MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments: *T-Mobile US* has pledged to maintain *Sprint’s* low-income *Assurance Wireless* sub-brand ‘indefinitely…
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MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments
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*T-Mobile US* has pledged to maintain *Sprint’s* low-income *Assurance Wireless* sub-brand ‘indefinitely’ if the USD26 billion mega-merger between the two mobile giants receives regulatory approval, USA Today reports. Technically owned... more
Zain SA acquires 5G spectrum in the 3500MHz band
 Saudi Arabia  
Zain Saudi Arabia has acquired 100MHz of spectrum in the 3500MHz band at a total value of SAR624 million (USD166 million), to be paid in equal instalments starting from 1... more
US 24GHz auction kicks off; generates USD304m on first day
 United States  
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiated ‘Auction 102’ – its sale of Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service (UMFUS) licences in the 24.25GHz-24.45GHz/24.75GHz-25.25GHz (24GHz) band – on 14 March, generating bids... more
German 5G auction to proceed as planned
 Germany  
Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) has revealed that the 5G auction will go ahead as planned on 19 March. The announcement follows a... more
Nordic Telecom exits Czech operators’ association; confirms use of 410MHz-430MHz band for IRS
 Czech Republic  
Czech telecoms services provider Nordic Telecom has decided to terminate its membership in the Association of Mobile Network Operators (APMS), the company confirmed via a press release. The would-be fourth... more
DoT seeks TRAI opinion on BSNL 4G spectrum
 India  
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has sought the view of sector watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the possibility of assigning 4G spectrum to state-backed provider Bharat... more
BROADBAND
Xplornet investing CAD500m-plus in ‘national’ 5G rural rollout
 Canada  
Canada’s leading rural fixed-wireless broadband provider Xplornet Communications has announced that it will invest over CAD500 million (USD375 million) in five years to deliver hybrid fibre-wireless 5G services ‘nationally to... more
PhilComSat franchise extension granted for another 25 years
 Philippines  
The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has signed into law a measure formally extending Philippine Communications Satellite Corp (PhilComSat’s) telecoms operating franchise for a further 25 years. Under Republic... more
CORPORATE / FINANCIAL
Kazakhtelecom foreign listing set for May
 Kazakhstan  
The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan has set a May 2019 date for a foreign stock market public offering of shares in state-backed Kazakhtelecom (KT), Kazinform reports,... more
LLA takeover of UTS completing within a week
 Curacao  
The acquisition of Curacao-based United Telecommunications Services (UTS) by Liberty Latin America (LLA) will be signed this week, Curacao’s Minister of Communication Zita Jesus Leito confirmed to local media. An... more
M7 sells Fiber NL, Stipte to XS Provider
 Netherlands  
M7 Group has sold two Dutch fibre ISP subsidiaries, Fiber NL and Stipte, to Tilburg-based XS Provider in a deal scheduled to be completed on 1 April 2019, Totaaltv.nl reported.... more
Cellcom slips to net loss in FY 2018 amid continued competition in mobile sector
 Israel  
Israeli multi-service operator (MSO) Cellcom has published its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2018, revealing a net loss for the period, as revenues and EBITDA also declined.... more