- Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country's second largest mobile operator by subscribers, increased its tariffs by an average of 14% at the start of this month, in response to the high inflation in the cost of utilities, goods and services. Going forward, the company, which exceeded the two million mobile subscriber mark in July 2013, says it plans to continue introducing new products and services at affordable prices, while also striving to maintain network service quality.
Vodacom has become the latest operator to debut a low-cost, own-branded smartphone aimed at getting more South Africans connected to the Internet.
Following the launch earlier this year by MTN of the Steppa smartphone, which costs R499 Vodacom has announced it will also begin selling a low-cost unit it's calling the Smart 4 mini for R899 on prepaid. It's also available on aggressively priced 24-month contract deals starting at R49/month.
IHS Holding has announced it has acquired a portfolio of telecom towers in Rwanda and Zambia from mobile operator MTN.
Under the terms of the deal, IHS will take over all of MTN's 1,269 towers in the two countries: 550 in Rwanda and 719 in Zambia.
MTN's local units will immediately become tenants on the towers and IHS will also offer colocation to other operators in those markets. In addition, IHS will develop what it terms a "build-to-suit-programme" to serve MTN's future requirements in Rwanda and Zambia. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MTN Ghana has instituted legal action against two companies, Hisense Son Electronic Ltd and Zuleah Esifu for damage to its fibre cables.
MTN sued Hisense Son Electronic Limited for causing damage to fibre cables on the Sakaman-Kasoa road. The second company, Zuleah Esifu, was sued after excavators being used for clearing land for the construction of a filling station caused severe damage to MTN fibre.
Huawei has released the new Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone with 4G LTE capability providing ultra-fast connectivity on a 5 inch display.
The device comes with 8MP front-facing and 13MP rear-facing cameras built on a 6.5mm slim frame making it a new record as one of the slimmest 4G LTE smartphones in the market.
According to Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu the new smartphone redefines smartphone design, camera experience, and connectivity, to provide people with an unprecedented mobile experience.
Vodacom Tanzania has ordered an energy centre from Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of prefabricated data centres and intelligent power management systems for the ICT industry. It will power Vodacom Tanzania's main switching centre in the capital Dar es Salaam as replacement for the energy centre that was damaged in a fire in August. The new energy centre will be divided into fire zones to minimise the risk of similar incidents in the future. To further secure trouble-free operation, a DCIM system will be used for remote management of the energy centre.
- Moroccan operator Medi Telecom (Meditel), an affiliate of French telecoms giant Orange Group, has revealed that the footprint of its 3G network has been extended to cover 100% of Marrakesh, the fourth largest city in the country. Local newspaper L'economiste reports that the company has upgraded a total of 138 base transceiver stations (BTS) in the city, with a further 34 planned for upgrade in 2014; Meditel is currently replacing telecoms equipment in Rabat and Casablanca. The overhaul forms part of Meditel's equipment renewal programme, which was launched in 2013.
Black-owned South African mining and energy company Sekoko Group has rebranded as 'Mint' after acquiring an electronics maker that is building SA's first-ever locally made smartphone.
Sekoko Group, in a press statement, says it has acquired 75% of electronics manufacturer CZ Electronics, which was established in 2002 with the purchase of the production assets of the Alcatel factory in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg. CZ Electronics employs 300 staff, most of whom are women, according to the statement.