What’s new… 5G in Belgium, Orange, Citymesh, Vivendi & TIM, 5G

Announcing its new spectrum gains, Orange Belgium noted that it will start phasing out 3G from mid-2023 and switching off the 3G network in 2025, while it will retain 2G services until the end of 2028. “Orange Belgium guarantees the continuity of its 4G technology which covers nearly 100% of Belgian territory. people,” he added. Stefan Slavnicu, Chief Network Officer at Orange Belgium, said: “By phasing out 3G technology, we are getting rid of obsolete equipment that consumes a lot of electricity, space and human energy to maintain. 3G data now represents less than 2% of total data traffic on the network. With this move, we will have software-based, resilient and automated networks ready for future evolutions. By planning this development well in advance, we minimize the impact on our customers, and ultimately on the planet, with the recycling of network equipment and the reconditioning of mobile devices, as well as the marketing of latest generation eco-designed terminals. Read more.

For mobile citymesh51% owned by citymesh (part of the IT services group Cegeka) and 49% by RCS and RDS (belonging to a European IT and telecommunications group Digital Communications), the auction result marks the start of its network rollout plans. CItymesh and Digi will jointly fund the construction of the network and ultimately use the network for different purposes – Citymesh to target the enterprise sector and Digi to focus on the consumer services market. “Because we are starting from scratch, we have the opportunity to take advantage of 5G technological advances from the outset and optimally plan the deployment,” said Mitch De Geest, CEO of Citymesh. Read more.

Having previously communicated his outrage at TIM (Telecom Italy)plans to offload its fixed broadband network assets for around 20 billion euros, French media and communications giant VivendiTIM’s largest shareholder, reportedly announced that it would block any move valuing TIM’s broadband network assets at less than €31 billion for the planned deal, according to Reuters. The recent valuation of fixed line assets at €17 billion to €21 billion has met with a negative reception at Vivendi headquarters, with the company’s CEO, Arnaud de Puyfontaine, saying that Vivendi would never support a plan to sell the company to such a low price. Insisting on a valuation of 31 billion euros is a position that could deal a blow to TIM’s strategic plans Recently appointed CEO Pietro Labriola, which is seeking to restructure the Italian national operator, balance its books and put it back on the path to profitable growth after a series of profit warnings and operational incidents. Labriola presented a plan to split TIM into two separate entities, ServCo and NetCo, with ServCo remaining TIM’s future while NetCo’s assets, including fixed line operations (FiberCop) and international networks and services unit (Sparkle), would be sold. TIM agreed in principle that FiberCop would be merged with the other main Italian fixed broadband network operator, Open Fiber, to create a new company controlled by the public investor CDP, but Vivendi could block the conclusion of this agreement. It’s not going to be easy to fix, that’s for sure…

Speaking of complicated and tricky M&A deals… In Canada, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications attempt to salvage their merger plans by reaching a deal to sell Shaw’s Mobile Freedom company to Quebecor for C$2.85 billion (US$2.2 billion), a move they said would “ensure the presence and viability of a strong fourth mobile operator in Canada.” Rogers and Shaw also hope it will address “concerns raised by the Commissioner of Competition and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry regarding viable and sustainable wireless competition in Canada.” These concerns put a end of May Rogers/Shaw wedding plans – Let’s see if the deal with Quebecor can save any hope for the planned mega-merger that would create a stronger rival to Bell Canada and Telus. Read more.

– Staff, TelecomTV

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