Liquid Telecom and Eutelsat have extended their relationship to 2019 with a new multi-transponder contract for satellite capacity delivering premium coverage of sub-Saharan Africa.
The additional capacity is on the Eutelsat 7B satellite recently deployed at 7 degrees East. Liquid Telecom has also transferred existing traffic at 7 degrees East onto Eutelsat 7B and has plans to ramp-up further capacity over the coming 12 months.
The terrible state of the telecommunications infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of Congo, (DRC) has touched the World Bank and it wants to rehabilitate it with a funding of $92 million.
The funding will be made available via the International Development Association (IDA) on a five-year basis, the Bretton Woods institution said.
“For the first time ever the country’s main cities will come close to one another, adequately reconnect the Congo with its neighbors, improve connectivity and therefore boost telecoms companies’ operations,” Longange said.
- Nigerian operator Globacom has broadened its roaming services with the addition of 100 network partners across the world in the last year. Postpaid subscribers can now obtain seamless roaming in almost every part of the world, as Glo has interconnectivity arrangements with over 430 partners in 176 countries. Glo claims to have the largest international postpaid roaming footprint of any Nigerian operator.
- Cameroon's Orange is calling for its GSM license to be amended to permit the use of 3G technologies.
Moroccan telecoms watchdog, the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), has ordered domestic fixed line incumbent telco Maroc Telecom to amend some of the terms and conditions of its wholesale leased line access offer, following a complaint filed by rival Medi Telecom (Meditel) in March 2014.
Airtel Zambia is to invest around USD80 million in its network this year, on top of the almost USD270 million that has already been spent by India’s Bharti Airtel since it acquired the cellco back in 2010. According to the Zambia Daily Mail, the cellco aims to roll out 147 4G-enabled cell sites in Lusaka and Copperbelt this year.
- Ghana’s regulator National Communications Authority (NCA) has announced that the ban it imposed on Vodafone Ghana, which barred the operator from signing up new subscribers until 31 July 2014, following the nationwide blackout of its network on 3 June, has been lifted.
The Government says it is ready to auction the long term evolution (LTE) spectrum to mobile operators for broadcasting to raise US$173 million needed to complete the broadcast digitalisation programme before the deadline of June 2015. The money would go towards migrating existing transmitters, buying new digital transmitters, migrating the studios at Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), migrating monitoring equipment for the regulator and putting in place new regulations for the licensing of the new digital broadcasting.
Algerian cellco Djezzy GSM has launched commercial 3.5G services in seven wilayas (provinces) across the country, Agence Ecofin reports. The operator offers HSPA+ services on both a pre-paid and post-paid basis; pre-paid users can access the network via the introductory ‘Speed Jour’ plan, which offers 50MB of mobile broadband access over a 24 hour period, priced at DZD100 (USD1.26).
Second largest mobile network operator, Telecel Zimbabwe is allegedly in default of its license renewal payment terms it brokered with government last year, potentially prejudicing treasury of critical financial resources needed to finance priority projects, The Zimbabwe Mail has learnt.
Impeccable sources told The Zimbabwe Mail that the mobile operator has already defaulted on its very first payment obligation with only $8m having been paid so far.