Telecoms

MTN's Fine Must Be Doubled to $10 Billion: Nigerian Lawmaker

MTN Group Ltd. should pay double the $5.2 billion it was originally fined by Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator last year, according to the spokesman for the West African country’s House of Representatives.

Africa’s biggest wireless operator must pay 400,000 naira ($2,015) for each of the 5.2 million unregistered phone lines it failed to deactivate before a deadline, instead of 200,000 naira, lawmaker Abdulrazak Namdas said in a phone interview from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

South Africa: Icasa goes after cellular retailers

The communications regulator has threatened to take "enforcement action" if retailers continue to fail to comply with regulations.

Communications regulator Icasa has conducted spot inspections of the retail outlets of South Africa’s mobile network operators and found that two-thirds of them don’t comply with regulations.

According to Icasa, the inspections were conducted in terms of the regulations on code of conduct for licensees, which were published in 2007.

Congo orders telecoms shutdown during presidential vote

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Congo Republic's government has ordered the country's two largest telecommunications providers to block all communications during a presidential election on Sunday and again on Monday, a government source said on Saturday.

The decision, which the source said was taken for reasons of security, will cause inconvenience and possible alarm in a country where there are few landlines and many rely on cell phone communication. It is also highly unusual in the context of an election in Africa.

Djibouti Telecom tests 4G network at ten sites, director says

Djibouti Telecom is considering the rollout of a full-blown 4G network to provide users with data downloads of up to 1GB on their mobile devices and, to that end, from the first quarter of this year began the process of selecting ten test sites to provide for its swift deployment.

Zimbabwe: More Heads Roll At Netone

Four more executives at NetOne have been sent on three-month forced leave as it emerged that the Government-owned mobile operator decommissioned new network expansion equipment worth $45 million in order to buy similar equipment using a $218 million loan facility secured from the China Exim Bank in 2014. The $45 million is from a 2011 loan facility from the China Exim Bank as well.

The suspensions come as the parastatal continues to purge all those who are suspected to have been complicit in the illicit dealings that bled the organisation for years.

Kenya: Airtel Moving to 4G Network By Year-End

Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi says the telco has since grown its 3G network from 35 percent to 75 percent population coverage at the moment, giving more room for further investments.

“Data is very essential in our industry and we are investing heavily to ensure that our capabilities in data and internet are substantially improved,” Youssefi said.

Tanzania: TCRA to Expose Fake Phone Users

TCRA communication expert Sayyida Mohamed said a system has been developed that will ensure fake mobile phones will not be registered.

According to statistics released by the authority, the number of mobile phone subscribers rose by 16 per cent to 31.86 million in 2014. It was estimated that 38 per cent of the subscribers use fake gadgets.

TCRA, head of corporate communications Innocent Mungy told reporters here that many sub-standard and counterfeit mobile phone products entered the local market illegally and that it has been difficult to control the influx.

Zain KSA offers Wi-Fi Calling feature on iPhone devices

RIYADH – Zain KSA announced the launch of its WiFi Calling service, making Zain the only operator in the Middle East and North Africa and one of the only 12 carriers in the world to launch this unprecedented initiative. This comes as a valuable addition to the services offered to subscribers on the company’s ever expanding 4G-LTE network.

Zain WiFi Calling service will allow Zain customers roaming anywhere in the world to send and receive calls and SMS at local rates only, without any additional roaming charges. The service is available on select postpaid packages only.

Nigeria: MTN Pleaded for the Reversal of Suspension Order on Regulatory Services, Says NCC

Facts have emerged as to why the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) decided to lift the ban on the suspension of regulatory services it imposed on MTN last year, based on various infractions committed by MTN.

According to the NCC, aside addressing all the infractions, MTN also wrote the NCC severally, pleading for the reversal of the suspension order on regulatory services imposed by NCC on MTN. It was gathered that it was the combination of both factors that made the commission to lift the ban, NCC said in a statement.

MTN Cote d’Ivoire begins network migration amid rumours ARTCI will revoke 2.5GHz spectrum

MTN Cote d’Ivoire is in the process of migrating users of its 2.5GHz WiMAX service onto the 800MHz spectrum band, ICT4Africa reports, citing official company correspondence. The formal switchover will reportedly take place on 1 April; the company’s lower-band network has been operational since 7 March.

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