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Ericsson acquires Vonage for $6.2bn

Ericsson has entered into an agreement to acquire Vonage for a total acquisition price of approximately $6.2 billion (€5.4bn). The merger agreement was approved unanimously by the Board of Vonage. The transaction builds upon Ericsson’s stated intent to expand globally in wireless enterprise, offering existing customers an increased share of a market valued at $700 […]

November 22, 2021

Africa Mobile Networks extend coverage with Gilat

Gilat Satellite Networks, a global player in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, has announced that Africa’s largest satellite cellular backhaul network is extending its coverage to a dozen countries in Africa. Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) has deployed Gilat hubs and placed additional orders of Gilat cellular backhaul terminals to serve multiple Tier-1 Telcos in […]

November 15, 2021

Ericsson launches Time-Critical Communication for 5G

Ericsson is enhancing its 5G capabilities with the launch of an end-to-end solution that it says will guarantee the consistent low latency and high reliability demanded by time-critical applications and services for consumers, enterprises, and public sector. Ericsson is enabling Time-Critical Communication through its new Critical IoT product – easily deployable as a software upgrade […]

October 25, 2021

Samsung, VMO2 plan 4G, 5G trials

Samsung Electronics is to conduct 4G and 5G trials with UK multiplay telco Virgin Media O2 to verify the capability and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G network solutions in Virgin Media O2’s commercial network. The trial will also assess the interoperability between Samsung’s latest solutions and Virgin Media O2’s 2G and 3G legacy networks. […]

October 20, 2021By Colin Mann

Avanti connectivity boost for rural Africa

High-throughput satellite capacity specialist Avanti Communications has launched Avanti EXTEND – a new managed satellite service for rural connectivity. Designed specifically for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Avanti EXTEND provides high-performance and cost-effective 2G, 3G and 4G solutions to remote and hard-to-reach areas across sub-Saharan Africa. This enables customers to provide reliable cellular service to the […]

October 5, 2021

Liberty Global sells UPC Poland to iliad

Liberty Global has reached a definitive agreement to sell 100 per cent of its operations in Poland to iliad’s Polish mobile subsidiary Play. At June 30th 2021, Liberty Global’s networks in Poland passed 3.7 million homes and served 1.5 million customers who subscribed to 1.3 million broadband, 1.4 million video, and over 600,000 telephony services. […]

September 22, 2021

Facebook: “Satellite important for our connectivity”

Brian Barritt, Organisation leader for Connectivity at facebook, speaking on a panel at the Washington Satellite 2021 show admitted that there was no ‘one size fits all’ solution for connectivity; but satellite was important to Facebook. Barritt said Facebook’s problem was related to population density and how those populations and communities were spread out. While […]

September 10, 2021By Chris Forrester

Rakuten acquires Altiostar at $1bn+ valuation

Rakuten Group has announced the acquisition of US-based mobile technology company, Altiostar Networks, at a total valuation of Altiostar at over $1 billion. Rakuten and Altiostar will partner to accelerate deployment of software-centric, virtualised services for the mobile industry across the globe. Altiostar’s 4G and 5G open virtual Radio Access Network (Open vRAN) solutions are […]

August 4, 2021

SES supplies 4G services using O3b

SES says that communities living across the eastern most peninsula of Africa will be able to enjoy 4G services on their mobile phones following a three-year partnership agreement signed by fixed satellite solution and professional service provider, iSAT Africa and SES. The two companies have announced that this new service will be available initially via […]

July 15, 2021By Chris Forrester

Avanti, Clear Blue partnership

Avanti Communications, a provider of high throughput satellite capacity across EMEA, has announced a partnership with Clear Blue Technologies International, the Smart Off-Grid company, to enable Mobile Network Operators and Telco Tower Companies to deliver rural network coverage to areas across sub-Saharan Africa. Within the next three to five years, the partnership is expected to […]

July 15, 2021