New Wireless Phone Charging Trouser Could Strike Gold in Africa

At first glance, a trouser collection designed by British luxury fashion designer, A. Sauvage seems to offer purely sleek, luxury detailed designed and well-tailored pants. However, a closer look at its pockets confirms the reasoning behind its nickname; The Smart Trousers – the pants can charge mobile phones.

Source: Ventures Africa

Thuraya launches its first ruggedized satellite broadband terminal with MIL-SPEC components

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a Mobile Satellite Services operator, has announced the launch of the Thuraya IP Commander, its first ruggedized satellite broadband terminal designed using MIL-SPEC components. The terminal will be commercially available from all Thuraya Service Partners in Q3, 2014.

Source: Company Press Release

Telecoms – In Brief

- Mobile phone users in the African nation of Comoros have overwhelmingly rejected the government’s decision to introduce a new tax – thought to be around 5% – on top-ups, denting the administration’s plan to use the money raised to shore up its ailing national electricity supplier.

- Uganda's marketing companies have been banned from using SMS to advertise their services until the regulator is able to tighten up the rules for such services.

Regulator NCA gets tough - Vodafone Banned from Signing Up New Customers in Ghana

Vodafone's Ghana subsidiary has been barred from signing up new customers until the end of July following a serious network outage.

Vodafone suffered the network outage from around 10am on the 2nd June, which lasted through to midday on the 3rd June.

Source: Cellular News

Nigeria Set To Liquidate NITEL, MTEL

After several failed attempts at privatizing national telecom companies, Nigerian telecommunication Limited (NITEL) and Nigerian Mobile Telecommunication Limited (MTEL), the West African country has opted for a “guided liquidation” of the companies’ non-core assets to settle debts owed to stakeholders.

Nigeria Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) – the organisation that supervises sale of national assets – announced that the government has appointed liquidators to oversee the bidding process for assets of the two companies.

Source: Ventures Africa

Airtel signs group-wide framework agreement with Movirtu – service launched in Madagascar and DRC

Airtel has entered into a group-wide framework agreement with Movirtu, an innovator in Virtual SIM solutions. The group-wide agreement follows Airtel’s successful launch of the Movirtu Share service in Madagascar. The first deployment under the new contract is now live in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Source: Press release

Telecoms – In Brief

- South Africa's MTN has outsourced the management of its wholesale billing and business services platform to CSG.

Apple and Etisalat Partner to Deliver iPhone 5S to the Nigerian Market For The First Time

Since fastest growing telecommunications operator, Etisalat Nigeria announced its partnership with Apple Inc. to deliver the iPhone 5S from June 16, the news has been generating much excitement among Apple fans and discerning consumers in Nigeria.

In what appears to be a smart move by Airtel, it shows that the company is poised to deliver innovative technology to its customers.

Source: TechLoy

Sierra Leone to adopt per-second billing on 1 July

Sierra Leone’s telecoms regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), has announced that all GSM operators in the country will convert their billing platforms to leones (SLL) per second from the current units per minute billing, effective 1 July 2014.

Source: Telegeography

Sudan Cuts Off Unregistered SIM Cards

Sudan's telecoms regulator has ordered the country's three mobile networks to cut off unregistered SIM cards, following several months of warnings that a suspension was imminent.

The regulator said that "hundreds of thousands" of unregistered SIM cards had been cut off, although millions are said to be still unregistered.

The three mobile networks, Zain, Al Sudani and MTN have been promoting the registration process from late last year, when it was reported that two million SIM cards were still unregistered.

Of that, by June 2014, some 1.6 million responded.

Source: All Africa
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