Orange in talks to buy four Airtel units in Africa

Orange on Monday agreed to enter into exclusive talks to buy four Airtel subsidiaries in Africa, pushing further into a region the company has targeted for growth in recent years.

In a joint statement, the companies said Orange would explore the acquisition of Airtel's subsidiaries in Burkina Faso, Chad, the Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone, although the companies said that there was no certainty that any binding agreement would result from the discussions.

NCC moves to adopt new regulatory guidelines

In a bid to ensure a robust and efficient regulatory framework in the system, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has commenced the process of harmonizing new regulatory guidelines for the telecommunications industry.

At a stakeholders event to finalize the process  in Abuja, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Eugene Juwah explained that the exercise was part of the Commission’s rule-making process aimed at ensuring wide consultation in the development of regulatory instruments by the Commission in accordance with the Nigerian Communications Act.

Senegal: MNP to launch September 2015

Senegal’s telecoms regulator L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes (ARTP) has issued Decision No. 2015-009, which confirms that pursuant to the 23 June meeting of the steering committee for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP), tests on its introduction started on 22 July ahead of the full-blown launch on 1 September 2015.

Start-up VMK launches production of 'Made in Congo' phones

Republic of Congo's homegrown tech start-up VMK this week launched a production unit of its mobile phones in Congo and aims to assemble some 4 million phones annually, the company's chief executive Verone Mankou said on Thursday.

VMK was started by 29-year-old Mankou in 2009 with the aim of tapping into the growing African mobile phone market with products made in the continent to challenge the likes of Apple, Samsung and Blackberry.

Telecoms – In brief

Brazilian PC and smartphone manufacturer Positivo Informatica starts the production of 750,000 notebooks and tablets in its factory in Rwanda this week, reports Olhar Digital. The first educational equipment coming off the production lines are part of an agreement with the Rwandan Ministry of Education. The deal marks Positivo's entry to the African market, and the factory will have a nominal production capacity of 60,000 PCs and tablets a month.

YEZZ, TD click deal to explore Mobile Nigeria

US-based mobile phone maker, YEZZ says it has partnered Nigerian technology conglomerate, Technology Distribution (TD) to distribute its devices across Nigeria, under a broader expansion plans into Africa and Europe.

YEZZ announced the deal with Nigeria’s TD as the exclusive distributor of its mobile device range across the country, in an email to Technology Times citing the “exemplary track record” of the local technology industry player.

Mozambique cellcos face fines over failure of SIM registration

The government of Mozambique has published a new decree under which mobile operators will be fined if they fail to register the details of all SIM card users. Obligatory SIM card registration was introduced in 2010, but cellcos are thought to have only registered the details of around half of the country’s twelve million mobile users by the end of 2014.

Sierra Leone: Airtel Partners With Ericsson and Huawei Communications

In order to strengthen and provide quality telecommunications service to users in Sierra Leone, one of the leading telecommunication companies in the country and third largest communication provider in the world, Bharti Airtel, yesterday (13 July) concretised a partnership agreement with Ericsson and Huawei Communications and reiterated its commitment to provide better quality network based on international standard.

Kenya: Orange rolls out 3G network in Kajiado County

As it looks for the best buyer, Orange has unveiled its 3G network in Kajiado County today, the 41st county to have its 3G sites across the country, coming closer to its dream to hit the 47 counties in the country to serve its growing subscriber base of over 3.3 million.

The firm also aims to see the rollout as a growth factor for more subscribers and a revenue base for the firm that had all the opportunity to dominate both the Kenyan voice and data market in the early move to mobile from fixed and from fiber to mobile broadband.

VMK starts assembling feature phones at Brazzaville plant

Congolese phone brand VMK's plant in Brazzaville started producing feature phones on 13 July ahead of an official inauguration of the facility on 22 July, Agence Ecofin reports. The basic phones include the Elikia XS, described as the first "Made in Congo" handset, produced by around a hundred young Congolese supported by Chinese technical staff.

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