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.’
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.