Ufone wins unused spectrum in Pakistan

06 October 2021

Cellular service provider Ufone won a bid for Pakistan’s unused spectrum with US$279m, according to the country’s watchdog.

Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) began the process to sell it in late 2020.

The spectrum is in the 1800 and 2100 MHz bands typically used by operators for 4G LTE (long-term evolution) networks that offer faster video streaming and internet downloads.

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STL appoints former Ericsson exec to its Advisory Council

06 October 2021

STL, the Mumbai-based integrator of digital networks, has appointed Paolo Colella to its Advisory Council. A former Ericsson executive, Colella will work closely with the STL leadership team and its board of directors to advise the company “on the strategic roadmap for its network services business”.

Colella comes with more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications, technology and professional services, having held prominent senior executive positions, including India chief executive (CEO) and head of global systems integration business at Ericsson.

“STL has created a niche as a company that offers technology-led solutions that will be the foundation of gigabit societies across the globe,” said Colella. “I am excited to be associated with a company like STL that is extremely innovation-centred and leads the way in enabling digital transformation at the edge.”

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Ooredoo posts mixed results

06 October 2021

Indosat Ooredoo reported strong year-on-year growth with a 14% increase in revenue to QAR3.8bn, up from QAR 3.4bn for the same period last year. This resulted in a strong EBITDA growth of 24% to QAR1.9bn and a five percentage point EBITDA margin increase, reflecting improvements in operational efficiencies and top line growth.

The operator’s drive to enhance customer experience and offer simple products and pricing, led to a 5% year on year growth in its customer base to 60.3 million.

Furthermore, the Indosat Ooredoo is well ahead in its plans for network roll-out and capacity expansion and has successfully passed operational readiness tests for 5G.

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MTN ‘talking to buyers for Afghan wireless unit’

06 October 2021

South Africa’s MTN Group has entered talks with potential international buyers for its wireless business in Afghanistan, a bid to accelerate plans to exit the country, according to reports.

Africa’s biggest mobile-phone operator, also the market leader in Afghanistan with a 40% share, is in discussions with several parties, said unnamed sources.

MTN said last year that it planned to exit countries in the Middle East over the medium term. The Johannesburg-based company wanted to use its resources to focus on African markets.

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