Bharti Airtel's Zambian subsidiary expects to invest around USD80 million over the next 12 months expanding its network coverage and deploying LTE upgrades.
Airtel's managing director Charity Lumpa told the Zambia Daily Mail that while in the past the firm had experienced significant challenges in terms of network coverage, it has done a lot of research into the problems and secured the investment funding to fix them.
"Our focus in terms of rollout is to enhance quality and coverage," Ms Lumpa said at a media briefing in Lusaka.
Zimbabwe's government is looking to auction off 4G licenses later this year, with the aim of raising at least USD173 million from the mobile networks.
It has set the target to be raised as the cost of the digital migration programme which will see the spectrum released by the television broadcasters. That project is due to be completed by next June.
The government's Information Minister Jonathan Moyo said that raising the USD173 million cost of the digital migration was "not difficult" if the government auctioned off the spectrum to the mobile networks.
Kenya's telecoms regulator has said that it will seek outside expert advice on the use of embedded SIM cards following a complaint by Safaricom.
The complaint was sparked by proposals from the Equity Bank to use an ultra-thin SIM card that can sit on top of existing SIM cards to provide direct access to its own mobile money services.
Equity Bank was also recently granted a MVNO license and has signed a wholesale agreement with Airtel. However the thin-SIM would enable it to offer mobile banking services to customers on other mobile networks as well.
Kenya's Airtel has confirmed that the country's Competition Authority is investigating a complaint about the pricing of mobile money services.
Airtel had sent a complaint to the anti-trust regulator after reportedly noticing that the country's largest mobile network operator, Safaricom charges more for money transfers to Airtel customers than it does for transfers to its own customers.
Although off-net costs tend to be higher for mobile networks in telecoms services, it is not clear if the same would apply to mobile money services.
Huawei says that it has been selected as the sole provider of Ethiopia's light rail communication system in the capital city, Addis Ababa. The integrated telecommunications system will be Africa's first comprehensive commercial eLTE communications infrastructure for urban railways.
UAE based Etisalat has cancelled its offer to buy out the minority shareholders in Maroc Telecom after securing a special waiver from the local stock exchange.
Etisalat recently bought a 53% stake in Maroc Telecom, and under the Casablanca stock exchange rules was required to launch an offer to buy the remaining shares.
Just 17% of the shares are listed on the stock exchange, with the other 30% owned by the government, and it was expected that the stock exchange would offer an exemption from the mandatory offer as it would have reduced liquidity in the stock market.