TM makes Hashim new chairman

26 July 2021

Telekom Malaysia has announced the departure of Mohd Bakke Salleh as chairman effective July 31 and the appointment of its new chairman, Mohammed Azlan Hashim effective August 1.

The Board of Directors, expressed their appreciation to Mohd Bakke, who was appointed chairman in May 2020, for his leadership and contribution, while wishing him the best in his future undertakings.

“The entire board, management and Warga TM would like to record our heartfelt gratitude to Mohd Bakke, an exemplary role model in upholding governance and integrity and a highly respected corporate figure; who has brought his vast insights to benefit the TM Group," the board said in a statement. "Together with the board, group chief executive officer and management, we have charted the next phase of growth for the company under the New TM Transformation 2021-2023, anchored on 40+ Value Programmes.”

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India's Supreme Court rejects telcos' plea for correction of 'errors'

23 July 2021

India's Supreme Court rejected a plea from telecommunications operators for correction for alleged errors in adjusted gross revenue (AGR) calculation.

In September 2020, the country's top court granted telcos a period of 10 years to clear their pending AGR dues to the central government with 10% payment per annum.

The first payment was due before March 31, 2021. 

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India’s Vodafone Idea scouting for funds amid losses and dwindling subscriber base

19 July 2021

India’s Vodafone Idea is scouting for funds amid losses and a dwindling subscriber base, with question marks over the company's long-term viability.

The beleaguered mobile phone service provider had recently approached the telecom department seeking an extension of the two-year moratorium on paying spectrum fees by one more year.

The two-year moratorium was given to all telecom operators for FY21 and FY22 - and officials believe a moratorium cannot be for one company and has to be for the entire sector. As this decision has revenue implications, approval by the finance ministry will be needed.

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Globe Telecom secures new 5G roaming partnerships in Vietnam

16 July 2021

Globe Telecom, the Philippines’ major telco, has secured an overseas 5G roaming partnership through a tie-up with Viettel of Vietnam.

The partnership was put in place to benefit travellers once international travel recovers.

Globe vice president for postpaid and international, Coco Domingo, said: “We continuously build partnerships with telcos from all over the world so we can provide our customers with better data roaming experience at affordable costs, wherever they may be.”

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