Telecoms – In brief

Tunisian telecom equipment maker, distributor and service provider Cellcom will open a sales office for its Evertek products in Cote d’Ivoire, CEO Mohamed Ben Rhouma told news site Ilboursa. “After Morocco, we target West Africa through a presence in Cote d’Ivoire. We have formed a strategic partnership with local investors and we expected to open our Evertek brand shop in within a few months”. The announcement was made at the opening of the first Evertek store in Tunis. 

Cote d’Ivoire watchdog gauges interest in new telecoms licence

Cote d’Ivoire’s Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications de CI (ARTCI) has invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) for a new telecoms concession in an effort to ‘revitalise the market’. Going forward, the watchdog seeks to reduce the number of licensees to four ‘global’ concession holders, which will include one new operator ‘capable of taking an active part in the development of the Ivorian telecoms market’, alongside three existing operators Orange, MTN and Moov.

Nigeria: NBC, MTN Defend N34bn Spectrum Sale

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and MTN Nigeria have defended their involvement in the licensing of the country’s 700MHz spectrum licence, insisting that the deal was neither controversial nor lacking in transparency.

South Africa: Icasa calls for comment on infrastructure sharing

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published a new discussion document to develop a regulatory framework providing certainty around infrastructure sharing for broadband services. Print Send to Friend 0 0 The authority aimed to create an enabling environment to reduce input costs for licensees, minimise the duplication of infrastructure investment and reduce the cost of telecommunications services to consumers.

Mi-Fone Objects to Xiaomi's Use of 'Mi' Brand Name in Africa

In what could lead to a protracted legal tussle, mi-Fone - the mobile devices brand launched in 2008 - has moved to protect its brand from Chinese intruders. mi-Fone, whose regional operations are based in South Africa, has issued Legal letters to China's smartphone giant Xiaomi and its African distributor objecting to the upcoming plans to distribute smartphones across Africa under the 'Mi' brand name.

Algeria: ARPT to accelerate 3G deployments

Algeria’s Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms, ARPT) has agreed in principle to accelerate the deployment of 3G networks, according to Minister of Posts, IT and Communications Imane Houda Feraoun. The Algerie Presse Service (APS) reports that the telecoms ministry recently asked the ARPT to examine the possibility of fast-tracking 3G rollouts across the country’s 48 provinces, as several regions are still only covered by 2G networks.

Workonline Communications partners with FibreCo

Terrestrial connectivity service provider Workonline Communications has partnered with FibreCo Telecommunications.

According to the partnership FibreCo will assists Workonline with the expansion of their South African national network into new areas, allowing Workonline to provide its unique solutions to an ever-growing customer base.

Workonline has forged a partnership with FibreCo to provide redundancy for some of Workonline’s major backbone routes. This redundancy is critical for the reliable supply of wholesale national connectivity services.

Over 80% of African Facebook users on mobile device

Facebook has shared new statistics revealing that 2.2 million Kenyans use Facebook every day and 4.5 million each month, while 7.1 million Nigerians use Facebook daily and 15 million are active every month.

Almost all these people are coming to Facebook on a mobile device: 100 percent of Nigerian monthly users are active on mobile as are 95 percent of Kenya's monthly users.

Fibre optic cable linking Kenya and South Sudan Commences

Kenya and South Sudan will be connected to a high-speed fibre optic cable within the next two years enhancing communication and inter-border trade.

The two governments are implementing the optic fibre cable system as part of the Eastern Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Project. The project will also build a road linking the two countries from Eldoret to Lodwar and Juba. A common border post will also be built at the interconnection of the two countries.

South Sudan will similarly extend the cable from the Kenya-South Sudan border to Juba.

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Telecoms Firms Deactivate 38 Million Lines

As Nigerian security agencies intensifies operations to comply with President Muhammadu Buhari's order to eradicate insurgency within three months, mobile telecommunications operating companies and their subscribers have started to bear the brunt with the deactivation of 37.79 million mobile lines resulting in a daily loss of N251.94 million revenues.

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