Nigerian Government Asked to Cancel Unused CDMA Licenses

The GSM Association has called on the Nigerian government to revoke the licenses of dormant CDMA networks and resell the spectrum to the incumbent mobile networks.

The GSMA's Chief Regulatory Officer, Tom Phillips told The Vanguard newspaper that the regulator should call in the CDMA network operators and seek details of their active customer base.

He said any network not meeting a minimum threshold should lose its license, and the spectrum be reallocated.

Source: The Vanguard

Egyptian Mobile Phone Operators Accused Of Forming Cartel

Egypt mobile operators, Mobinil, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat have been blamed of operating an unlawful business cartel in the troubled country.

Egyptian Competition Authorities (ECA) on Sunday said these mobile operators have been jointly increasing prices, costing consumers more than $72.6 million a year.

“Even though implementing a stamp tax in itself is not illegal, the way the companies went about it breaks the cartels law,” Al Ahram quoted Mona El-Garf, the leader of ECA, as saying.

Source: Ventures Africa

Telecoms - In Brief

- Algerian telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) issued the final licences for the provision of 3G services in the country to all three applicants—Mobilis, Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma) and Djezzy – on 3 December 2013. News agency Agence Ecofin reports that Mohamed Toufik Bessa, head of ARPT, has also revealed that, in order to save time, the regulator agreed to allow ‘operators to submit their 3G offers for consideration’, with these offers subsequently validated on the same day.

Youssou Ndour declares ambition to win Senegal’s fourth mobile licence

Agence Ecofin, citing the Senegalese news site Ndarinfo, says that Senegal's former minister of tourism and culture and president of the Future Media Group, Youssou Ndour, has announced his ambition to enter the local mobile market by securing the fourth mobile operating licence, due to be sold by the government.

Source: Telecomist

Glo Ghana backs out of co-trenching agreement

Ghana’s Minister of Communications Dr Edward Omane Boamah has accused Glo Ghana, which became the country’s fifth mobile network operator after launching commercially in April 2012, of breaching a co-trenching agreement on the ongoing Awoshie-Pokuase road project in Accra between the country’s five network operators and Ghana’s Department of Roads, news agency AllAfrica reports.

Source: Africa Telecom &IT

Namibia lowers rates for interconnection

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has reduced the cost of making calls across various mobile and fixed telecommunication operators, allowing customers to call at a cheaper rate.

With the reduced rates, voice calls will now stand at N$0.20 from N$0.30, while SMS charges have been reduced to N$0.10 from N$0.20 across all telecommunication providers.

Source: New Era

South Africa: SA Mobile Users Shift From Voice to Data

South African mobile phone networks are seeing call revenues declining for the first time in their histories as the younger generation leads the consumer charge into a "new data economy", according to a new study from research company World Wide Worx.

World Wide Worx's "Mobility 2014" study, released last week, reveals that the 19-24 age group, representing students and entrants into the workforce, is abandoning calls faster than any other segment.


Waiting for Godot: Vodacom Opens Office in Ethiopia

Vodacom is looking forward to establish a foothold in the last remaining large market on the continent to maintain a state monopoly in telecommunications. This is why it has opened its first office in Ethiopia on Tuesday. A deal was signed by State-run Ethio Telecom in July and August with China's Huawei and ZTE to expand cellular infrastructure. But unfortunately, the government denied liberalizing its telecom sector.

Source: News Tonight Africa

Huawei told to remove telecoms equipment from Ethiopia

Huawei Technologies have been ordered by the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) to remove the US$13 million telecoms equipment it allegedly imported into the country illegally last year, according to a report.

It has been reported that an official at ECRA said the Chinese company is expected to pay five per cent of the total tax due on the equipment as well as the warehouse charges incurred over the past year.

Source: Addis Fortune

Telecom Namibia Launches LTE Network

Telecom Namibia says that it has switched on its LTE service and is now taking orders via its website.

The LTE services are available in the capital Windhoek and surrounding areas, as well as Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Langstrand and Henties Bay at the coast and Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Oshakati, Ohangwena and Oshikango in the north of the country.

Source: Cellular News
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