Angola’s national director of telecommunications, Eduardo Sebastiao said in an interview in the capital Luanda this week that four fixed network operators, including state-owned Angola Telecom and MSTelecom, a subsidiary of state oil company Sonangol, will be allowed to compete with mobile operators Movicel and Unitel in both mobile and fixed sectors, Bloomberg reports.
Mobile-Technologies Co has been chosen by mobile operator in Ghana as the answer to a growing need for an efficient and automated SIM and number management system. The increase of mobile users, in Ghana like elsewhere, is making the handling of millions of SIM data records extremely complex. Most network operators use manual processes, exposing themselves to costly production and inventory mistakes, loss of data integrity across multiple infrastructure components, and the potential duplication of SIM card records.
Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile operator, Telecel Zimbabwe, has launched Telecel Business - a monthly subscription offer for businesses and other organisations. According to the telco the price plan could help businesses cut their phone bills by as much as 80%.
Telecel Business is similar to its consumer brand Telecel Red, in that it is subscription based and offers subscribers usage of up to five times the amount of the subscription, a statement reads.
How We Made It In Africa reported that two South African technology companies, Seemahale Telecoms and CZ Electronics Manufacturing, recently signed a memorandum of understanding to locally manufacture and assemble smartphones and tablets aimed at low-income users.
Seemahale, a telecoms and broadcasting infrastructure and services company, also agreed to acquire a 51% stake in CZ Electronics Manufacturing that currently produces circuit boards for a variety of industries.
- BICS, has enabled the first LTE roaming call to be made between Africa and Europe in the presence of HRH Princess Astrid, Princess of Belgium. The video call took place during a state visit of Belgian dignitaries to Luanda, Angola, using local network Unitel and Belgium’s Proximus. It also marks the launch of LTE roaming services to customers of the Angolan operator.
- Kenya's Safaricom says that it reported 28 staff to the police over the past year for fraud related activities and issued warnings to 7 other employees.
Wataniya Telecom Algeria, operating under the Nedjma brand, has reportedly selected the ten provinces to be covered exclusively by its 3G network, Agence Ecofin reports. According to the article, Nedjma’s representatives met with officials from the country’s telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) to discuss the matter, although the names of the locations have not yet been confirmed; the 3G exclusivity will last one year.
The 650 million mobile phone devices existing in Africa add up to more than those in the United States and Europe put together says a World Bank report released this weekend with Lusa News Agency providing this overview on CPLP member states on the continent.
- On October 10, 2013, Balancing Act attended the 2nd Edition of "IT AFRIQUE- Investissement & Innovation" on 10 Octobre 2013 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. The event gathered more than 120 IT and telecoms professionals, bringing together CIOs, experts, digital professionals, and policy makers. The following personalities attended: Bruno N. Kone, Minister of Post and Information Technology and Communications - Côte d' Ivoire. Thierry Moungalla , Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Technologies - Republic of Congo. SEM.
Algerian telecom regulator ARPT has awarded 3G licences to the three candidates, Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis), Wataniya Telecom Algerie (Nedjma) and Orascom Telecom Algerie (Djezzy). The three existing operators met the technical and financial requirements of the licensing regulations, the ARPT said.