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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Telkomsel switches on 5G in three Indonesian cities

01 July 2021

Indonesia’s Telkomsel has switched on 5G networks in three cities and said there will be further roll-outs in the not too distant future.  

Customers in Balikpapan, Medan and Surakarta can now access the operator’s 5G network. While coverage is currently only available in certain districts, Telkomsel said this would be “gradually expanded.”

The scope of the launch falls well short of the list of cities named in late May by communication and information minister Johnny G Plate. He stated that the network would be accessible in six residential areas of Jakarta and areas of Denpasar, Batam, Surabaya, Makassar and Bandung, in addition to Balikpapan, Medan and Surakarta.

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Afghanistan set for new 4G auctions

01 July 2021

The Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has published an Invitation To Apply (ITA) to participate in the auction of three 2×5MHz lots in the 1800MHz range, two 2×5MHz lots in the 2100MHz range and three 2×10MHz blocks in the 2600MHz range.

Winners will not be able to control more than 2×10MHz from the 1800MHz and 2100MHz ranges, or 2×20MHz across all of the 1800, 2100 and 2600 ranges. They can then consolidate their holdings into contiguous blocks with, it is promised, limited intervention from ATRA. There will also be coverage obligations: 4G data services need to reach five of the largest cities in Afghanistan within 18 months and the next 13 largest cities within two years.

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