New functionality in Flexenclosure's remote telecom site management tool eManager ensures data is never lost

Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of intelligent power management systems and prefabricated data centres for the ICT industry, has added several new features to its eManager remote telecom management tool. One of the new functionalities is a guarantee of 100 per cent complete and accurate site reports regardless of communications breakdowns.

Source: Company Press Release

Gabon: ARCEP launches campaign against counterfeit phones

Bombo Lin, president of Gabonese telecoms regulator ARCEP has announced the upcoming launch of a campaign against low-priced counterfeit mobile phones in the country, reports Agence Ecofin. According to ARCEP, many mobile devices used in Gabon are not manufactured according to official specifications or international standards, and are 'a danger to the health of consumers'.

Source: Telegeography

Telecoms - In Brief

- Following the announcement earlier this month that Telecom Egypt (TE) would be required to pay EGP2.5 billion (USD360 million) for a unified telecoms licence allowing it to enter the wireless market, further details regarding the concession have emerged. Ahram Online has revealed that under the terms of the licence the fixed line incumbent will also be required to pay 6% of its mobile services revenues to the local telecoms regulator, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA).

TE SubCom to Deliver AAE-1 Submarine Cable

The AAE-1 Consortium, owners of the Asia-Africa-Europe-1 submarine cable spanning approximately 25,000 km connecting Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced that the contract for the majority of segments of the AAE-1 system has come into force.

Source: Subsea WorldNews

Burkina drops 4th licence plan to focus on fibre backbone

The government of Burkina Faso has decided to focus on its fibre backbone deployment, which could take 2 or 3 years, before licensing a fourth mobile operator, digital economy minister Jean Koulidiaty told Sidwaya newspaper. A recent tender only attracted one company, Viettel, whose bid was analysed and processed by regulator Arcep before submitting it to the government.

Source: Telecompaper

Huawei Starts Base Station Roll-Out in Rural Zambia

Huawei has launched the first of a series of 169 base stations that will connect rural communities in Zambia to the mobile phone network.

The coming of the communication towers will provide business opportunities for people in rural areas, said Vice President Dr Guy Scott at Matanda in Luapula Province, who urged women and youths in particular to seize those opportunities to engage in business.

Source: Cellular News

South Sudan to hook into fibre cable

South Sudan wants to hook onto the undersea fibre optic cables at Kenya's coast by the end of the year.

The country's under-secretary in the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Mr Juma Stephen Lugga, told the Nation that plans are under way to invest in the new infrastructure to reduce dependence on the costly satellite Internet.

Source: Daily Nation

Telecoms - In Brief

- Gambian 3G mobile network operator QCell has released details of its latest network expansion projects, with a new cell site deployed at Kunkujang village, providing wider coverage to Wellingara, Sinchu Alagie, Kunkujang Golf and surrounding towns, according to a report on AllAfrica. Furthermore, the GSM/W-CDMA service operator said that other new base stations are being switched on this week in Farato and Sifoe villages.

Zimbabwe Allocates Spectrum for LTE Services

The Zimbabwean mobile networks have been allocated LTE radio spectrum the regulator Potraz has announced.

Nicholas Muzhuzha, the manager for networks and standards at Potraz, confirmed that LTE spectrum has already been allocated to operators.

The move follows an LTE trial network set up by Econet Wireless for the UN World Tourism Organization meeting in Victoria Falls  last year. At the time, the company's CEO said that work is already in progress to launch 4G in the major cities, including Harare.

Source: Cellular News

Spread of Smart continues

Smart Telecom Burundi re-launched its mobile network services under the unified Smart brand shared with its East African operators in Uganda and Tanzania.

Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) Kenya backs the Smart brand as part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) in partnership with Cyprus-based, Russian-owned Timeturns Holdings.

Source: Global Vision