Telecoms

MTN Nigeria fine reduced to $3.4 Billion Payable by December 31st

The Nigeria’s Communications Commission asked mobile phone operators to disconnect unregistered Sim cards. Failure to comply with the directive saw all 4 mobile operators in the populous nation from Airtel, Etisalat to Globacom and MTN Nigeria slapped with fines in August 2015. In October, the NCC fined MTN Nigeria $5 billion fine for failing to abide by these rules. According to the NCC, MTN failed to register 5 Million of its 62 million customers.

Furious Customers in Mali Call for a Boycott of Orange

The Malian blogosphere has been buzzing recently. Why? Because users of French multinational Orange's mobile phone services are unhappy. They decided to organize a boycott of the company, which serves 16 African countries, on 1 December 2015.

Telecoms – In brief

The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), currently in session 2-27 November, has taken a key decision that will provide enhanced capacity for mobile broadband in the 694-790 MHz frequency band in ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia) and a globally harmonized solution for the implementation of the digital dividend.

Israeli Spacecom Satellite Loses Contact Over Africa, Disrupts Service Mostly In Africa

Israeli satellite operator Spacecom lost contact at 06:45 a.m Saturday Israeli time with its Amos 5 communications satellite in orbit over Africa, causing service disruption to an unspecified number of customers — mostly in Africa.

Spacecom said it did not know what caused the problem and has been unable to reestablish contact with the satellite, which itself is worth $160 million to $190 million, Haaretz reported.

Gabon Telecom Introduces 4G+ Network; claims 233Mbps downlink

Gabon Telecom has activated its new ‘4G+’ network, a year after introducing its LTE technology. Speaking at the launch event, Director General Abderrahim Koumaa revealed that the improved infrastructure supports downlink transmission speeds of up to 233Mbps, suggesting the use of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology.

The executive has promised end-users ‘a richer download experience’. Mr Koumaa also noted that the company’s 3G and 4G networks now offer coverage of 21 major towns and cities across all nine provinces.

Official: Nigerian president to decide on $5.2B MTN fine

A Nigerian government spokesman says President Muhammadu Buhari will make the final decision on whether to lower the gigantic $5.2 billion fine meted out to African telecommunications giant MTN.

The fine — analysts say it's the biggest sanction ever meted out to a telecommunications company — was imposed by the Nigerian Communications Commission after MTN failed to deactivate 5.2 million unregistered cellphone SIM cards in August.

Econet loses appeal against tariff cuts

Zimbabwe’s Administrative Court has blocked a bid by the country’s mobile market leader Econet Wireless to implement a hike in its tariffs. The Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) ordered cellcos to reduce charges from USD0.23 per minute to a maximum USD0.15 from 1 January 2015, with plans to reduce tariffs further to USD0.12 per minute in 2016 and USD0.09 the year after.

MTN, Etisalat ask court to dismiss subscribers’ suit

Telecommunications companies, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and Etisalat Nigeria, have asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a suit filed against them by aggrieved subscribers whose lines were allegedly wrongfully deactivated.

Airtel Nigeria and Globacom Nigeria are also joined as defendants in the suit filed as a class action by two Lagos-based lawyers, Ayodeji Olorunkunle and Oluyinka Oyeniji and seven others.

The plaintiffs sued for the enforcement of their fundamental rights preserved by sections 34, 37, 42 and 44 of the 1999 Constitution.

Simbox fraud: How Afriwave intends to stem the menace

Ghana's licensee Interconnect Clearinghouse (ICH) operator, Airwave Telecom said its robust systems have been set up to significantly arrest SIM Box Fraud once it goes into full operation.

SIM Box Fraud is a set up where fraudsters in Ghana connive with partners abroad to route international calls through the internet using voice over internet protocol (VOIP) and terminate those calls through a local phone number in Ghana to make it appear as if the call is a local call.

Smile launches first Voice-over-LTE service in East Africa

Smile Telecom Holdings Ltd (Smile) has launched the first voice over LTE (VoLTE) service in East Africa offering high-definition voice and video calling services.

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