO that is set to hit the market is *Yellow Mobile*. The budget-priced player is understood to operate using the *Vodafone Italy* network. Dutch MVNO *Simpel* has reported that its annual revenues increased by 19.8% percent to EU.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/30/2020 07:00
Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau (CTM) says it plans to invest MOP600 million (USD75 million) on the first phase of its 5G network rollout. The deployment began on 10 March and is expected to be completed in June. A commercial launch date has not been given, but the firm expects to introduce services this year. CTM is the largest of Macau’s four mobile network operators (MNOs) in subscriber terms.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/30/2020 07:00
Ukraine’s largest mobile operator by users, Kyivstar, has announced that it will start work on 5 April 2020 to upgrade its base stations for LTE 900MHz services, mainly in rural areas and along highways. It warned subscribers there may be short-term declines in the quality of services locally as the upgrades are carried out. According to the Ukrainian government’s plans, by 2024 95% of transport infrastructure, settlements and their ‘social objects’ should be provided with high speed internet coverage, with lower-band LTE expansion playing an important role in meeting targets. Kyivstar, alongside rivals Vodafone and Lifecell, was earlier this month granted permission to utilise formerly-GSM-only 900MHz frequencies for 4G (with commercial se.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/30/2020 07:00
Fixed and mobile operator A1 Slovenia has reportedly agreed to acquire regional cableco Studio Proteus. See News cites local daily Delo as saying that the deal will strengthen A1’s position in the southwestern region of Inner Carniola, where Postojna-based Studio Proteus provides cable TV, telephony and broadband services. The takeover is dependent on regulatory clearance. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that A1 Slovenia, part of A1 Telekom Austria Group, is Slovenia’s fourth largest broadband internet provider, behind Telekom Slovenije, Telemach and T-2, while it is also the country’s second largest cellco in subscriber terms.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/30/2020 07:00
British pure fibre provider CityFibre has announced the completion of its acquisition of FibreNation from TalkTalk, following shareholder approval. In a press release confirming the development, CityFibre said the purchase continues its long-term strategy of investing in ‘critical national infrastructure’, adding that the takeover will enable it to boost its rollout ambitions. According to the fibre provider, an expanded rollout plan will now see it reach up to eight million premises, compared to a target of five million previously, across more than 100 towns and cities. To date the operator says it has identified 62 towns and cities to benefit from its rollout while also noting that it has already connected ‘thousands of public sector site.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/30/2020 07:00
Flow has announced that it has boosted broadband speeds in Saint Kitts and Nevis, increasing its basic broadband speed from 6Mbps to 15Mbps with no additional charge to users. The move comes in response to the COVID-19 crisis with SKN Country Manager David Lake, noting: ‘As our country continues to manage the challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus … Now more than ever, we understand the need for connectivity and increased broadband speeds. The investments we have made in our network have enabled us to offer this amazing 150% free upgrade to 15Mb for all Flow Basic Broadband customers until the end of June.’
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/30/2020 07:00
Venezuela’s only telecoms satellite, VeneSat-1 (also known as the Simon Bolivar Satellite), has drifted away from its assigned orbital position and stopped functioning, the Associated Press reports. The satellite was helping to deliver internet services to rural areas that are not connected via fibre-optic networks, and was also being used to broadcast Venezuela’s heavily politicised state-run television channels into poor or rural homes that have no access to cable TV. The Chinese-built satellite was launched in October 2008 by former President Hugo Chavez but has ceased functioning three years before its planned 2023 expiration date.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 03/30/2020 07:00
Privately-owned K-Net aims to provide coverage to the township of Gbekuta in Bokomu District, Gbarpolu County, as part of the Liberian government’s Liberia Rural Telephony Infrastructure Project (LRTIP). An initiative of the government being carried out through the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA’s) Universal Access Fund (UAF), LRTIP is being implemented by K-Net, a communication service provider headquartered in Accra, Ghana, with a subsidiary in Liberia. It is understood that the Gbekuta improvement – comprising the installation of a telecommunication tower and its accompanying sub-system equipment and facilities – is expected to be commissioned ‘very soon’. In November 2019 the LTA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) wit.

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