Telecoms

Multiple taxation leading to disruption of services, telcos warn

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has warned that local government agencies are threatening to shut down base transceiver stations (BTS) in a number of states if companies fail to pay multiple taxes and fees.

Ringo Mobile to enter Senegalese market, reports Leral.net.

Ringo Mobile will launch Ringo Africa to target members of the African diaspora, numbering in the millions, who wish to stay affordably in permanent touch with their families abroad.

Senegal is Ringo’s first international market. The company aims to have 100,000 customers by the end of the year in Senegal. It will then expand to Spain, Greece and France, which have large African communities.

Senegal: Macky Sall calls for sanctions against Sonatel Tigo and Expresso

According to sources quoted Dakar News, Macky Sall, President of Senegal, asked the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ARTP) for sanctions against Sonatel mobile phone operators, Tigo and Expresso. The Head of State expressed his anger against those telecom companies, January 20, 2016, at the Council of Ministers ruled inadmissible their joint boycott of the call for applications for the acquisition of 4G licenses.

WiFi-Forum cautions against OTT regulation

The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa (WFFSA) has urged the country's mobile networks to develop innovative ways to benefit from OTT (over-the-top) technologies or risk redundancy. WFFSA chair Andile Ngcaba said the internet cannot be governed and must be embraced, referring to misguided moves to regulate OTT services. Far from being a threat, he said OTT applications such as WhatsApp are motivating to Africa's youth.

Vox Telecom and Intuitive alliance to fulfil growing demand for RightFax dashboards

PRESS RELEASE: South African-based Vox Telecom (Vox) has signed a partnership agreement with UK-based Intuitive Business Intelligence in response to growing customer demand for Opentext RightFax dashboards. Telecoms operator, Vox Telecom, is the sole RightFax distributor for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Under the terms of the partnership, Vox is now able to provide its Rightfax and Rightfax Cloud customers with simple-to-understand graphical dashboards that provide powerful insights into their network fax server solutions.

Court adjourns MTN Nigeria fine case for settlement talks

A judge at the Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned MTN Group’s legal challenge of a NGN780 billion (USD3.9 billion) fine its local unit received from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) until 18 March 2016, in order to enable the parties to try and settle the matter out of court. In a statement published on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the South African telecoms group said that if the parties are unable to reach a settlement, then the case will proceed on that date.

Angola: Unitel to launch VoLTE with SRVCC in Angola

UNITEL in Angola has successfully completed the first call through the LTE network (VoLTE – Voice over LTE) with continuity of the call in case of handover, i.e. start the call on the 4G network and move to 2G/3G network without any interruption (SRVCC), a move set to provide higher quality voice calls using its extensive 4G network.

South Africa: Petition Launched to Reject WhatsApp Regulation

An online petition is calling on South Africa's government to reject calls by mobile networks to regulate over-the-top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp and Skype.

Online women's magazine All4Women.co.za has launched the petition dubbed '#SaveWhatsApp - and other communication apps you can't live without' this week.

The creation of the petition comes after All4Women received a number of responses from readers on their website to a story about possible WhatsApp regulation in South Africa, said the site's editor Sasha Wyatt-Minter.

Viber introduces public chats in Africa

Viber has revealed that it has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East. Brands, organizations, celebrities, public figures and social influencers from these countries can now join Viber’s global platform to reach a local and regional audience.

According to the company, Public Chats are live discussions that Viber users can follow, like and share with their community.

Orange Will Acquire 100 Percent of the Mobile Operator Cellcom Liberia

Orange has announced that it has entered into a firm agreement with Cellcom Telecommunications Limited to acquire, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d'Ivoire, 100% of Cellcom's Liberia subsidiary, the leading mobile operator* in Liberia, with the strongest market commercial momentum.

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