The Zimbabwean mobile networks have been allocated LTE radio spectrum the regulator Potraz has announced.
Nicholas Muzhuzha, the manager for networks and standards at Potraz, confirmed that LTE spectrum has already been allocated to operators.
The move follows an LTE trial network set up by Econet Wireless for the UN World Tourism Organization meeting in Victoria Falls last year. At the time, the company's CEO said that work is already in progress to launch 4G in the major cities, including Harare.
Kenya's telecoms regulator has proposed new rules that would mandate the sharing of facilities by the country's mobile networks. The intent is to strengthen the position of the smaller networks against the dominant Safaricom.
The Communications Authority of Kenya said national roaming is the next frontier of "raising the bar on competition" in the sector.
It will however wait for a related court case between Safaricom and Airtel over Airtel's wish that Safaricom be barred from demanding that its mobile money agents only offer Safaricom services.
Telecom Egypt will be asked to pay EGP2.5 billion (US$359 million) for the unified license that will permit it to offer mobile services the country's Telecommunications Minister Atef Helmy has announced.
Telecom Egypt's license will last just two years, as an MVNO. After that, it will be able to bid for a full mobile license when the government plans to auction 4G spectrum to all the telcos.
Telecom Egypt will also have to negotiate a sale, or some sort of resolution, as to what to do with its 45% stake in Vodafone Egypt.
A South African court has ruled that planned mobile termination rate cuts by the regulator are illegal but will still permit them to go ahead anyway.
Both Vodacom and MTN had taken the regulator, ICASA to court claiming that its introduction of substantially asymmetrical MTRs unfairly favoured the smaller mobile networks.
Although the Johannesburg High Court agreed with the mobile network's legal argument, it also set aside the order overturning the regulator's decision for six months, giving ICASA time to review how it carried out the MTR revision.
The mobile network operator Tigo has started a cross border Mobile Money remittance service between Tanzania and Rwanda.
The new service allows Tigo subscribers in Tanzania to send money from their Tigo Pesa accounts to Tigo Cash subscribers in Rwanda and vice versa. The system integrates currency conversion, whereby money is sent in either Tanzania Shillings or Rwandan Francs and delivered already converted into in the currency of the recipient's country.
Shipments of tablet PCs to South Africa increased 107.1% year on year in the final quarter of 2013 to total 513,000 units according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation IDC .
The country's traditional PC market suffered a better-than-predicted 18.8% decline over the same period to total 427,000 units, while there was more positive news for all-in-one (AiO) devices and convertible notebooks.