Viettel Targets 95% Tanzanian Coverage by Year-End

Mobile operator Viettel Tanzania, which launched commercial services under the Halotel brand name in October last year, plans to increase wireless population coverage from the current level of 90% to 95% by the end of this year.

Accroding to East African Business Week, the company’s Deputy Managing Director, Le Van Dai, as said Viettel Tanzania’s mobile network is currently available in over 1,500 towns and villages across 26 regions, with coverage set to reach a further 1,500 villages in the future.

Spacecom disconnects Amos-5 satellite

Spacecom daid it has officially disconnected the Amos-5 satellite, after failing to re-establish communication with it. The company confirmed to ITWeb Africa that no communication has been heard from the satellite since 21 November 2015 and that the satellite has since been fully de-energised.

Nigeria-Cameroon submarine cable goes live…

MainOne has announced that the high capacity Nigerian-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS) connecting Lagos, Nigeria and Kribi, Cameroon has been completed and went live last month. The new submarine cable system will address increasing demand for reliable broadband connectivity in Cameroun, and is a key component of the country’s strategic plan to provide internet access to its citizens via a National Broadband Network.

Telecoms – In brief

Algerian telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms, ARPT) has launched a tender for three 4G mobile broadband licences. The regulator has invited all interested parties to submit their bids for participation in the auction from 10 January until 13 January by paying a DZD100,000 (USD928) fee.

Vodacom South Africa says 200,000 accounts charged twice

Vodacom South Africa said that about 200,000 accounts were affected by a "technical glitch" that  caused some customers to be double-billed. Tshepo Ramodibe, executive head for corporate affairs, said the majority of refunds were processed on 04 January as promised. The balance of refunds would reflect during the course of the day, ITWeb reported.

Zambia ICT authority orders SIM card ultimatum

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has given local mobile phone subscribers a two-month ultimatum to correct wrong information on SIM cards or face permanent disconnection.

The telecom sector regulator has issued a statement urging the public to check their registration status with their respective mobile service providers.

ZICTA said it has teamed up with the country's three mobile phone operators MTN Zambia, Airtel Zambia and the Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) to 'clean up' registered SIM cards held by operators.

Rwandan Entrepreneur’s Solar-Powered Mobile Kiosks Charge Phones, Create Jobs

Mobile phones are essential in Rwanda. More than 70 percent of the population owns a one and many people own two or more. Yet, just 22 percent of people have access to electricity, meaning they have trouble charging all these phones, according to the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority.

Somaliland to get LTE Network through a partnership deal with Somcable, Alepo and Airspan

Alepo, a provider of network and IT software solutions for global communications service providers, has announced a partnership deal with Somcable, a major communications service provider in East Africa, to launch LTE in Somaliland. Alepo completed the LTE project in collaboration with Airspan.

Rwanda: RapidSMS Saves Mothers, Children Lives

Marie Gorethe Nyirabambari is animatedly engaged with her mobile phone under a tree outside Karwasa Health Centre in Musanze District. She also sieves through a handful of documents on her lap.

Nyirabambariis a community health worker. Her task is to keep tabs on pregnant mothers from the time the pregnancy is announced until delivery.

She also follows up the life of a child after birth in the outskirts of Musanze city.

Telecoms Firms in SSA Earn U.S.$4 Billion From Tower Sales, Leasing

From the sales and lease of BTS, otherwise known as towers, telecommunications operators in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) may have earned about $4 billion in the last four years.

According to statistics from the GSMA in a report titled: 'The Mobile Economy: sub-Saharan Africa 2015', it revealed that tower sharing has now become a key feature of the mobile industry in SSA. According to it, many of the region's leading operators have divested significant portions of their tower portfolios to independent tower companies (towercos) in recent years.

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