Mobilise, a telecommunications software powerhouse, is set to deepen its influence in Africa with Tier 5 MVNE services launch in Nigeria, Africa’s vast telecom market worth US$9.09 billion. Responding to the demand fuelled by over 30 MVNO licenses recently issued by Nigerian Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Mobilise positions itself at the forefront of this transformative stage.
The radio access network (RAN) equipment market experienced a significant downturn last year, as highlighted by recent reports from Omdia and Dell’Oro. These reports, drawing from detailed market analysis, reveal a challenging period for the industry, with global RAN revenues dropping by 11% to just over $40 billion.
As debate swirls around potential alterations to EU telecom sector merger regulations, European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager maintains her stance. Even with industry pressure for a shakeup due to challenges like 5G rollouts and shrinking profit margins, she insists on preserving existing rules.
European competition authorities are reportedly on the verge of imposing a €500 million penalty on tech giant Apple. This action stems from accusations tied to the company’s management of its iOS App Store, which is said to limit competition. The Financial Times brought this to light, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
VMO2 faced a substantial loss of £3.3 billion in 2023, worsened by a £3.1 billion goodwill impairment rooted in increased capital costs. While their debt soured under challenging economic conditions, they still managed to attract 64,000 new broadband and 47,000 mobile customers. Nevertheless, revenues witnessed a slight tumble as consumer fixed income dipped and the B2B sector lagged.
In an ambitious move to enhance the United States’ emergency services network, AT&T, in partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), has announced plans for a significant upgrade and expansion of FirstNet. This initiative, which could see an investment exceeding $8 billion over the coming decade, aims to build upon the network’s already extensive coverage and capabilities.
Delving into Wind Tre’s recent maneuverings with a proposed sale to EQT, marks another twist in the intricate telecommunications landscape. Initial strategies aimed to restructure the Italian operator’s fixed and mobile assets were fueled by intense competition. Yet, the hanging threads of existing network sharing agreements and a looming February deadline complications, streamed the planned transaction to an impasse.
Altice Group strategically eyes shedding its 50.1% sharing in XpFibre, triggering a ripple of interest from major players like KKR & Co., Macquarie Group, and others. While KKR & Co, Macquarie Group, and CDPQ are all reported to be keen on acquiring the stake, no financial bids have surfaced to date. Meanwhile, Altice Group’s decision to divest isn’t surprising, given its $60 billion debt, and recent considerations to sell other assets.
In an exciting development for the telecommunications industry, EE has officially opened the doors to its brand-new Experience store in Gateshead, marking the beginning of an ambitious rollout plan. This store is the first in a series, with the company planning to launch over ten Experience stores across the country within the next year.
In the United Kingdom, a significant transition is underway as the nation shifts from traditional analogue landline services to modern, IP-based digital systems. This change, mirroring a global trend towards digital communication solutions, aims to enhance service quality for the majority of consumers. However, it has raised concerns for certain vulnerable groups who depend on the older technology and may face challenges, particularly during power outages, which could impact their ability to reach emergency services.