Zambian Networks Face Lose of License if Quality is Not Improved

Zambia's government has issued a warning to the mobile networks and threatened to revoke their operating licenses if they do not improve the quality of their service.

The out-going minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Emmanuel Chenda said that is not acceptable for customers to be paying for a service that is inconsistent and regularly dropping calls.

"It is for this reason that consumers must demand fairness and transparency in the billing system and also protection from billing fraud," Chenda said.

Source: Cellular News

Algeria to Launch Fixed LTE In May 2014

Algeria’s state-owned telco Algerie Telecom (AT) is planning to launch fixed-wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in May 2014, while mobile 4G will be introduced in late 2015.

Zorha Derdouri, Algeria’s Minister of Post and Information Technology and Communication, said that the launch of the fixed mode service ‘illustrates the willingness of the government to include Algeria in a dynamic construction of the information society and digital economy.’

Source: CAC

Smart Telecom Launched In Uganda

Smart Telecom is the latest telecommunications company to enter Ugandan Market.

Smart Telecom is under Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) Kenya, a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED)

The name Smart was chosen as the name by the people of East Africa in an innovative naming campaign, “Give us a Name”

The launch will enable AKFED to expand its unique and proven social enterprise business model into Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda with a focus on innovation and customer service.

Source: Red Pepper

Ghana Telecoms ordered to repeat Sim-registration

Telecom operators in Ghana have been ordered to repeat the SIM card registration process after they were accused of engaging in fraudulent activities around the scheme.

The government says that there was use of fake identity cards and it had become rampant three years after the completion of the exercise.

Dr Edward Boamah, the minister of Communications explained the re-registration must be done only if the National Identification Authority completed the issuance of the National ID Cards.

Source: Techmoran

GSMA, Mobile Operators Partner to Improve Mobile Access in Africa

Major mobile operator groups, serving 506 million customers across Africa and the Middle East, are making plans to partner with GSM Association (GSMA) on network infrastructure sharing initiatives.

The initiative, which is coming on the heels of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will recognise the impact of mobile broadband and Internet services on the citizens of both regions.

Source: This Day Live

Telecoms - In brief

- UAE-based telecoms group Etisalat is ‘interested’ in purchasing a stake in Beninese state-backed mobile operator Libercom, according to ‘a source familiar with the matter’ quoted by Agence Ecofin. The unnamed source added that Etisalat could be ready to make a bid for Libercom sometime in the second quarter of this year – after the completion of the group’s pending takeover of Morocco’s Maroc Telecom.

Nigeria: Etisalat, Airtel Are Biggest Gainers of Number Porting in 2013

Steve Omanufeme Etisalat and Airtel were the biggest beneficiaries of the mobile number porting introduced in April 2013, according to industry data released this week by the regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The porting activities of mobile network operators, as released by NCC and obtained from its website, indicate that Etisalat was the major gainer as it received a total of 23,582 port-ins as against 7,040 port-outs, amounting to a net gain of 16,542 new subscribers from May 2013 to December 2013.

Source: This Day

Gabon Telecom (Libertis) gets 3G/4G licence via strategic agreements with Morocco

The Gabonese Minister of the digital economy, post and communication, Pastor Ngoua, and the CEO of Maroc Telecom, Abdeslam Ahizoune, on Friday signed an agreement to award a 3G/4G mobile network operating licence to Gabon Telecom, a subsidiary of the Moroccan group, which operates 2G mobile services via its Libertis division.

Source: Telegeography

Telecoms – In Brief

- A long-running legal dispute between Vietnam’s military-backed Viettel Group and Cameroon-based Bestinver Asset Management has been resolved, Agence Ecofin reports, paving the way for Viettel Cameroon to enter the local mobile market in September 2014. Following extensive negotiations, Bestinver’s Ahmadou Baba Danpullo will remain the chairman of the board of directors of Viettel Cameroon, allowing the company to proceed with its commercial launch.

yuMobile goes ‘mteja’ as rivals eye over 2 million subscribers

Kenya’s third largest mobile phone operator, yuMobile, stares at imminent closure, with more than 240 jobs at risk. And this is really not that surprising given that, the firm, owned by Indian conglomerate, Essar Group, has lately been struggling to shrug off huge operational losses.

Source: Standard Media
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