Telecoms

Telecom Namibia shuts down CDMA voice and data services

Full-service operator Telecom Namibia discontinued its CDMA mobile voice and data network services in their entirety at the start of this month, in favour of its GSM/W-CDMA/LTE mobile network operated under the TN Mobile brand.

The ‘Switch’ CDMA voice and EV-DO 3G modem-based data services had a low number of users compared to the GSM/UMTS/4G network, which covers the entire footprint of the legacy CDMA system.

SA’s RetroEpic launches 1st mobile game

South African independent games development company RetroEpic has released its first mobile game, a Day in the Woods, saying that moving from desktop to mobile games has been an “exciting but nerve wracking” experience.

RetroEpic initially launched a Day in the Woods as a desktop game, inspired by traditional children’s sliding tile puzzles and centring on the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale.

MTN South Africa launches first Firefox phone in Africa

MTN South Africa has become the first operator in Africa to release a Firefox OS-based smartphone, using the latest version of the operating system. The Alcatel OneTouch Fire E smartphone is available immediately at selected MTN outlets on prepaid and contract for ZAR 89 per month on the MTN MyChoice 25 package.

GSMA Welcomes South Africa’s Move to Foster Digital Inclusion and Economic Growth Through Mobile

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Following the publication of the South African Government’s Final Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans1, Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, commented:

Essar acquisition boosts Airtel subscriber base to 7.6m

The Communications Authority of Kenya has published its statistical report for the three months ended 31 December 2014, in which it reveals that the total number of mobile subscriptions rose to 33.63 million from 32.77 million the previous quarter and 31.31 million at end-2013.

Telecoms – In Brief

MTN South Africa and Telkom said they are still in talks on the potential extension of their existing roaming agreement to include bilateral roaming and outsourcing of the operation of Telkom's radio access network. In a statement, Telkom said the parties will update shareholders as soon as they receive the appropriate legal and regulatory approvals. It is now a year since the two operators first announced talks on the expanded agreement.

Ethiopia launches 4G mobile service in the capital

Ethiopia's state-run telecoms monopoly has launched a fourth generation (4G) mobile service in the capital Addis Ababa, aiming to catch up with the high-speed communications available in some east African neighbors such as Kenya and Uganda.

Africa's telecoms industry is booming, with subscribers across the continent totaling almost 650 million in 2013, up from just 25 million in 2001, according to the World Bank.

But analysts say high-speed connections are vital to maintaining growth and supporting the wider economy.

Final radio spectrum assignment plan published

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has published its final plan for assigning IMT Radio frequency spectrum in South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has published its Final Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs) for International Mobile Telephony (IMT).

These plans aim to outline the regulatory and technical conditions of the use of the frequency bands in South Africa, and are available from the Icasa website.

Orange to launch WhatsApp rival in SA

Libon, the mobile messaging and voice over Internet Protocol app from Orange, is on its way to South Africa, CEO of Orange Horizons Sébastian Crozier has confirmed.

The app offers instant messaging, cheap international calling, and visual or transcribed voicemail.

It is possible to download and use the application in South Africa, but Orange said an official launch would bring a number of benefits to local users.

Ghana - SIM card re-registration to start by end of 2015

All mobile phone SIM cards will be re-registered after the National Identification Authority (NIA) finishes distributing the Ghana Cards to citizens by the end of the year, deputy Minister of Communication Mr Ato Sarong has said.

Mr Sarpong said the re-registration has become necessary due to the ineffectiveness of the previous exercise because there was no uniformity in the ID cards used for the registration, a situation he said makes it difficult to authenticate and identify mobile phone uses.

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