Kenya Mulls Mandatory National Roaming Between Mobile Networks

Kenya's telecoms regulator has proposed new rules that would mandate the sharing of facilities by the country's mobile networks. The intent is to strengthen the position of the smaller networks against the dominant Safaricom.

The Communications Authority of Kenya said national roaming is the next frontier of "raising the bar on competition" in the sector.

It will however wait for a related court case between Safaricom and Airtel over Airtel's wish that Safaricom be barred from demanding that its mobile money agents only offer Safaricom services.

Source: Cellular News

Airtel first to be awarded 3G, 4G licence in Chad

Mobile operator Airtel has become the first company to be awarded a 3G and 4G licence in the African nation of Chad.

Mobile devices, using either 3G or even 2.5G EDGE networks, are already the main platform for internet access in Africa, allowing people to bypass the limited reach of the fixed broadband network, said Christian de Faria, chief executive officer (CEO) of Airtel Africa.

Source: ITNews Africa

Nashua Mobile calls it quits

Nashua Mobile is hiving off its MTN and Vodacom subscriber bases back to the mobile duopoly in a surprise move that will see it earn R2.26 billion, before eventually shutting down.

That will leave the independent mobile services provider market with only one main contender  Altech Autopage.

Autopage, although operating in the same market, has seemingly fared better than Nashua Mobile over recent months, as its strategy of bundling products and value-adding services along with the traditional voice product aided operating profit.

Source: ITWeb

Telecoms – In Brief

-  Yozma Timeturns, which was granted a concession to operate within the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) wireless sector in July 2009 – but did not actually receive any frequencies until 2012 – has revealed plans to inaugurate its long-awaited mobile network in the second quarter of 2014. Agence Ecofin quotes acting director general Constant Mopanze as saying that the cellco’s launch is now in sight, after a multitude of legal and technical problems.

Smart launches telecom services in Tanzania

Smart has launched its services in Tanzania, becoming the eighth operator in the country. Smart joins Zantel, Airtel, Vodacom, Tigo, TTCL, Sasatel and Benson in the provision of telecommunications services in Tanzania. The network was officially launched by Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), the infrastructure and industrial development arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Smart East Africa CEO Abdellatif Bouziani said a promising business environment attracted the institution to invest in Tanzania, the Citizen reported.

Source: Telecompaper

Telecel to introduce on-net video calling, a first from Telecel

According to information gathered from our sources, Telecel Zimbabwe is set to launch Video Calling Services for its subscribers today. This will be the first time any local network operator has offered the service despite the fact that it has been available in other markets for several years.

Source: Techzim

Vodafone Egypt Deploys Telsis Mobile Assistant

Advanced call screening service for high ARPU users goes live with Africa’s largest network

Source: Press release

Nigeria licenses additional spectrum as it moves to increase broadband access

The completion of a recent spectrum auction in Nigeria represents a big step forward for the mobile broadband networks. However, given the challenges and costs of maintaining the infrastructure for high-speed access, there is increasing attention from both the public and private sector to reducing overheads and improving infrastructure efficiency.

Source: Oxford Business Group

Tanzania: Helios Towers Subsidiary Steps Up Tanzania Services

Dar es Salaam — Telecoms infrastructure firm, Helios Towers, has launched a new service that they say guarantees high-quality and dependable telecoms networking in the country.

Speaking during the launch last week, the Helios Towers (Tanania) Chief Executive Officer, Norman Moyo said this marked a significant milestone in telecommunications in Tanzania.

"As the sector matures there is a clear mandate to improve on the breadth and quality of these services," he said.

Source: East African Business Week

Telecoms – In Brief

- Zambia’s minister of communications and transport, Yamfwa Mukanga, has reconfirmed that the state plans to offer a fourth mobile operator licence following the implementation of the digital migration project, which is expected to conclude next year.

- South Sudan's MTN has opened a customer service centre at Nimule, the main border crossing point with Uganda.

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