South Africa: Telkom & Blue Label Wrangles Over Multi-Links Die Down

The dust between South African companies, Telkom and Blue Label Telecoms, has now settled. The main difference between the two companies was in the claiming of billions of rand from each other following the failure of Multi-Links in Nigeria.

In June 2011, Blue Label subsidiary Africa Prepaid Services Nigeria started negotiation proceedings against Multi-Links, which was previously owned by Telkom.

Sale away: BTC IPO postponed once again

The initial public offer of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC), under which the government plans to offload a 49% stake in the company, has been pushed back once again.

Mobile phones aid healthcare innovations in Africa

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Orange have partnered to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth). Ariel Pablos-Méndez, USAID’s assistant administrator for global health, said partnering with companies such as, telecommunications operator, Orange will allow them to have a larger cost-effective impact on the continent. 

“With the increasing use and decreasing cost of mobile phones, leveraging mobile phone technology to accelerate access to health information and services is a game changer,” he said.

Senegal: ARTP warns cellcos to make sure 4G trials are free

Senegal’s telecoms regulator L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes (ARTP) has warned the country’s mobile operators that they must not levy any charges on people using their pilot 4G services. The watchdog’s announcement came after Tigo Senegal launched its own trials this week, joining Sonatel (Orange Senegal’s) own tests which were carried out in October 2013.

Telecoms - In Brief

ZIMBABWE’S telecommunications regulator sees mobile phone operators and ICT firms saving up to 60 percent in capital expenditure if the industry adopts infrastructure sharing. The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe has crafted a consultation paper on regulations for infrastructure sharing in telecommunications industry.

Kenya: Safaricom Launches Advanced 4G Network in Kenya

Safaricom has launched its LTE Advanced 4G LTE network making it the first mobile operator in the Sub-Saharan region to launch the 4G Technology.

The technology formally known as LTE Advanced is the most advanced version of the 4G system for mobile networks and promises to pass on significant improvements in data speeds and latency to its customers while maintaining superior voice quality.

Tanzania: Vodacom Launches Electronic Subscriber Registration

Vodacom mobile subscribers can now register their SIM cards instantly upon purchase and immediately gain access to services without having to wait.

This comes with the launch of Electronic Subscriber Registration (ESR). ESR is geared to improve customer experience by replacing manual registration with time-saving and efficiency that comes with electronic registration, the telecom firm said in a statement.

"All a subscriber needs to do is visit any Vodacom agent with their original, valid ID with their current photograph for the registration to be completed.

No ‘concrete’ offer from Orange for Mobilis stake; Vodafone also interested in entering Algerian market

Zohra Derdouri, Algeria’s Minister of Post and ICT, has refuted media reports that the government has refused an offer by French telecoms giant Orange Group to acquire a stake in mobile operator Mobilis, stating that the French telco has yet to make a ‘concrete’ offer.

In an interview with the Algeria Press Service (APS), the official said: ‘Until now we have not received any concrete proposal from the international operator Orange to enter the telephony market in Algeria.’

Nigeria: NATCOM wins $252 million bid for Nitel & Mtel

NATCOM Consortium, has emerged as the winning bidder for the assets of Nitel and Mtel.

IT News Africa has been following the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (Nitel) and Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Limited (Mtel), liquidation closely for the past few months. Back in November 2014, the BPE, the Bureau of Public Enterprises within Nigeria, had warned pre-qualified bidders in the liquidation of Nitel/Mtel to adhere to the 07 November deadline for the submission of technical and financial proposals.

Ooredoo Algeria extends 3G++ network to six more provinces

Mobile operator Ooredoo Algeria has extended its 3G++ network to six new provinces (wilayas), namely Naama, Tizi-Ouzou, Mascara, Oum El Bouaghi, Tiaret and Relizane. The company said it would continue the extension to seven more provinces from the start of 2015.

These are Annaba, Batna, El Bayadh, Laghouat, Guelma, El Taref and Ain Temouchent. The thirteen new provinces will take the total number of provinces covered by 3G++ to 32. CEO Joseph Ged said that over 80 percent of the population, or 30 million Algerians, would be able to benefit from the new network.

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