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Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/21/2020 07:01
Cable laying operations on the *Manatua* submarine cable system aiming to connect Apia (Samoa) to To’ahotu (Tahiti) have been completed, with the system now expected to enter commercial operations in June 2020. The 3,166km Manatua system will comprise a two/three fibre pair trunk, with branching units to Niue, Aitutaki (Cook Islands, one fibre pair), Rarotonga (Cook Islands, three fibre pairs) and Vaitape (French Polynesia, one fibre pair). The focus of the project will now shift to completing the integration of the six cable landing stations, and commissioning and testing of the Manatua cable network. The international treaty for the system’s deployment was inked in April 2017 by the President of French Polynesia, the Prime Minister of the.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/21/2020 05:59
T-Mobile US and Sprint have formally amended their definitive ‘Business Combination Agreement’, altering the proposed shareholder structure of New T-Mobile. The amendment will result in an effective exchange ratio of approximately 11.00 Sprint shares for each T-Mobile share – an increase from the originally agreed 9.75 shares. This is a result of SoftBank agreeing to surrender approximately 48.8 million T-Mobile shares acquired in the merger to New T-Mobile immediately following the closing of the transaction, making SoftBank’s effective ratio 11.31 Sprint shares per T-Mobile share. Sprint shareholders other than SoftBank will continue to receive the original fixed exchange ratio of 0.10256 T-Mobile shares for each Sprint share, or the equi.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/21/2020 05:59
Albania’s antitrust watchdog the Competition Authority (Autoriteti i Konkurrences, CAA) has given conditional approval to Vodafone Albania’s planned acquisition of cable broadband provider Albanian Broadband Company (ABCom). In its analysis, the regulator found that the takeover would not strengthen Vodafone’s dominant position in the mobile market nor establish dominance in the fixed market. The CAA was nevertheless wary of the potential impact on the fixed and mobile sectors and imposed a number of conditions on the tie up. As such, Vodafone was ordered to ‘no longer abuse its dominant position’ through: the direct or indirect setting of unfair prices; offering different terms for the same offers; or establishing conditions for contracts
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/21/2020 05:59
Telecoms regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has announced plans to make the remaining free spectrum in the 2600MHz band available for auction. The decision is in response to a request for a licence in the band from an unnamed company and increasing market demand for spectrum. The allocation of this spectrum is based on the Royal Decree of 22 December 2010 on radio access in the 2500MHz-2690MHz frequency band, as well as the current Article 30 of the Electronic Communications Act of 13 June 2005. Spectrum in this frequency band was initially put up for auction in 2011 during the country's first 4G auction, but one block of 15MHz duplex (2520MHz-2535MHz/2640MHz-2655MHz) remained unsold. No additi.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/21/2020 05:59
Italy’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, Agcom) has opened a procedure to evaluate coverage obligations for the 5G network sharing venture involving Wind Tre and Fastweb. Under its 3.7GHz concession won at auction in October 2018, Wind Tre must offer coverage of at least 5% of the population of each Italian region within 48 months from the award of the licence. The regulator is now assessing whether these coverage obligations should be altered in light of the infrastructure sharing deal signed by the two operators in June last year. Mondo Mobile Web says Agcom’s investigation will take up to 120 days.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/21/2020 05:59
Slovak cellco SWAN Mobile, which trades under the name 4ka, has said it will end its retail relationship with Slovenska Post if the post office network begins a new marketing partnership with rival operator O2. 4ka has been selling its SIM cards at Slovenska Post outlets since its launch in 2015, but cites 4ka’s chairman, Juraj Ondris, as saying: ‘According to our latest information, it seems that Slovenska Post is trying to sign a contract with our competition – O2 – by the end of the month. This means for us that we will start the process of our departure from the post office.’ In July last year the postal firm said it was inviting bids from other mobile operators with a view to signing new distribution deals. Slovenska Post says
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/21/2020 05:59
In reporting its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2019, Malaysia’s Axiata said it had recorded its highest ever EBITDA and largest profit after tax since 2016. Citing the impact of its ‘Shifting Gear’ management strategy – which it launched at the end of 2018 – Axiata reported a 27.4% year-on-year increase in EBITDA, to MYR10.619 billion (USD2.5 billion), up from MYR8.334 billion, while having reported a loss of MYR4.975 billion in FY 2018, net profit stood at MYR1.815 million in the company’s latest fiscal year. In terms of revenues, meanwhile, Axiata said that an overall annual increase had been driven by ‘strong growth’ in data revenue; group total turnover for 2019 totalled MYR24.583 billion, up from the MYR23.886 billio.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/21/2020 05:59
Movistar Venezuela has confirmed that it has extended its 1700MHz LTE network to Maracay and Puerto Ordaz, meaning it now covers a total of eleven cities. Existing 4G locations include Caracas, La Guaira, Puerto La Cruz, Margarita, El Tigre, Cumana, Valencia, Maracaibo and Barquisimeto. The network uses the 1700MHz AWS band. Meanwhile, in an interview with Descifrado, company president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zarco has disclosed that the cellco plans to invest USD10.5 million in the deployment of 339 new 4G nodes [i.e. cell sites], taking the total number of 4G cell sites to around 1,000. The infrastructure will be deployed in Maturin, Barinas, Acarigua, San Antonio, Los Teques, San Cristobal, Cabimas, Ciudad Ojeda, Guarenas and Guatire. The ro.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/21/2020 05:59
Irish communications provider eir has published its results for the six-month period ended 31 December 2019, revealing a 3% year-on-year decline in revenues. For the first half of its current fiscal year (which ends 30 June 2020), eir reported total group turnover of EUR617 million (USD666 million), noting that growth in the revenue from broadband, data services, and bundling was offset by a reduction in access, voice, managed services, and mobile revenue. Fixed line revenues totalled EUR460 million, representing a 3% annualised decline, while mobile turnover was 1% lower than in 1H19 at EUR173 million. Despite the revenue decline, eir’s adjusted EBITDA for the period under review stood at EUR289 million, up 1% year-on-year, with the compan.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/20/2020 06:35
China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has published subscriber figures for January 2020, including 5G subscriptions for the first time. The company confirmed that it had signed up 6.736 million ‘5G Package Customers’ by the end of January, noting that its definition excludes IoT subscribers. China Mobile reported a slight dip in its total and 4G subscriber bases during the month – recording 862,000 total net disconnections, of which 170,000 were 4G subscriptions – counting a total of 949.415 million mobile customers, including 757.844 million 4G users. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Mobile commercially launched 5G services in October last year alongside its two rival mobile network operators (M.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/20/2020 06:35
Liberty Latin America (LLA) has reported revenue of USD3.9 billion for the twelve months ended 31 December 2019, up 2.3% from USD3.7 billion on an annualised basis. LLA reported operating income of USD354 million for the period under review, compared to an operating loss of USD24 million in 2018. The net loss attributable to shareholders, meanwhile, was USD80 million for full-year 2019 – an improvement on the deficit of USD345 million in 2018. In operational terms, LLA reported a consolidated mobile user base of 3.659 million at 31 December 2019, alongside 2.610 million fixed broadband subscribers, 1.981 million pay-TV customers and 1.456 million fixed voice users. Balan Nair, CEO of LLA, commented: ‘Our fourth quarter results rounded off a.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/20/2020 06:35
New Zealand wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has announced that its new Hyperfibre broadband service, which is capable of delivering symmetrical speeds of up to 4Gbps, will be launched in Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell and Wakatipu on 26 February. This is the first stage in a wider rollout programme that will see the service made available in Wellington, Invercargill, Auckland and Palmerston North in the first half of the year, ahead of nationwide deployment from September. Although speeds of 2Gbps and 4Gbps will initially be available, Chorus has plans to introduce an 8Gbps service in the future.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/20/2020 06:35
British ISP Spectrum Internet, which is based in the Welsh capital Cardiff, has announced plans to construct its own gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network across South Wales, according to ISPreview. Under the project, the operator plans to cover a total of 150,000 premises with its network, targeting a number of market towns and villages in the region. While Spectrum has some previous experience in constructing fibre infrastructure – having already deployed FTTP in a small number of locations in South West England and South Wales – this large-scale initiative will take between four and five years to complete and require ‘significant investment’. Spectrum is reportedly being advised by Cameron Barney LLP as it considers a numb.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/20/2020 06:35
OTE Group, which has fixed and mobile operations in Greece and Romania, has reported a 7.0% increase in revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 to EUR1.04 billion (USD1.12 billion). Turnover for full year 2019 climbed 2.9% to EUR3.80 billion. Adjusted EBITDA for the final three months of last year stood at EUR355.9 million, up 9.4% year-on-year, while for the full year EBITDA was up 3.6% at EUR1.32 billion. Adjusted fourth quarter net profit jumped from EUR53.0 million in 2018 to EUR123.5 million last year, and for FY 2019 net profit rose 45.9% to EUR410.0 million. OTE Group is 45% owned by Deutsche Telekom of Germany. In its outlook statement OTE noted: ‘As the economic environment in Greece further improves, OTE should continue to deliver.
Telegeography CommsUpdate 02/20/2020 06:35
Uzbek state-backed cellco Mobiuz – which rebranded from Universal Mobile Systems (UMS) last year – has begun a large-scale network modernisation programme this month with a view to improving capacity and service quality. UzDaily cites Mobiuz Technical Director Olga Filatova as saying that the operator is aiming to install more than 1,000 base stations nationwide during 2020. The rollout is part of Mobiuz’s development plan for 2019-2021, but ‘technical activities are being carried out at an even faster pace [than last year],’ the director explained, claiming that new base stations are being activated ‘daily’. The cellco is starting by prioritising those areas with the highest traffic burden, the official noted, highlighting the company’s wo.


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