Users of Libertis, the mobile network division of Gabon Telecom, itself a subsidiary of Maroc Telecom, received two new services from the start of April. Firstly, Libertis officially launched its mobile money services under the ‘Mobicash’ banner in partnership with Gabonese Union Bank (UGB), offering network users money transfers and other financial functions via their handsets (including making purchases, paying bills and recharging airtime).
- Orange Botswana is launching prepaid packages under the name Ola!, Biztech reported. Ola! Classic starting at BWP 6 a day, contains minutes to call all networks and SMS; Ola! Social starts at BWP 6 a day, contains minutes to call Orange numbers, SMS and social data for Facebook and Twitter; Ola! Surf & Talk starting at BWP 12 a day, contains minutes to call all networks in Botswana and internet data; and Ola! Ultimate starts at BWP 20 a day, with minutes to call other networks in Botswana as well as unlimited SMS and internet data.
- Orange hopes to launch a range of new products using Wi-Fi in South Africa this year, and will elaborate further on its plans within the next two weeks, reports Agence Ecofin, quoting press officer Tom Wright. "We will continue to extend our existing offers during 2014, developing our online catalogue and the introducing new travel products and services.”
- South Africa's MTN is letting subscribers resell airtime an earn a 5% commission on sales.
- Ooredoo Tunisia has signed a partnership with Google that will allow it to offer optimised services such as Google+, YouTube and Google AdWords, as well as the location of all of its stores on Google Maps. Google's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, Mohamad Mourad, said the agreement was intended to give user the best services thanks to Google's cloud computing solutions.
- South Africa's MTN is to preload the AVG anti-virus software into its own branded Steppa Android smartphones.
- Mahindra Comviva's mobile data platform (MDP)has gone live with MTN in Congo Brazaville that will enable the operator offer an unrivaled number of personalized data plans to its subscribers in Congo B. MDP a holistic broadband platform will also help the operator manage, optimize and monetize its data infrastructure. Customers of MTN will see enriched user experience through intelligent bandwidth management techniques including as dynamic bandwidth throttling.
Kenya's Orange has introduced new permanent SMS bundles that will allow prepay subscribers to purchase daily, weekly and monthly SMS bundles.
Angolan mobile operator Unitel has expanded its prepaid roaming service in Africa. In November, the prepaid Camel roaming service arrived in Botswana and Cameroon, as a result of partnerships with local operators Orange and MTN. At the same time, data roaming was introduced Spain in collaboration with local operator Yoigo, as well as in Benin with operator Etisalat. Unitel currently has about 9.5 million customers.
- National telecoms operator, Globacom has launched a new high-speed internet data promo that will instantly give double data bonus to subscribers on the network. Dubbed My Phone Double Promo, the offer will enable Glo subscribers on the My Phone Bolt plan to get more data volume to browse the Internet and download or upload data.
- Senegal's Tigo is preparing to offer free Wi-Fi on public transport buses in Dakar.
- South African fixed line operator Telkom has welcomed the new Call Termination Rates (CTRs) issued by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on 29 January. Following notification from ICASA, the incumbent mobile operators are expected to reduce their MTR from ZAR 0.40 to ZAR 0.20 as of 01 March. The MTRs for small mobile operators like Cell C and Telkom Mobile will remain at ZAR 0.44.