Viettel Cameroon to operate under Nexttel brand

Viettel Cameroon, which was announced as the winner of the country’s third mobile licence in December 2012, will operate under the brand name Nexttel when it launches commercial services next month, Journal du Cameroun reports. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the new operator is a 70/30 joint venture between Vietnamese military-owned Viettel Group and Cameroon-based Bestinver Asset Management.

Source: Telegeography

Etisalat Nigeria Sells Towers to IHS Holding

Etisalat Nigeria is selling a large portion of its tower assets to IHS Holding for an undisclosed amount. The transaction, the first by a major GSM operator in Nigeria, is expected to close later this year.

In total, IHS is buying 2,136 towers from the Nigerian mobile network operator, taking its total in the country to over 6,540 towers.

Source: Cellular News

Tanzanian villages to benefit from $6m telecoms upgrade

Fixed network operator Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) has announced US$6 million worth of investment for telecom equipment in 202 villages targeted at improving telecommunication services.

The upgrade will benefit 300,000 people living in 16 regions including Arusha, Tabora, Iringa, Kagera, Manyara, Dodoma, Lindi, Mbeya, Morogoro and Mtwara. Other regions earmarked for future development include Mwanza, Pwani, Ruvuma, Shinyanga, Singida and Tanga.

Source: humanipo

Namibia - Govt strives to narrow digital divide

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology Joël Kaapanda says government is in the process of passing the Universal Access Service and Content Policy that would oblige Namibia to provide digital connectivity to all throughout the country.

Although there is extensive cellular phone penetration in the country, there are still ‘pockets’ without coverage, such as in the Onkumbula area in Oshikoto and some other areas in Zambezi, Omusati and Omatako.

“We have to connect our people,” said the information minister.

Source: New Era

Senegal’s ARTP reports 14.273m mobile users at end-June

Senegal’s Telecommunications and Post Regulatory Authority (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) last Friday published its summary market report for the three months ended 30 June 2014, noting that the country was home to more than 14.273 million mobile users at that date – up 2.07% quarter-on-quarter – thanks to strong gains in particular at Orange Senegal and MIC’s Tigo (Senegal).

Source: Telegeography

Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda And South Sudan Agree To Cut Roaming Charges By 60 Percent, Reports KT Press

Northern Corridor countries have agreed on a regional telecommunications framework to establish a "One-Network-Area" by 31st December 2014. When fully operational, charges on phones calls within the region could drop by 60 percent.

The One-Network-Area is being implemented following a directive of the 5th Heads of State Summit held in Kenya back in May 2014. At another summit in Rwanda on July 03, the leaders expressed satisfaction with progress.

Source: PR Newswire

Telecoms – In Brief

- Nairobi — Telecommunication services provider Bharti Airtel and Kenya Airways have announced that Airtel will host Kenya Airways as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, (MVNO) on its Kenyan network.

Ethiopia: Ethio-Telecom Finalizes Network Expansion in Addis

The telecommunication expansion project planned for implementation over the last six months in Addis Ababa has been completed on schedule, according to Ethio-telecom.

In a press conference held on 5 August 2014, the company said the project can provide 4G network service for 400,000 customers. Ethio-telecom Corporate Communication Director, Abdurahim Ahmed said on the occasion that 410 new sites have been opened and antennas installed.

Source: Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency

iSAT Africa extends East Africa coverage with Avanti Communications

Deployment of satellite broadband services in Kenya and Tanzania

 Avanti Communications has announced a new multi-year contract with African service provider, iSAT, a subsidiary of the Wananchi Group. iSAT will deliver satellite broadband services across Kenya and Tanzania through various partners, resellers & distributors. Deployed via Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite, the service will target consumer and enterprise customers.

Source: Company Press Release

Orange Niger Expands Relationship with Intelsat, Extending the Reach of its Cellular Network in Rural Niger

Intelsat announced that Orange Niger, part of the Orange Group, is utilizing Intelsat capacity to expand its cellular network to the rural regions of Niger.

Source: Company Press Release