Telecoms

Nigeria Has The Highest Number of Dual Sim Phone Users In The World, Says Open Signal

At 66 percent prevalence, Open Signal, the crowdsourced cell phone signal startup, has flagged Nigeria as the country with the highest penetration of dual SIM devices in the world.

Meaning; for every five mobile phones in Nigeria, three will most likely turn out to be Dual SIMed. South Korea has the lowest prevalence at 0.40 percent.

Bunfight over spectrum on the cards as mobile operators ask for more

Radio and television broadcasters, satellite providers and even radar operators will have to make way for mobile broadband companies if radio frequency spectrum proposals to be put to the International Telecommunication Union’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) later this year are adopted.

Tigo has set up a record of 25.3 Mln subscribers in Africa but profits fall

The Luxembourg Millicom International Cellular Telecom group, operating in Africa and Latin America under the Tigo brand, has released its financial results for the year 2014. With total revenue up to 14. 9% from $ 5.16 billion in 2013, 6.4 billion dollars and 55.3 million subscribers, the company displays a good financial health, mainly driven by operations in Latin America. The region alone has contributed $ 5.4 billion as income of the company, with its 30 million mobile subscribers.

Telecoms – In Brief

MTN Liberia (Lonestar Cell) has dismissed a ‘leaked’ Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) report which suggests that it is illegally receiving broadband data capacity from Cote d’Ivoire. The cellco, part of MTN Group, has emphatically denied the accusation which relates to a supposed re-commissioning of a telecommunications dish located in Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County.

NetOne wins USD8 million court battle

Firstel Cellular, a Zimbabwean mobile retailer, has been ordered to pay USD8 million to state-owned cellular network operator NetOne for unpaid royalties. Firstel had inked an agreement to sign up new subscribers for NetOne services, with Firstel to be paid by way of commission on each customer it attracted.

According to a report from The Herald, however, with the crash of the Zimbabwean currency and the subsequent introduction of a multi-currency system, Firstel struggled to collect the monies owed from subscribers.

Ghana: Buzztrick dominates MTN app challenge

MTN Ghana has revealed the overall winner of its latest Apps Challenge. According to the company, an application developed by myApp Inc, dubbed “Buzztrick”, dominated the challenge. According to myApp Inc, Buzztrick is a social content aggregation and lifestyle app, which has been designed to enrich the life of the smartphone user with an alternative approach to how they access everyday information.

Mozambique cellcos ordered to complete SIM registration in 30 days

Mozambique’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, has ordered the country’s three mobile network operators to finally complete the SIM registration process which was begun more than four years ago.

Following a period of civil unrest in September 2010 the regulatory body, the Mozambique National Communications Institute (INCM), introduced a requirement for all mobile users to register their SIM details by 15 November that year.

South Africa: Telkom may be planning tower sale

Telkom may be planning to sell its network of base stations as it looks to reduce costs, though it appears discussions are at a very early stage. According to news wire agency Bloomberg, Telkom is working with consulting firm Accenture to sell its tower infrastructure and claims the potential sale could fetch between US$500m and $1bn.

However, a source close to the process, speaking to TechCentral on the condition of anonymity, said that the figures quoted are not necessarily accurate and that any decision to sell tower assets, if it’s taken, is still some way off.

Intelsat and Kymeta Join Forces to Enable Next Generation Satellite Applications

Pairing the Intelsat EpicNG Global HTS satellite platform with Kymeta’s high performance metamaterials antennas will accelerate and simplify access to
cost-effective satellite solutions for a range of applications

Intelsat and Kymeta Corporation have announced an agreement to design and produce innovative, flat, electronically steerable, Ku-band mTenna satellite antenna solutions that are optimized for the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellite (HTS) platform. The first Intelsat EpicNG satellite is expected to launch in late 2015.

Telecoms – In brief

Airtel Nigeria has extended its strategic partnership with Huawei Technologies by selecting the Chinese vendor as a Managed Services Provider (MSP) for the capital city Abuja and the surrounding Federal Capital Territory (FCT). According to a Huawei press release, the extension will improve network quality and enhance Airtel’s customer experience in the region.

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