Etisalat re-enters India’s telecom market

17 May 2022

Etisalat will secure indirect entry into India’s telecom market after acquiring a 9.8% stake in the British operator Vodafone for US$4.4bn.

The latter owns a nearly 47% stake in Vodafone Idea and a circa 10% stake in the British firm will give Etisalat an indirect 4.67% stake in the Indian business. Etisalat previously entered the Indian telecom market in 2008, which was cut short after the Supreme Court cancelled 122 telecom licenses in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

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Bangladesh introduces ‘unlimited’, ‘uninterrupted’ data packages

17 May 2022

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) introduced two new internet packages to help deliver uninterrupted internet use.

Known as unlimited data package and uninterrupted data package, they will add to the already existing 95 internet packages offered by the country's telcos.

Although the first data pack is called "unlimited", it has a duration of 365 days. The uninterrupted package's duration is 30 days.

Under the unlimited package, Grameenphone is offering 15GB data at Tk1099 and 5GB data at Tk499; Robi 10GB at Tk319, Banglalink 5GB at Tk306; and Teletalk 26GB at Tk309 and 6GB at Tk127.

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Airtel Lanka primed to close 3G network this year

17 May 2022

Airtel Lanka will start to close down its 3G network from this month having received permission from the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL).

Part India's Bharti Airtel, the operator requested permission to wind down its 3G network in order to free up spectrum for its 4G operations. TRCSL said Airtel Lanka has 15 months to complete the action, in which time it must “absorb at least 90% of its 3G subscriber base into their (sic) 4G network during the transition phase".

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Pakistan's MNOs hike prices...again

16 May 2022

Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan’s mobile operators Jazz, Zong and Telenor have again increased rates of calls and data packages.

It marks the second time after the minibudget in January 2022 that companies have increased the rates of call and internet packages.

According to local reports, the operators have increased their super load from Rs. 50 to Rs. 100. Different internet and data packages have been increased from Rs. 10 to Rs. 25. Similarly, rates of monthly call packages have also been increased, while the rates of monthly call packages have been increased from Rs. 40 to Rs. 100. Weekly all-in-one package rates have been increased from Rs. 10 to Rs. 20.

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