MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments: *Utilita Mobile* is now live in the UK, having launched pre-paid services via *Transatel's* MVNA platform…
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MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments
 France   Japan   Kyrgyzstan   New Zealand   Singapore  
*Utilita Mobile* is now live in the UK, having launched pre-paid services via *Transatel's* MVNA platform. The newcomer offers a range of pre-paid SIM-only bundles, starting at GBP5 (USD6.4) per... more
CMHK carries out Hong Kong 5G first
 Hong Kong  
China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) has connected what it says is the territory’s first 5G voice and video call. Besides a local call, a cross-border call was also made to... more
Flow Grenada to receive LTE licence; 4G launch expected ‘soon’
 Grenada  
Flow Grenada, a unit of UK-based Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) which is itself part of US-listed Liberty Latin America, is poised to get a 4G LTE operating licence after... more
Optus set to connect next wave of 5G customers
 Australia  
Australia’s Optus has announced that it will allow more of its customers to experience its ‘5G Home Broadband’ service as part of ongoing pre-commercial rollout of the next-generation technology. In... more
Ukrainian president signs ‘2020’ 5G decree
 Ukraine  
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on 17 May 2019 to initiate the process for rolling out 5G mobile network services in the country, setting a ‘deadline’ of 2020... more
High Court rules in favour of MNOs in annual spectrum fee case
 United Kingdom  
British mobile network operators (MNOs) have won a legal case against local telecoms watchdog Ofcom related to their annual spectrum licence fees. According to the Financial Times, as a result... more
Vodafone Fiji to invest FJD207m in network upgrade, minister says
 Fiji  
Fiji’s Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is cited as saying that mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone Fiji plans to invest FJD207 million (USD96.6 million) to upgrade its network infrastructure to... more
Beeline Tajikistan rebranding as ZET-Mobile in June
 Tajikistan  
Mobile operator Tacom, which currently trades under the Beeline Tajikistan brand, announced on its website that it will rebrand as ZET-Mobile on 1 June 2019. The cellco has begun replacing... more
BROADBAND
Greece pushes ahead with EUR870m UFBB plan
 Greece  
Greece’s Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information has launched a tender worth EUR870 million (USD970.6 million) to find partners for the rollout of its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFBB) project. The... more
Viva Kuwait launches first fixed broadband offer following Qualitynet takeover
 Kuwait  
Following its recent acquisition of Kuwaiti fixed network ISP Qualitynet, cellco Viva Kuwait has launched new self-branded post-paid home broadband tariffs at monthly prices starting at KWD25 (USD82) with an... more
CORPORATE / FINANCIAL
TDC reports declines in revenues, profit in Q1 2019
 Denmark  
Danish telco TDC, the country’s leading operator in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2019, reporting a 0.6% decline in revenues... more
PTCL Group books 95% increase in Q1 net profit
 Pakistan  
Pakistan’s fixed line incumbent Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) – which also offers mobile services via its Ufone-branded subsidiary – has booked consolidated total revenue of PKR33.5 billion (USD224.8 million)... more
MISCELLANEOUS
Cook Islands draft telecoms policy issued for comments
 Cook Islands  
The draft Cook Islands Telecommunications Market Competition Policy 2019 has been submitted for public comments with a closing date of 14 June 2019, reports Cook Islands News. The policy is... more