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Telecoms in Africa

West African Telecommunication shut down in Liberia, General Manager collapses

The General Manager of the West African Telecommunication (WAT) Gio Vannie, collapsed Monday as police officers shut down his company's operation over a frequency dispute. Although he was taken to…

BATTLE LOOMS IN TELECOMS INDUSTRY IN ZIMBABWE

An attempt by the government to rescue TelOne from collapse by forcing other mobile cellular operators to share their international traffic revenue could result in renewed legal battles in the…

TELCO PROVIDERS JOIN TO PROMOTE FREE SOFTWARE PLATFORMS

Network equipment providers Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, NEC, Nokia and Siemens have launched Scope, an industry alliance to accelerate the deployment of free software-based carrier-grade platforms in the telecommunications sector. The…

CELTEL TANZANIA TO LAY OFF 1,242 WORKERS WITH PACKAGE PAID BY TTCL

Celtel Tanzania is to retrench 1,242 workers this week, four months after seperating from Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL). Those to be retrenched from a 3,480 workforce will be paid…

MUNDOSTARTEL ROLLS OUT WIMAX IN ANGOLA

ZTE Corporation is to deploy its first ever Africa commercial WiMAX network in Angola following an agreement signed recently with Mundostartel, Angola's 2nd largest fixed-line operator. ZTE will provide Mundostartel…

LIBERIAN GOVERNMENT RESTRICTS MOBILE OPERATOR LICENCES TO FOUR

The National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) headed, by businessman Charles Gyude Bryant has restricted GSM Mobile phone companies in Liberia to only four, indicating that the GSM licenses have…

SAT3 FIBRE CABLE VANDALISED 35KMS FROM LAGOS

Nigeria’s SAT3 connection was vandalised 35kms from its Lagos landing point providing a waking nightmare for all those who see fibre as the solution for cheaper African connectivity. According to…

TELKOM MALAYSIA IN FAST TRACK COURT TO CHALLENGE GHANA TELECOM

Telekom Malaysia’s subsidiary G-Com Limited has filed a writ of summons and a statement of claim against Ghana Telecommunications Company Ltd (GT), a company that Telekom holds 30 percent investment…

ZIMBABWE’S CFX BANK INTRODUCES CELL-PHONE TRANSACTIONS

CFX Merchant Bank has broken virgin ground in Zimbabwe by introducing the first ever payment system under which transactions are done over cellular phones. The system is expected to throw…

NATCOMS Knock NCC over Interconnect Rate in Nigeria

National Association of Telecommunication Subscribers (NATCOMS) of Nigeria has described the recent interconnect rates arrived at through asymmetric method by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as a rip-off strategy against…

Telkom South Africa Hires Guards to Protect Cables

Telkom has resorted to deploying armed guards to hide in bushes overnight to try to stop gangs from stripping phone lines in the Western Cape. Sources have told the Cape…

South Africa: Cell ©’s new branding okay for now, says top lawyer

Cell C can continue using its controversial new trademark, which includes a design that resembles the copyright symbol. There’s even a “reasonable possibility” it will be successful in registering “Cell…

Sierra Leone searches for consultant to over see national network

The Sierra Leone government, through the Sierra Leone Cable Limited SALCAB, has also announced an international competitive bidding for an expression of interest for consultancy services from reputable organizations to…

With 800 sites installed, Afrique Telecom lists on Euronext Paris

On Thursday 22 November 2012, French-headquartered African VSAT operator Afrique Telecom officially announced that it has listed on the Euronext Paris "Marche Libre" unregulated market during a ceremony held in Paris…

Telecoms News in Brief

- Five companies have expressed an interest in setting up a mobile network in Zambia, the Minister of Communications and Transport Christopher Yaluma has confirmed. The country plans to award…

Ghana: Policies must be investor friendly – Telecoms Chamber

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has called for policies that will motivate players in the industry to invest heavily in infrastructure in readiness for the ‘explosive demand’ for their services…

African Union Calls For Cuts in Mobile Roaming Rates

The African Union has criticized the high cost of mobile roaming between African countries.The African Union Commission's ICT Policy Officer, Auguste Yankey said that the high costs were affecting economic…

Telecoms – In Brief

- South Africa's MTN is deploying a customer care platform supplied by Flytxt.- Morocco's Inwi is to deploy Flexenclosure's hybrid power solution eSite at 30 telecom sites across Morocco.- The…

Zimbabwe: Mobile subscriptions on the rise in Q3

Subscribers using mobile money transfer services rose by 16.3 percent to reach 4.9 million from 4.2 million in the previous quarter.The total number of subscribers in Zimbabwe’s telecommunication sector grew…

Orascom Telecom buys Namibia's Cell One in US$59 million cash deal

Egyptian telecom giant Orascom Telecom’s new subsidiary Telecel Globe has bought Namibian mobile operator Cell One in a $59 million cash deal last Wednesday. Telecel Globe has bought Cell One…

Seacom seizes first-mover advantage by completing financing and being ready for service by June 2009

What was once the dark horse of the East African fibre race has pipped all other contenders to the post. This week it announced it had completed its financing (the…

CHINA SUPPORTS SECOND PHASE OF NIGERIA RURAL TELEPHONY PROJECT WITH $300M

In an address to the 'Connecting Rural Communities Africa 2006' conference in Abuja-Nigeria, new Nigerian communications minister, Dr. Obafemi Anibaba, and Director of the National Rural Telephony Program, Mr. S.S.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Maputo the Nordea Bank of Denmark on Friday signed an agreement for a loan of 12.7 million euros (about US$15.2 million) to be used in extending the fibre-optic…

BLURRED LINE BETWEEN FIXED MOBILE AND MOBILE ON TELKOM LESOTHO'S LEKOMO FLEXI SPARKS ROW WITH VODACOM

The thin line between fixed mobile and mobile in Lesotho serves to highlight the increasing absurdity of technologically-driven service definitions. Incumbent Telkom Lesotho launched a fixed mobile service which works…

3G SOON TO BE LAUNCHED IN EGYPT

Egypt is set to launch a tender for a third national mobile licence later this month. A senior advisor to the government’s Communications and Information Technology Minister, was quoted by…

SOUTH AFRICA: MTN AND CELL C SCRABBLE TO FOLLOW VODACOM'S LEAD

Mobile operator MTN has announced a strategic partnership with Ericsson, which will become its partner of choice for its third-generation (3G) network. Following all the recent hype surrounding the provision…

USD18 MILLION ECOWAS TELECOMS FUND LIES IDLE PENDING RESTRUCTURING

In a barely believable development this week, ECOWAS confirmed that USD18 million set aside for a Specialised Telecoms Fund has remained unused for five years because of an incomplete restructuring…

ZIMBABWE’S STATE CONTROLLED MEDIA SAYS ECONET MAY LOSE LICENCE

Zimbabwe’s state controlled media says the government is planning to withdraw the operating license of the largest cellular telephone operator, accusing the company of subversive activities." The majority shareholder of…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications (M-tel) has approved the general rehabilitation of its TACs/Analogue system. The approval is expected to enhance the services of M-tel’s analogue mobile cellular nationwide and the…

Rwandatel Management has no case against former CEO.

On Tuesday December 22 2009, The New Times published an article entitled “Former Rwandatel CEO wanted over missing funds”. The article was written by Ignatius SSUNA and Eugene MUTARA and…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The dispute over the jurisdiction of government ministers in Zimbabwe’s telecoms sector appears to have been abruptly ended by President Robert Mugabe, who allocated the administration of the Posts…

Safaricom launches a mobile bank account product with M-Kesho in Kenya

The introduction of a seamless mobile bank account product by Equity Bank and Safaricom on Tuesday promises to open up electronic commerce -- and mobile commerce in particular -- to…

imbabwe: Telecel Introduces Web and Mobile SIM Registration Facilities to meet 31 August deadline

Telecel has introduced online and mobile registration to comply with the POTRAZ SIM card registration directive issued months ago. The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) directed all…

Niger courts bids for two 3G phone licences

Niger's communications ministry said it wanted to establish a 3G mobile phone network and was inviting firms to apply for the landlocked west African country's first two licences. "These licences…

ip.access small cells powering deployments in remote Congo communities with RascomStar-QAF and ViaSat

RascomStar-QAF, the pan-African satellite operator, will deliver mobile coverage and fixed telephony access for IPX Extenso in remote and rural areas of the Republic of Congo through a unique collaboration…

Namibia: NaCC sets conditions for Telecom/leo merger

The last major hurdle for Telecom Namibia to acquire the controlling shares in the country’s second mobile operator leo has been passed.The Namibian Competition Commission on Friday approved the proposed…

Telecoms News in Brief

- According to unconfirmed local press reports, South Africa’s Vodacom Group has been ‘secretly’ awarded the country’s fourth mobile licence. However, communications minister Chris Yaluma has cast doubts over the…

France asks Vivendi to delay Maroc Telecom sale

French president Francois Hollande is said to have asked Vivendi to delay the process of selling its 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom until the war in Mali is over,…

Telecoms – In Brief

- Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig has confirmed that the mobile operator has addressed talks of consolidation with Telkom Mobile. When specifically questioned on the matter of consolidation in the…

Nigeria’s Main One gets US grant to extend fibre from Lagos to Port Harcourt

Nigeria is looking to continue its mobile and telecommunications infrastructure development. The country’s undersea cable operator Main One has announced it has won a grant from the United States Trade…

Telecel could lose licence if foreign ownership not reduced

Zimbabwean mobile operator Telecel is once again under fire for failing to comply with the country’s empowerment laws which require local investors to own a majority stake in the company.…

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…

World Bank's IFC to participate in Burkina Faso’s telecom IPO

World Bank private sector lender IFC will support an ongoing initial public offering by Burkina Faso's telecom operator Onatel by purchasing up to a 5 percent stake, the IFC said.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Tanzania’s Minister for Infrastructure Development, Andrew Chenge told Parliament that the Government would write off incumbent TTCL’s debts in order to pave the way for privatisation of the company.…

KENYA AWARDS SNO LICENCE TO DUBAI’S VTEL

Kenya on Friday awarded a long-delayed second national telecommunications (SNO) licence to a consortium led by Dubai-based VTEL, hoping to lower prices and boost competition against the state-owned operator. VTEL,…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Nigerian cellco Glo Mobile has signed up five million customers, just two years after launching operations. The cellco is the second largest in the country, after MTN Nigeria. It…

BOTSWANA: YOUNG MAKING A LIVING SELLING AIRTIME

In busy streets and malls, a new breed of vendors loudly announces the prices of its single commodity. The vendors carry the product sticking out of a 'purpose built' side…

SA MOBILE OPERATORS DEFEND HIGH PRICES AT COLLOQUIUM

Mobile operators are defending mobile pricing structures, contradicting the view of government, stakeholders, international experts and an appointed working group that concluded that the South African telecoms pricing structure was…

UGANDAN REGULATOR CALLS FOR SCRAPPING OF AIRTIME TAX

Scrapping of Excise Duty on airtime is among recommendations in the new telecommunications policy, a Uganda Communications Commission (ucc) official has said."Although mobile phones are available countrywide, few people can…

DATETEL AWARDED GSM LICENCE IN SIERRE LEONE

Datatel GSM Limited announced last week that it has been awarded a GSM wireless licence by the Sierre Leonean Ministry of Transport and Communications. The license will allow Datatel GSM…

TLC MAURITIUS SEEKS A LICENCE FOR INTERNATIONAL CALLING

Mauritian regulator ICTA is being asked to grant a licence to TLC Mauritius. This company ( a subsidiary of a French company of the same name) wants to be able…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Rwanda is eyeing a seat on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council this year but the decision will first be endorsed by Cabinet. The New Times has learnt. If…

Gateway Business Nigeria partners with Helios Towers for a Nigerian nationwide network rollout

Africa’s largest infrastructure sharing, co-location and managed services provider, Helios Towers Nigeria (HTN) has signed a 120-site co-location deal with Gateway Business Nigeria, a pan African telecommunications service provider, for…

Telecoms News – In Brief

* Neotel today announced the launch of its NeoIntellect, a web-based communications management system hosted in Neotel’s data centre at the company’s Midrand campus. NeoIntellect is pre-integrated with multiple telephony…

Mozambique: Government switches new tax from users on to mobile companies

Under a hail of criticism, the Mozambican government has withdrawn its proposal for a new tax on users of mobile phones. On Tuesday, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Paulo…

Ghana’s smooth debut with number portability

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has announced that at the end of the tenth full day of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in Ghana -5,631 subscribers had successfully moved from one…

LTA suspends MTN Liberia’s licence, reports says

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has reportedly suspended the two operating licences of MTN Liberia, trading under the Lonestar Cell brand, for two weeks in relation to its ‘unilateral disconnection’…

Kenya cracks down on hate speech via mobile phone messages

Kenyans who incite violence and send hateful messages through social media and text messages could face steep fines, said Acting Director of Communications in the Ministry of Information Omwa Om.The…

Alpha Telecom formally signs agreement for Mali’s third mobile licence

It has been confirmed that Mali has finally put pen to paper on the country’s third mobile operator licence, with Agence Ecofin reporting that Alpha Telecom Mali, a joint venture…

Libya to Offer Third GSM License in Three to Six Months

Libya will offer a third mobile phone license within three to six months, the country’s communications and information technology minister said.The government wants to decrease its hold on the telecommunications…

South Africa: MTN allows data sharing

MTN has realised many subscribers do not use all their data, says MTN SA chief marketing officer Larry Annetts. MTN promises to end the angst customers feel when their data…

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…

Nigeria: 2.3GHz Licensing Round Crisis Deepens

There seems to be no end to the crisis generated by the 2.3GHz licensing round. While the Ministry of Information and Communications is standing by the cancellation of the process…

Rwandatel attracts many customers with new GSM network

On the first day there was a stampede. On the second day the stampede intensified. Rwandatel had launched its new cell-phone service network and everyone wanted in. The reaction when…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecom companies from Egypt, Italy, India, Saudi Arabia and the UAE plan to build a submarine cable linking Europe to India through the Middle East, Reuters reported citing a…

TELKOM LESOTHO CEO ESTIMATES GREY MARKET VOIP IS 17% OF TOTAL MARKET

Even in a small voice market like Lesotho, something like 500,000 minutes a month are sold via the grey market. The traffic is driven by the large diaspora populations of…

VSNL TO INVEST US$230MN OVER 3 YEARS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) will invest over US$230 million over three years in South Africa to develop and operate national long distance (NLD) and fixed wireless networks in the…

MAURITEL TURNS IN DISPPOINTING RESULTS FOR MAROC TELECOM

Mauritanian incumbent Mauritel - bought by Maroc Telecom in 2001 - has just announced its annual results which show a turnover of 9.7 billion dirhams in the first half year…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Cape Verde has suffered from reduced telephone and Internet connectivity for 15 days after the main underwater fibre optic cable connecting the archipelago with the world was damaged by…

MASTERCARD AND SIMPLUS DEVELOP M-COMMERCE SOLUTION WITH R1.6BN TURNOVER

In what is considered just the beginning, MasterCard Southern Africa and Simplus’s jointly developed m-commerce solution has generated over R1.6 billion turnover in 2003. The mobile commerce solution, recently re-branded…

GAMTEL POISED TO USE EXTERNAL FUNDS FOR D1.67 BILLION EXPANSION

Gambian incumbent Gamtel, is to spend D1.67 billion in the year 2004 towards the goal of increasing capacity network by 230, 000 lines over the next five years.The bulk of…

Uganda: MPs May Stop M-payment services

The parliamentary committee on information technology will next week meet the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) over the mobile money transfer services offered by telecom firms. Igeme Nabeta, the committee chairperson,…

Djibouti Telecom teams up with Telecom Italia Sparkle for IP POP

Incumbent Djibouti Telecom and Telecom Italia Sparkle, the international wholesale arm of Telecom Italia, last week announced their top-tier IP Point of Presence (POP) is now available in the capital,…

NCC Seals Up Globacom's Abuja Office in Nigeria

The Abuja office of telecommunication giant, Globacom has been sealed up by the Nigerian Communications Commission [NCC]. It was said that the seal off was necessitated by Globacom's non compliance…

Mauritius Telecom 2011 profit rises

Mauritius Telecom posted a slight rise in pretax profit last year, up 4 percent to MUR 2.55 billion, on revenues of MUR 3.5 billion, Reuters reported. It posted a 4.3…

Telkom fights competition ruling, R449 million fine

Telkom says it will appeal the fine handed down to it by the Competition Tribunal in August for abusing its dominance in the telecommunications market between 1999 and 2004. Shares…

MTN Uganda commissions fibre network at Katuna border

MTN Uganda has commissioned its fibre network at the Katuna border, in the Kabale district.The fibre system would complement two existing cables between Kabala and Mombasa, which provide Uganda with…

Nokia deal could help Microsoft curb Google threat in Africa

After its deal with Microsoft, the future of Nokia's non-Windows Phone devices has been called into question. But such devices could play a key role for Microsoft in targeting Africa,…

Telecoms – In brief

Airtel Gabon has become the country's first mobile operator to connect to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) cable, announced CEO Herve Njapoum. The connection to the cable will allow…

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 AfricaThe Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has published its…

Sierra Leone lifts ban on additional mobile company licences

Minister of information and communications has said that the lifting of the temporary ban on the registration of mobile companies would see the registration of more GSM companies in the…

MTN and Neotel partner to boost network capacity in South Africa

Mobile giant MTN and SA's second national operator Neotel this morning signed a partnership agreement to co-operatively build a national long-distance fibre-optic network that could cost between R1.7 billion and…

Former MTN Nigeria top guns join bid to buy controlling stake in NITEL

A consortium promoted by ex-MTN Nigeria top executives have launched a bid for stakes to be unbundled by Transcorp in Nigeria’s incumbent telco Nitel. Technology Times reports that former CEO,…

TELECOM EGYPT CHOOSES ERICSSON AND CISCO TO TAKE ITS NETWORK IP

Telecom Egypt has chosen Ericsson in cooperation with Cisco Systems, as one of the suppliers to upgrade its fixed network to a carrier-class, Internet Protocol (IP) Next Generation Network. According…

SENIOR MCI BOSS ATTACKS SAT3 MONOPOLY

A strong regulator is essential for the development of a strong and competitive telecommunications market, says Daniel Crawford, MCI's president for international and wholesale services. Crawford, the most senior of…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Ghana - The Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) has busted a cellular phone smuggling gang at the Aviance cargo section at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA). Two thousand,…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- South Africa's Telkom has introduced a promotional international calling card to help keep friends and relatives around the world in touch over the holiday season. There are three calling…

ZAMBIAN REGULATOR BOSS CLAIMS ANTI-COMPETITIVE COLLUSION BY MOBILE COs

The Zambia Competition Commission (ZCC) has what it claims is collusion between existing mobile operators to block the entrance of a fourth mobile service provider. ZCC Executive Director George Lipimile…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Shiron Satellite Communications, a provider of broadband IP over satellite systems, and MAP Infotel, a Nigerian service provider, last week announced the opening of the official Shiron maintenance center…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- About N3 billion naira has been recovered out of the N43 billion owed the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited. (NITEL), Mr Tayo Ekundayo, NITEL’s deputy general manager, public relations, has said.…

Regional Body to Register All Sim Cards in East Africa

The East Africa Communications Organisations (EACO) has agreed to register all mobile phone SIM cards throughout the region by June 2012 as a way of ensuring security for East Africans.EACO…

South Africa: Icasa to publish call tariff regulations

The long-awaited regulations that will determine wholesale call termination rates in South Africa are ready and will be published next Friday. That’s the word from Icasa spokesman Jubie Matlou, who…

ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change held in Ghana

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-17) in Durban, South Africa, participants at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change in Ghana have renewed calls…

South Africa's MTN Investigated Over Bribery Allegations

South Africa's anti-corruption police force has started looking into allegations that MTN paid bribes to secure its Iranian mobile operating license. The company denies the claims, which were made by…

Boko Haram destroys 25 masts, reportedly kill 4 MTN staff

Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has destroyed over 25 telecommunication masts belonging to mobile operators in the northern parts of the country. Four MTN Nigeria staff have reportedly been killed…

NIL, Neurones Technologies facilitate network core upgrade for CI Telecom

Slovenia-based NIL, together with local partner Neurones Technologies, has conducted a network core migration for Cote d’Ivoire Telecom (CIT) to prepare the telco’s infrastructure for new technologies and an enlarged…

Telecoms - In Brief

- Ghana's MTN has offered customers compensation equivalent to 6 minutes worth of free voice calls following network disruption last month.MTN sent text messages to its customers over the weekend…

Kenya: Orange Offers Wireless Landline Phone Service

Orange has announced the launch of a wireless fixed voice service targeting households and small office customers. Chief executive Mickael Ghossein said the pre-paid service will be provided via a…

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…

Zimbabwe’s Powertel to roll-out CDMA service to Bulawayo

Powertel Communications - a unit of Zesa Holdings - is set to roll out its new CDMAservice in Bulawayo before the end of the year. Before, the service was only…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Information and Communications and its new Minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili try has taken a populist stance on the issue of tariff reduction, saying the Nigerian subscribers…

TTCL workers petition government to cancel Celtel contract in Tanzania

Workers at Tanzania’s national fixed line operator Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) have reportedly called on the government to cancel its 25-year shareholding deal with mobile group Celtel International (part…

South African firm joins race for Telkom Kenya

The Kenyan Government is talking up the sale of Telkom Kenya but has so far failed to deliver the difficult bit. Investors will not want to take on the political…

LESOTHO TO LIBERALISE IN 2006 - MANAGED COMPETITION APPROACH

The Lesotho incumbent’s monopoly ends on 8 February 2006, barely three months away. However immediate change looks unlikely as the regulator favours a cautious approach. As Lesotho Telecommunications Agency’s Monehela…

GHANA PREPARES TO LEGALISE VOIP

Ghana is drawing up legislation that will lead to the legalisation of VoIP services. According to Communications Minister Albert Kan Dapaah VoIP has come to stay and Ghana cannot afford…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telkom Kenya last week raised cost of local telephone calls by 16 per cent. In the new tariff structure that comes into effect on November 1, local calls will cost…

ZIMBABWE'S TEL-ONE COMMISSIONS NEW RADIO LINK TO SOUTH AFRICA

  Zimbabwean incumbent Tel-One last week announced the long-awaited commissioning of a USD33 billion state-of-the-art radio link on the Beitbridge-Gweru-Harare route. The new system replaces the analogue radio system which…

ZAMTEL 20% PRIVATISATION STAKE LIKELY TO BE BOUGHT BY CHINESE ZTE

The Chinese Company ZTE is reported to be the favorite to take up the 20 per cent share stake in Zambia Telecommunications (Zamtel) that is to be privatised, writes Timothy…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Nigerian SNO Globacom has rolled out its network to Aba, the capital of Abia State. - South African corporate customers that have been overcharged by Telkom for several years…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Telecel Zambia plans to invest USD15 million next year to add more towns to its network. The company plans to connect Siavonga next month and several other towns in…

Telecoms news - In Brief

- After almost two months of silence, the Acting Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Engr. Steven Bello, said his major focus was to complete the on-going projects…

Zain Nigeria Boosts SMEs With Mybusiness

In the drive to combat falling ARPUs, mobile operators are now targeting packages at SMEs. Zain Nigeria has launched Mybusiness, a new package that is specially designed to enhance the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced that the world's newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan assigned the international dialing code 211, following the country's formal recognition as a…

Telecoms News - In Brief

­Staff at one of MTN Nigeria's outsourced call centers have been barred from returning to work, more than a month after the office was locked-down by the owners.On the 1st…

Kenya: E-waste dilemma over fake phone switch-off

CCK has set September 30 as the deadline to switch off counterfeit handsets in Kenya. This is expected to affect at least 2.3 million handsets. According to the report, the…

Azur Gabon has the best telephone network, according to ARCEP

From 11 December 2012 to 7 January 2013, the Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) conducted an audit of the four mobile operators in the country. It appears…

Safaricom fights CCK over voice quality checks

Safaricom is headed for a clash with the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) over quality checks that will determine the renewal of its licence next year. The mobile telecoms firm…

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…

MTN reaches the 100 million subscriber milestone

The MTN Group has reached the 100 million subscriber mark in its drive to become the world’s leading telecommunications service provider in emerging markets. With a telecommunications network that covers…

TNM to spend US$28 on network upgrade in Malawi

Malawian mobile phone network operator TNM says it has set aside US$28-million for the upgrading and expansion of its network in order to boost the quality of services and reach…

Comium’s GSM licence in trouble in Liberia

The post-hoc standardisation of regulation governing mobile operators is causing a number of public rows in Liberia. The Liberian regulator, LTA had to deny this week that it was going…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency (RURA) organized a four-day seminar aimed at simplifying the existing communication regulations to attract various telecommunication operators to the country. Dr. Faustin Nteziryayo (pictured…

LIBERIAN MINISTER IN WIBRO TALKS WITH MOTOROLA

Liberia’s Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Lynn Eugene Nagbe, has invited Motorola to discuss the prospect of rolling out a nationwide wireless broadband (WiBro) in the country using its Motorola…

JUST LAUNCHED WATANIYA TELECOM ALGÉRIE SETS ITS SIGHTS ON 2M SUBSCRIBERS

Wataniya Telecom Algeria last wee launched its commercial network under the brand name Nedjma, making it the third mobile operator in the country. Wataniya plans to invest USD320 million in…

KENYA’S CCK DELAYS BIDDING FOR SNO BY A MONTH

The submission of offers for Kenya’s SNO licence has been pushed back by a month to allow bidders to factor in the newly announced reserve price in their proposals. Industry…

Telecoms news - In Brief

- Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has ordered mobile phone companies to stop their popular money transfer services, saying they are "unIslamic". Mobile phone banking was introduced in the northern Somaliland…

DRC: Minister warns mobile operators over QoS obligations

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Minister of Communications, Tryphone Kin-Key Mulumba, has warned the country’s four mobile operators that they must improve their service quality by 7 September or face…

Zambia SIM registration delayed

Airtel Zambia’s lack of registration forms has halted the country’s SIM card registration process.“The shortage of registration forms at registration points was unacceptable and unfortunate,” said Thomas Malama, Director of…

Vodafone signs new Partner Market agreement with Afrimax in Uganda

Vodafone and Afrimax Group - a 4G LTE telecommunications operator in sub-Saharan Africa - jointly announced a strategic framework agreement to cooperate and explore opportunities for Partner Market agreements in…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Angola’s minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Carvalho da Rocha, assured that the government will create legal regulations to combat fraud in the field of Information Technologies and…

HSDPA on the rise in Africa

Nine African countries now have commercial HSDPA mobile broadband offerings, with deployment under way in another two countries. This is according to statistics released last week by the UK-based Global…

MTN Calls for Calm As Callers Jam Network in Uganda

Ugandan MTN’s 50% airtime bonus promo proved what has been obvious to those who track rates for a long time. If prices comes down, use goes up enormously. Indeed so…

ETHIOPIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION LOOKS EAST

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) last Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with three Chinese telecom companies on a telecom infrastructure development project. ETC has designed a four-year expansion project…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Safaricom, Kenya's biggest mobile phone firm, sees its subscriber base rising to four or five million by 2007. The company, 40 per cent owned by British mobile operator Vodafone…

SOUTH AFRICA - ICASA SUSPENDS CEO

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) council has confirmed the “cautionary” suspension of CEO Jackie Manche, effective from 24 November. Manche was suspended as a result of alleged violation…

INDIAN COMPANY TATA SET TO TAKE 26% STAKE IN SOUTH AFRICAN SNO

Tata Africa is set to get formal government approval to become a major player in telephony services, next to the former state-owned Telkom. The licensing of the second network operator…

ETHIOPIA'S ETC SELECTS NOKIA FOR MOBILE NETWORK UPGRADE

Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation's mobile operation has selected Nokia to supply and deploy GSM network equipment, including the Nokia Connect GSM solution for optimized network coverage, in a deal valued at…

MOBILE SPAZA PHONE OPERATORS CLASH WITH MBABANE CITY COUNCIL

Mobile spaza phone operators selling on the street have found themselves in conflict with Swaziland’s Mbanane City Council. They were selling atr a bus rank but have been prohibited from…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Uganda-based mobile technology firm Text to Change last week launched its first SMS campaign focused on reducing electronic waste in the country in partnership with Closing the Loop. The…

Etisalat Misr, Huawei ink strategic partnership agreement

Etisalat Misr, a subsidiary of UAE’s Etisalat and a major mobile operator in the Egyptian market, signed a strategic partnership agreement with leading global ICT solutions provider Huawei.The agreement will…

Algeria awards 3G licences to all three bidders

Algerian telecom regulator ARPT has awarded 3G licences to the three candidates, Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis), Wataniya Telecom Algerie (Nedjma) and Orascom Telecom Algerie (Djezzy). The three existing operators met…

Ghana mulls scrapping 20% import tax on handsets

The government of Ghana is reportedly planning to scrap the 20% import duty on mobile, cellular and satellite telephone handsets, which was passed by parliament in mid-2013, BizTech Africa reports.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the likelihood of the introduction of number portability is fading. The main issue is to get the telecommunications operators…

NCC Threatens Stiffer Sanctions Against MTN and Celtel Nigeria after imposing N4.7 billion compensation to users

The Nigerian regulator NCC has warned that it will impose sanctions on MTN and Celtel, by imposing a fine of N5,000,000 million naira and a further sum of N500,000 per…

Mobile VoIP set to slash telecoms costs in South Africa using Wi-Fi networks

A few university graduates formed a mobile-based voice over internet protocol (VoIP) that will slash costs by up to 80 percent. While the telecoms regulator is still debating whether to…

SEVEN FIRMS IN RACE TO COMPETE AGAINST TELKOM IN KENYA

Seven telecommunication firms have now been short-listed to vie for the second national operator licence. This means that one firm has been dropped from the list of eight that Communication…

KENYA - IS TIME UP FOR ECONET?

As the year 2005 draws to a close Kenyans are coming to terms with the fact that the entry of a third mobile phone service provider will be long in…

INVESTORS SET TO INJECT USD200M INTO EASSY FIBRE PROJECT

Over USD200m in investment interest has been made by African telecom operators to develop the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) after an initial data gathering meeting in Cape Town,…

LIBERIA: LTC BIDDING COMMITTEE IDENTIFIES THREE POSSIBLE BIDDERS

Six weeks of intensive deliberations on the revitalization of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation has ended and a committee set up to evaluate the process has submitted its findings. The Corporation's…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- SA's Telkom has bowed to pressure from the Government and unions to freeze its planned job cuts for a year, with CEO Sizwe Nxasana saying the company has no…

NIGERIAN GOVT OPENS TELECOMS UNIVERSITY IN ABUJA

This week sees the opening of what will become the degree-awarding Digital Bridge Institute in the Nigerian capital Abuja.According to the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Ernest Ndukwe, the…

Bharti’s purchase of Zain Africa a done deal

With a deal between two emerging markets giants thought to be in the closing stages, the acquisition of Zain’s sub Saharan African assets represents a landmark deal for both Bharti…

Telecoms – In Brief

- The number of fixed and mobile telephone subscribers in Nigeria increased to over 113.195 million at 31 December 2012 from 107.367 million three months earlier and 95.886 million at…

Telecoms - In Brief

- On October 10, 2013, Balancing Act attended the 2nd Edition of "IT AFRIQUE- Investissement & Innovation" on 10 Octobre 2013 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. The event gathered more than 120…

Egypt’s mobile app users are predominantly young: 75% of adult mobile apps users in Egypt are younger than 34 years of age

A new Arab Advisors Group survey of Egypt’s mobile application users was concluded in November 2014. The survey revealed that young dominate the ranks of mobile app users in Egypt.…

ANC MPs Push Hard for Sentech Funding in South Africa

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri came under intense pressure from ruling party ANC MPs last week to secure a full funding package of US$122.4 million for state-owned signal carrier Sentech, as…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mubadala Development , the investment vehicle owned by Abu Dhabi's government, will award the Nigerian mobile-phone licence it owns to one of five bidders by October. More than five…

ILLEGAL TRADE IN CELLULAR LINES STILL RIFE IN ZIMBABWE

The Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has been accused of failing to tame the illegal trading of mobile phone lines despite banning the activity. Underhand trading of…

OPERA TELECOM WORKS WITH C3 TO LAUNCH ENHANCED VOICE SERVICES

C3 is providing the managed service platform with call-handling and IVR facilities which is supplied with connections to all of the South African fixed line and mobile phone networks to…

MOBITEL INJECTS TS35BN INTO SERVICES, INFRASTRUCTURE

MIC Tanzania Limited (Mobitel) has announced a major reinvestment of some TS35bn geared at improving its services in the coming 12 month-span. Company Director of Sales and Marketing Roney Mtawali…

NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION INQUIRY: 'ONLY VMOBILE AND MTN INTERCONNECT WELL'

A Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Private Inquiry into the reasons for the poor Quality of Service being provided by the GSM operators, has found that only two operators - Vmobile…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Nigerian mobile operator M-tel has introduced N250 recharge card into the market to create better access for subscribers. Its market survey showed that most subscribers in the country could…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to Cellular News, Stratex Networks has been selected by an unnamed African mobile telephony company to provide US$12.8 million of wireless transmission equipment, for the expansion of its…

Five More Cellular Companies Licensed in Tanzania

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has licensed five more mobile phone companies. They are MyCell, Egotel, Rural Netco, Smile and ExcellentCom. "They are expected to enter the country's communication…

Bureaucracy Threatens US$400m National Rural Telephony Project in Nigeria

After the Commissioning of the US$300 million phase 1 of the National Rural Telephony Project, (NRPT) last May by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, whose construction began in 2002 with about…

Tigo Launches Mobile Money Transfer Between Rwanda and Tanzania

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…

Uganda: MTN to Compensate Data Customers

MTN Uganda will compensate data customers who have lost money through the multiple data activations they experienced over the last few months, Brian Gouldie, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN…

Sasktel lays out its plans for TTCL

The CEO of the new management contractors for Tanzania’s incumbents TTCL gave some idea of its plans for the company in a report in The Citizen. The company’s new CEO…

BABANGIDA’S SON’S NAME APPEARS ON SOME GLOBACOM OWNERSHIP DOCUMENTS

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has explained that his commission has not yet concluded the investigation into the share ownership of one…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Chinese equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has won a contract for the supply of next-generation voice and data network equipment from Algeria Telecom. The project involves the deployment of a…

KENYAN GOVT FAILS TO FIND ENOUGH FROM SAFARICOM SALE TO FUND TELKOM KENYA REDUNANDCY PROGRAMME

Kenya Telkom's plans to make 12,000 of its employees redundant may have suffered a setback because the Kenya Government has failed to find the amount of money it was looking…

N40BN APPROVED FOR NIGERIA'S COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE

The Federal Government yesterday approved N40 billion (USD300 million) contract for the implementation of the Nigeria Communication Satellite which is expected to be launched next year and thereafter generate about…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Kenya’s Safaricom is extending its coverage to the neglected North Eastern province, offering phone service in its four major towns: Wajir, Mandera, Dadaab and Moyale. It will also be…

Nigeria’s Telecom Consumer Parliament condemns telecom promos

Telecom subscribers, who gathered at the 55th Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP) in Lagos at the weekend, spoke with one voice, condemning telecommunication promotions across networks. The rotational monthly Telecom Consumer…

Government Cancels Telecel Licence in Zimbabwe over shareholding dispute

The state run Herald newspaper reported that the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) had cancelled Telecel Zimbabwe's license over a shareholding dispute.A statement issued by the Authority…

Kenya: Orange, ZTE in 3G Roll-Out Deal

Telkom Kenya will partner with China's technology vendor ZTE Corporation to roll-out 3G. The deal worth Sh4 billion will enable the operator to introduce more Internet services once the network…

MTN restores services to Expresso

Subscribers of Telecommunication firm Expresso can now make calls to MTN following the decision of the latter to restore services to Expresso.MTN on November 1, 2014 alerted its subscribers through…

Telkom Kenya's Retrenchment Plan Hit By Cash Shortage in Kenya

Government delays in paying its contribution to the agreed retrenchment package seem to be at the root of the non-payment of salaries to workers who have been made redundant. The…

SA’S VODACOM NOT LIABLE FOR DROPPED CALLS BUT ICASA TO TAKE UP QUALITY ISSUE

Vodacom may have won the right not to be held liable for dropped calls by the Johannesburg High Court last Friday, but it has a new adversary to deal with…

BOTSWANA’S BTC TO BE PRIVATISED, SERVICE NEUTRAL LICENCES AND VOIP TO BE MADE LEGAL IN AUGUST 2006

The Botswana Telecommucations Corporation (BTC) monopoly will end as soon as the corporation is privatised and the market liberalised. Communications, Science and Technology Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi told a news conference…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Vmobile Nigeria has fulfilled its promise to launch commercial GSM service within 45 days in the towns that won the first phase of its on-going SMS (Short Message Service)…

SOUTH AFRICA'S ICASA MULLS MOVES TO CUT MOBILE PRICES

South Africa's telecoms regulator is considering imposing new rules on the country's mobile operators, the watchdog said, after competition between the three firms has failed to bring down prices. The…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Gambia’s incumbent telco GamTel has contracted IT provider Cerillion Technologies to upgrade its billing system as part of an expansion programme which includes a planned 250,000 new phone lines.…

EASSy Cable Lands in Kenya Ahead of Schedule

The EASSy cable has landed in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa , two weeks ahead of schedule, James Wekesa, the chief commercial officer of the West Indian Ocean Cable…

Sudan’s international telecoms players could get caught up in Darfur embargo

Bright yellow banners sprang up overnight along the banks of the Nile then spread along the ten-lane highways and crowded market streets of Sudan’s traffic-clogged capital, Khartoum. They were the…

MTN debuts life insurance on cellphones in Ghana

Cellular operator MTN said on Wednesday that it had launched a mobile phone life insurance scheme in Ghana in a bid to expand mobile financial services for low-income markets.The company…

MTN Group expresses interest in buying Vodacom’s DRC subsidiary

MTN Group, Africa’s largest mobile-phone company, is seeking to buy Vodafone Group Plc (VOD)’s wireless venture in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a Bloomberg reportMTN is part of…

Nigerian Communications Commission bans Owntel Communications – no licence to operate

Nigeria’s telecoms industry’s regulator the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced a clampdown on Owntel Communications. According to the NCC, the company was providing telecommunications services without an operational license.The…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The on-off privatisation of Algerie Telecom is scheduled for the first quarter of 2008, according to Post and Information and Communication Technologies Minister Boudjemaâ Haïchour."Whether it is for the…

NITEL ANNOUNCES SERVICE DISRUPTION AS IT UPGRADES SAT3 TO 10 GIG

Last Wednesday incumbent Nitel warned its international customers that there would be service disruption for those using  IP wholesale, international calls and International Private Leased Circuits (IPLC). In a statement…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The introduction of number portability in South Africa has been postponed until 10th November. The decision was made by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) after pressure from…

VIRGIN PROMISES ‘TRUE COMPETITION' IN SA

After months of speculation, SA's fourth mobile operator, Virgin Mobile, has arrived, officially entering the local telecommunications market. Speaking via video link yesterday, Virgin Group chairman Sir Richard Branson unveiled…

GSM TARIFFS TOO HIGH IN NIGERIA, SAYS SUBSCRIBER SURVEY

Mobile subscribers in Nigeria are still convinced that the current charges for both voice and data by GSM operators are too high. In a country where the majority of citizens…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* South African subscribers to MTN's prepaid service will experience even faster and more reliable benefits from the cellular provider following the implementation of an Oracle-based solution developed by GlobeTOM.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe has given the country's three mobile operators an ultimatum to ensure that all activated mobile lines are registered with the firms…

SOMALI GOVERNMENT SEEKS END TO TAX-FREE BUSINESS FOR TELCOS

Years of tax-free business that have turned anarchic Somalia into a surprising hub of free-market enterprise may be coming to an end as the government targets the lucrative telecommunications trade.…

AccessKenya about to strike ground-breaking interconnect deal with Safaricom

AccessKenya is on the brink of signing a ground-breaking interconnect agreement with mobile operator Safaricom. However, Celtel continues to drag its heels over connecting to the VoIP service provider.Ms Wanja…

South Sudan Government Suspends Work of Telecom Companies

The government of South Sudan (GoSS) notified telecom companies that it will temporarily suspend their work while they issue new regulations governing their operations in the region that is set…

Kenya: Govt unveils new foreign shareholder rules for LTE network

According to Business Daily Africa, the Kenyan government is set to unveil a new set of shareholder rules that will ensure international firms are allowed to bid for a share…

Telecoms – In Brief

The latest Ericsson Mobility Report launched yesterday (Wednesday) revealed that proliferation of mobile technology continues to grow at a rapid pace. According to the report, Africa has topped 880 million…

Kenya's Orange says to invest $99 million this year

Orange Kenya plans to spend 8 billion shillings ($99 million) this year to develop its network, the company's deputy chief executive said on Friday. Orange, formerly state-owned Telkom Kenya, operates…

SOUTHERN SUDAN LOBBIES FOR TELECOM GATEWAY

The Southern Sudan government has stepped up its campaign to secure rights to manage the telephone gateway to the Sudan. A delegation from the telecommunications and postal services ministry is…

LAGOS MOVES AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE ERECTION OF TELECOM MASTS

Worried  by the indiscriminate activities of telecom operators in the state, the Lagos State Government through its newly established Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA) has given private…

SACKED SENEGALESE REGULATOR QUESTIONED BY DIC OVER EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES

Sacked Senegalese regulator Malick Gueye underwent ten hours interrogation at the Department of Criminal Investigations in connection with allegations of embezzlement. This investigation was initiated after the discovery of a…

THE SH7 BILLION MYSTERY - WHO OWNS MOBITELEA IN KENYA?

The identity of those behind Safaricom's mystery shareholder continues to confound Kenyans many months after a parliamentary investment watchdog began to look into the matter. Nevertheless Nairobi gossip has for…

IN BRIEF:

- Following the loss of its appeal at the administrative court (Conseil d’Etat) Sonatel, the national incumbent in Senegal will have to pay a fine of 3.2 billion CFA francs…

Nigeria: LTE covered by existing 2.3 Ghz licences – Juwah

Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, last week said that the commission had not given licence to any operator in Nigeria to do LTE.However,…

South Africa: MTN, Vodacom in the clear on collusion charges

The Competition Commission has finally ruled in a case of alleged price fixing by MTN and Vodacom, finding in favour of the two operators. The matter had been under investigation…

Liberia: Regulator LTA Defends Lonestar Cell-MTN over wire tap reports

Following reports of alleged service providers tapping on consumers' wires to monitor their conversations, the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has denied such claims which appeared in a local daily, linking…

ZTE’s stake in Congo Chine Telecom up for grabs

Following a denial by MTN last month that it was close to sealing a deal to acquire ZTE’s 51% stake in Congolese cellco Congo Chine Telecom (CCT), a spokesperson for…

VIVENDI’S MAROC TELECOM SCOOPS UP GABON TELECOM

The long and winding privatisation process for Gabon Telecom concluded last Friday with Vivendi’s Maraoc Telecom as the winner. There are two parts to the business: Gabon Telecom, the fixed…

GHANA RETAINS SEAT AT WORLD TELECOM CONFERENCE IN TURKEY

The climax of the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on-going in Turkey was reached on 15th November 2006 with the election of 46 Member States to sit…

KASAPA’S PALITZ CALLS FOR GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT TO GET OUT TELECOMS OWNERSHIP

The Managing Director of Kasapa Telecom Limited, operators of Kasapa, Bob Palitz, has expressed deep reservation on the governmental involvement in the telecommunication industry. He said it was out of…

MAURITANIAN OPERATOR MATTEL UPGRADES PREPAY PLATFORM

Mattel (la Mauritano-Tunisienne de Telecommunications) in Mauritania has awarded a Prepaid System upgrade and expansion contract to Tecnomen. This delivery consists of additional prepaid value added services such as Discount…

TELEKOM MALAYSIA WANTS US$90M-$100M FOR ITS GHANA TELECOM SHARE

The Ghanaian Government’s difficulties with Ghana Telecom are not about to get any easier. According to the Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times Telekom Malaysia Bhd. (P.TEL) wants US$90 million to…

Mozambique to launch 3rd mobile international tender in December

The Mozambique government will finally launch an international tender for a third mobile phone licence in December, after delays amidst complaints from the two existing mobile wireless operators, a government…

NCC SANCTIONS MTN NIGERIA FOR POOR SERVICE

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has slammed its hammer down on MTN Nigeria for poor services on its network after several warnings. Henceforth, MTN should submit to the commission on…

Cell C big winner in number portability

Cell C has been the biggest net beneficiary of mobile number portability. Nearly a quarter of a million consumers have ported their numbers to Cell C’s network since number portability…

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Zimbabwe's mobile phone networks are mooting sharing infrastructure, particularly in rural areas so as to expand mobile telephony. This will be the first time the companies will have gone into…

Airtel Nigeria compensates BlackBerry users

Airtel Nigeria announced today that it will offer its BlackBerry customers a service waiver following last week’s global outage attributed to the service provider, Research in Motion (RIM).Research in Motion…

Starcomms’ Boss wants to boost service quality in Nigeria

Starcomms, the largest CDMA2000 operator in Nigeria, has revealed that its new strategy is to limit its drive for expansion in subscriber number and to consolidate on increasing its profitability…

CANADIAN SASKTEL GETS MANAGEMENT CONTRACT TO RUN TTCL

Canadian SaskTel has been named as the new management contractor to run TTCL for three years “as a way of preparing Tanzanians to make a smooth and meaningful takeover after…

IT`S EASSY FOR MAURITIUS, BUT NOT SO FOR MOST OF AFRICA

Mauritius has agreed to join the East African Submarine Cable System initiative, hoping thereby to turn an EASSy landing station into a gateway through which to becoming key Indian Ocean…

KENYA’S SAFARICOM USES VOIP TO HALVE INTERNATIONAL CALL RATES

Users of Safaricom, Kenya's largest mobile phone service provider, will this month receive a 50% cut on international call rates through a VoIP-enabled services. Safaricom revealed that its international gateway…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s four biggest mobile operators – MTN, Vee Networks, Nitel GSM and Globacom – have teamed up to lobby the government for an extension to their tax exemption status.…

SA’S SNO BIDDERS NOW DOWN TO TWO AS DETECON JOINS COMMUNITEL

The second national operator (SNO) working committee has short-listed two of the original four bidders for the SNO licence, although only one of the remaining two was not recommended to…

MANAGEMENT AT BOTSWANA’S BTC FACES SHAKE-UP UNDER ITS NEW CONTRACTORS

THE transformation of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) continues to take shape as more staff members are appointed into management positions. With the divisional heads now appointed, the consultants who have…

Can a new GSM operator emerge from Nitel’s privatisation?

Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) Dr. Christopher Anayanwu said at the weekend in Abuja that despite the ailing nature of the Nigeria Telecommunication Limited (Nitel) there…

ETHIOPIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AGENCY SIMPLIFIES SPECTRUM LICENSING

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Agency on Wednesday announced a procedural restructuring to enable it to live up to customer demands. The Basic Procedure Restructuring, technically termed as BPR, is said to…

Gambia: Gamtel Launches 3G Services

Gamtel last week inaugurated its new 3G services, making it the second telecommunication provider to introduce such services in the country. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Gamtel head…

Telkom Kenya Sh1.5bn land case takes new twist

Postel Housing Co-operative Society has joined a court case involving the sale of 79 acres of prime land to an investor by Telkom Kenya for Sh1.5 billion. The society is…

Kenya: Yu, Airtel in Network Dispute

Two mobile phone operators are involved in a Sh1.9 billion network dispute. Airtel has threatened to switch off Essar Telcom's, popularly known as Yu, connectivity over the disputed amount. According…

MTN Ghana CEO complains about permit times for new base stations and says infrastructure sharing underway

Brett Goshen, CEO of MTN, Ghana, said last Tuesday the company had all the resources and expertise to deal adequately with network challenges. However, hesaid that the slow pace at…

Nigeria’s Dangote risks loss of USD150m amid NCC probe of dormant 3G licence

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commenced a regulatory probe into a 3G services licence granted to Alheri Engineering, a subsidiary of the Dangote Group, owned by billionaire businessman, Aliko…

MALAWI TO GET SNO AND THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR

Information and Tourism Minister Patricia Kaliati last week  said government is currently looking for a second fixed phone network operator and a third mobile network to bridge the coverage gap…

COMESA FOR SINGLE INTERCONNECTION EXCHANGE

As interconnection issues get more complex, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is lobbying for a single and separate clearing house to manage service providers. The development…

WORKSHOP LOOKS AT PLANS TO BUILD DRC’S NATIONAL BACKBONE

A recent workshop in Kinshasa looked at plans put forward in a feasibility study in preparation for building a national backbone for the country. The first day of the workshop…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Cell C is confident that it will meet its licence obligation to roll out 52 000 community service telephones (CST) to under-serviced areas nation-wide by 2008. To date, Cell…

NCC’S NDUKWE BLAMES NITEL FOR INTERCONNECT PROBLEMS

The lingering interconnection problem among the GSM operators in the country has been blamed on the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC),…

REGISTRATION FOR SA’S TELKOM SHARES A HUGE SUCCESS, SAYS MINISTER

The South African Government has expressed satisfaction at the ‘phenomenal’ response to Telkom Initial Public Offering (IPO), saying such a massive public reaction to share registration indicated ‘a real thirst’…

Angola’s Multitel invested US$10 million in improving its services

In 2009 Angolan company Multitel invested US$10 million in improving its telecommunications services, particularly in providing broadband, the company’s managing director, António Geirinhas said Wednesday in Luanda. Speaking to Angolan…

M-CEL APOLOGISES FOR DEFACING WORLD HERITAGE SITE IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique's main mobile phone company, M-Cel, has apologised for defacing the walls of historic monuments on Mozambique Island, off the coast of the northern province of Nampula.The island was the…

Kenya’s CCK extends SIM card registration… again

Mobile phone users who failed to register their SIM cards by the Wednesday deadline will not be disconnected from their network until a legislation to back the action is enacted.…

Undersea cable linking Angola to Brazil may go ahead

Installation of an undersea cable between Brazil and Angola could cost up to US$200 million, the Angolan deputy minister for Telecommunications and Information Technology said in Brasilia Wednesday.Aristides Safeca took…

South Africa: Cloud based PBX adoption rate on the rise

South Africa’s telecoms infrastructure is slowly turning hosted or cloud-based PBXs (private branch interchange) into a viable option for small to medium sized companies. That’s according to Ryan Miles, Itec…

Four cellcos acquire 3G licences in the DRC

Four mobile operators in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have acquired 3G licences, paying USD15 million apiece for the long-awaited concessions. The companies in question are Airtel DRC, Oasis…

Angolan Government Sells Majority Stake in Movicel

The Angolan government has announced the sale of 80% of the country's second largest phone company, Movicel to several companies in one of the country's biggest post-war privatisations. The Reuters…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- About 78 workers of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), including union leaders, were on issued redundancy notices by Transcorp, owners and operators of the corporation, following dwindling fortunes of…

Interconnection charges row heats up in Namibia

Telecom Namibia and Cell One have ganged up against MTC over what they regard as exorbitant interconnection fees charged by MTC. They have appealed to the Namibia Communications Commission (NCC)…

MTN TO PURCHASE CI’S AROBASE IN ANOTHER “BELOW-THE-RADAR” DEAL

Industry sources in Cote d’Ivoire say that MTN has made another acquisition, buying Ivorian SNO Arobase Telecom. Its licence gives it the right to operate all type of national and…

SAFARICOM, VODACOM, MTN GO EAST

Cheaper regional call tariffs could be coming down to Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo following the launch of Vodacom Tanzania's, MTN Uganda's and Safaricom Kenya's integrated network last week. Mobile…

NIGER’S SONITEL OPENS FIBRE RING AND WILL CONNECT TO SAT3

The first section of a high speed fibre-optic network has been opened in the Nigerien capital Niamey, as part of incumbent telco Sonitel’s project to update its network. Ultimately the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Dubai-based Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, Etisalat, said it plans to bid for a 35% stake in state-owned Algeria Telecom.  Algeria's Ministry of Postal Services, Information Technology and Communications will…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- SA Telkom has announced the first roll-out of ADSL in Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Potchefstroom and Welkom. - The Nigerian Second National Operator (SNO) Globacom may be months, perhaps weeks away…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s MTS moves towards attaining its March target for the launch of it First Wireless’ 700,000 voice and data lines and 3,000 kilometers of long distance communication facilities across…

Econet disputes ownership of Zain Nigeria but Zain says it’s “a fantasy”

South Africa-based Econet Wireless is disputing Gulf carrier Zain's ownership of one of its most important operations, a long running legal challenge that has almost no chance of success. However…

IN BRIEF:

- Following numerous public complaints regarding poor quality of communication services experienced at certain locations and times within Ghana, the National Communications Authority (NCA) has intensified its monitoring and evaluation…

Malawi: MACRA revokes G-Mobile Licence

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) on Monday, 20 September 2010 announced that it has revoked the operation licence it gave to Global Advanced Integrated Networks (G-Mobile) after its failure…

Telkom SA quits Multilinks, its Nigerian CDMA operation

Telkom SA is quitting its CDMA operations in Nigeria, Multilinks, due to continued operating losses, despite cost reducing measures taken by the management of the firm to shore up profitability.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

Airtel Kenya is set to roll out its 3G network in April, raising the stakes in the battle for the Internet market. The firm's low cost strategy targets the mass…

Ethiopia: SMS Tech for Health to Launch Next Week

A pilot project to use mobile phones to enable health professionals to collect data, have it analyzed and give feedback is to be launched next week at a projected cost…

South African farmer gets phone calls from his sheep

A South African farmer has equipped his sheep with cell phones to keep a tab on the flock and prevent livestock thefts from his vast farm.Whenever Erard Louw, a Cape…

Nigeria: 63 Percent of Adult Nigerians Use More Than One Phone - Survey

The results of the annual special edition of the telecoms polls released by NOIPolls Limited has revealed that most adult Nigerians who use more than one phone, actually find it…

Supreme Court backs WAT in dispute with the Liberia Telecommunications Authority

The prolonged legal battle involving the state-owned Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) and West African Telecommunications (WAT) over the legitimacy of WAT’s frequency has ended with the Supreme Court of Liberia…

Mascom launches 3G Offering in Botswana

The battle for the small but lucrative mobile business market is set to intensify after Mascom boasted it now had the capacity for "the fastest mobile broadband in Botswana" -…

France Telecom to Invest Sh7bn in Kenya

France Telecom will inject an additional Sh7 billion into Telkom Kenya during the year, as it gears to roll out its mobile phone service under a new platform. Telkom Kenya…

MINISTER ADDS FOUR YEARS TO TELKOM'S LOCAL LOOP MONOPOLY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has effectively handed Telkom another four years of monopoly in the landline telephony market, drawing criticism from analysts who say any further delays will hamper the…

SONATEL AWARDED THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR LICENCE IN GUINEA-BISSAU

France Télécom-owned Senegalese incumbent Sonatel has won the tender to operate the third mobile phone network in Guinea-Bissau, beating off rival bids from four other firms, including US firm Global…

KENYAN PHONE FIRMS WANT TAX CUTS FOR WIDER REACH

Mobile telephone companies, Safaricom and Celtel are asking the Government to reduce taxes to enable them offer cheaper calling rates and tap the rural market. The two competitors are unanimous…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Nigieria, President Olusegun Obasanjo has commissioned the head office complex of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The negotiations for the sale of Zain Group's assets in Africa are frozen, says the Chief Executive Officer of Zain, Kuwait's largest public company. This news came during a…

Telkom South Africa announces expansion plans; licences secured for nine new countries

Telkom South Africa has secured operating licences in east, south and west Africa, the company revealed yesterday, in an interview with IT News Africa. Telkom spokesman Pynee Chetty announced that…

MACRA to introduce converged licences to allow fixed line telcos to enter mobile market

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has revealed that it is formulating a new telecoms licensing regime which would allow fixed telephony service providers to operate full wireless networks. According to a…

South Africa: Icasa to outline local-loop unbundling plan

SA’s telecommunications industry regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), will outline the first steps it intends taking to unbundle Telkom’s local loop at a briefing at its offices…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN Ghana says that it expects to reach the 10 million subscriber base by the end of this month.- Egypt's Mobinil says that the number of customers canceling their…

South African Ambassador Accused of Accepting Bribes from MTN

South Africa's foreign ministry has started an investigation into claims that the country's former Ambassador to Iran took a US$200,000 bribe to help MTN's attempt to secure a mobile license…

Algeria : Algerie Telecom allots DZD 430 mln to improve telecom services in Tamanrasset

For improving telecom services in the province of Tamanrasset, Algerie Telecom has allocated DZD 431 million, which forms part of the project to introduce fibre to a number of municipalities…

Sub-$50 Android smartphone hits South Africa as MTN launches Steppa

South Africa's second largest mobile operator, MTN, has launched an own-brand Android smartphone with dual SIM capabilities and a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. The new phone, which is branded as a…

Goverment Clears Sudan to Use Uganda's Code

The government has cleared South Sudan to continue using Uganda's country code (+256) amid protests from a some MPs, pushing for an end to what they described as impunity. Gemtel…

MTL rolls out CDMA in Malawi in face of US$3 million annual vandalism bill

MTL re-iterated its intention to keep rolling CDMA 2000 fixed wireless units to customers to overcome down-time issues caused by a vandalism bill of US$3 million annually. MTL says it…

Telecom Sector Reform Policy in Full Swing in Liberia

The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has urged stakeholders and the public to cooperate fully with the government and the Liberia Telecommunications Authority to adhere to reform within the telecom…

CONFUSION OVER SIMILAR CALL IDENTITY NUMBERS IN BOSTWANA

Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) may find its decision conflicting with customer interest after it allocated Orange Botswana and Mascom Wireless numbers all start with the 74 number. Mascom started using…

RELIANCE GETS SHOT AT SNO LICENCE DEAL IN KENYA AFTER VTEL CANCELLED

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has cancelled the tender for a second national operator (SNO) awarded to the Vtel Consortium. Commissioner General John Waweru on Friday said wrangling between…

NIGERIAN FEC APPROVES N65 BILLION FOR RURAL GSM

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) ordered the release of N65 billion for the provision of infrastructure that would enhance the roll-out of rural GSM in 576 local government areas across…

HIGH CELLPHONE COSTS CHOKE CAMEROONIAN MARKET

The growth of the cellphone industry in Cameroon is being choked by expensive cellphone handsets, with a motorbike being cheaper than a cellular telephone. A Sony Ericsson P800 costs about…

NIGERIAN CELLPHONE USERS SWITCH OFF IN PROTEST: CAMPAIGNERS CLAIM 80%

Many cellphone users in Nigeria switched off their phones on Friday in protest against poor service and high tariffs charged by mobile networks. The unprecedented action was a response to…

MTN to sell ZAR8.3 billion stake to black investors

MTN South Africa has announced that it will make 4% of its shares available to black South Africans, in the largest empowerment transaction in the telecoms sector to date. The…

Uganda: Essar’s Warid Telecom Cuts Call Charges by Half

According to figures from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for August 2010, Zain has an equal call rate of sh300 for calls from Zain to other networks between 8:00pm and midnight.Orange…

Ghana: Jail sentence given for illegal termination of international calls

Hassan Nonni, a middle aged man believed to be the mastermind behind illegal termination of international telephone traffic in the country has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by an…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Calculateur 28 is a new SMS application operating in Senegal, Gabon and Burkina Faso allowing women to keep track of important dates in their cycles, especially fertility periods.- mHealth…

MTN Kenya drops partners and lays own fibre cable in Nairobi

MTN Kenya has built its own fibre optic cable within Nairobi, dropping two of its four Internet infrastructure providers.The firm has been leasing fibre optic capacity from Kenya Data Network…

New cellular phone operator Altylis Seme Telecom coming soon to Cameroon

According to the La Nouvelle Expression, Cameroon will soon have a new cellular phone service provider. The newcomer will not be the Vietnamese company Viettel which had nabbed the third…

Zimbabwe introduces extra telecoms licence fees

The government has introduced a range of additional licensing costs for privately owned telecoms companies in the country after missing its revenue targets for 2013 by 6%, local news agency…

URA, Warid Lock Horns Over Sh160 Million Court Suit in Uganda

The Commercial Court has stopped the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) from collecting over sh160m and enforcing other tax collections from Warid Telecoms, pending the final determination of its main suit.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria's National Telecommunications operator, Globacom, is collaborating with Benue, Rivers and Bayelsa state governments to provide easy and cheap telephone services in rural areas. - A new satellite system…

Southern Sudan is still using Uganda's Country Code

The information and communication technology minister, Dr. Ham Muliira, has affirmed that South Sudan will soon stop using Uganda's 256 telephone code. The minister, who was last week appearing before…

NEW GSM OPERATOR TO LAUNCH IN GAMBIA

President Yahya Jammeh, will tomorrow, officially inaugurate Comium a new GSM company in The Gambia and a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based but Lebanese-owned company. According to a Comium spokesperson:”Comium Gambia's mobile…

LIBERIA GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW GSM CONTRACTS

Information Minister Lawrence Bropleh has disclosed that the Liberian government is at the moment reviewing all contracts entered into with GSM companies operating in the country. The Information Minister said…

DAVID TRUMPS AREEBA'S 'GOLIATH '

David Andreas Hesse won his last battle in the Ghanaian courts over his claim that his original 6% shareholding stake in Scancom was wrongfully diluted to 2% by an allegedly…

ORASCOM TELECOM’S ALGERIAN OPERATION ORDERS MEDIATION PLATFORM

Algeria’s GSM mobile operator, Orascom Telecom (OTA), has signed a USD2 million contract with Intec Telecom Systems for its InterconnecT billing and Inter-mediatE convergent mediation solutions to enable the GSM…

MAURITIAN CONSUMER ASSOCIATIONS ATTACK NEW TELEPHONE CHARGES

According to L’Express, Mauritian consumer associations are protesting to the regulator ICTA about the new tariff rises. "This rise is exagerrated. If you calculate it on the former ready reckoner…

ICASA withdraws invitation for spectrum applications

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has withdrawn its offer for telcos to apply for radio frequency spectrum licences in the 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz bands. In May the…

Telecoms News – In Brief

- The National Agency of the Communications (ANAC) of Cape Verde has announced that it plans to launch a public tender for three 3G licences and a single 2G (GSM)…

Safaricom On Charm Offensive as Dealers Dither

When Safaricom's new chief executive Bob Collymore took over the reins on November 1, he had very strong words for his firm's dealers. "At a personal level, I will depend…

Ghana: Jail sentence given for illegal termination of international calls

Hassan Nonni, a middle aged man believed to be the mastermind behind illegal termination of international telephone traffic in the country has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by an…

Mobile phones in Africa and Middle East unprotected

Research released by Norton shows that many mobile phones used in the Middle East and African are not secured and locked posing high risk of mobile cybercrime.The reports released by…

Uganda: MTN completed rollout programme for 2013

South African-backed cellco MTN Uganda completed its planned network rollout initiative for 2013, including the deployment of 115 new sites and the upgrade of 406 others, the operator confirmed yesterday.…

Swaziland's SPTC Shuts Down Remaining Wireless Network

After years of legal disputes, the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) has finally shut-down its wireless network. The company was ordered to close its mobile service after it lost…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Communications and Transport Minister, Geoffrey Lungwangwa has said that Government's decision to sell Zamtel is final and cannot be rescinded. He was reacting to the calls by Patriotic Front…

Telecoms Flourish In Strife-Torn Somalia

Telecommunications is one of the rare business successes in strife-torn Somalia, with three major phone companies. The major companies are Hormuud, Nationlink and Telecom, which compete in the field of…

IS UNVEILS TELCO AMBITION IN SOUTH AFRICA

Internet Solutions (IS) is positioning itself to be the country's latest fully-fledged telecommunications operator, says CEO Angus MacRobert, following communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri's budget vote speech last week. Matsepe-Casaburri said…

AFRICAN TELECOM GATEWAY LICENCE COSTS TO COME DOWN AFTER UNCTAD INTERVENTION

The cost of acquiring international gateway licenses by private mobile service providers in Africa is likely to come down following the intervention by UNCTAD, according to senior government officials. Ministry…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- LG Electronics has won a contract organised by the GSM Association to produce a low-cost handset for third generation mobile phone networks. The handset will cost around $100, breaking…

MADAGASCAR GOVERNMENT SELLS STAKE IN FIXED-LINE INCUMBENT

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, Distacom Communications, the parent company of Hong Kong mobile operator Sunday Communications, has invested in Madagascar’s Telecom Malagasy (Telma), to…

COTE D’IVOIRE: ORANGE INCREASES THE CAPACITY OF ITS NETWORK

Cellular provider Orange Cote D’Ivoire has introduced new equipment to add capacity to its network. According to Bernard Clivet, its Director-General the growth of clients in the last ten months…

Rwanda: Tigo's Market Share Up 12 Percent

Tigo Rwanda, a Subsidiary of the Luxembourg based Millicom International Cellular S.A says it has 12 percent of market share within seven months of their launch into the Rwandan market.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Tunis — By late 2010, construction works of a new telecommunication technology centre in Ennahli, delegation of Kalaat Landlous (Governorate of Ariana) will be launched. - Airtel has rebranded the…

Zimbabwe telecoms authorities bans Econet Blackberry pilot project

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has clashed with regulator Potraz (Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe) after it emerged that some of its subscribers and workers were using Blackberry services without…

Six telecoms companies lose their licences in Uganda

Six companies have lost their telecommunication business licenses in Uganda after failing to launch their services within the required time. The affected firms include; Talk Telecom, Mo Telecom, Mara Telecoms,…

SkyVision Acquires Afinis - African VSAT operator - from Monaco Telecom

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd., a global provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fibre optic networks throughout Africa – last week announced that it had acquired Afinis Communication SA from…

Telecoms – In Brief

- Representatives of Orange's Technocentre in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, came to Dakar, Senegal, as part of a tour of several African countries. Orange partnered with Dakar business incubator CTIC to…

Unitel extends pre-paid roaming to Mali

Angolan mobile phone operator Unitel announced that it has extended its pre-paid Camel Roaming service to Mali, in partnership with Orange, reports Jornal de Angola. In November last year, the…

Telecoms – In Brief

-Sierra Leone's Africell has announced that it has 2.25 million active subscribers, and expects to have over 3 million by year end.

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kuwaiti investment firm Noor Financial Company has confirmed it will bid for Egypt's second fixed line licence. The auction is due to be held on 19 June; six other…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Camtel, the national incumbent in Cameroon is struggling with mounting dissatisfactions among it temporary labour force. Several months ago, the company signed an agreement to resolve some of the…

TELKOM KENYA TAKES SECOND STEP TO STOP FINANCIAL BLEEDING BY CUTTING 6,500 STAFF

At the stroke of a pen, Telkom Kenya has laid off 6,500 workers in one of the biggest retrenchment exercises under President Kibaki's Government. When The Standard visited Teleposta Towers…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Globacom has announced plans to introduce to the market Triple Play, a service that offers high speed Internet, television and telephony over a single broadband connection. In the initial…

MAURITANIA BEGINS SECOND STAGE OF LIBERALISATION WITH INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY LICENCES

Mauritania is getting ready for next step towards greater competition. The Government has already sold 51% of Mauritel to Maroc Telecom (owned by France’s Vivendi). It operates a 20 mbps…

MAURITIUS: OUTREMER TELECOM CONTESTS TWO DECISIONS FROM ICTA

Outremer Telecom, a French operator doing international calling to Mauritius, has lodged an appeal over two decisions by the regulator ICTA to the ICT Appeal Tribunal, the first time it’s…

MADAGASCAR COMMISSIONS FIBRE CABLE FEASIBILITY STUDY

Madagascar has awarded an American consortium a 500,000-dollar contract for feasibility studies towards connecting the country with a transcontinental submarine optic fibre cable network, Communication minister Haja Razafinjatovo announced last…

TUNISIANA’S SUBSCRIBERS REACH THE 351,000 MARK END AUGUST

Private sector Tunisian operator Tunisiana (owned by Orascom and Al Watanya) has upgraded its network in the holiday areas of Djerba, Raf-Raf and Hammamet and has hit the 351,000 subscriber…

Etisalat, MTN and Starcomms sign up for Main One fibre cable

Three Nigerian telecoms operators have subscribed to Main One Cable Company’s high capacity fibre-optic cable system, which was launched commercially earlier this week linking West Africa to Europe, Reuters reports.…

Nigeria: Over 3,000 Jobs Under Threat as SMEs Tackle MTN to Stay in Business

Concerned Nigerians and families of contractors who claimed to have done jobs for MTN Communications Nigeria Limited, gathered at Folomo roundabout, Awolowo Way, Ikoyi, Lagos, by the Corporate Headquaters of…

Vodacom moves in to buy Telekom Networks Malawi

South Africa’s Vodacom is in talks to buy a stake in mobile operator Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the Daily Times newspaper said citing unidentified sources.Vodacom, which is majority owned by…

Africa’s hottest entertainment company agrees to support Mobile entertainment Africa

All Amber, the organiser of premier mobile-related events in Africa, last week announced that iROKO Partners, the world’s largest distributor of Nigerian entertainment, will be the Gold Sponsor at this…

Telecel Zimbabwe defaults on licence payment

Telecel Zimbabwe, the country’s second largest mobile company by subscribers, is yet to make payments for the renewal of its telecommunication licence, despite making commitments to do so last year.The…

Vodafone Group raises concerns over Egyptian unified licence plans

Vodafone Group has reportedly said that it could consider international arbitration should the Egyptian government approve legislation under which fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) will gain access to the…

ARTCI confirms Cafe Mobile licence revocation

The Ivorian telecoms watchdog L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications/TIC de Cote d’Ivoire (ARTCI) has confirmed that it is set to revoke the mobile licence held by mobile market minnow Aircom…

RESCUE ATTEMPT ON POORLY PERFORMING TELECENTRES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Dozens of telecentres set up to take telecommunications services to rural areas have been an absolute waste of time and money, says an organisation trying to salvage them. Of 133…

LACK OF TELECOMS HINDERS DEVELOPMENT OF ZAMBIA'S EASTERN PROVINCE

Lack of inadequate telecommunication facilities in the Eastern Province of Zambia is hindering the full realization of the province's economic development potential according to the Export Board of Zambia, writes…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The South African Ministry of Communications last week approved the applications of four telecommunications firms to operate small networks in far-flung, underserviced areas, providing rural communities with new communication…

COMESA PLANS A SH18.4B PHONE SYSTEM TO LINK EASTERN AFRICA

Comesa is promoting the establishment of a regional telecommunications network. Comtel is meant to facilitate increased trade relations within the region. It is the outcome of a study on telecommunications…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenyan mobile phone service provider, Safaricom, has completed a Sh1.6 billion network project covering the entire Mombasa-Nairobi-Busia highway. The network now serves all trading centres and towns along the…

Telecoms News: In Brief

* MTN Uganda, and Chinese telecoms solutions group Huawei, last week announced the launch of their partnership to offer 3.5G services in Uganda. * Algeria’s government has announced that it…

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Tunis — By late 2010, construction works of a new telecommunication technology centre in Ennahli, delegation of Kalaat Landlous (Governorate of Ariana) will be launched. - Airtel has rebranded the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telkom Kenya is to send home more employees as the company restructures and prepares to drop some of the technologies it is using. The 400 employees are in departments…

Kenya: Essar Agrees to Pay KDN in Sh133 Million Row

Mobile phone service provider Essar Telkom has agreed to pay Kenya Data Networks (KDN) Sh25 million upfront and Sh6.2 million in equal monthly instalments to settle a dispute involving Sh133…

Telkom fined for "bullying" competitors

A South African government tribunal has fined Telkom SA US$54.8mn following allegations that the company used its monopoly to “bully” competitorsThe Competition Tribunal of South Africa, which looked at Telkom’s…

Tanzania: TTCL Misses Debt Collection Deadline – Government fails to pay its bills

Tanzania's state owned telco, TTCL has recovered just a third of the outstanding debt it is owned from public organisations and government departments, according to local media reports.The company was…

South Africa: Telkom in talks with MTN on network sharing

A deal between the telecommunications giants could help reduce the cost of wireless business.Telkom shares increased as much as 5.1% and traded 2.8% higher at R33.09 as of 12.02pm in…

Nigeria: NCC Blames Bank Loans For CDMA Operators’ Collapse

The executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Eugene Juwah, has blamed the strings of bad loans from Nigerian banks for the collapse of several CDMA network…

Mobile base tops 7.7 million mark but fixed lines are down in Tanzania

By 30th September 2007, about 7.7 millions Tanzanians had a telephone service according to figures published by the regulator, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA). This is an increase of…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed the receipt of full payment of $400 million by Mubadala Development Company (MDC) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its unified…

UTL UGANDA COMPLETES $5M NGN – THE FIRST IN AFRICA

Uganda Telecom (UTL) completed the implementation of an Internet protocol-based next-generation network (NGN) last week, says Michael Magambo, project development manager for UTL. He says the project cost UTL $5…

SA VANS LICENCE APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW LAW BUT OBLIGATIONS UNCLEAR

Minister of Communications Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has signed into law the value-added network service (VANS) licence fee application process, but the industry is waiting to see what terms and obligations will…

THE AFRICAN WAY OF BUSINESS CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM AS WEITZ QUITS TELEGLOBE

Earlier this month Teleglobe's Executive Vice President and General Counsel Theodore Weitz became the third casualty in recent times of the the USA's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Teleglobe announced that…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* NITEL, last week entered into agreement with Telecom New Zealand on termination of international traffic. * Thuraya has entered the Kenyan market through local franchise holders, Telemedia Communications Limited.…

GHANA TELECOM THREATENS BIG JOB LOSSES IF INTERNATIONAL MONOPOLY BROKEN

Ghana Telecom has has asked the regulator, the NCA to suspend the liberalization of the international gateway for another four years to enable it to fulfill its expansion objective. In…

Africa Telecom People Conference and Awards: Optimism on telecoms tempered by high taxes and degrading regulatory environment

This year’s African Telecom People Conference and Awards on 12 February was held in Paris and as a result was smaller than previous years’ events. Nevertheless, it was an interesting…

Rwanda: Operators tell Government not to compete with them with their national fibre backbone

Telecoms operators in Rwanda have urged the government to stop competing with them in providing telecom services. The government is investing in the national fibre optic cable of 2,300 kilometres…

South Africa: Icasa sets date for unbundling hearings

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has set down a provisional date for hearings on local-loop unbundling, the regulatory intervention that will force Telkom to open its “last mile”…

Namibia: Way Cleared for Leo Takeover

Mobile operator Leo will be granted its service licence in the coming days after it was cleared as having met all regulatory requirements. Leo could not get a licence because…

Liberia to launch HSPA+ network

Liberia’s Cellcom will be launching an HSPA+ network in the country in an effort to improve the internet browsing experience for mobile internet users. The implementation will be the fastest…

New Telecom Company In Equatorial Guinea To Improve Telecommunications Infrastructure

The government of Equatorial Guinea recently launched the first telecommunications infrastructure company, GITGE (Management and Maintenance of Telecommunication Infrastructures organization in Equatorial Guinea), to optimize the national telecommunications service with…

Zambia Delays SIM Card Registration Deadline

Zambia's government has agreed to extend the deadline for SIM Card registration after facing the potential for half the country's mobile phones to be cut-off.The deadline was due to have…

MTN opens service centre at S. Sudan-Uganda border

Mobile telecommunications company, MTN on Friday launched a customer service center at the South Sudan-Uganda border post in order to enhance business and improve communication activities in the region.“Our long…

Guinea: Samsung Donates 3,000 Smartphones for Ebola Fight

Samsung Electronics Company Ltd has announced that the company - through its global headquarters in Seoul, Korea - will donate 3,000 smartphones, worth about $1 million to support the ongoing…

Ghana: Mobile companies unite to say no to airtime tax

Ghana’s mobile network operators have formally rejected government proposals to introduce an airtime tax on all voice calls, as announced by the Finance Minister as part of the 2008 budget…

MWEB TO SLASH THE COST OF CALLS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Internet service provider MWeb has become a direct rival to Telkom by encouraging clients to make cut-price international phone calls over the internet. This is a retail challenge to Telkom…

ICASA ENQUIRY INTO TELKOM'S SAT-3 MONOPOLY AWAITS GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

An enquiry into whether Telkom should be allowed to retain its monopoly on an undersea cable that provides most of SA's international bandwidth is on hold, pending clarification from government.…

NIGERIAN MOBILE MARKET SET TO GROW TO OVER 32M SUBSCRIBERS, SAYS BMI-T

According to ICT market research analyst, BMI-TechKnowledge (BMI-T), Nigeria is set to become one of the major mobile cellular markets in Africa, as the country's gross mobile subscriber base grew…

GUINEA: GOVT TURNS HEAT UP ON SOTELGUI OWNERS TELEKOM MALAYSIA

Guinea's incumbent Sotelgui has suspended sales of pre-paid, mobile phone cards, following near riots after long queues at sales points which have few cards to sell. In the meantime the…

MALAWI MOBILE DELAYS ROLL-OUT BUT CLAIMS STILL "ON TRACK"

Malawi Mobile Limited, the country’s third cellular phone service provider licenced in April 2002, admitted last Wednesday that it has delayed roll-out of its network initially set for January 2003…

Smile Telecom Targets Low Income Earners in Uganda

The launch of Smile Telecom, the seventh mobile telephone operator, has brought a new dimension to the telecom industry in Uganda. Smile is basing its business model on tapping into…

MACRA kicks off tender for fourth mobile licence

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has launched an international tender for a fourth licence to operate mobile phone services in the country, Reuters reports citing spokesperson Zamuziko Makambo. The…

The privatisation of Botswana’s BTC not making speedy progress

The government of Botswana has reaffirmed its goal of privatising incumbent telecoms operator Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), local newspaper The Sunday Standard reports. Presidential Affairs Minister Lesego Motsumi told parliament…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Algerian telecoms regulator Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) has officially invited bids for the country’s first batch of 3G mobile licences. Operators have until…

Nigeria: PDP Asks Court to Revoke MTN’s Licence over access to call records

The Peoples Democratic Party has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for an order to compel the Nigerian Communications Commission to revoke the licence of MTN Nigeria Communications…

Nigeria: Telcos May Drag FG to Court Over N46 Billion Expenditure

Nigerian telecommunication operators may drag the federal government to court by December 2013 if it fails in its promise to improve public power supply. The operators, who have been bearing…

Safaricom takes Airtel to court over Sh0.5 billion debt

Leading mobile network operator Safaricom has moved to court seeking to recover close to half a billion shillings from its rivals for non-payment of termination fees since October together with…

Nigeria's NATCOMS wants fast revival of rural telephony plan

The Nigerian Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) has called for the speedy revival of the rural telephony project. NATCOMS president Deolu Ogunbanjo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that…

Safaricom Airs Displeasure At New Licence Renewal Terms

Safaricom, the dominant mobile service provider in Kenya has aired its displeasure at the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), after being labelled as “non-compliant” and told to pay Sh2.3 billion…

Liquid Telecom builds a satellite hub in South Africa

Liquid Telecom, an independent data, voice and IP provider which services cellular, wireless and fixed line providers, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes in eastern, southern and central…

At Vodacom your voice is your password - a South African security first

Voice biometrics, the practice of using a person's unique voiceprint to provide security access, is gaining traction worldwide and Vodacom has now implemented this technology in South Africa.In a first…

Cell C Voice Heard in MTN Case in South Africa

Cellular operator Cell C has won the right to question MTN when the Competition Tribunal stages hearings into alleged anticompetitive behaviour. MTN will be in the dock for charging a…

WITH NITEL’S STRIKE, BANKS, HOTELS, OTHERS COUNT LOSSES

Many businesses in the country, including banks, hotels and telecommunication operators, have started counting their heavy losses reported to be running into billions of naira incurred as a result of…

EASSY CABLE CONSORTIUM WILL OFFER 20G TO START BUT CAN GO TO 640G

The EASSy cable should go live in 2007 and would meet East Africa's bandwidth needs for several years, said project co- ordinator John Sihra. "The capacity is huge. We will…

GHANA TELECOM LOOKS TO E-COMMERCE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY TO KICK-START RURAL COMMUNICATIONS

A model communication centre developed for rural and peri-urban communities, called eCARE is seen by Ghana Telecom as a way of revolutionising communication in rural areas. eCARE is an acronym…

VODACOM SAYS THAT IT IS STILL INTERESTED IN NIGERIA

  South African-based Vodacom Group disclosed last Monday that in terms of its African strategy, Nigeria is still of interest while adding that it would evaluate other opportunities elsewhere on…

LIBERIA’S PRESIDENT AND MINISTER AT ODDS OVER CELL PHONE LICENCES

Liberia’s President and the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications are at odds regarding over telecoms policy. Post and Telecom Minister Eugene Nagbe said the decision to review the telecommunication industry…

COMPETITION IN MAURITIUS BRINGS TWO LOW COST INTERNATIONAL VOIP SERVICES

For years there’s been no legal VOIP-based international calling services for retail customers and suddenly two come along all at once. Liberalising Mauritius is leading the way for Africa with…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- A South African company this week launched a Linux-based pre-paid electronic voucher solution for the telecoms industry. The company says it opted to develop the product on Linux because…

Zimbabwe: Econet Speaks Out On Sweden SMS mailing sent to Zanu-PF Congress delegates

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has said that it took the highly unusual step last week Thursday terminating its interconnection with a major Swedish telecoms operator after it was established that SMS…

South Africa: Govt gives R1.5 billion for FIFA 2010 telecoms with Telkom the biggest beneficiary

Telkom is the biggest beneficiary of the Department of Communications’ R1.5 billion 2010 telecoms spend. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan today delivered his first budget speech, and it emerged that the…

MDC-T gets into hot water with Econet Zimbabwe for using phone system to give party updates

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited has threatened to terminate any of its lines that MDC-T uses for political reasons in breach of Zimbabwe's laws. The audio service allows individuals to use…

Competition Commission investigates Mauritius Telecom over MyT offering

The Competition Commission of Mauritius (CCM) announced an investigation into Mauritius Telecom’s MyT offering under the Competition Act 2007.MyT is a ‘bundled’ product offering high-speed internet access, TV, international calls…

Egypt minister sees MVNO licences tender within 4 weeks

Egypt will launch a tender for mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licences within four weeks, the country's communications minister said on Tuesday.MVNOs are mobile phone service providers which lease excess…

Liberia: One Million Subscribers for Lonestar MTN

Lonestar Cell MTN Liberia has disclosed that it has exceeded one Million Customers mark as MTN Group announces strong growth performance across its entire Group.The Chief Executive Officer and President…

Telecom Namibia burnt cash in failed Angolan venture

Telecom Namibia has over the past seven years lost more than N$100 million (US$12.4 m) through their investment in Mundo Startel (MST) in Angola, of which it holds 44 per…

MTN’s Liberian unit caught up in Charles Taylor link claim

South Africa-based regional mobile operator MTN Group’s Liberian subsidiary, MTN Liberia (trading under the Lonestar Cell brand), has become embroiled in allegations that it may be a financial vehicle for…

Telecoms - In Brief

- Nigeria's Airtel says that its subscriber base has passed the 25 million mark. The company has been operating for 12 years.-All three of Zambia's mobile networks have raised their…

yuMobile goes ‘mteja’ as rivals eye over 2 million subscribers

Kenya’s third largest mobile phone operator, yuMobile, stares at imminent closure, with more than 240 jobs at risk. And this is really not that surprising given that, the firm, owned…

Big Three GSM operators light up 3G services in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria, Globacom and Celtel Nigeria, the big three GSM operators in Nigeria, have completed the initial phase of network upgrade to deliver third generation (3G) services providing enhanced mobile…

LIBERIA’S GSM MARKET REACHES AN ESTIMATED 200,000 SUBSCRIBERS

An estimated 200,000 Liberians have acquired, and are making use of phones of the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) while thousands others are scrambling for theirs. According to a…

HIGH TAXES HIT MOBILE USAGE IN UGANDA

Uganda's telecommunications industry shrugged off a sharp rise in energy costs and taxes to report buoyant growth in subscriber numbers in 2005, But sources said yields are likely to take…

CELTEL AND TTCL COMPLETE DIVORCE: THE MOTHER WALKS OFF WITH CUSTODY OF THE MOBILE CHILD

Tanzanian fixed line incumbent the Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) and Celtel Tanzania have legally separated, allowing each to administer its own financial and business operations. The government of Tanzania…

ECONET SUES KENYAN MINISTER RAPHAEL TUJU FOR SH79B

Econet Wireless has sued Kenyan Information Minister Raphael Tuju for Sh79 billion for alleged defamation.The mobile phone provider has sued the minister together with three of its partners, Econet Wireless…

SIEMENS SEES TRIPLING OF MOBILE MARKET IN ALGERIA

Siemens Mobile Algeria hopes to triple the number of its facilities installed as well as to triple its number of subscribers. Peter Donnerbaeur, Director General of Siemens Algeria has been…

LIBERIA'S LONE STAR ACCUSES LTC OF CHARGING FOR NON-EXISTENT SERVICES

The General Manager of the Lone Star Communication Corporation (LCC), Hassan Baydoum, has accused the Management of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) of collecting interconnection fees from his company but…

FIRST HOME-PRODUCED ALGERIAN MOBILE PHONE LAUNCHED

The first Algerian mobile, produced by National Telecommunications Company SITEL, has been put on sale on the national market for DA9,000, SITEL General Manager Amine Baghli announced Monday. "The creation…

SÃO TOMÉ AND PRÍNCIPE TO LIBERALISE TELECOMS MARKET

The parliament of São Tomé and Príncipe has approved a bill that will liberalise the country’s telecom market from December 2005. At present CST, a semi-privatised company is the sole…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Econet Wireless Nigeria Limited last week started the implementation of the per second billing system. Econet said the Per Second Billing (PSB) platform was switched on midnight Tuesday. Henceforth,…

Telkom Kenya Begins 3G Trials and pleas for lower licence fee

In a Sh2 billion initial investment, Telkom Kenya has launched trials of its 3G service in Nairobi, but frets over the $25 million license fee, as being out of reach…

Mobile competition ups the game in Botswana with third entrant beMobile

The entrance of a third mobile operator – beMobile (owned by the incumbent BTC) – in 2008 has shaken up what was previously a cosy duopoly and forced all three…

Telkom Kenya secures loan for 3G licence from Government

Reuters reports that Telkom Kenya will get a shareholder loan from the Kenyan government to enable it to pay the USD10 million 3G licence fee. ‘We are giving them a…

Rwanda: RURA Delays Mobile Number Portability

Mobile users in Rwanda will have to wait a little longer to start enjoying Mobile Number Portability (MNP), a service that allows subscribers of one network to migrate to another…

Nigeria: Agency Seals Airtel Base in Nasarawa

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) yesterday sealed off a base station in Tundun Amba area of Lafia, Nasarawa State over environmental violations after pre-sanction notice.Alhaji Abdusalami…

Telecoms News - In Brief

On the back of the successful launch of the R5 recharge voucher, and with the reduction in airtime margins and prepaid tariffs, MTN has launched a R2 airtime voucher, in…

Tanzania - 6Telecom inaugurates new Metro Network

Tanzanian fixed line operator Six Telecoms Company (6Telecom) has launched a new Metro Network in the country, targeting the corporate user segment. 6Telecom is looking to offer business users improved…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Zimbabwean fixed line operator TelOne has issued a statement saying that at least 48% of its network is running on an old analogue system. The company says that it…

Telecel switches off 100,000 unregistered SIM cards

Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile phone operator by subscriptions Telecel has switched off nearly 100,000 lines after the country’s telecoms regulator issued a directive ordering players to disconnect unregistered lines.Responding to…

Telecoms – In Brief

- A long-running legal dispute between Vietnam’s military-backed Viettel Group and Cameroon-based Bestinver Asset Management has been resolved, Agence Ecofin reports, paving the way for Viettel Cameroon to enter the…

Millicom Wins Third Telecoms Licence in Rwanda

Millicom International Cellular S.A has emerged the preferred bidder for Rwanda's third national telecoms licence against Telecel Globe Ltd (Orasom’s new Sub-Saharan vehicle), Zain and Larrycom-Expresso. The deal has been…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The phenomenal growth in Nigerian telecoms sector continues as subscriber base peaked at 46.2 million at the end of third quarter of the year. The nation's teledensity, considered the…

EQUANT SAYS OPTIMISM ON SNO PRICES 'WAS NAIVE' IN SOUTH AFRICA

France Telecom-owned Equant is disappointed that the arrival of the second network operator (SNO) seems unlikely to do much to cut the cost of national voice and data traffic. Equant…

CELTEL INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES US$7 MILLION TECHNICAL CENTER IN KINSHASA

Celtel International, has launched a 7 million USD state of the art Technical Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This new infrastructure will serve as a technical hub for…

NIGERIA CLAIMS TO HAVE SAVED USD6 MILLION WITH TELECOMS PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT

Not less than six million US dollars (N850m) has been saved in terms of foreign exchange with Federal Government’s effort to develop manpower in the telecommunications sector within the last…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has less efficient fixed line operations and poorer quality service than its counterparts in neighbouring countries, according to a study by the Botswana Institute for…

ZTE TO ESTABLISH CELL PHONE RECHARGE CARD FACTORY IN NIGERIA

  Leading Chinese telecom firm, ZTE, has completed arrangements to establish a cell phone and recharge card manufacturing plant in the country by January next year. Already, arrangements have been…

TELECOMS LIBERALISATION TO SPARK CALL CENTRE BOOM IN CAPE TOWN

The telecommunications liberalisation announced last week will create a boom for the Western Cape’s already vibrant call centre market, predicts Luke Mills of industry development agency CallingtheCape. The announcement by…

CALL CENTRES SET TO BE GRADUATE CAREER OF CHOICE

Cape Town’s call centre industry is set to create at least 1,000 new jobs this year, according to Luke Mills, Executive Director of specialist development agency Calling the Cape. There…

KENYA’S CCK LICENSES LOCAL LOOP OPERATORS

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) last week launched a strategy to licence local loop operators (LLO) in order to increase access to fixed telephone lines. The facility is expected…

Mobile Telephony Growth pace slows down in Botswana

The mobile telephony market continues to grow albeit at a slightly slower pace due to the global economic recession. Figures availed by the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) show that the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- African operators scooped many of the prizes at the GSMA 15th Annual Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona this week. The list includes: Best Mobile Money Service Safaricom – M-PESA…

Glo Mobile To Quit Ghana?

Nigeria’s Glo Mobile says it intends to pull out of Ghana, an authoritative source close to the company has disclosed. This source told the Daily Graphic that it has decided…

Telecoms News: In Brief

* South Africa’s Telkom lost nearly 200,000 fixed line subscribers over the past 12 months, a trend which is accelerating.* Nigeria-National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, NESREA declared war…

Maroc Telecom’s customer base up 19% in 2010; revenues climb 4.3%

Moroccan mobile, fixed and broadband group Maroc Telecom’s consolidated subscriber base grew by 19% in 2010 to reach 26 million customers, the company announced this week. With operations spread across…

Kenya: Technical Hitch Locks Out Airtel Subscribers

Airtel customers suffered a network outage last week. The outage affected calls originating from Airtel and sending SMS, though some calls from other networks and international calls were able to…

Wasace super cable appoints contractors and looks for finance

The company behind the planned 40Tbit/s Wasace cable says the African leg of the submarine system will be ready for service in early 2014. And it's coming to SA. The…

Expresso JV Dolphin Telecom to land ACE cable in Nigeria

Dolphin Telecom, a global communications carrier and operator of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system in West Africa, has announced at the NigeriaCom conference and exhibition that…

Tanzania: Helios Towers Subsidiary Steps Up Tanzania Services

Dar es Salaam — Telecoms infrastructure firm, Helios Towers, has launched a new service that they say guarantees high-quality and dependable telecoms networking in the country.Speaking during the launch last…

CcHUB Publishes New Report On How Blue-Collar Nigerians Use Their Phone

Nigeria has the largest mobile phone user base in Africa. It boasts 142 million active lines and over 167 million phones in the country. Active mobile internet subscription has grown…

Angola Telecom to invest $2.4 bln to boost network

State-owned Angola Telecom is preparing to invest $2.4 billion by 2013 to boost the fixed-line fibre network in Angola, Chief Executive Joao Manuel said on Tuesday. The investment will include…

Zambia to Privatise Zamtel

Zamtel will be partly privatised in about four months time to save it from total collapse, Communications and Transport Minister, Dora Siliya said last week. Addressing Zamtel workers at the…

AFRITEL VS TELECOM NAMIBIA

The arbitration hearing between Africa Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (Afritel) plaintiff and Telecom Namibia (TN) defendant which began in Windhoek Namibia on 4 July 2005 will continue in July 2006. The…

ZIMBABWE NETONE IN DRIVE TO REDUCE CONGESTION

The network congestion currently besetting Net- One mobile phone service provider is a direct and unfortunate result of the well-intententioned setting-up of 37 base stations in rural areas to reduce…

BURKINA FASO: PROTEST MOVEMENT GATHERS AFTER ARREST OF YOUNG PHONE CARD SELLERS

Young pre-pay phone card sellers gathered for a demonstration on avenue Kadiogo in Ouga, demanding to know why their colleagues had been arrested by the CRS. Although the demonstration was…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- BulkSMS.com claims to have taken a lead in the South African mobile market by providing discounted bulk SMS services for community services. The service is called Community.BulkSMS.com and aims…

TANZANIA: NEW TELECOM REGIME TO INTENSIFY COMPETITION

The new licensing regime to be adopted by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), is likely to promote effective competition as more players would participate in the industry. Presenting a…

NIGERIA TO LAUNCH NIGCOMSAT-1 IN 2006

Nigeria will launch its information and communication satellite, "NIGCOMSAT-1" in 2006.The communication satellite, when launched, would help to improve telecommunication services in the country.It would also address a broad array…

ZIMBABWE’S POTRAZ TO CRACK DOWN ON USE OF ISM BAND

Defiant companies operating on the Industrial Scientific and Medical (ISM) band have been ordered to abandon the practice forthwith, with some facing prosecution.Sources told The Financial Gazette this week that…

MOROCCO’S REGULATOR CHOOSES ADVISERS FOR FIXED LINE SELL-OFF

After a pause of several months, it seems that the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector is moving again. After asking for proposals at the beginning of the year, the Moroccan…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Banque Populaire du Rwanda (BPR) will introduce mobile banking next year, the bank's top official said. Ben Kalkman, BPR's CEO said that the new product will enable the bank's…

MTN’s Head of Mobile Money in Uganda calls for lighter regulation for small transactions

Richard Mwami, head of MTN Mobile Money in Uganda, questioned the necessity for operators to gather ID information from customers who make only small transactions, a current feature of banking…

Nigeria: Regulator NCC says is responsible for Base Station regulation

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission Engr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah has emphasized the need for cooperation among all the regulatory agencies in the country to ensure interest…

Ghana Gives Subscribers Another Month to Register SIM Cards

Ghana's telecoms regulator has given mobile subscribers an additional month to rectify incomplete SIM card registration data before their accounts are cut off.Last Saturday marked the end of the deadline…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Following the rejection of its initial bid by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MinCom), Tunisiana has been awarded licences for fixed line and 3G mobile operations. The…

Airtel Zambia, Zamtel networks collapse

Widespread network disruptions have been experienced in Zambia this week following the collapse of Airtel and Zamtel networks.Airtel Zambia, the country’s largest network, has said that it has been having…

Nigeria licenses additional spectrum as it moves to increase broadband access

The completion of a recent spectrum auction in Nigeria represents a big step forward for the mobile broadband networks. However, given the challenges and costs of maintaining the infrastructure for…

Onlime launches services on Yamal, increases KU capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Aerzen, 15 September 2014: Onlime announced signing of the contract during the IBC event in Amsterdam with Gazprom Space Systems taking capacity on Yamal-402 satellite to increase Ku offering addressing…

Tigo launches bid to become biggest 4G network in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, TIGO Tanzania has launched a brand new 4G LTE technology that it claims will make it the biggest and fastest Internet network in the country. Speaking…

New Uganda interconnection rates could open market

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is set to regulate the interconnection fees that players in the mobile telecommunications sector pay when they carry traffic from other operators. A fixed interconnection…

MTN Uganda To Introduce Seamless Network

MTN Group is to introduce a seamless roaming facility for all its 21 operations in Africa and the Middle East by mid-2009, a statement from the group said. The seamless…

INTERNATIONAL CALLING PRICE FALLS SPREADING ACROSS EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

Dramatic international pricing falls are beginning to sweep across the continent as the dam finally breaks. News Update has reported recently 16 cents a minute to the USA from Nigeria…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company has signed a contract with France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications (FTMSC) under which the latter will provide it with mobile satellite services in Algeria. The…

SOUTH AFRICA SNO 'WILL BOOST ECONOMY WITH CHEAPER CALLS’

Deregulation and the licensing of the second network operator (SNO) to rival Telkom should have a "visible impact on prices" over the next few years, newly appointed SNO MD Ajay…

MALAWI GOVT'S CANCELLATION OF PRIVATISATION THREATENS CREDIBILITY OF PRIVATISATION COMMISSION

The cancellation of the sale of the country's telecommunications giant, Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) has thrown the whole privatisation process in disarray with the Privatisation Commission (PC) unsure of the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- One of the world’s oldest living alphabets could make its debut soon on mobile phones, Ethiopian scientists said last Thursday. In groundbreaking research, the ancient script of Ethiopic, which…

BENIN: OPT AND POLICE ARREST IBO LINE TRAFICKER IN BOHICON

OPT telephone lines at Bohicon in the Zou district have been targeted by line traffickers who are using them to offer calls that they do not pay for. An enquiry…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Angolan Council of Ministers has approved the regulatory framework for interconnection between networks and services and the publicly owned telco. The regulatory framework establishes an interconnect regime in…

ERICSSON AND ECONET SIGN USD 110 MILLION EXPANSION CONTRACT IN NIGERIA

Ericsson and Econet Wireless Nigeria have signed a GSM expansion contract valued at USD 110 million. When completed, the expansion will result in greater geographic coverage for the operator and…

WATRA seeks to lower call tariffs across West Africa

The West African Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly (WATRA) an association of telecommunications regulators in West Africa is poised to put necessary infrastructure in place to ensure that call cost within the…

MTN to launch app store as dynamics of mobile shift

MTN wants to become a serious force to be reckoned with in the mobile content and application space, with plans to launch an app store and offer digital music downloads…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Uganda’s telecoms watchdog, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has launched a SIM registration programme intended to reduce phone-based crime. Wireless subscribers have until 1 March 2013 to register their…

Mobilis, Nedjma, Djezzy approved for 3G auction

Algeria’s telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (ARPT) held a public bid opening for the award of 3G licences in Algeria on 15 September 2013, in the…

Vodafone Egypt Deploys Telsis Mobile Assistant

Advanced call screening service for high ARPU users goes live with Africa’s largest networkVodafone Egypt has become the largest mobile operator in the world to deploy Telsis Mobile Assistant –…

Vodacom superfast 4G is a first for SA

Vodacom has unveiled the next development in 4G technology, capable of downloading an entire 1Gb movie in less than a minute. This is the first time that this has been…

Zimbabwe: Telecel Shut Down

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) yesterday cancelled Telecel Zimbabwe's licence as a mobile network provider, giving it 30 days to wind down operations.Potraz said Telecel had…

Nigerias’ Telecoms operators risk licence revocation over unapproved adverts

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) may revoke the operating licence of companies that fail to obtain the necessary approvals for their advertisements and promotional messages under new rules unveiled weekend…

Tanzania predicting 25% growth in telecoms by mid-2009; awards new licences

The director general of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), John Nkoma, says he expects the country will be home to 13 million fixed and mobile telephone connections by mid-2009,…

Sotelma is finally up for privatisation in Mali

Mali’s Government has published a call for tender for the privatisation of the Société des Télécommunications du Mali ("Sotelma"). Below is an extract of the call. The Government of the…

Transcorp TO INVEST US$1 BILLION IN NITEL AND MTEL

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), new owners of Nigeria Teleco-mmunications (NITEL) and its GSM arm, Mobile Telecommunication (MTEL), has unveiled the strategies to be adopted in returning the companies to…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Both of Senegal’s mobile brands, Alize and Tigo have launched GPRS pilots. Alize went over to a pay-for service from Tuesday of last week. 1000 customers have been testing…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Wataniya Telecom Kuwait reported last week that its Algerian mobile arm has signed up a million GSM users, achieving its end-year target more than four months early. Wataniya Telecom…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* NITEL and Nigeria's private telecommunications operators acting under the aegis of Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators in Nigeria have sealed a new interconnection rate deal. According to the new…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecom Egypt and Ericsson have signed a contract for the supply of a multi-service network in Egypt in the region of Alexandria. The new network will provide both traditional…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Burkina Faso’s Onatel is reducing its local rates. It will now cost FCFA50 for 2 minutes instead of FCFA 60 for 3 minutes. Inter-urban calls will be reduced by…

UGANDA TELECOM DEPLOYS ENTERPRISE STORAGE SOLUTION FROM NETWORK APPLIANCE AND IP PLANET

Network Appliance, Inc and IP Planet, last week announced that Uganda Telecom has chosen NetApp and IP Planet to deploy its disaster recovery and business continuance solutions. The solutions enable…

Burundi Signs Accords for Development of a National Fiber Optic Telecommunications Backbone

Burundi Backbone System Company SM (BBS), a joint venture between local telecommunications operators, has agreed with SETIC (Executive Secretariat for Communications and Information Technologies) and the ARCT (Burundi’s telecoms regulator)…

Telecoms News - In Brief

Portugal Telecom (PT), the largest telecommunications provider in Portugal, regards Africa as "a priority" and Mozambique as "a strategic market", according to the company's Chief Executive Officer, Zeinal Bava. Speaking…

Nigeria: NATCOMS to Institute Legal Action against Telecoms Operators over QoS

The National Association of Telecoms Subscribers (NATCOMS) has chosen to take the last option of instituting court action against MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat, after all negotiations failed.NATCOMS said it…

Telecel to introduce on-net video calling, a first from Telecel

According to information gathered from our sources, Telecel Zimbabwe is set to launch Video Calling Services for its subscribers today. This will be the first time any local network operator…

Zambia’s Zamtel Set to Roll Out LTE Nationwide by 2015

The Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) plans to roll out its LTE network countrywide next year following successful trials. The company said it is currently pre-testing the 4G network in readiness…

Macra seeks public views on proposed licence for Lacell

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) is seeking public views on the proposed licence to Lacell Private, which intends to provide telecommunication services in the country. The regulator also published…

Botswana’s telecommunications market outlook is bright

The mobile market in Botswana has expanded, rising from zero in 1998 to 1.7 million subscribers as at the end of November 2008. A recently conducted market study into the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Warid Telecom looks set to get a licence in Cote d’Ivoire, bring the total number of operators to seven. - The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has…

Botswana to Commence Registration of Pre-paid Mobile Phones

The registration of pre-paid mobile subscribers will begin on 15 September 2008. This was determined by the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) after due consultations with the three Public Telecommunications Operators…

Billing System Failure Costs ETC WELL Over 14min Birr

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) last week disclosed that it had encountered serious problems with its billing system. Amare Amsalu, ETC's CEO, told journalists at a press conference held at…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Celtel Kenya launched a flat tariff of Sh24 per minute across all networks for its prepaid subscribers James Naikuni, the company's strategy and research manager, said the new tariff,…

SOUTH AFRICA - SNO GETS ITS LICENCE AT LAST

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) says it has high expectations of the second national operator (SNO). ICASA councillors officially handed over the Public Switched Telecommunications Service (PSTS)…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* MTN Uganda has announced that it has installed its 2,000th public phone under its Village Phone scheme. The programme is aimed at extending telephony services to rural communities across…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Mali's Sotelma has launched a new product in its continuing war with its competitor Ikatel, Mali's SNO and mobile operator. The new service is called Ilafia and offers a…

Telecoms News - In Brief

-  Chairman of Orascom Telecom Naguib Sawiris, expects the company subscriber growth rate to fall at least 50% to 60% in 2004, from about 79% in 2003. - TeleAccess (Zimbabwe)…

MOZAMBIQUE REGULATOR MAY INTERVENE IN VODACOM INTERCONNECT DISPUTE

Mozambican Transport Minister Tomas Salomao said last week that, if the South African mobile phone company Vodacom is unable to reach agreement on inter-connection charges with the Mozambican public telecommunications…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecommunication companies have struck a deal with the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to increase charges for calls made by mobile phone users, Sunday Monitor has learnt. According to sources…

Telecoms - In Brief

- Comium Liberia, which was taken over by new investors in July 2012, has announced that it has relaunched under the ‘Novafone’ banner, with coverage of around 85%-90% of the…

Smart launches telecom services in Tanzania

Smart has launched its services in Tanzania, becoming the eighth operator in the country. Smart joins Zantel, Airtel, Vodacom, Tigo, TTCL, Sasatel and Benson in the provision of telecommunications services…

Orange Senegal launches LTE pilot trial in Saly

On 20 September 2014 Orange Senegal, the wholly owned subsidiary of Senegalese incumbent Sonatel, announced the latest phase of its on-going LTE deployment, launching a pilot trial in Saly, in…

Telecoms – In Brief

Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire MTN Communications (MTN), a  provider of communications and content for remote locations around the world.

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA), an agency of the Lagos State Government, empowered to regulate telecom masts and cable laying, has taken steps to put…

Cell One cleared Over Trustco Mobile activities in Namibia

The communication regulator and Cell One have smoked the peace pipe over the operations of Namibia’s Trustco Mobile. The Namibia Communication Commission (NCC) has, however, asked Cell One and Trustco…

Red Tape Obstructs MTC's Growth in Namibia

Bureaucratic red tape and long-winded approval procedures meant it took one and a half years for MTC to get the nod for a new base station in Katutura, which then…

NIGERIA:NITEL EMPLOYEES GO TO COURT TO TRY AND STOP SAT3 SPIN-OFF

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja last week gave an interim order stopping the Federal Government from going ahead with the privatisation of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL). Bidding…

SWAZILAND'S SPTC FIGHTS COLLAPSE ON TWO FRONTS WITH RELAUNCH OF FIXED LINE

This week saw the Swazi incumbent SPTC relaunch its fixed line product as it struggles to retain customers against the much larger mobile operators. It is also absorbing the consequences…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- SA’s MTN has launched its CorporateMobility solution through wireless data provider (WDP) MTN Network Solutions, to provide connectivity between a company’s mobile workforce and its back-end system. - Nigeria’s…

ANGRY CUSTOMERS BESIEGE GHANA TELECOM CUSTOMER SERVICE POINT

A group of angry customers last Wednesday mounted a demonstration against Ghana Telecom for poor services which had worsened over the past few months. Workers at one of its customer…

Senegal’s ARTP finally invites bids for a unified licence to compete with Sonatel

After a three year wait, Senegal’s regulator ARTP has finally announced the tender for bids for a unified licence to compete with the present incumbent, France Telecom-owned Sonatel. The incumbent…

Telecoms – In Brief

-  Yozma Timeturns, which was granted a concession to operate within the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) wireless sector in July 2009 – but did not actually receive any frequencies…

PCCW Global and Telma collaborate to greatly improve connectivity into and out of Madagascar

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, and Telma the number one national telecommunications operator in Madagascar, have signed the first international MPLS…

Stolen Handsets Could Be Blocked Throughout West Africa

The National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) Tuesday said that it would soon introduce an anti-theft device that will render any stolen telephone handset unusable within the West African sub-region.…

Mbeki Brokers $60m Benin Deal for MTN

MTN has agreed to pay a licence fee of $60m to have its network reconnected in Benin in a settlement brokered by President Thabo Mbeki and Benin's President Thomas Boni…

MTN Signs Interconnect Agreement With Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria

MTN Nigeria, has signed an interconnect agreement with Nigeria's first interconnect exchange, Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria Limited. At the signing ceremony which took place at MTN's Corporate Headquarters in Lagos, Admiral…

VIRGIN MOBILE INKS LONG-AWAITED DEAL WITH SOUTH AFRICA’S CELL-C

The Virgin Group and South Africa’s Cell C network announced the long-awaited formation of a joint venture last week. The company is expected to be launched during the first half…

MILLICOM CHAD SELECTS INTELSAT TO PROVIDE CELLULAR BACKHAUL SERVICES

Intelsat today announced that it has signed a long-term, multi-million dollar contract with Millicom International Cellular SA (Millicom), Chad's newest mobile operator, to provide cellular backhaul services to multiple locations…

MTN UGANDA SIGNS WITH GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL WHOLESALE SERVICES

As a signal of the growing importance of cellularnetworks within Africa, Gateway Communications, a provider of wholesale international voice and data services throughout Africa and the Middle East, and MTN,…

Exit Algeria’s SNO claiming unfair competition pushed it out – regulator ARPT denies the charge

Algeria’s Post and Telecommunications Regulation Authority (ARPT) has denied accusations that it has helped cause heavy losses at the country’s second national fixed line licensee, Lacom. Lacom’s part-owner, Telecom Egypt,…

Smart Telecom Burundi launches SMART 3G network

Mobile network operator Smart Telecom Burundi (formerly Lacell SU) launched its new 3G service on 5 September in and around the capital Bujumburo, according to its website. The operator’s ‘Smart…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Reuters is reporting that the auction for the second fixed line licence in Egypt has been postponed. A date of 18 September has been given for the auction, with…

Egypt to auction 2nd fixed-line licence on June 19

Egypt's telecoms regulator said last Sunday it would auction a second fixed-line licence on June 19, bringing Egypt one step closer to ending state-run Telecom Egypt's fixed-line monopoly. In an…

Nigeria’s Mtel Plans 3.3m Lines for Next Year

Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mtel, Ladi Williams, has announced plans by the new management of the company to raise its subscriber base from 750,000 to about 3.3 million…

Kenyan police seize stolen copper cable bound for China

Detectives investigating theft of telephone and electricity cables have impounded three containers with copper wires destined for China. The wires are suspected to have been stolen from Telkom Kenya and…

GHANA: GHANA TELECOM AND AREEBA SETTLE INTERCONNECT DISPUTE

The Acting Director of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Major John Ray Tandoh (Rtd.), has disclosed that the interconnectivity problem between Ghana Telecom (GT) and Areeba has been resolved. It…

MALAWI TELECOM SALE TO GO AHEAD AT US$30 MILLION AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED

The Malawi Privatisation Commission (PC) last Tuesday announced Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) will be sold at $30 million. The figure falls short of the previous $30.7 million price which many…

Mobile Number Portability Billed for Early Implementation in Ghana

The concept of Mobile Number Portability could witness an early implementation as frantic efforts are being put in place. The Minister of Communication, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu has stated that the…

Rwanda’s Government is Looking for Buyers for Rwandatel

The government of Rwanda is planning to sell 70 percent of its stake in the now state owned phone operator Rwandatel after taking back ownership from Terracom."Privatisation Secretariat invites internationally…

Nigeria: NCC approves five operators to disconnect Zoom Mobile over interconnect debt

The Nigerian Communications Commission last week issued a disconnection notice to Zoom Mobile, a CDMA network operator, over interconnect indebtedness to five other rival telecoms operators in the country.At the…

Telecoms – In Brief

Mobile operator Vodacom is preparing to extend its network coverage to two underserved central provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), BizTechAfrica reports. The cellco is set to deploy…

Airtel deploys 4G/LTE network in Seychelles with Ericsson

Airtel has partnered with Ericsson to deliver a new, nationwide LTE 800 MHz network and to meet growing customer demand for mobile broadband services while delivering superior network performance. This…

Vodacom plans ZAR2.5 billion move into business market in South Africa

It is not going to be easy taking on the likes of parent Telkom, but Vodacom believes it can restructure the connectivity market. The cellular operator revealed this weekend that…

Portugal Telecom’s new African subsidiary plans expansion in Kenya and Nigeria

Following Portugal Telecom’s recent announcement that it has set up an African subsidiary and sold 22% of its shares to Nigerian VC company Helios, Balancing Act’s Selma Faria spoke to…

Spectrum split ‘must be bolder’, says Siemens

Regulatory bodies must make bolder decisions when allocating radio spectrum to cellular network operators to create a clearer path for evolution. Spectrum is fought over by cellular networks, television broadcasters,…

ZIMBABWE: GOVT MAY CANCEL TELECEL'S LICENCE, OUST ITS CHAIRMAN

After withdrawing a licence for the country’s second fixed telephone network, TeleAccess, the Zimbabwean government has turned the spotlight on third cellular operator Telecel Zimbabwe. The state is mulling a…

ERICSSON LANDS THREE CONTRACTS FROM INVESTCOM

Ericsson has received three contracts in West Africa from the international operator Investcom LLC., which leads its operations in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Ericsson will have to deliver…

KENYAN GOVT SACKS TELKOM’S CHESEREM AND APPOINTS WAWERU

As predicted the Kenyan Government has appointed new faces at Kenya Telkom. John N Waweru becomes Managing Director and Ndolo Ayah, Chair of the Board. Waweru was a former telco…

NIGERIAN GSM OPERATORS BLAME POOR SERVICE QUALITY ON AREA BOYS

GSM operators, have blamed the poor quality of service noticeable on their networks partly on the activities of criminals known as the "Area Boys". Responding to the Nigeria Communications Commission’s…

Local loop unbundling: South Africa’s SNO keeps the pressure on

Telecoms provider Neotel has called on the market to continue putting pressure on the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to implement local loop unbundling (LLU), arguing that it is…

Lebanese-owned Spectrum invests in Gamtel and puts in Detecon to manage

Gambia’s Department of State for Communications and Information Technology has approved an investment in the country’s incumbent Gamtel and its mobile subsidiary Gamcel.Little is known about the Lebanese-owned Spectrum that…

Kenya: 4.4 Million fake handsets subscribers to be switched off

About 4.4 million mobile phone subscribers may lose their lines following a directive by the Communications Commission of Kenya to the operators to block handsets that are "unknown" on their…

Alliance for Affordable Internet welcomes Ghanaian government’s moves to cut mobile phone taxes

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has welcomed Ghana’s commitment to scrap hefty import duties on smartphones. The Ghanaian government, which recently joined A4AI, has announced these first steps in…

Rwandans Switch to Vodacom Tanzania

As mobile telephone subscribers search for cheaper and affordable call tariffs, scores of people in the eastern province of Rwanda have subscribed to Vodacom Tanzania. The strong signals the company…

Fears for Fate of Safaricom IPO As Kenyan Cabinet Delays Key Approval

Vodafone Plc of the UK, joint venture partners with Telkom Kenya in Safaricom Ltd, has expressed fears that delays by the Kenyan Cabinet in approving a critical agreement that must…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya has a growing shortage of qualified telecommunication engineers. Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph said that the mobile phone operator has been forced to hire additional engineers from the United…

CABO VERDE TELECOM'S MONOPOLY ENDS JANUARY 2006 AS CAPE VERDE UNILATERALLY LIBERALIZES

Cape Verde telecommunications market is about to witness a revolution. The monopoly of incumbent Cabo Verde Telecom on international communications will end on 1st January 2006. Following four months of…

MALI: FIXED LINE INCEMBENT SOTELMA ROLLS OUT CDMA 2000 IN BAMAKO

Mali's Sotelma is soon going to implement a CDMA 2000 network that it hopes will replace much of its existing infrastructure, particularly at the local loop level. This new infrastructure…

TITAN ADMITS MAKING USD3.5M PAYMENTS TO BENIN PRESIDENT'S BUSINESS ADVISER AND ELECTION CAMPAIGN TO BUY OPT

US military and intelligence contractor Titan has been fined USD28m for paying a USD2m bribe to the 2001 re-election campaign of President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin to secure the purchase…

VODACOM DENIES PULLING OUT OF MOZAMBIQUE

The South African company Vodacom has denied reports that it is abandoning the Mozambican mobile phone market, and will not use the licence that it was granted last year. The…

BAD NEWS CROWDS IN ON KENYA TELKOM WITH UNPAID BILLS AND SYSTEM FAILURE

It proved a particularly bad week for Kenya Telkom whose future has yet to be decided by the new Kenyan government: - It revealed that it is owed a massive…

Merger of the Broadcasting Council and the Uganda Communications Commissions

The Uganda Communications Commission and the Broadcasting Council have been merged into one regulatory body that will oversee both communication and broadcasting matters in the country. The new policy directive…

IN BRIEF:

- In Kenya, the Government will introduce a rural access fund to speed up telecommunication growth. The percentage has not been decided yet but an IDRC study it was suggested…

Consumer watchdog takes on mobile operators in South Africa

National Consumer Comissioner Mohlala served the companies with compliance notices on Wednesday after they refused to sign consent orders acknowledging their contracts did not comply with the Consumer Protection Act…

South Africa: MTN Big Data Sale to be extended

MTN said that it plans to extend its Big Data Sale, which offers massive discounts on mobile data products, to 30 September 2013. This sale was set to expire on…

60% of the Zimbabwean population connected on mobile: POTRAZ

Despite having an “over-subscribed” mobile penetration rate of 106%, POTRAZ estimates that only 60% of the Zimbabweans are actually on mobile device or have multiple-active mobile SIM cards (Unique subscriber…

Visafone has launched full commercial operations in Nigeria

Visafone launched operations across Nigeria in 12 states and over 40 cities including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The telecoms operator, which is the newest and wholly-owned Nigerian mobile phone…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Orange, the mobile brand of France Telecom is rolling out a new network in the Central African Republic for an initial investment of €20 million. According to CEO, Bruno…

SA GOVT DECIDES TO KEEP ESKOM'S NETWORK ASSETS TO PROVIDE COMPETITION TO TELKOM

On the face of it, the plan by Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin to keep Eskom's telecommunications infrastructure within state hands and lease it to the second national phone operator…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Cameroon work is being carried out by the Committee on Production and Trade will be to amend and supplement some provisions of Law N° 98/14 of 14 July…

MOROCCO: ANRT GIVES MEDI TELECOM PROPER ACCESS TO SEA-ME-WE 3

The Moroccan Telecommunication regulator, ANRT (agence de regulation des telecommunications) has recently taken 2 decisions regarding conflicts between Itissalat Al Maghrib (Maroc Telecom) and Medi Telecom. The first decision relates…

CELTEL WALKS OUT ON TTCL - IT MAY BECOME CARRIER'S CARRIER

The privatised Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) will revert to government management in the next three months following failure by Celtel to fulfil its obligations. Sources in Dar es Salaam…

MINISTER HIGHLIGHTS FURTHER LIBERALISATION IN VISIT TO CI TELECOM

Ivorian Minister of Information and Technology Hamed Bakayoko paid an official visit to Cote D’Ivoire Telecom. He was enthused by the new connection to the SAT3 cable and announced that…

SA’S MTN TO OFFER PHONE SERVICE TO TRANSNET

State-owned transport group Transnet has forged a new agreement with MTN whereby the cellular operator will provide cellphone services to the group. The move is important in the light of…

Telecoms News - In Brief

  - The South African Communications Department plans to conduct a study in the coming financial year on the feasibility of introducing a fourth cellphone operator. Communications chief financial officer…

Telephone Identification - Subscribers Given Period of Grace in Cameroon

Clients who have not yet identified their telephone numbers have up to July 10 to do so. Owning a mobile telephone is a pride for many Cameroonians. Mado L. who…

Vodacom chief advocates ‘open access’ rural network in South Africa

In an interview with Tech Central, Vodacom group CEO Pieter Uys has urged South African telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to consider using the 800MHz…

Zambia waives duty tax on GSM equipment

The Government has passed a Statutory Instrument (SI) which suspends duty on taxes related to all active and passive Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) telecommunications equipment.The ministries of  Finance…

Tanzania imposes 14.5% excise duty on telecom services

The Tanzanian government has imposed a 14.5 percent excise duty on telecommunication services from 01 July. According to the Mobile Operators Association of Tanzania (MOAT), excise duty currently only applies…

SCC to award Swaziland’s second mobile licence to Viettel by end-2015

Stan Motsa, acting chief executive officer of the Swaziland Communications Commission (SCC) has confirmed that Viettel-backed start-up Swavitel has submitted an application for the country’s second mobile licence. Domestic news…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The inhabitants of the Southern Red Sea region in Eritrea will get access to mobile phone services by the next month, according to Tesfaslasie Berhane, manager of Eritrean incumbent…

GHANA TELECOM TO BE RE-PRIVATISED

If you don't succeed first time, try, try again. The Ghanaian Cabinet has given the approval for the re-privatisation of Ghana Telecom. A transaction adviser is to be appointed to…

TELECOMS RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Uganda telecom has completed a technical project under Northern Uganda Reconstruction Programme (NURP II). The about $7.1m (sh13b) project was funded by Nordic Development Fund. - Both Cell C…

SOUTH AFRICA'S SNO: HORSE WITH NO NAME WILL START RUNNING SECOND HALF 2006

The newly licensed second network operator (SNO) will begin to offer commercial services only in the second half of next year. The telecoms operator, which received its licence last week,…

KENYAN COURT CLEARS THE WAY FOR ECONET AS THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR

Kenya could have a third mobile phone operator in less than three months after Econet Wireless Kenya Ltd won a court case this week. Econet Wireless Kenya Limited, which won…

UGANDA’S GULU DISTRICT GETS DIGITAL LANDLINE FROM RCP PROGRAMME

Within two weeks Gulu will be the first district in Uganda to benefit from the Rural Communication Improvement Programme. The USD3.7m project to connect the northern region to the telephone…

TANZANIA’S TTCL WANTS QUICK END TO INVESTOR DISPUTE

Tanzania’s fixed-line phone monopoly TTCL said on Monday last week it hopes a dispute between its major shareholders would be resolved quickly, enabling it to borrow funds to expand and…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Mozambican government has launched an international tender to license a third mobile phone operator. See section “Jobs and Opportunities” below for the full details. - Bharti Airtel Limited…

Liberia: Interconnect war breaks out between Cellcom and MTN’s Lonestar

LoneStar Communications, the MTN subsidiary in Liberia, apparently screwed its cellular circuit sending the customers of its archrival, Cellcom, crawling for signals for connectivity. But when two elephants fight, it…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a directive restraining telecommunication operators from sending alert messages to subscribers on account of the status of their SIM card registration. NCC…

Etisalat awards Huawei five-year managed services deal

Huawei has announced that it has been awarded a new managed services contract from Etisalat Nigeria, covering an expanded maintenance scope for both passive infrastructure and active infrastructure (SDH/PDH nodes).…

Airtel Zambia to continue enhancing network with USD80m investment in 2014

Airtel Zambia is to invest around USD80 million in its network this year, on top of the almost USD270 million that has already been spent by India’s Bharti Airtel since…

World Panel Zambia launches solar mobile chargers

World Panel Zambia launched solar panels that charge mobile phones as fast as a wall plug. Held at Lusaka’s Taj Pamodzi Hotel, the launch was attended by senior Zambian government…

Telecoms – In Brief

Zwipit, which specialises in the acquisition of used mobile devices such as tablets, feature phones and smartphones for refurbishment and resale, has set up an arm in South Africa. Zwipit…

Wana awarded third 2G licence in Morocco

The prime minister of Morocco has approved the award of the country’s third 2G mobile licence to Wana, a subsidiary of domestic conglomerate Omnium Nord Afrique (ONA), after studying a…

MTC GROUP CELEBRATES 2 MILLION CUSTOMERS IN SUDAN

Less than six months after acquiring the Mobitel network in Sudan, Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) said it had passed the two million mark for subscribers, with latest figures showing the…

GATEWAY WINS SEYCHELLES AND MADAGASCAR CONTRACTS

Gateway has entered into agreements with Madacom, a mobile operator in Madagascar and Intelvision, a cable TV operator in the Seychelles to provide cost effective and high quality connectivity services.…

ORASCOM/TELECOM EGYPT CONSORTIUM WIN ALGERIAN FIXED LINE LICENCE

A consortium consisting of Egyptian telcos Orascom Telecom and Telecom Egypt has won a fixed line network operating licence in Algeria. The Egyptian partnership was the sole bidder for one…

GATEWAY AND SIERRE LEONE’S DATATEL LINK TWO GSM OPERATORS TO INDEPENDENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

In a visible demonstration of their investment in Sierra Leone pan-African operator Gateway Communications, and independent Freetown based Datatel Connections announced last week the successful launch of new network infrastructure…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Very soon, subscribers of the Globla system of Mobile Telecommunications (GSM) services in Nigeria will be able to send short message service (SMS) from their phone, using the three…

Kenya: Consumers Sue Safaricom Over Number Transfers

Seven customers have sued Safaricom, claiming damages for delayed processing of their mobile number portability requests.The case sets the stage for class action suits against service providers as consumers begin…

Nigerian army bans satellite phones in Borno

Nigeria's military has banned satellite phones in a northern state to hinder communication by Islamist militants following recent attacks.Mobile phone signals have already been blocked in Borno state, after a…

ANRT orders Maroc Telecom to revise its leased line offer

Moroccan telecoms watchdog, the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), has ordered domestic fixed line incumbent telco Maroc Telecom to amend some of the terms and conditions of its…

Egypt’s unified licence regime expected to go live in early September

Egypt’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is said to have dated the long-awaited unified licensing regime, with it now expected to become valid from the start of September…

Wireless Telephone Service to Be Installed in all of Eritrea’s Administrative Regions

Incumbent Eritrean Telecommunication Corporation Service is putting in place infrastructure facilities aimed at expanding wireless phone service in all the country's administrative regions, according to Tesfaslasie Berhane, manager of the…

COMIUM WINS A GSM LICENSE IN GAMBIA

Comium Mobile says that it has been awarded a GSM license in Gambia. With two existing mobile operators, Comium believes that the market is still underserved and that it can…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nokia has announced the opening of a new office in Morocco. The facility, located in Casablanca, will employ 50 people responsible for managing relationships with Nokia’s customers and providing…

PIRATING OF LINES COSTS ALGÉRIE TÉLÉCOM 600 MILLION DINARS A YEAR

Brahim Ouaret, PDG of Algérie Télécom told ENTV that pirated lines are costing the company 600 million dinars a year in lost revenues. It now has 3 million fixed line…

KENYA’S THIRD MOBILE LICENCE TO BE AUCTIONED

The price of the third mobile telephone licence will be determined by auction. And the figure could be higher or lower than what was paid by the two existing operators,…

Vodafone Pushing for Mobile Number Portability in Ghana

As one of the underdogs in the market, Vodafone Ghana said is pushing for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP). "The claims and counter claims by network operators on…

Nigeria: NCC Orders Telecom Operators to Suspend Promotions

The Nigerian Communications Commission has ordered the suspension of all promotions by telecommunication operators except where adequate capacity is provided on the network to carry the volume of traffic generated…

MTN, TurkCell in talks over bribery lawsuit

TurkCellIletisimHizmetlera AS (TurkCell) has confirmed that talks with South African mobile operator MTN (MTN) are ongoing, with the former looking to bring a case against MTN and its subsidiary, Irancell,…

Airtel Gabon earmarks USD125m investment

Indian giant Bharti Airtel has announced that it will invest an additional USD125 million in its cellular network operations in Gabon, including the deployment of 3G and 4G technologies. Airtel…

Telecoms – In Brief

- Nigerian operator Globacom has broadened its roaming services with the addition of 100 network partners across the world in the last year. Postpaid subscribers can now obtain seamless roaming…

Rwanda to launch an open-access LTE network

Olleh Rwanda Networks (ORN), a joint-venture between Rwandan government and KT Corporation Korea are set to deploy an open-access 4G LTE wireless broadband network on 1 September 2014 in the…

NCC’s Ndukwe lays out his stall for 2009; broadband acceleration and reduced interconnect

Executive Vice-Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ernest Ndukwe, at the weekend refused to be perturbed by allegations levelled against him by a member of the House of Representatives, Dino…

ZAMTEL TO LAY FIBRE LINK TO CONNECT TO EASSY

In preparation for connecting to the proposed EASSy cable, Zamtel has completed feasibility studies into the laying of a fibre link to connect to it, said Zamtel's public relations manager.…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Sierra Leone's mobile phone company, Celtel Monday officially launched its network in Tongo East of the country. Tongo has about 75,000 people and 50,000 of this are adults with…

INTEC WINS USD15M BILLING CONTRACT WITH MTN

Intec Telecom Systems, an OSS software vendor for fixed, mobile and next-generation networks, has signed a contract worth around USD15 million with South Africa-based MTN, for a new customer billing…

ALCATEL SIGNS USD80M NETWORK DEAL WITH GHANA TELECOM

Alcatel announced last week that it has signed a USD 80m contract with Ghana Telecom (GT) to upgrade and expand its telecom network across the nation. The contract was won…

Kenyan regulator CCK to clamp down on sales promotions and special offers and control tariffs

The Kenyan regulator CCK is bringing in strict regulations that target sales promotions, special offers and other sales gimmicks, which have become integral parts of the aggressive tactics the companies…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- South Africa's MTN has started deploying a trial LTE network comprising of 100 base stations. MTN's Managing Director, Karel Pienaar told Engineering News Online that it would be some…

Airtel given more time to increase its local shareholders

Airtel Kenya has won a major concession from the government after the parent company was allowed to continue holding a 95 per cent stake in the second largest mobile telephony…

Telecoms – In Brief

- Moov Benin, the largest mobile operator by subscribers in the small west African country, has received a ‘universal’ mobile service licence allowing it to operate its existing frequencies on…

Door-to-door sales help Movitel win Mozambican mobile subscribers

Mozambican mobile network Movitel says door-to-door sales have helped it secure “80%” market share in the southern African country’s rural areas.Movitel, a joint venture between the Vietnamese military owned telecoms…

Subscription Rates for Fixed lines Reduced in Cameroon

Incumbent Camtel has cut the price of installation and its monthly charges monthly charges by 25%. In a press statement issued in Yaounde last week, the General Manager of CAMTEL,…

3rd mobile licence bidding in Rwanda marks the re-emergence of Orascom interest in Sub-Saharan Africa

Four telecommunications companies have emerged as serious contenders for the third national telecommunications operator license after presenting their bids to Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) on Tuesday. Larrycom for Investment,…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenyan regulator CCK announced that the pre-qualification bids for a Second National fixed line telephone operator in Kenya are completed. 13 companies had participated out of which five had…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- On 22 February the Cameroonian Minister of Economy and Finance re-iterated the Government's intention to privatise Camtel despite having missed its own deadline for doing so by October 2004.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s President Obasanjo has signed into law the new Telecommunications Bill which restructures the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to give it full autonomy and establishes a Frequency Management Board.…

Telecom Egypt says it will remain sole fixed voice provider

Egypt’s monopoly fixed line provider, Telecom Egypt, has claimed that it will remain the country’s sole fixed line voice provider despite the recent announcement that the country’s regulator was preparing…

INTERCONNECTION FEES ROW IN SOUTH AFRICA

Cell C recently claimed that MTN owes them US$28.6 million in interconnect fees related to a Community System Telephone dispute. MTN says they are amazed at Cell C’s claims. Cell…

Uganda: Mobile operators to pay more for QoS shortcomings

Telecoms with poor service quality will soon start to pay 10 per cent of their gross income in penalties, if the communications regulator goes ahead to implement a new penalties…

Telecoms - In Brief

- Safaricom is formally seeking the approval of its shareholders to acquire various assets of Essar Telecom Kenya (yu) for KES6.9 billion (USD76.76 million). As such, the shareholder vote is…

Smile Communications selects Ericsson for 4G/LTE managed services across all operations

Under the terms of a five-year multi-country managed services agreement, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) will manage Smile Communications' 4G/LTE networks across all operations. This is the first 4G/LTE managed services contract signed…

Africell buys Tigo in Sierra Leone

Millicom International has sold its Sierra Leone subsidiary to Africell Holding for an undisclosed amount, according to a report in Cellular World. Source at Millicom (Tigo) in Sierra Leone disclosed…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The local subsidiary of the UK’s BT Group has been awarded a full telecommunications licence in South Africa, allowing it to expand its existing range of business network services…

Smile Communications gets Uganda licence but what will it do with it?

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has confirmed that it has awarded a telecommunications license to Smile Communications (Pty) Ltd of South Africa. Patrick Masambu, the executive director UCC said Smile…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- GuinéTel has contracted Tecore Wireless Systems to expand its GSM network in Guinea Bissau, in a bid to increase capacity and coverage, and enable it to launch GPRS services.…

CELTEL WANTS TO CONNECT COMESA REGION AT A SINGLE RATE

Celtel subscribers may soon be able to call Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and other Comesa countries at a single rate if the respective countries okay a plan for a direct link…

Off-Grid Charging for Mobile Phones to Power US$2.3bn Market Opportunity in emerging markets

There is a US$2.3 billion opportunity for mobile operators through the provision of off-grid charging solutions such as solar phones or external solar chargers in emerging markets, claims a new…

ICC rules in favour of Orascom Telecom in Chad

Orascom Telecom Holding has announced that the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) panel has issued a final decision in its favour, with financial compensation, in the arbitration action brought by…

GilatSatcom’s SuricatePRO Connects IridiumUsers in Underground, Closed and Remote Facilities

GilatSatcom, a provider of domestic and international fiber and satellite-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, has announced that it has released to market SuricatePRO, a communication…

Vodacom cautious over Neotel deal approval

Cape Town - Vodacom has expressed cautious welcome over one regulator's approval of its planned bid to buy Neotel.The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) earlier this week gave…

Neotel weighs up its role in retail and wholesale markets

While the prospect of better interconnection rates is on offer, there has been little response from the rest of industry, says Mukul Sharma, Neotel's head of consumer and channel sales.…

Sierratel trumpets its CDMA roll-out as the way to 3G services

Sierra Leone Government-owned incumbent telco trumpeted its roll-out of CDMA as something that will enable the company to offer 3G services. "It has a short roll-out period and is more…

Is it going to be an Asian or Middle East groom for South Africa’s MTN bride?

Bharti Airtel is still definitely in, Etisalat has expressed a tentative interest, but Vodafone and China Mobile can be counted out in the guessing game of who is wooing MTN.…

NEW TELECOMS LICENSING REGIME LAUNCHED IN UGANDA

  The Uganda Communications Commission's new licensing regime has started. This means MTN and uganda telecom's (utl) five-year duopoly as national operators of telecommunication services has come to an end,…

NIGERIAN CONGLOMERATE TRANSCORP BUYS NITEL FOR $750 MILLION

Federal Government last week sold 75 per cent of national carrier, Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and its mobile arm, MTel to Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) for $750 million…

AREEBA WINS SUDAN'S SECOND MOBILE LICENCE

Investcom Holding, the Beirut-based international telecommunications company, announced that it has launched its Areeba Network in Sudan to become the second mobile phone operator in the country. The market is…

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION PROBES COLLAPSED VODACOM DEAL

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced last week in Abuja that it has opened investigations into the circumstances surrounding the sudden withdrawal of Vodacom (Pty) of South Africa…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The roll out of 3G networks by mobile telephone service providers is anchored on the revision of the existing spectrum of licensing costs in Kenya. According to Zain Kenya…

Monitoring Group to Address Poor Telecoms Service in Nigeria

In its bid to find a lasting solution to the poor quality of service being provided by mobile telecom operators in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is to…

Sierra Leone: Airtel’srolls out 3G in main cities

Airtel Sierra Leone has taken a significant step towards building the largest 3G network across Africa by announcing the launch of its 3G mobile platform in the country, which promises…

Airtel completes network upgrade in Nairobi

Bharti Airtel has announced the completion of phase one of its network upgrade in the Nairobi area.Airtel said the exercise involved a change of hardware and expansion of radio network…

Tanzania: Mobile operators Register 800,000 New Subscribers in First Quarter

Mobile companies registered 837,883 subscribers in the first quarter of this year, bringing to 13.885 million the number of cellular phone users compared with the previous quarter. The Tanzania Communications…

MTN acquires two major operators in Ivory Coast

The MTN Group chose this week to publicise its acquisition of Ivory Coast's second fixed-line operator, Arobase Telecom, and Afnet, an ISP. "The 100 percent acquisition of Arobase and Afnet…

Rwanda To Announce soon Tender For 3rd Telecom License

Rwanda plans to launch a tender for the country's third telco license for mobile and fixed-line operations within four months, the country's telecommunications minister. "Probably maximum in a month we…

QUICKTEL TO MODERNISE GILGIL PHONE PLANT IN KENYA

The Egyptian telecommunications company Quicktel that won the bid to jointly manage Telkom Kenya's subsidiary Gilgil Telecommunications Industry (GTI,) is expected to modernise the Gilgil-based complex and make it a…

VODAFONE TO FACE $578 MILLION FEE TO UPGRADE TO 3G IN EGYPT

Vodafone Group would have to pay US$578 million to upgrade its second-generation mobile license in Egypt to a 3G license as a knock-on effect of the price paid by a…

VODACOM'S S. AFRICAN ARPU TAKES A DIVE WITH MORE LOW-PAYING CUSTOMERS

South Africa's leading cell phone operator, Vodacom, reported an 8 percent drop in first-quarter average revenue per user (ARPU) in its domestic market on Tuesday. Vodacom said in a statement…

SR TELECOM WINS ROYAL POLICE CONTRACT IN MOROCCO

SR Telecom Inc last week announced that it has received orders valued at over USD1.6 million from Defense Nationale du Royaume du Maroc (Gendarmerie Royale). The Gendarmerie Royale has selected…

MTN GOES IT ALONE ON US$1.4 M FIBRE BACKBONE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Cellular operator MTN is spending US$1.4 million to lay a fixed-line cable between Sandton and Rosebank to ease network congestion and give it more capacity to carry data. The move…

Kenya: Nokia Taps App Talent to Increase Sales

Mobile handset manufacturer Nokia will establish a regional research and development centre in Nairobi in an effort to capture the growing number Kenya's software developers to cultivate applications for its…

Mobile phone users rise to 14 million in Angola

Mobile phone users in Angola amounted to some 14 million, almost doubling the number of five years ago amid the development of the telecommunications and information technologies, one of the…

Eaton Towers to exploit booming African telecom industry to launch $350m expansion scheme

Eaton Towers, an emerging African telecom operator, has raised $350m to fund its expansion across the continent. The company, which builds and operates telecom towers for mobile phone networks, has…

Vodacom Slashes its Budgets in Tanzania and Congo DRC

Vodacom has cut back its budgets in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo after its international operations suffered an 8.,1% slump in revenue in its past trading quarter. The…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) has fined MTN-Rwandacell Frw70 million over poor network services. A statement signed on August 2008 by the chairperson of RURA Regulatory Board, Marie Claire…

Who does control Guinea Telecom and Guinetel?

The government of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa has taken management control of national fixed line operator Guinea Telecom and its mobile arm Guinetel, amid accusations that Portugal Telecom (PT) has…

NEW FIXED LINE PHONE OPERATOR APPROVED IN MALAWI

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has issued a licence to Access Communications Limited as the country’s second national operator (SNO) to provide fixed public telecommunications services in competition with the…

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES SET THE STANDARDS, SAYS NEW ITU SECRETARY-GENERAL

Developing countries led by India, China, Brazil are now taking the lead in setting global standards in the rapidly transforming telecommunications sector due to convergence of hitherto separate communications and…

CAMEROON’S CAMTEL HAS TEN POSSIBLE SUITORS

There are ten candidates for purchasing 51% of Cameroon’s incumbent CAMTEL. The winner will get a fixed network and a recently started mobile operation. The Government is describing the eventual…

196% INCREASE IN MOBILE SUBSCRIPTIONS IN ALGERIA IN YEAR TO JUNE 2005

www.telecoms.com The introduction of a third player in the Algerian market in August 2004 increased competition and woke incumbent operator Mobilis out of its slumber, a state it had been…

UGANDA TELECOM SET TO ROLL OUT WIRELESS LANDLINES

Uganda Telecom (UTL) has announced that it is embarking on an 8-week programme to rollout the recently launched wireless landline (TelesaverPlus) throughout the country. UTL Marketing Manager, Hans Paulsen, announced…

MALI'S SOTELMA SIGNS 1.5M EURO DEAL WITH INTEC

Malian incumbent SOTELMA has signed an agreement with Intec Telecom Systems for its InterconnecT(tm) ITU billing and Inter-mediatE(tm) real-time convergent mediation systems. Intec’s combined solutions will help to overcome the…

UGANDA TELECOM IN $50 MILLION EXPANSION

Uganda Telecom has earmarked $50 million to expand its network coverage across the country. "We are investing over $50million (about Shs80b) in this expansion project that has seen us rolling…

Namibia: Telecom network switch hurts farmers

Some farmers in the south of Namibia, especially those farming in the Kalahari, have been cut off from the rest of the world after Telecom Namibia is alleged to have…

Nigeria: NCC Defends Delay in Licensing Fixed Line Operators

Nigerians who were hoping to see the rollout of newly licensed Fixed Line operators may have to wait a little further, following a recent revelation by the Nigerian Communications Commission…

Thuraya launches its first ruggedized satellite broadband terminal with MIL-SPEC components

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a Mobile Satellite Services operator, has announced the launch of the Thuraya IP Commander, its first ruggedized satellite broadband terminal designed using MIL-SPEC components. The terminal will…

Etisalat’s African subscribers reach 71.1 million

Mobile operator Etisalat’s African subscribers reached 71.1 million for the period ended 30 September 2014, the company announced on Wednesday. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) based telco has operations in…

Huawei bags submarine cable order from Equatorial Guinea govt

Huawei Marine Networks has won a contract from the government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to build the Ceiba-2 Submarine Cable System.The Ceiba-2 Submarine Cable System is expected to…

Telecoms – In brief

Moroccan mobile operator Inwi (Wana) has launched ‘free’ 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services today, with the network advertised as being accessible ‘nationwide’. According to the operator’s website, the 4G…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) has incurred a loss of Sh762 million as a result of vandalism to its equipment. Its officials said equipment vandalised includes telephone cables…

NCC finally issues telecoms licence to NigComSat

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has finally granted a telecoms licence to Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), the government-owned satellite services provider in a move that may see the feuding…

LIBERIA: NEW BILL AUTHORISES RAISING LTC FROM THE DEAD

There is a growing debate in many quarters as to the fate of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) in the new Telecommunications Act 2006 submitted to the National Legislature for…

ZTE HANDSET FACTORY CLOSES SHOP IN NIGERIA

The only handset factory in Nigeria is now gathering dust as the Chinese equipment vendor, ZTE has stopped production for more than eight months. According to reports, the company had…

SENEGAL’S SONATEL LAUNCHES ITS IP-TV OFFER

After an experimental period of two years, Sonatel has finally launched its IP-TV service over ADSL. The new product is called Kergui TV and offers around 100 TV channels, the…

SOUTH AFRICAN COUNCILS SEEK PERMISSION TO OWN TELEPHONE NETWORKS

South African (SA) municipalities have applied for permission to set up and run their own landline telephone network. The network would be established in areas without access to the facility…

SA’S SIMPLUS LAUNCHES MOBILE PAYMENT SOLUTION LAUNCHED

Local mobile commerce facilitator, Simplus, has announced the release of its new payment solution, SimTransact, for small, medium and large businesses. The payment solution operates on a mobile phone, using…

CCK SETS TENDER RULES FOR TELKOM KENYA’S RIVAL

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has commenced the process for licensing a second national fixed line telecommunications operator to rival Telkom Kenya .CCK kicked-off the exercise last week with…

IN BRIEF:

- Kenya’s Information and Communication Permanent Secretary, Bitange Ndemo said that future reduction in mobile phone tariffs will have to await a government study on tax charged on airtime. The…

Synchronica - Large Expansion Order from Pan-African Operator Group

Synchronica plc, international provider of next-generation mobile messaging services, has received a US$ 975,000 volume expansion order for additional mobile gateway licenses from a tier-one, pan-African mobile operator group. This…

LAP Green to contest any challenge to ownership of Zamtel stake

Amid continued debate over the sale of Zambian fixed line incumbent of Zamtel to LAP Green Networks (LAP Green) of Libya, the latter is reported to be deeply concerned regarding…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Algeria’s dominant communications provider, state-owned Algerie Telecom, is expanding its relationship with satellite operator Eutelsat under a new five-year contract. The deal will see the Algerians lease 47MHz of…

Zambia Cuts Of 2.4 Million SIM Cards

Zambia's telecoms regulator says that nearly 2.4 million SIM cards were disconnected at the end of last month following an extension of the registration deadline.The government ordered that all SIM…

New Wireless Phone Charging Trouser Could Strike Gold in Africa

At first glance, a trouser collection designed by British luxury fashion designer, A. Sauvage seems to offer purely sleek, luxury detailed designed and well-tailored pants. However, a closer look at…

Malawi: TNM Disappoints, Unceremoniously Wipes Calling Credit From Phones

Some subscribers of Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) were last week let down by the service provider as they had airtime wiped from their lines without use.Airtime use comes in calling,…

Firefox OS comes to Africa with Orange's $40 package deal

Mozilla's major new ally will sell its Klif phone and six months' network service in 13 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Orange likes Firefox OS's inexpensive hardware requirements…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mohamed Benhamou, Head of the transports, communications and telecommunications commission at the Algerian Parliament said that a new bill on ICT will soon be submitted to provide for a…

MTN RWANDA, SAFARICOM IN REGIONAL ROAMING TALKS

Telecom operator, MTN Rwandacell will soon be the latest affiliate in the regional free-roaming zone bonanza. If concluded, the deal will allow nationals in Rwanda and the rest of the…

BILLIONS OF BEEPS USHER IN NEW YEAR IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africans have become a nation of electronic greeters, with more than 1,5-billion cellphone text messages sent over the recent holiday season. MTN alone handled 1.17-billion SMS messages over Christmas…

N5.5 BILLION FRAUD UNCOVERED IN NITEL

One of Nitel’s “skeletons-in-the-cupboard” came tumbling out this week as the company was sold and saw almost all of the senior management team  “offer to resign”. According to a report…

MOZAMIBICAN MINISTER SAY GOVT WILL NOT PRIVATISE INCUMBENT TDM BUT IT NEEDS TO DOWNSIZE

Mozambique's public telecommunications company, TDM, "needs to restructure to the size of the market", Transport and Communications Minister Antonio Mungwambe said in Maputo on Tuesday. Speaking at a public hearing…

MOBILE LIFELINE FOR HIV+ PEOPLE

Mobile technology development specialist, Fundamo, has contributed to the fight against HIV/Aids in SA by providing ongoing support, with technical development, for Cell Life, a mobile information support initiative designed…

VODACOM TO LAUNCH ITS MOZAMBIQUE OPERATION IN DECEMBER AS VM

The South African mobile phone company Vodacom has announced that it is to start operating in Mozambique in December, following a period of equipment tests during November. Initial roll-out will…

Gambia: Gamtel Urged to Submit 2006-2008 financial reports by Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committee

Members of Gambia’s National Assembly have urged the management of Gamtel to submit to the house its financial reports 2006 to 2008 reports. The call came following a request by…

New Mozambique mobile operator starts test phase

Mozambique's third mobile phone operator Movitel has launched a test phase of its network one year after it was awarded an operating licence, the company said. “The Movitel network actually…

Al Shabab switches off telecommunication in parts of southern regions of Somalia

Al Shabab fighters in Somalia have switched off the telecommunication service of Hormuud Company in at last three southern Somalia regions under the group's control. The cellphones telecommunication services of…

Orange introduces trial LTE service in Cote d’Ivoire

Orange Cote d’Ivoire has introduced 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in selected areas of the capital city Abidjan, albeit on an experimental basis. Coverage is currently limited to the…

Liquid Telecom wins the Infrastructure Innovation of the Year award

Liquid Telecom has done a lot to extend its fibre network across Africa. The company has recently won the Infrastructure Innovation of the Year award at the Fibre to the…

Zain and Ericsson join South Sudan refugee location scheme

Zain Group has announced that it has joined Refugees United (REFUNITE), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Ericsson in a pilot scheme in South Sudan to enable families to search…

PHONE-TAPPING TO BE LEGALISED IN UGANDA?

Government security agencies will start tapping phones freely should the Bill seeking to legalise interception of information get approval from Parliament. The Regulation of Interception of Communication Bill 2007, which…

MTNL LAUNCHES INTEGRATED TELECOMS SERVICE IN MAURITIUS

Indian state-run fixed line incumbent Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has launched nationwide mobile services in Mauritius, completing a full portfolio of telecoms services in the country, including local and…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Lebanese based Comium Mobile says that it has been granted a GSM license in the Ivory Coast. The Ivorian telecoms and mobile GSM markets are set to witness exponential…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Egyptian communications minister Tarek Kamal has confirmed that a third wireless licence will be put out to tender in September. The winning bidder will compete with Vodafone Egypt and…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s telecoms operators have begun talks on how they could collaborate to establish a facility for the local production of recharge cards. The move is in response to the…

CDMA NETWORS TO BE BUILT IN ETHIOPIA AND ALGERIA

China’s Huawei Technologies has had a good week. It’s been selected to build CDMA networks in both Ethiopia and Algeria. It has signed a contract valued at over USD10 million…

GHANA TELECOM GETS USD200m DOLLARS FOR EXPANSION PROJECT

The management of Ghana Telecom (GT), has secured USD200 million to improve its facilities and provide quality service to its customers. Dickson Oduro-Nyaning, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, who announced this…

VOCALCOM’S MOROCCAN CALL CENTRE SIGNS UP RAD TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

Vocalcom, a provider of solutions for international call centers, has deployed RAD Data Communications’ Vmux-2100 TDM over Internet Protocol (TDMoIP®) Voice Trunking Gateway in order to eliminate poor performance E1…

Safaricom Now Moves to High Court Over CCK frequency fees row

The love-hate relationship between mobile phone operator Safaricom and industry regulator Communications Commission of Kenya continues. Apart from regulations published early this year that the listed telecoms company fought tooth…

Ghana’s Ministry of Communication dismisses the Dakar Declaration condemning international call monitoring

The article below is a statement from Ghana’s Ministry of Communications in response to the Dakar Declaration by francophone telecoms operators seeking to resist use of international call monitoring and…

Libyan government to review African telecom investments

Libya’s transitional government said that it would review ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi-era investments across the country and in Africa. The National Transition Council said it would also be looking at…

Namibia: MTC to have 45% roll-out of LTE by end 2013

NAMIBIAN mobile operator MTC intends to have a 45 percent rollout of its 4G mobile network by the end of 2013, says its CEO, Miguel Geraldes.Geraldes said the rollout might…

Alcatel-Lucent and Libya’s LITC to deploy new 1,000 km undersea cable system linking Tripoli to Benghazi

Alcatel-Lucent and Libya’s LITC are to deploy  a new 1,000 km undersea cable system linking Tripoli to Benghazi. Alcatel-Lucent has signed a turnkey contract with the Libyan International Telecommunication Company…

Gilat Satcom Launches Satellite Phone Service to Provide Connectivity in African Underground Mines

Gilat Satcom, a leading provider of satellite and fibre-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, has announced a new system which will provide high-quality voice connectivity to…

Safaricom’s New $335m Infrastructure Upgrade Plan

Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile telecommunications company plans to invest Sh30 billion ($335 million) in upgrading its infrastructure to improve its voice and data offering.“Over the last year we have seen…

Telecoms - In Brief

Cabinet has set up a committee to begin the process to get Telecel Zimbabwe cease operations in line with a directive by the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and…

Safaricom and Google sign Partnership in Kenya

Safaricom Kenya and Google have sealed a pact to deliver e-mail services direct to mobile phones. The partnership is expected to increase the number of potential Internet users from the…

GLO AND RIVERS STATE TO SPEND N.3BN ON RURAL TELEPHONY

The administration of the immediate-past Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili committed N.3billion to rural telephony in collaboration with Nigeria's Second National Carrier, Globacom. Under the state's sustainable development…

NIGER ISSUES CALL FOR INTEREST AS IT GOES FOR MARKET LIBERALISATION

A week ago, the Multi-sector Regulatory Authority of Niger (ARM) published a call for interest for the provision of various telecommunication services in the country. Rémy Fekete from the French…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Two international call licences will be offered by Egypt's National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority by the end of February, reported the Daily Star, Egypt. The release of the licences has…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Celtel Uganda is running trials for GPRS / EDGE services on 1,000 clients. The service expected to be commercially launched in the last quarter of 2006, will also offer…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Last Thursday Celtel Burkina expanded its to Dano (in Ioba province) in the south-west of the country, near the Pa-Gaoua crossing with Côte d'Ivoire. According to Ismaël Nacoulma, Commercial…

CELTEL LAUNCHES PRE-PAY AT LOCAL RATES BETWEEN CONGO-BRAZAVILLE AND DRC

There is now a pre-paid mobile service between the two Congos. The DG of Celtel-Congo officially launched the service on 26 November with the DRC Minister of Post and Telecommunications…

CITY OF CAPE TOWN WANTS PTN LICENCE UNDER SA'S NEW COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

The City of Cape Town has applied for a public telephone (PTN) licence that if awarded, will help it cut a large chunk from its annual R100 million telecommunications bill. Nirvesh…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Telephone subscribers in Nigeria’s Taraba State owe NITEL N52 million, the Territorial Manager, Alhaji Mohammed Jalo, said last week. Jalo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo…

ALCATEL MAROC INVESTS IN CALL-CENTRES

Alcatel Maroc has set up a new division dedicated to the booming business of call centres in Morocco. It has two million euros to invest in pursuit of this goal. "Our…

MEDIATOR SAYS MSI SHOULD PAY LESS TO TANZANIAN GOVT

Investors of the Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) will now pay the government US5.281m US dollars, an expert commissioned to review the telephone firm’s accounts has ruled.The Chief Secretary, Marten…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mobile subscribers in Nigeria’s Gombe State have decried what they describe as "poor services" offered by Econet Wireless Nigeria. - Comverse and Angel.com have announced a joint venture to…

Sealed- Zain announces US$10.7 billion sale of its African assets to Bharti Airtel

Zain last week announced the signing of definitive agreements for the sale of 100% of Zain Africa BV, its African business excluding its operations in Morocco and Sudan , to…

Etisalat snaps up 3G licence through purchase of Nigeria’s Alheri Mobile Services

Etisalat Nigeria has acquired a licence to provide 3G wireless services through the purchase of startup Alheri Mobile Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of local conglomerate Dangote Group. Alheri was…

Nigeria: Tariff cuts by Airtel affect airtime traders’ turnover

One person’s gain is another person’s loss. The lively price war amongst mobile operators in Nigeria has proved good news for consumers but is threatening to put a number of…

Sierra Leone set to deregulate international gateway

To demonstrate its commitment to key regulatory and policy changes, the government of Sierra Leone has released a road map for activities leading to the revision of telecom laws and…

Kenya: Many Kenyans Share Mobile Phones, Study Finds

Most rural Kenyans do not own mobile phones, and women are less likely to own phones than men, a new study has revealed.The study was carried out by researchers from…

Nigeria - Mobile subs top 106.9m in 3Q12

According to the latest statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the number of fixed and mobile telephone subscribers in the country increased to over 107.36 million at 30 September…

YooMee plans LTE launch in Cote d'Ivoire in May

Swiss-based ISP YooMee Africa plans to launch LTE services in Cote d'Ivoire in May, Agence Ecofin reports, citing an announcement made at the Forum ICI 2014 event. The company has…

Ethio Telecom connects 89% of settlements

Ethiopian fixed line and mobile monopoly operator Ethio Telecom has announced that it has extended telecoms network access to over 16,000 out of 18,000 kebeles, or settlements, in the country.…

Madagascar implements telecoms law after nine-year wait

Madagascar is finally to see the implementation of Law No. 2005-023 of October 2005, as reported by the Midi Madagasikara news site. Head of the Ministry of Posts, Telecoms and…

Siemens and Nigeria: more skeletons come rattling out of the closet

The Nigerian government is investigating allegations that German telecoms and industrial conglomerate Siemens paid bribes to Nigerian officials in order to secure lucrative contracts for telecommunications equipment in the African…

COPS CRACK DOWN ON BTC CABLE THIEVES IN BOTSWANA

The Cat and Mouse game between cops and BTC cable thieves might be coming to an end as police cracks down on the syndicate that has ripped off the government…

SONATEL FINED OVER US$0.5M BY REGULATOR FOR MOBILE NETWORK OUTAGES

The Senegalese regualator, the ARTP  has issued a decision on January 26th in which it fined, Sonatel, the national incumbent for an amount of 3.4 billion CFA francs ($631,779)  for…

KENYA: MOBILE OPERATORS GRANTED INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY LICENCES

Mobile phone users may soon pay lower rates for international calls following the granting of international voice gateway licences to the two mobile operators. Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) -…

KENYAN GOVT CANCELS ECONET'S LICENCE AND SAYS IT WILL RE-TENDER

Information and Communications Minister Raphael Tuju addressed a press conference at CCK headquarters, where he announced that the Government had cancelled the licence for the third mobile telephone operator (Econet).…

ZAMBIA'S CELTEL READY TO IMPLEMENT SMS CONNECTIVITY WITH CELL Z

Celtel Managing Director David Venn has said the company has finished working on its radio system and is ready to implement short message service (SMS) connectivity with Cell Z by…

SA’S TELKOM TAKES ADVANTAGE OF SNO DELAYS TO ENTRENCH ITS POSITION

Lengthy delays in introducing competition to the fixed-line phone market have helped bolster Telkom’s predicted earnings for 2003-04, with the monopoly predicting that a 30% rise in net income is…

TELECOM NAMIBIA TO SET UP JOINT VENTURE IN ANGOLA 

Telecom Namibia has confirmed its advanced negotiations with an Angolan based company to set up a joint venture telecommunications company in Angola. Telecom is negotiating with Mundo Startel S.A.R.L., a…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Since October Chinese company Xangai Belt have been installing a new fibre optic-based phone system in Angola’s Namibe province, according to Government sources. - Nigeria’s Glo-Mobile has introduced the…

Vodacom to Launch M-Pesa in South Africa

South Africa's Vodacom is to launch the mobile money service, M-Pesa in the country, in cooperation with local banking group, Nedbank. The bank has been working with the banking regulator…

22 Interested in New 3G licence in Mozambique

22 Mozambican and foreign companies have acquired contract documents for the tender of the country’s third mobile telephone licence, the director-general of Mozambique's National Communications Institute (INCM) has announced. A…

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Kigali — MTN Rwandacell has expressed concerns over delays by Rwandatel to pay an outstanding debt accrued from interconnection fees. Both, MTN and Rwandatel are leading telecommunication companies in Rwanda…

South Africa: ICASA commits to local loop deadline

The communications regulator stands firm by its November 2011 deadline for local loop unbundling (LLU). In the meantime Telkom continues to drag its feet and produce arguments designed to slow…

Kenya debuts M-Wingu, a cellphone data backup service

A back-up system to store data from a user's cellphone has been unveiled in Kenya, and is said to be the first such service in Africa. The system, known as…

CCK threatens to revoke Flashcom licence over illegal connection

Telecom operator Flashcom Limited risks losing its licence because of illegal connection of international voice traffic through Safaricom’s network and failure to pay annual operation fees.In a letter dated May…

Vodacom Beats MTN As It Launches 4G LTE

Vodacom launched South Africa’s first commercial LTE service in Johannesburg last week, in a surprise announcement by CEO Shameel Joosub, winning the race for 4G against rival MTN.Joosub surprised attendees…

Togo: Government states formal aim to license MVNO

The government of Togo has set out its stall to grant a licence to a ‘full-blown’ mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the country, with the Ministry of Posts and…

Africell Sierra Leone Crosses The 2 Million Active Subscribers

Africell Holding has announced that Africell Sierra Leone has crossed the two million mark with over 2,250,000 active subscribers. The Group is expecting to end 2014 with over 11 million…

Telecoms – In Brief

- According to a survey on ICT usage by the Agence Nationale de Reglementation des Telecommunications (ANRT), the number of smartphone users in Morocco has more than doubled in the…

Telecoms – In Brief

Vietnamese government-owned telco, Viettel, intends to invest USD1 billion in a new 3G network in Tanzania, according to Reuters. The operator’s chairman, Manh Nguyen, is said to have made the…

NEPAD fibre project announces its shareholdings – but where will it get its own money?

First it was called EASSY before they departed. Then it was the NEPAD ICT Broadband Infrastructure Network for Eastern and Southern Africa, now it’s the Baharicom cable. Three years ago…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Orange Bissau, the mobile unit set up by France Télécom through its 42.33% owned Senegalese subsidiary Sonatel, launched services in the country making it the third operator in the…

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MERGE NBC, NCC SOON

Nigerian Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Frank Nweke Jnr said that the Federal Government may soon merge the country’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)…

TELECOMS DISTRIBUTORS ACCUSE NIGERIAN GSM OPERATORS OF IRREGULARITIES

President of Association of Licensed Telecoms Distributors of Nigeria, Dr. Ayo Ojo last week called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to rise to its responsibility of checking the excesses…

CAR'S GERTRUDE KITEMBO COMES TO KINSHASA TO PROTEST SIGNAL INTERFERENCE

The Central African Republic's Minister of Post and Telecommunications Gertrude Kitembo recently visted Kinshasa to protest about mobile signal interference from Celtel and Vodacom in parts of her country. According…

INHABITANTS OF SENEGAL'S BOUNKILING DEMONSTRATE AGAINST POOR PHONE QUALITY

The inhabitants of Bounkiling, a place 60 kms from Sédhiou organised a series of demonstrations on National Route No 4, known locally as the Transgambian as it connects the two…

NAIROBI-MOMBASSA FIBRE PROJECT SET TO START BUILDING IN 2004

Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) plans to put on the market part of the bandwidth from the proposed Sh1.17 billion fibre optic cable that KPC will lay along the pipeline way-leave.…

NO SAFARICOM CELL CALLS IN NAIROBI FOLLOWING SWITCH HITCH

Hundreds of thousands of Safaricom subscribers within the Nairobi Central Business District Area (CBDA) and its environs were last week locked out of the rest of the country for the…

Zain, Africell Fined U.S.$50,000 Each in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone regulator NATCOM has imposed fines of US$50,000 each on two of the country's leading mobile phone operators for violating the Telecommunications Act of 2003. Africell Lintel Sierra Leone…

Kenya: Telcos share cables to reduce outages

Telecommunication service providers have turned to sharing fibre optic capacity to cut down expenses brought about by vandalism. Telkom Kenya Ltd and Jamii Telecommunication Ltd have entered into an agreement…

New Telecoms Company Ready to Roll in South Africa

iBurst Business lost most of its staff earlier this year when there was a mass exodus as they joined the newly formed Blue Label Communications and moved into the Blue…

Rwanda: National fibre backbone roll-out complete with cross-border links to Uganda and Tanzania

The physical laying of the optic fibre cable, which includes civil works, laying of ducts and installation of the fibre is complete. This was revealed yesterday by Patrick Nyirishema,the Deputy…

Lonestar Cell Fined US$500K for Disrupting Phone Line During Nov. 7 Monrovia

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has imposed a fine of US$500,000 (Five hundred thousand United States dollars) on Lonestar GSM Company to be paid within a week, for negligence and…

Samsung target Africa expansion

Samsung are looking to Africa to enhance its influence further afield. The latest Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone was launched in Johannesburg on Friday but this is set to be just…

Celcom deadline extended

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has extended the launch deadline of the new operator, Celcom, to April next year. Celcom’s original deadline was the end of October.In a notice…

Africa Becomes World’s Second Largest Phone Market after China

After moving from an accounted sales of 90 million mobile phones in 2005 to an estimated 450 million in 2012, Africa has now become the world’s second largest mobile phone…

Cameroon - Nothing Goes right! Eto'o Telecom On the Brink

Who to save Eto'o Telecom? Things have not worked out as Samuel Eto'o might have wanted. The mobile phone company launched in the country in 2012 by the Cameroonian international…

US Opens Export of Cellphones, Communications Tools to Sudan

The United States is easing sanctions against Sudan to allow Americans to send smartphones, laptops and other communications hardware and software.The change comes even as U.S. officials denounce Sudan for…

MTC Namibia Wind and Solar Powered Cell Site Trial Successfully Completed

Motorola and MTC Namibia last week announced the successful completion of the wind and solar power system trial conducted with the GSM Association on MTC Namibia’s cell site at Dordabis…

WILL COMPETITION IN FIXED LINE REVERSE ITS DECLINE IN SUDAN?

The Sudanese fixed line market is in decline. The penetration level stood at a mere 1.6% by end of 2005. Meanwhile, the cellular market reflected a completely different growth pattern.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology of Botswana which has issued a draft of its rural telecommunications strategy, has invited the public to make written submissions. The significance…

SOUTH AFRICA: OPERATORS HOWL OVER ICASA PROPOSALS TO LOWER INTERCONNECT

Moves by the telecommunications regulator to slash the fees that rival operators charge to route calls from one network to another would not result in a substantial cut in the…

NITEL REFUNDS GLOBACOM ITS USD5 MILLION SAT3 PAYMENT

In a startling revelation, Nitel's new CEO told the Daily Champion that the company was going to start to repay USD5 million that the Nigerian SNO Globacom had given it…

GAMBIAN GOVT PROBES GAMTEL USD10 MILLION FIBRE CONTRACT WITH SIEMENS

The Commission of Inquiry probing into the USD10 million fibre optic project signed between Gamtel, Siemens of Germany and Befag Ag yesterday resume sitting with Onesimo J Mukumba, chief executive…

TELECOM SIGNS INTERNATIONAL INTERCONNECT AGREEMENT WITH GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS

Gateway Communications last week announced that it had extended an existing partnership with Telecom Namibia to include an interconnection for international services. Telecom Namibia operates a fully-fledged digital telecommunications network…

GHANA’S SCANCOM GIVES ERICSSON CONTRACT FOR WAP AND MMS

Ghanaian mobile operator Scancom has awarded a USD32 million contract to Ericsson to supply cellular equipment and services. The deal will see Scancom implementing GSM networking technologies, including Wireless Application…

SWAZILAND TO CHAIR AFALTI - ADVANCED TELCOMS INSTITUTE

Swaziland, after being awarded the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFALTI) Chairmanship, should take the leading role in the telecommunications sector. The Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications (SPTC) Managing Director and…

Orascom rejoices as court rejects FT’s latest offer for MobiNil shares

In the latest twist in the long-running saga over the ownership of Egyptian mobile network operator MobiNil, a court in Cairo has overturned a ruling by the Egyptian Financial Supervisory…

South Africa: Legislation on its Way to Ensure Icasa is Run Better

The government is finalising the amendment of legislation governing the telecommunications regulator in order to resolve the tension between the organisation's council and its management. Tension has long existed between…

Zain Kenya Obtains 3G Licence

Kenyan mobile operator Zain Kenya has been awarded a 3G licence by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) for a fee of KES815 million (USD10 million). The CCK cut the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

-The New Generation consortium has missed the deadline given it to pay for the Nigerian incumbent Nitel and its mobile subsidiary.- The Tanzania Regulatory Communications Authority (TRCA) has lowered mobile…

MTN Swaziland Loses Bid to Stop New Mobile-Phone Operator

MTN Group Ltd.’s Swaziland unit lost a court bid to stop Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corp. from offering mobile-phone services in the country.There isn’t a conflict of interest in the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Vimpelcom and Algeria’s Ministry of Finance have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the sale of a majority stake in Orascom Telecom Algerie (OTA) by the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mobile network operator Vodacom Tanzania plans to invest more than TZS120 billion (USD76.97 million) this year in upgrading its network, the firm’s managing director, Rene Meza, told reporters that…

No calls, please: Big Brother in Kenya ties up the lines

Trying to call someone in Kenya? There’s a fine chance the person you’re trying to reach won’t pick up. No, not because that someone is busy, but because the government…

Morocco’s Inwi to extend postpaid services, top-ups

Moroccan telecom operator Inwi announced that it has launched a new modular service range to allow users to choose the option that suits their needs instead of having to pay…

Telecoms – In Brief

- Moroccan operator Medi Telecom (Meditel), an affiliate of French telecoms giant Orange Group, has earmarked investment of MAD4 billion (USD481.5 million) for the upgrade of its 3G network in…

New Government to review Ghana Telecom sale?

In a move that has shades of what happened to the mobile operators in Benin when a new Government came to power, Ghana’s new Government has decided that it will…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria's House of Representatives has recommended that the country's GSM operators are banned from selling new SIM cards for a period of twelve months. The drastic suggestion is aimed…

CELTEL ANNOUNCES $1.4BN NETWORK EXPANSION PLAN IN NIGERIA

MTC Group has announced plans to inject $1.4 billion (N325 billion) in Celtel Nigeria within the next 19 months to expand its network. The MTC Group Chief Executive Officer and…

ZIMBABWE PASSES BIG BROTHER LAW TO INTERCEPT PHONE CALLS AND E-MAILS

The Zimbabwean government is working on one of its most repressive laws yet, to enable it to snoop on telephone and e-mail messages in a bid to crush rising opposition…

MAURITIUS TELECOM WANTS TO DROP SAFE PRICES BY 15%

Mauritius Telecom has asked the Mauritian regulator ICTA whether it can drop its leased line prices on the SAFE international cable by 15%. The regulator is examining the impact on…

UGANDA SET TO LEGALISE VoIP IN JULY THIS YEAR

Uganda will legalize its VoIP services after July this year following Tanzania where they have been been legal since February 2005, writes Esther Nakkazi. In February, the Tanzanian Communications Regulatory…

GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS SIGNS DEAL WITH SPACETEL GUINEA

As a result of a significant expansion of network capacity to meet subscriber demand, Spacetel Guinea last week confirmed that it had selected Gateway Communications as it's partner for the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- A Ugandan computer software writer has petitioned the Commercial Court to stop Uganda's MTN subsidiary from using their airtime software between two subscribers until a copyright suit they filed…

SA’S TELKOM THREATENS ACTION AGAINST PEOPLE USING VOIP SERVICE

People using peer-to-peer (P2P) Œnetwork bypass’ software to make cheap international telephone calls over the Internet may yet face action for illegal practices. According to Andrew Weldrick, senior manager for…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has an MOU with Telkom Kenya to lay fibre cable from Mombasa to Nairobi. The project is worth USD7 million and will start building shortly…

Gateway Communications and Longphone join as strategic partners for pan-African voice operations

Gateway Communications and Longphone agreed to partner in the call termination market to the African continent. Longphone - a European carrier and VOIP call termination provider since 1997, with a…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The National Union of Communication Workers (NUCW) and Zain Zambia signed a recognition agreement which saw 500 employees being unionised. NUCW General Secretary Clement Kasonde said in an interview…

South Africa: Cell C Wants Bigger Rivals to Pay Higher Interconnect Rates

Cell C has asked the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to compel rivals MTN and Vodacom to pay a higher interconnection rate to small operators like itself to help…

Zamtel Targets 80 Percent Coverage of Zambia

Zamtel will establish more than 500 base stations to cover about 80 per cent of the country with its mobile network. Zamtel CEO Hans Paulsen said his company would undertake…

Kenya: Nokia Siemenss Takes on Huawei and ZTE With Leasing Plan

Nokia Siemens will start building telecoms infrastructure for leasing to mobile phone operators as it battles competition from Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE. The firm, along with other European companies…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya will bring together all its presidential hopefuls in a series of debates to be broadcast on nearly all its top media outlets in a move that would raise…

Cell C reveals December LTE trial in Cape Town, Durban

Following similar announcements from its domestic rivals MTN, Vodacom and 8ta, South African mobile operator Cell C has confirmed that will also switch on a 4G network based on Long…

Nigeria’s Federal Government Revokes Nitel/Mtel Sale to Transcorp

Barely two years after the Federal Government forced Transcorp plc to shed 29 percent of its 51 percent shares in Nitel, the government last week revoked the sale of the…

Zambia to deregulate international telecom gateway

The Zambian government has finally bowed to pressure to deregulate the country's international telecommunications gateway in order to promote competition and foreign investment in the sector and lower the high…

SOUTH AFRICA CELL OPERATORS FACE ICASA BID TO CUT COSTS OF ROUTING CALLS

A fresh attempt to force down the cost of phone calls is being made by the industry regulator, with a move to slash the fees local operators charge to route…

MTN, CELTEL, GLO GET 3G LICENSES IN NIGERIA

At the weekend the Federal Government awarded 3G licenses to Nigeria’s three major GSM companies and a relatively unknown operator, Alheri Engineering Co. Ltd, to enable them expand their scope…

BENIN LAUNCHES A NEW POST AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATOR

Finally Benin has moved a step forward towards the deregulation of its telecommunications sector when the Council of Ministers nominated Madame Nina Mahussi Sokè Gbèho Attignon as a new Executive…

CAMEROON: CAMTEL LAUNCHES CDMA NETWORK TO COMPETE WITH EXISTING NETWORKS

CAMTEL has started to operate CDMA-based elements within its mobile network. It believes that the much-vaunted cost savings and additional functionality will help it compete with Cameroon's other GSM-based operators.…

MALAWI REGULATOR BLOCK ERICSSON'S USD25 MMML DEAL

Malawi's industry regulator said on Tuesday last week it would not approve a proposed USD25 million deal between local partner Malawi Mobile Ltd and Ericsson to launch the country's third…

ETHIOPIAN NETWORK TENDER DRAWS SAME SEVEN COMPANIES

The same seven companies that featured in the mobile network expansion tenders are once again bidding against each other to win a multi million euro tender floated by the Ethiopian…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Nigerian fixed Wireless Telephone Service Provider, Cell Communications Limited (Cellcom) in continuation of its on going network expansion plans has announced the launch of its fixed wireless telephone service…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Key wireless industry companies Motorola, Nokia, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Sun Microsystems have launched a ŒJava Verified’ programme to provide a unified process for the testing and certification of…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Kenya Telkom offered an amnesty to non-paying customers offering a waiver of accumulated standing charges and reconnection charges. In exchange non-paying customers had to agree to pay "reconciled and…

Uganda’s UCC to initiate study to look at costs of Mobile Number Portability

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is to conduct a study on the use of Mobile Number Portability. This would enable the users to switch their operator without having to change…

Telecoms News: In Brief

Bharti will MTN Uganda’s market share as it has the largest subscriber base, estimated at 5.6 million, while Zain, is the second largest operator with an estimated two million subscribers.…

World Bank Announces Winners of First “Apps for Development” Competition

An app that allows users to visualize development indicators using powerful charts and maps, a web-based tool to measure the impact of global events on progress toward the Millennium Development…

Nigeria: NITEL's N300 Billion Liabilities Take Toll On Sale

The Federal Government has been advised to clear the liabilities of NITEL totaling N300 billion to remove any encumbrance affecting the conclusion of sale of the moribund first National Carrier.…

Telecoms News – In Brief

- South African mobile giant Vodacom has tripled the number of Long Term Evolution (LTE)-enabled base stations on its network from just under 70 at launch in October 2012, to…

Ethiopia signs $800 mln mobile network deal with China's ZTE

Ethiopia signed an $800 million deal with China's ZTE last Sunday to expand mobile phone infrastructure and introduce an LTE network in the capital Addis Ababa and a 3G service…

Essar wins network licence in Uganda

A unit of India's Essar Group has won a licence in Uganda to build a $200 million cellular phone network. Unlisted Essar Teleholdings, which had got a similar licence in…

Vodacom wants to sell data like it did prepaid customers in South Africa

Vodacom has plans to start aggressively attacking the mobile data market, starting with a tariff cut. According to the group's commercial director, Romeo Khumalo, the company wants to start doing…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Econet Wireless has written to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) demanding that the regulator reverses the award of the second national operator (SNO) tender to Reliance Consortium. Econet…

ETISALAT’S KINZ WINS WESTEL BID IN GHANA

The three year wait to see who would buy Ghana’s second national telecoms operator, Westel came to a nail biting close last Friday when, Kinz Telecom was advised by both…

FOUR NIGERIAN OPERATORS APPROVED FOR NEW UNIFIED LICENCES

Four operators – Starcomms, Prestel Cable and Satellite TV Systems, Intercellular Telecommunications and Multilinks Telecommunications – have become the first companies to be approved for new Nigerian unified licences. Starcomms…

LIBERIA: COURT STAY-ORDER UNABLE TO STOP ZTE WORK AT LTC

Despite a Supreme Court stay-order on the operations of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), ZTE Corporation, a Chinese owned Company is said to be working at the LTC. ZTE Corporation…

EASSY FIBRE PROJECT HOLDS CRUCIAL FINANCE MEETING IN TANZANIA

EASSY consortium members met last week in Dar es Salaam to discuss how the project will be financed and the progress the project has made so far. According to one…

KENYA'S SAMEER GROUP TO PUMP USD20 MILLION INTO FIBRE INFRASTRUCTURE

Sameer Investments Ltd is investing USD20 million in a pioneer fibre optic project in Kenya, according to its chief executive officer Naushad Merali. "The Kenya Data Network (KDN) will complete…

ZAMBIAN REGULATOR TO SET UP CONSUMER COMPLAINTS GUIDELINES

The Communications Authority of Zambia (CAZ) is in the process of creating the Consumer Complaint Guideline that will help the consumers to have access to proper services in relation to…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Just one week after ending its Talk Now promo, Nigeria’s SNO Globacom has announced the commencement of another promotion package which brings down the prices of its Prepaid Classic…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s government will only consider a second fixed telephone operator when the Supreme Court has decided on TeleAccess' appeal against cancellation of its licence by the Postal and Telecommunications…

Telkom SA to Invest US$1bn in Nigeria’s Multi-Links over five years

Telkom South Africa is to invest around US$1 billion in the expansion of the network of Multi-Links, its new Nigerian subsidiary, over the next five years. Telkom acquired Multi-Links Nigeria,…

Safaricom signs M-Pesa Mobile Money deals with Uchumi Supermarkets and Naivas

Safaricom has started to target high turnover retail chains business using its money transfer service, M-Pesa with its latest deal with Uchumi Supermarkets. The deal, which will enable Safaricom's subscribers…

Kenya: Airtel Boss Wanted in Court Over ADs Cash

A Nakuru court has ordered Airtel Kenya Managing Director Rene Meza to appear in court within one week in a case where the municipal council has sued the mobile phone…

Blackberry users hit 1.5 million in Nigeria: 40% are grey market buyers

The usage of BlackBerry technology in Nigeria has increased tremendously in the last 12 months as new evidences revealed that there are now about 1.5 million BlackBerries in the hands…

Zimbabwe: POTRAZ imposes price controls on Econet by stopping a 60% cut in user tariffs

Potraz, Zimbabwe’s telecommunications regulator, has reportedly forced the country’s largest mobile service provider, Econet, to reverse a 60% cut in user tariffs – a move that has been met with…

Mascom to remain BoFiNet client despite investment on fire-optic cable

Botswana Fibre Networks Limited has said it does not view Mascom Wireless as a competitor following news that it has invested heavily on its own fibre-optic cable infrastructure.BoFiNet Communications and…

Rwanda: Airtel sells off towers to IHS

Airtel Rwanda has finalised the sale its mobile towers, with IHS taking hold of the assets. According to Airtel, the deal will see a vast majority of mobile subscribers enjoy…

Airtime Use Drops By 20.6 Percent in Rwanda

Rwanda's excise tax revenues on airtime sales have dropped by 20.6% in the last quarter. The revenue dropped from Rwf199.7 million in January to Rwf158.48 million in April 2009, putting…

LTC Ready For Operations in Liberia

Whatever their circumstances, telco incumbents rarely seem to die but they do come back from having had a near death experience. After years of nothing much happening, the Liberia Telecommunication…

Globacom Wins Sixth Licence in Ghana

To no-one’s surprise Nigeria’s Globacom scooped the sixth licence in Ghana, giving it two mobile operations in West Africa outside of its home territory. A letter to the management of…

BOTSWANA’S BTC GETS LICENSING ALL CLEAR TO GO INTO MOBILE

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) would soon be competing with Mascom and Orange in the mobile phone sector. The licence is the Government’s way of “fattening the goose” before privatisation. BTC…

UGANDA HEDGES ITS BETS IN CHOOSING BETWEEN EASSY OR KENYAN BREAKAWAY

With the key meeting happening this week to decide the fate of the EASSy project, Uganda has publicly said it will not decide between the NEPAD and Kenyan government proposals…

GHANA: ONE DIAL STILL AWAITS LICENSE FROM NCA TO ROLL OUT US$400M TELECOM INVESTMENT

One Dial Communications Limited, a network service provider based in the United States is still waiting a license from the National Communications Authority (NCA) to roll out over $400 million…

RASCOM PUSHES NEARER LAUNCH DATE AND SIGNS UP EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Africa is only 10 months away from launching its own communication satellite. Barring any hiccups, RASCOMstar will become operational June 2006 to provide footprint for the entire region and usher…

GLOBACOM SELECTS IBASIS FOR INTERNATIONAL VOICE SERVICES

iBasis, Inc. last week announced that Globacom, the second national operator in Nigeria, has interconnected with The iBasis Network for international voice services. According to iBasis, Globacom will benefit from…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Cellphone subscribers in Kenya will next year be able to switch networks and retain their numbers. Last week the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) said it had selected Kenya…

GHANAIAN GOVT IN TALKS WITH IFC OVER USD100M LOAN TO FINANCE GT

The World Bank’s private sector finance arm, the IFC has agreed to re-open discussions with Ghanaian Government for the provision of a 100 million dollar loan to improve operations of…

Benin Government breaking national and international laws, says MTN

MTN is accusing the Benin Government of breaking its domestic laws, international law and the conditions of the licence under which the 14-year-old mobile provider operates in that country. MTN…

Telecom Namibia Battles Underground Cable Damage

Frequent cable cuts by contractors and builders are resulting in a sharp increase in telecommunications service disruptions, Telecom Namibia said this week. Cut cables usually mean that communications services are…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communication Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo has made the first video call over the mobile network of Intergroup Telecom to President Koroma. Local newspaper…

Cameroon regulator fines six operators US$13.6 million for regulatory violations

Cameroon’s telecoms agency, Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ART), has issued fines amounting to XAF6.3 billion (USD13.6 million) to six of the country’s telecoms operators for violating laws that govern…

South Africa's Neotel Prepares for LTE Network Launch

South Africa's second landline operator, Neotel is planning a launch of its own LTE network with media invites sent to local journalists to attend an event on the 21st August.The…

Swedish telecom giant K3 Telecom enters Ghanaian market

Sweden-based global provider of patented technology, K3 Telecom has partnered local telecoms operator Media Ghana Limited, to launch its unique Triple Play services in Ghana.The partnership will lead to the…

Telecoms - In Brief

The smartphone Infinix Hot marks its arrival in Côte d’Ivoire exclusively on JUMIA, the first online shopping destination in Côte d’Ivoire. The new smartphone with incredible specifications will be available…

Zimbabwe: Telephone Usage Still High reports TelOne

Zimbabwe fixed line telephone service provider TelOne says since announcing the reduction of tariffs for all local calls to US$0.07 from US$0.10 in March, billing units had increased to unprecedented…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s mobile market leader Econet Wireless has resumed offering its post-paid services, which were suspended last November because of a shortage of foreign currency and lack of funding to…

Sierratel gets US$16.6 million Chinese loan to roll-out a mobile operation

Acting Director of Commercial Service of Sierra Leone’s telco incumbent Sierratel Julius has confirmed that the government-owned institution took delivery of US$16.6 million worth of equipment to be paid for…

CELLULAR COMPETITION FINALLY ARRIVES IN NAMIBIA

Namibia wants to see more investment in the communication sector to ensure the country does not lag behind in the fast pace of evolution in the digital age, Minister of…

NAMIBIA GRANTS SECOND MOBILE LICENCE TO POWERCOM JV WITH TELENOR

The government has awarded a second cellular licence to Powercom (Pty), a joint venture between power utility NamPower and Telenor, a Norwegian communications, IT and media company. "Cabinet as has…

TECOM OUTBIDS ETISALAT, SAUDI OGER AND MTN IN TUNISIA

UAE-based telecoms provider TECOM, now under ownership of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, has outbid Etisalat to secure a place in the final round of bidding for Tunisie Telecom. TECOM bid…

TELKOM PULLS FINANCIAL PLUG ON ZIMBABWE'S TELEONE

Telkom South Africa's decision to pull the financial plug on Zimbabwe's TeleOne look like leaving MD Wellington Makamure's turnaround plans in tatters. The company owes Telkom South Africa a staggering…

LIBERIA'S PRIVATE REGULATORY AGREEMENT MIRED IN CONTROVERSY

The government of Liberia says the recent deal to transfer the country’s regulatory authority from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) to a private company known as Advance Topographic…

ZIMBABWE’S SNO TELEACCESS CONTINUES TO DELAY NETWORK LAUNCH

Zimbabwe’s second fixed telephony service provider, TeleAccess Global Corporation, continues to wade in troubled waters that have seen the continued deferment of its network launch. Initially set for June 1,…

NITEL GSM EXPANSION: GOVT SIGNS US$155.7M EXPANSION CONTRACT

The Federal Government yesterday signed six contracts totaling US$155,659,212 million with six companies for the expansion of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) network of the Nigerian Telecom-munications plc (NITEL).…

Mauritania’s SNO Chinguitel launches operations with 3G

Mauritania’s third operator Chinguitel has launched 3G services with coverage of 4,000 km of main routes throughout the desert nation on the western edge of the Sahara. Chinguitel is majority…

Telkom Kenya defends its landline turf with lower CDMA charges

Telkom Kenya has moved to defend its landline turf which has been hit by stiff competition from mobile phones by slashing its tariff on the wireless network offered on CDMA…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The number of mobile subscribers in Tanzania is expected to hit 36.6 million in the next four years. According to a Business Monitor International report, the industry is expected…

Ethiopia: Ethio-Telecom to Upgrade to LTE

Ethio-telecom announced that it will upgrade its current 3G telecom infrastructure networks to LTE. Dr. Mesfin Belachew, e-government directorate director at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, told reporters…

Ghana MTN to compensate customers

Ghana’s largest mobile network, MTN, says it will offer a percentage of its service charge to compensate its subscribers who were affected by network disruptions last week.An e-mail in response…

Telecoms - In Brief

- Algerian telecoms regulator Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) has ordered the country’s three mobile operators – Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma), Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis) and…

Tanzania: TCRA goes for infrastructure sharing and spectrum auctions

Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is planning to introduce a system that would require telecommunication companies to share infrastructure in a bid to promote quality, reliability and reduce cost on consumers.The…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Senegalese mineral-water producer Kirene is to launch an MVNO in the country under the brand name Kirene Mobile, according to local reports. The Kirene Mobile service, which will be…

10% excise duty to be imposed on CDMA networks in Kenya

Calling charges on Telkom Wireless, Popote and Flashcom could go up following the introduction of 10 per cent excise duty on CDMA networks in the Kenyan Budget last week. This…

STIFF COMPETITION TO DRIVE TELECOM CHARGES DOWN IN UGANDA

The licensing of two more telecommunication firms is set to unleash unprecedented competition as the five companies look to mop potential subscribers. Some industry players are already grumbling about the…

CELTEL KENYA SWITCHES ITS NETWORK TO 3G

Celtel Kenya joined the network upgrade race taking place across the continent with the announcement that it had put in place 3G. At a press conference to announce the change…

SOUTH AFRICA: VIRGIN MOBILE SEEKS 10% MARKET SHARE

Fourth cellular network operator Virgin Mobile planned to win a 10% share of the market within five years by creaming off the most lucrative clients who were discontented with the…

S.AFRICA'S CELL C EXPECTS VIRGIN VENTURE DEAL SOON

South Africa's third-ranked mobile operator Cell C expects to unveil a joint venture with British entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Group before the end of the month, Cell C said on…

NIGERIAN SATELLITE FOR 2007 LAUNCH FROM XICHANG

China is expected to put a self-made communication satellite into orbit for Nigeria in 2007, making the African nation the first foreign buyer of both a Chinese satellite and its…

SA COURT BATTLE OVER LEAST COST ROUTING TECHNOLOGY

Communications companies are back in court this week fighting for the right to help corporate customers slash their phone bills by using least-cost routing. MTN, Nedtel, Nashua Mobile and Orion…

GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS EXPANDS PAN-AFRICAN VPN SERVICES TO MOZAMBIQUE

Gateway Communications, a provider of international voice and data services throughout Africa and the Middle East, today announced the expansion of their pan-African VPN service to Mozambique through an agreement…

TELECOM EGYPT TO LAUNCH 3RD GSM OPERATOR IN LAST QUARTER 03

Egypt’s state fixed-line operator Telecom Egypt plans to launch the country’s third GSM mobile telephone network together with a foreign partner in the last quarter of this year, a Telecom…

Nigeria’s regulator NCC planning Mobile Number Portability

Nigeria looks set to become the first Sub-Saharan country outside South Africa to introduce Moble Number Portability. According to a Reuters report, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is working on…

France Telecom steps up interest in Benin

Financial journal Les Afriques writes that France Telecom (Orange) has stepped up its interest in taking over state-owned Benin Telecoms, according to an unnamed source speaking to the publication. France…

Nigerian Networks to Launch MNP Services Next Week

The Nigeria's telecoms regulator NCC has announced that Mobile Number Portability will go live in the country next week, and also a day earlier than originally planned.Reuben Muoka, Head, Media…

South Africa: Rivals upset as MTN bids on spectrum the industry had ignored

Cellphone giant MTN appears to have stolen a march on its rivals, quietly applying for additional access to a little-known radio frequency spectrum that had been virtually ignored in the…

Nigeria: As President Jonathan Quits, Emeka Offor's Firm Remains Locked in a U.S.$470 Million Controversial Telecom Deal

President Goodluck Jonathan will be leaving office this week unable to resolve what has become a major telecommunication controversy: the 2012 sale, by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), of the…

N72bn Investment in Rural Telephony At Risk in Nigeria

Senator Sylvester Anyanwu, chairman of the Senate Committee on Communications has expressed concern over the fate of the estimated N72 billion invested by the country in the national rural telephony…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Maroc Telecom and  Belgacom have signed an agreement to launch Mobisud in Belgium. The virtual mobile operator will offer communication services targeted at the North African community in Belgium.…

EARLY SMOKE SIGNALS FROM SENEGAL ON SNO: UNIFIED, VERTICAL LICENCE

Senegalese regulator ART last week took part in a media dialogue (organised by CATIA and the Panos Institute) designed to look at the consequences of the arrival of its shortly…

Telecoms News - In Brief

The decision to lay off 12,000 of Telkom Kenya employees is final, Information and Communications minister Mutahi Kagwe has said. Kagwe ruled out a possibility of suspending retrenchment plans set…

NCC SAYS GSM CELLCOS MUST REAPPLY FOR UNIFIED LICENCES

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has further angered the country’s GSM operators with its unified licensing scheme by suggesting that they will not automatically have their concessions renewed when the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mascom, the leading cellular operator in Botswana, has awarded Ericsson a 10 million euro contract for the expansion of its network as it gears up to provide new services…

NIGERIA’S SNO GLOBACOM ROLLS OUT IN MAJOR CITIES

After the official inauguration of its Global System of Mobile Communication (GSM) Services in Abuja, Nigeria’s, Globacom has extended its services to leading Nigerian cities with the roll out of…

ERICSSON AND NIGERIA’S RELTEL SIGN US$145M CONTRACT

Ericsson and Reliance Telecommunications Limited (RelTel) have announced a CDMA2000 1X contract valued at $145 million to deploy a nation-wide wireless network in Nigeria.President of Ericsson Mobile CDMA Systems, Mr.…

NIGERIA’S NCC TO RESOLVE GSM INTERCONNECTION DISPUTE

In a determined move to break the continued deadlock of the interconnectivity talks among Global System of Mobile Communication (GSM) operators and NITEL, the Nigerian government has mandated the Nigerian…

IN BRIEF:

- Alcatel-Lucent has agreed a contract worth US$100 million with Uganda's Hits Telecom, a new regional operator, to deploy a new mobile network based on GSM technology.- Nitel’s owners’ Transcorp…

Telecoms News - In brief

* Cell C has made a pit stop in Polokwane in its race to hook up the country’s main towns and cities to its third-generation mobile network.Polokwane, the capital of…

Libya Delays Tender to Manage State-Owned Telco

The Libyan government has put a halt to a process to award a management contract for its state-owned telecoms network, the Libyan Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Co (LIPTIC).Citing Etisalat's…

Telecoms In Brief

- Zimbabwe: TelOne, the country’s fixed line operator is aiming to recover US$50 million by year end through a debt collection campaign that started early this week. The company’s Chief…

Globacom subscribers near 30m mark

Nigerian mobile network operator Globacom has revealed that its mobile subscriber base is approaching the 30 million mark, local newspaper Vanguard cites the company’s national sales coordinator for North West…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The government of Mozambique has announced it is ready to license new operators in the country’s fixed line market, following the ending of TDM’s monopoly late last year. Reuters…

CCK to Set Up New Licence Regime in Kenya

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) plans to introduce a single licensing framework and market structure beginning July 1st 2008. Currently, the regulator said, it is collating views from stakeholders…

Morocco’s Wana signs up 1 million subscribers in just nine months

Moroccan fixed-wireless operator Wana has announced that it has signed up a million subscribers to its residential fixed line and limited mobility telephony service ‘Bayn’ in its first nine months…

KENYAN GOVERNMENT WANTS CHANGES TO EASSY PROTOCOL

The Kenyan Government has fundamental disagreements with the EASSy Government Protocol signed in Rwanda and it is hard to see how these disagreements will be bridged. Balancing Act’s Isabelle Gross…

NIGERIA’S CONSUMER PROTECTION COUNCIL CLOSES MTN OFFICES OVER YELLO PROMOTION FOR A SECOND TIME

For the second time in three weeks, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) shut down the Abuja regional headquarters of MTN Nigeria, and threatened to press for the withdrawal of its…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

The mobile phone company Telecel in Gabon has announced that it will invest 20 billions CFA to further expand the coverage of its network. The city of Mouila in the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Ethiopia is preparing to launch a ETB270 million project aimed at providing information communication technology (ICT) services to rural communities. The project will last five years and the government…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Ghana Telecom has extended its GSM mobile service to the Bibiani region in the south of the country for the first time. At the inauguration ceremony of the Bibiani…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Celtel Uganda is offering a 41% discount to all its subscribers on all calls made within the country on Independence Day. - Telecom Namibia is increasing the price of…

ORANGE BRAND NAME REACHES BOTSWANA

Botswana’s Vista Cellular has been rebranded under the Orange brand name. This is the latest operation in Africa to be re-branded after the successful launches of Orange in the Ivory…

MOROCCO’S SECOND GSM OPERATOR, MÉDITÉLÉCOM PICKS UP SPEED

Morocco’s communications market is the first market in the region to undergo a very clear ³fixed to mobile substitution² phenomenon. The voice services (fixed and Mobile) still constitute the biggest…

South Sudan: Telecommunication Ministry to Introduce company to run single, Government international gateway

The Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Service Madut Biar Yel said most operators now use their own gateways, but a government is planning to assign a company to operate Government-owned…

Telecoms – In Brief

- The leading telecom operator in Ghana, MTN has announced it is investing a total of GH¢105 million to expand and upgrade its network in order to deliver quality services…

Zimbabwe to Make Infrastructure Sharing Mandatory

The Zimbabwean Government is mooting a policy that forces telecommunication firms to share infrastructure in far reaching reforms set to remove the duplication in investments by operators. The move comes…

ARCEP Orders Benin Operators to Reimburse Overbilled Subscribers

Benin’s telecoms regulator, Authority for Regulation of Electronic Communications and Post (ARCEP) has ordered operators MTN Benin (formerly Areeba), Moov Benin and Globacom Benin (Glo Mobile) to reimburse their overbilled…

Cost of Pre-Paid Calls to Rise in Namibia

Users of pre-paid airtime sold by telecommunications providers have been slapped with a 15 percent value added tax (VAT) from February 1st. This follows a 15 percent VAT imposed by…

SMS ban lifted in Ethiopia after two years

In Ethiopia the year 2000 has just dawned – some seven years after the rest of the world celebrated the new millennium. In Ethiopia the epoch-making event is being marked…

VODAFONE TO BID FOR INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY LICENSE IN EGYPT

Vodafone Egypt (VFE) has unofficially announced its decision to bid for one of the two international gateway operators' licenses to be offered by the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) by…

IVERI LAUNCHES CREDIT CARD PROCESSING VIA MOBILE PHONES

iVeri Payment Technologies (iVeri), a provider of card acceptance gateways for financial institutions, announced last week the release of the iMPi mobile phone credit card acceptance application. With enhanced encryption…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Moroccan incumbent Maroc Télécom on Thursday announced cuts to all of its fixed line call tariffs, including a 5% reduction in the price of fixed-to-mobile calls. It also abolished…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN subscribers can now make and receive calls on their MTN phones even when they travel to any of 41 different countries spread across Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia…

SA GOVT APPOINTS TOP OFFICIAL TO OVERSEE SNO BIDDING PROCESS

The SA Communications Department has appointed a top official to oversee the second bidding process to find a suitable investor for a 51 percent equity stake in the Second National…

Nigeria: Glo Boss Cries Out Over High Interconnect Rate and Taxation

The Federal Government has commended National Carrier, Globacom for its leading efforts in innovation and other milestones even as Globacom calls for government support in the provision of communication infrastructure…

Econet Solar eyes East Africa with prepaid power device

A prepaid solar device dubbed the ‘HomePowerStation’ and developed by the energy division of African telecoms group Econet is planned to be launched in East Africa.Econet Solar’s ‘HomePowerStation’ provides lighting…

Telecoms – In Brief

Malawian operator TNM is offering free access to a theme song for the 'Send Your Girls to School' project, performed by musician and parliamentarian Lucius Banda. The 'Send Your Girls…

Visafone, EMTS go live soon as telecoms market hits 41.5 million lines in Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms sector regulator said last weekend that two new companies, Visafone and Emerging Market Telecommunications Service (EMTS) are soon to roll out commercial service…

Starcomms launches CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A network in Abuja

Nigerian fixed wireless operator Starcomms has deployed a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A network in Abuja. The equipment was supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei, and enables average downlink speeds of 600kbps-1.4Mbps…

THIRD GENERATION MOBILE PHONE LICENCE GRANTED IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique's largest mobile phone operator, M-cel, on Monday received a licence to operate a UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System) network, which is part of the so-called "third generation" of cellphone…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecoms companies are losing an average of 5% of their revenue to fraud, costing the global industry about $60bn every year. The situation is no different in South Africa,…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- South Africa’s Vodacom says that it now has over 8 million customers on the African continent. There are 7.5 million Vodacom customers in South Africa, 200,000 in the Democratic…

Kenya: China Firms Pave Way for Local Rivals in Second 4G Licence Bid

Two Chinese telecommunication firms and four local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have stayed out of the government's second call for the 4G tender, ceding control to Kenya's four mobile operators…

3G launch delay prompts questions in Algeria

Algerians are asking many questions about the country's delay in launching high-speed 3G mobile telecommunication, which was scheduled to take place in the first quarter of this year.Post and ICT…

South Africa's SNO Neotel delays residential services launch

Neotel has confirmed an updated launch date for its commercial residential services.Last year Neotel said that consumers can expect a commercial residential offering in the first quarter of this year.…

Orascom to bid for Egypt fixed licence and wins first private submarine cable concession

Orascom Telecom will bid for Egypt's second fixed line telephony licence, which the government plans to sell next year, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA) said on Sunday. Etisalat…

RWANDA GOVERNMENT SOFTENS ITS ATTITUDE TO TERRACOM SHARE DEAL

Details emerging from two weeks of talks between the Rwandan government and executives of Terracom Communications over the transfer of Rwandatel shares to a third party firm show a softened…

SOUTH AFRICA'S TELFREE TO OFFER SKYPE-STYLE OFFER

Ruan Mallan, CTO of Telfree portrays his company as a virtual VoIP company, offering free calls between Telfree users and cheap international calls over any type of internet connection (ADSL,…

Uganda: Telecom Firms Warned On Operating Licenses

Telecom operators have been warned that the renewal of their operating licenses will now be dependent on the quality of the service. The frequency of surveys is also likely to…

Safaricom plans $94m fibre investment

Kenyan mobile network operator Safaricom will spend $94.8 million to install 2,300 kilometres of fibre-optic cable over the next four years to help serve its growing customer base, reports Reuters…

BTC backbone separation to cost P100m

The termination of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation's (BTC) monopoly on voice and data network provision is set to level the playing field and significantly reduce tariffs, a government ICT official has…

Telecoms - In Brief

- Netxcell Limited, a Hyderabad-based telecom applications and value-added services (VAS) provider, has tied up with Funmobile, a West African company that offers entertainment and information with multimedia forms of…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Pan-African satellite RASCOM has been put in orbit despite the serious problems it encountered during its launch in December 07. Fuel linkages have shortened the satellite life expectancy to…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- United Arab Emirates incumbent telco Etisalat is considering the purchase of a mobile licence in Sudan to complement its existing fixed line operations there, its chairman has said. ‘There…

MOBILE PHONE OPERATORS AWAIT ICASA NOD ON ROLL-OUT FOR POOR IN SOUTH AFRICA

Cellphone operator MTN had not yet been able to meet its obligations to give away 2,5-million SIM cards and 125000 handsets to poor people, or to roll out internet access…

PRIVATISATION OF TUNISIE TELECOM HERALDS A NEW ERA OF GROWTH

The planned privatization of Tunisie Telecom will be a major event in Tunisia’s telecom history. That, along with the government’s liberalization plans, will usher in a new era of massive…

GHANA'S KASAPA TELECOM SWITCHES OVER TO CDMA

Ghana's second mobile operator, Kasapa Telecom, will launch the country's first CDMA network tonight. Kasapa Telecom, a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecom, signed a contract with ZTE Corporation back in July…

TANZANIA’S TRITEL SET TO GO BUST?

The first mobile company to introduce GSM technology to Tanzania, Tri Telecommunication Company Limited (Tritel) may close according to a report in Tanzania’s Guardian. According to the paper the ailing…

Mozambique: Vodacom Invests in Modernising Its Network

Vodacom-Mozambique, the second largest mobile phone company in the country, recently announced that it is to invest 12 million euros (about 16 million US dollars) in expanding and modernising its…

New Mobile phone network launched in south Sudan

Lebanese investors have launched a new mobile phone network in south Sudan, with the infrastructure to reach 1 million subscribers in the region's increasingly crowded telecoms market, officials said on…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to local newspaper Guinée News, the Ministre of Poste and Telecommunications in Guinea has issued a fourth mobile phone licence to Cellcom, an Israeli company. The newspaper disagrees…

TANZANIAN INCUMBENT TTCL LOSES US$2.8M TO VANDALISM OVER 3 YEARS

TTCL is spending thousands of dollars in its fight against vandals. TTCL officials said in October alone, the state-owned company spent Tsh47.1 million ($44,857) to protect 38 of its installations…

IVORIAN NEW TECH AND INFO MINISTRY SUSPENDS KEY STAFF AT REGULATOR ATCI

Tensions between the Ivorian Ministry of New Technologies and Information and the regulator ATCI boiled over last week as the Minister suspended three key senior staff: Kla Sylvanus, the D-G,…

KENYAN MINISTER PUTS IN TRUSTED HAND AT CCK - IS THIS TIT-FOR-TAT OVER DIVERSION SCANDAL?

Last week the Kenyan Minister for Communications Raphael Tuju decided to sack the board of the regulator CCK and sent its Director-General Sammy Kirui on indefinite leave. Meanwhile he has…

NIGERIAN ACTIVISTS CHALLENGE GSM TARIFFS: "UNRELIABLE AND INEFFICIENT"

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has filed a preliminary objection to the suit by the three human rights activists before a Federal High Court in Lagos, challenging the high tariff…

Telkom faces R4bn Multi-Links damages claim

African Prepaid Services Nigeria (APSN), a now-mostly-dormant company in which JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has an effective 37% stake, is claiming US$481m, or about R4bn at the prevailing exchange rate,…

Econet aims for 100% mobile coverage in Zimbabwe within three years

The Zimbabwean cellular operator Econet Wireless is targeting 100% network coverage in the country by 2015, up from around 74% currently and just 13% three years ago. The firm says…

MTN launches LTE in SA

MTN SA has gone live with its LTE network in the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban regions. As of 1 December 2012, South African consumers will be able to purchase LTE…

Guiea-Bissau’s Government to audit telcos to help stimulate their recovery

The government of Guinea-Bissau reportedly plans to audit the accounts of its two state-owned telecoms operators - Guine Telecom (fixed line) and Guinetel (mobile) - in a bid to find…

EGYPT'S MOBILE CONNECTIONS OUTSTRIP THEIR FIXED-LINED COUNTERPARTS

Leading industry analyst and forecaster, BIS Shrapnel, has launched its Egypt Mobile Communications, 2005 report. The report explains that Egypt's cellular market is currently experiencing unprecedented growth, a phenomenon that…

S.AFRICA MULLS FORCING TELKOM TO OPEN LOCAL LOOP

South Africa may force state-controlled phone firm Telkom to cut the price it charges rivals to link homes and offices to the local telephone exchange, a government official said on…

GT TO BE BROKEN UP INTO DIFFERENT PARTS FOR PRIVATISATION?

The Ghanaian Government is talking about selling off Ghana Telecom's mobile operation in the forthcoming privatisation. Word is that a settlement with the Malaysians will soon be in the offing…

FOUR INCUMBENT TELCOS SIGN MOU ON EAST AFRICAN FIBRE PROJECT

Four telecommunication firms have signed an agreement to construct a fibre optic cable linking the eastern Africa seaboard. Telkom Kenya, Botswana Telecom, Rwanda Telecom and Zanzibar Telecom signed the memorandum…

ZIMBABWE’S TELONE WELSHES ON TOLL FREE NUMBER DEAL

Zimbabwean state-controlled fixed telephone operator TelOne has failed to honour a May 2000 agreement signed by its predecessor, the Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (PTC), to allow local firm VASCor to…

Telecoms Giants Bid for Zamtel

Two of India's biggest telecommunications firms and one of Africa's largest communication service providers, are among eight foreign companies and consortia that have been shortlisted to buy a stake of…

Mozambique: Red Tape to Register Sim Cards

All mobile phone owners in Mozambique (and there are more than six million of them) are expected to fill out registration forms by 15 November, under a government decree passed…

Telecom News – In Brief

- A meeting that was to decide when Telecom Namibia employees were to go on a mass demonstration to protest against management was postponed indefinitely after the company's management hastily…

Nigeria: Mobile Operators Lose N8 Billion Daily to Attacks On Infrastructure

MTN, Globacom, Airtel, Etisalat and Visafone are losing about N8 billion daily revenue to the recent bombing of their facilities in the northern parts of the country.The operators are losing…

Orange telecoms firm officially launches operations in DRC

French-owned integrated telecommunications services provider Telecom-Orange has today officially launched its operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under the Orange brand, giving a new dynamism to its…

South Africa’s regulator Delays Mobile TV Policy

The Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) unexpectedly withdrew an invitation to apply for mobile TV licences last week.Icasa wanted to finalise its digital migration policy and the frequency band plan before…

NIGERIA: OPERATORS STILL AT ODDS OVER INTERCONNECT RATE

Despite locking themselves away in a separate room during the Telecom Summit in Abuja, Nigeria's operators were unable to reach agreement on interconnection rates. After so much argument, with each…

IVERI AND SIMTEL IMPLEMENT MOBILE PAYMENTS IN RWANDA

Rwandan electronic transaction provider SIMTEL and South African electronic payment solution specialist iVeri announced on Tuesday last week the successful implementation in Rwanda of the iVeri Voice mobile credit card…

COMPETITION LOOKS SET TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PROVIDERS IN TANZANIA

Since the end of the incumbent's monopoly in Tanzania, there has been a flurry of applications for new licences. A spokesperson for the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority [TCRA] Isaac Mruma…

KENYA'S CCK FAILS TO NAME SNO - NO DATE SET FOR DECISION

Kenya's regulator, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has postponed announcing the winner of the second national operator licence bid. The delay has been put down to the need to…

GRAMEEN FOUNDATION USA AND MTN UGANDA LAUNCH MTN VILLAGEPHONE

Uganda’s Vice President, Professor Gilbert Bukenya, today officially launched "MTN villagePhone" a joint venture between Grameen Foundation USA and MTN Uganda, the country’s leading telecommunications company. The Vice President launched…

Kenya’s Telecoms Firms Oppose One Percent Universal Fund

Telecommunications operators in Kenya have opposed plans by the industry regulator to levy a one per cent fee on their gross annual income to set up a universal fund. The…

RURA to Review Interconnection Fees in Rwanda

Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency (RURA) is planning to review the current interconnection fees among telecommunication operators, a move that might lead to a reduction in industry charges.Currently, the interconnection fee…

Airtel Africa enhances mobile Internet browsing

Customers of Bharti Airtel in Africa will soon enjoy seamless internet connectivity and simpler, more intuitive mobile data services. The operator has selected Nokia Siemens Networks’ Serve at Once Device…

Ghana: VGF Launches Hotline for Domestic Abuse Reporting

In a significant move to contribute to reducing the high incidence of domestic violence in the country, the Vodafone Ghana Foundation (VGF), in collaboration with the Ark Foundation, has launched…

Kenya: Mobile users to be assigned IP addresses

Mobile operators have been ordered to allocate unique numbers, internet protocol (IP) addresses, to all phones using their network to curb spread of abusive, inciting and fraudulent messages.This will go…

The World Bank Is Pushing The Repairing Of DRC Telecoms Through A $92 Million Funding

The terrible state of the telecommunications infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of Congo, (DRC) has touched the World Bank and it wants to rehabilitate it with a funding of $92…

MTN Rwanda invests $100m to improve rural access

Telecommunications firm MTN Rwanda plans to invest $100 million to improve rural access and increase internet broadband services this year to counter new competition, the company's chief executive said on…

Government Threatens Glo Operations in Benin

Globacom's Benin network launched in June may be truncated by the failure of the Beninoise government to release the frequency it allocated to the Nigerian telecoms company over one and…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The recently-concluded 4th Nigerian Telecom Summit has advocated the merger of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Inforamation Technology Development Agency (NITDA).…

ERICSSON PROVIDES END-TO-END MMS SOLUTION TO MTN UGANDA

MTN Uganda has become the first operator in Africa and the second in the world to go live with Ericsson's latest multimedia messaging (MMS) technology, the Multimedia Messaging Center (MMC)…

MTN'S RURAL PAYPHONES TAKE OFF IN RWANDA

MTN Rwanda's Tuvugane community payphone initiative, aimed at bringing mobile communication to rural communities, has proved to be even more successful than originally expected.According to the cellular operator, Tuvugane –…

ORASCOM TELECOM SUSPENDS ITS OPERATIONS IN TCHAD MOBILE

Orascom Telecom announced last week that it has suspended its operations in Chad Tchad Mobile as a result of unresolved disputes with the Government concerning the transfer process of Tchad…

NIGERIAN GSM OPERATOR M-TEL ORDERS PRE-PAID WIRELESS PLATFORM

Nigerian GSM network operator M-Tel has selected Boston Communications’s bcgi Prepaid Wireless platform for its real-time subscriber management capabilities that will enable the operator to profitably offer prepaid wireless service…

Court Stops Nigeria’s Federal Government From Selling 2.3 GHZ Band Licence

A Federal high court sitting in Abuja yesterday issued a preservative order stopping the Federal Government from taking any step towards selling the National Frequencies in the 2.3 GHZ Band,…

Mozambique: Red Tape to Register Sim Cards

All mobile phone owners in Mozambique (and there are more than six million of them) are expected to fill out registration forms by 15 November, under a government decree passed…

Kenya Gears Up for Mobile Number Portability

After over six years of boardroom talk on implementation of mobile number portability, Kenya's mobile telephony scene looks set to roll out the system beginning Friday (March 25,2011).The plan has…

NCC to Sanction MTN, Glo, Airtel for Poor Services

Worried by the increasing and persistent cases of poor service delivery, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has again, threatened to sanction the three major telecoms operators - MTN Nigeria, Globacom…

Telecoms News in Brief

- Glo Ghana has acquired two million subscribers in Ghana since it commenced commercial operations in May this year. With this development, Glo Mobile Ghana now has over eight per…

Telecoms - In Brief

- The Judge of the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has given the Management of Atlantic Wireless Incorporated or Libercell GSM a 15-day ultimatum to settle…

Three Somali Telecom Companies Have Reached a Landmark Agreement for Interconnecting Their Networks

Three main Somali telecommunication companies namely Hormud, Somtel and National link have signed cooperation.The three said in a joint press conference that the cooperation will pave way for easy communication…

UAE's Etisalat bids for Libyan telecom licence but still no news on its Meditel purchase in Morocco

United Arab Emirates telecoms company Etisalat is bidding for a Libyan mobile license, citing high growth potential. OPEC member Libya is the latest North African state to allow private investors…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Portugal Telecom (PT) has confirmed that it is considering making an application for a mobile licence in Mozambique when the government’s auction for the country’s third operating concession goes…

Telkom Kenya launches Orange mobile services

Mobile telephone charges are expected to come down with the unveiling of Telkom Kenya's new Orange mobile services, which include voice and Internet. "This is an important point in Telkom…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- MTN Uganda will invest USD7.5 million by the end of the year in boosting its GSM network coverage, the company said in a statement. Since April, MTN has extended…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Ghana Telecom (GT) has ‘lost’ the underground network cable that provides communications to a number of major government offices in the Osu Castle in Accra, according to The Statesman…

SPAIN'S TELEFONICA TO BID FOR MOROCCAN FIXED LINE LICENCE

Spanish mobile phone operator Telefonica Moviles SA (TEM) said last Wednesday it will bid for a fixed-line license in Morocco through its local joint venture with Portugal Telecom SA (PT).…

MTN IMPROVES GSM BACKBONE IN NIGERIA

Harris Corporation has received a USD29 million order from MTN Nigeria to supply, design and implement Harris MegaStar 1:4 radios for MTN's high-capacity backhaul GSM network. The follow-on order augments…

SA’S TSHWANE METRO PILOTS POWERLINE COMMUNICATIONS BUT AWAITS LICENCE

The City of Tshwane Metro Municipality, which has tested powerline communications (PLC) kit for 18 months, admits it may not offer telecoms services in the current regulatory regime. Its dream…

War Against Call Box Owners Intensified in Cameroon

The agents of the Yaounde City Council last Tuesday carried out an operation to chase call box owners within the precincts of the Yaounde central town. Marie Therèse M., a…

Liberia: LTA Gives WAT a 15-year WiMAX licence

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority has granted a 15-year license to the West Africa Telecommunications Incorporated (WAT) to install, maintain and operate a public telecommunications network for the purposes of providing…

South Africa: Free SMS messages filtered by mobile operators says FSMS founder

FSMS recently blamed mobile networks for “trying to filter their messages” but operators said that this is definitely not the case. Free SMS service FSMS was launched in June 2010.…

South Africa: 8ta to roll out LTE network

Telkom’s mobile arm, 8ta, has built six base stations using next-generation long-term evolution (LTE) wireless broadband technology, with 50 sites under construction and plans to expand the network to Cape…

Liquid Telecom, Eutelsat extend IP connectivity

Liquid Telecom and Eutelsat have extended their relationship to 2019 with a new multi-transponder contract for satellite capacity delivering premium coverage of sub-Saharan Africa. The additional capacity is on the…

Zambia offers unified telecom licenses

Zambia has joined several countries in the eastern and southern African region in offering unified licenses to cater to diverse telecommunications services in a bid to attract international service providers…

Burundi’s mobile customers to benefit of borderless network across East Africa

Burundi's leading telecom company, UCOM has partnered with MTN to provide a free roaming service for their subscribers. The "Home and Away" roaming service will provide customers in East Africa…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Pan-African GSM operator Celtel has announced it is to lower tariffs for customers making calls to other Celtel subscribers within East Africa. Contract and pre-paid mobile users in Kenya,…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- DRC's incumbent OCPT is building new earth stations in partnership with Lucent Communications and other foreign investors including local mobile provider Sematel. The total project is according to local…

BOTSWANA TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY AWARDS LIBERALISATION CONTRACT

Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) awarded tenders for consultancy services for two different projects. The tenders were awarded to Analysis Consulting Limited, a United Kingdom based consultancy firm, in association with…

TANZANIA’S REGULATOR TCC SAYS FOUR CELLULAR OPERATORS ARE ENOUGH

As more people in Tanzania go for mobile telephony,the Tanzania Communications Commission (TCC) -www.tcc.go.tz - has no plans to license another operator to join the four currently serving the market.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecoms market regulator, the Communications Commission of Kenya, has began the search for experts to manage the roll out of mobile phone number portability, in a move that could…

African Telcom LAPGreenN Bids for Telekom Serbia

The Serbian government is offering a 40% stake in the state-owned telco to the highest bidder according to media reports. The government today holds 80% of Telekom while the balance…

Wind to Power MTC Reception in Namibia

MTC, Namibia's biggest cellphone operator, has resorted to wind power to give its reception a boost.Apart from the wind turbine at Sossusvlei Mountain, the company inaugurated a wind generation project…

Uganda: Telecom Firms Urged to Reduce Mobile Money Fees

Mobile Money channels have become a convenient way of sending and receiving money in Uganda. However, the cost of transactions remains prohibitive to millions of Ugandans, according to one mobile…

Swaziland Government in Talks to Transfer Stake in MTN

The government of Swaziland is to hold talks with the local subsidiary of MTN regarding the transfer of the government's indirect stake in the company to the government's Ministry of…

Liberia: Cellcom, Total Announce Partnership

The managements of Cellcom GSM and Total Liberia have announced a business partnership for the provision of all Cellcom products and services to be sold at Total service stations across…

Airtel Plans $80 Million Worth of Upgrades in Zambia

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…

New map charts the spread of network fibre transmission across Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is undergoing the most significant build-out of telecom transmission networks that it has ever seen. By July 2009, fixed line and alternative operators had over 400,000-km of terrestrial…

Interconnection Rates to Drop Drastically in Gambia

The Department of State for Communication, Information and Information Technology, in conjunction with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, has declared a drastic reduction in interconnection rates between GSM mobile and…

SOUTH AFRICA'S MTN SPENDS USD60-70M ON 3G LAUNCH

MTN, Africa‘s biggest mobile phone operator by sales, launched its third-generation network on Tuesday and said it hoped the service would snare half a million users within a year. South…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Algérie Télécom’s wholly owned mobile arm Mobilis has awarded a contract to build out its GSM network in western Algeria to Chinese vendor ZTE. The announcement follows ZTE’s statement…

ALGERIA'S DJEZZY GSM DEPLOYS EDGE NETWORK AND PASSES 2M MARK

Orascom Telecom Algerie, Algeria's leading mobile operator, has not only registered its 2 millionth subscriber and deployed a multimedia GPRS mobile service last week, but has also introduced the first…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Samsung has become the latest global consumer electronics group to set up a liaison office in Nairobi as it seeks to entrench itself in the East African region. -…

Telecel Zimbabwe Dogfight Escalates

A battle to control Telecel Zimbabwe escalated this week after Empowerment Corporation (EC), owners of the firm's licence, pushed for the cancellation of the company's operating licence and the ouster…

Airtel Sets $25 Million for Massive Network Growth in Sierra Leone

Airtel, Sierra Leone's award winning mobile telecommunication company of the year 2010 has embarked on super strategy to further expand its fast growing mobile network in the country. The company…

ECOWAS adopts draft regulation on submarine cable landing stations

The 11th meeting of ECOWAS Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies Ministers (Telecoms-ICT) ended with an adoption of a draft regulation on conditions for access to submarine cable landing stations…

Ghana NCA issues three new mobile broadband licences

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has awarded Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licences in the 2500 – 2690 MHz band to Surfline Limited and GoldKey Properties Limited, as well as an…

Africa’s mobile phone boom – the Portuguese speaking countries

The 650 million mobile phone devices existing in Africa add up to more than those in the United States and Europe put together says a World Bank report released this…

SkyVision launches new fibre network in Guinea

Global communications provider SkyVision Global Networks has launched integrated fibre and wireless services under the SkyVision SkyFibre banner in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. According to a press release, the…

Telecoms – In Brief

- Airtel Niger, the local cellular unit of Indian telecoms company Bharti Airtel, has been awarded a 15-year licence for the establishment and operation of a 3G network, Reuters reports,…

Zimbabwe: Government Moves to Protect Telecoms Customers

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nelson Chamisa who said he had instructed that telecommunication charges "need to be on the average of the region." The regulator POTRAZ has…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Moroccan mobile and fixed line operator Medi Telecom (Meditel) and its 32.18% shareholder Telefonica have jointly completed a 2,520km fibre-optic backbone network named Africa Gate, which provides international connectivity…

Sudatel celebrates 4 millions subscribers while increasing its capital to $2.5 billion

Sudanese incumbent Sudatel this week celebrated reaching 4 million subscribers in Sudan and raising its capital base to US$2.5 billion. Sudatel General Director Eng. Amad Aldeen Hussein said that Sudatel…

NIGERIA TO GET 3G NEXT MONTH WITH LAUNCHES FROM AXCERA AND AFRICA NETCOM

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest and most vibrant mobile market, is set to become even more lively with the announcement that two companies, Axcera and Africa Netcom, will make 3G services available…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to a report in the Daily Champion Nigerians are spending N2 billion on recharge cards for mobiles. - Zimbabwe's second city Bulawayo has approved an application by Celsys…

ALGERIAN GOVERNMENT GETS NO TAKERS FOR FIXED LINE LICENCES

According to a Reuters report, the Algerian government did not receive any bids for the two fixed-line licenses it was attempting to auction, the state regulator ARPT said. Algeria’s market…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

http://www.prnewswire.com/ - Telephone links have been re-established between the north and south of Benin that had been cut since last Saturday following an outage on the fibre optic cable. -…

Gabon launches 3G licence tender

Gabon's government has launched a tender to build and operate a 3G mobile network, with a deadline for submissions to the regulator Artel by 30 September, reports Reuters. The tender…

Telecoms New - In Brief

- The Angolan minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Carvalho da Rocha said that it is necessary to establish clearly, the limits, conduct, rights, obligations and duties of the…

Kenya: Vodafone Set to Take Up the Three Key Posts in Safaricom

Experts seconded by UK-based Vodafone will head Safaricom's powerful portfolios of technical/information technology and marketing, it emerged on Thursday, a day after chief executive Bob Collymore unveiled a new management…

Telecom News - In Brief

- The planned implementation of number portability by the telecom regulatory body, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has elicited joy among telecom subscribers.It has raised hope that the initiative would…

Cameroon declines proposed MTN and Orange rates

Cameroon regulator Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ART) has refused to accept proposed mobile tariffs pitched by operators MTN and Orange for authorisation based on dissatisfaction over suggested off-peak discounts. This…

Nedjma chooses ten provinces for exclusive 3G coverage

Wataniya Telecom Algeria, operating under the Nedjma brand, has reportedly selected the ten provinces to be covered exclusively by its 3G network, Agence Ecofin reports. According to the article, Nedjma’s…

MTN Expanding Network in South Sudan

MTN's South Sudan subsidiary has switched on the first of 161 base stations that it has been deploying across the newly independent country.The switch-on is part of a USD76 million…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telkom Kenya has asked the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) to speed up the introduction of a network feature that enables consumers to retain their telephone number whenever they…

Senate backs up LTA to enforce new GSM licence standardisation in Liberia

In the wake of the ongoing row between the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) and GSM service providers in Liberia over GSM license standardisation, the Senate Committee on Posts and Telecommunications…

ZANTEL TO SHARE VODAFONE NETWORK ON TANZANIAN MAINLAND

Zanzibar-based ZANTEL and Vodacom Tanzania have entered into an agreement of co-operation whereby Zantel will provide national coverage on the Mainland using Vodacom's infrastructure. Under this co-operation agreement, the two…

FIRST EVER 3G CALL MADE IN TUNISIA 3 MONTHS AFTER BUILD CONTRACT SIGNED

Within three months of signing its contract with Tunisia’s CERT, ZTE has completed the major network construction and installation of its initial equipment and became the first company to show…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), the ICTs national regulator has issued the Determination on Interconnection rates between as well as fixed to mobile networks, between mobile operators. The…

KENYA’S SNO BIDDERS DOWN TO THREE - TELENOR, TAIFCOM & AFRICAN BELL

Bidders for Kenya’s second fixed line license submitted their bids last Friday. Out of the four consortiums interested in the license only three submitted their bids. Communication Commission Of Kenya…

MALAYSIA TELKOM INJUNCTION TARGETS GHANA TELECOM EXPANSION LOAN

Telkom Malaysia have filed an injunction at the High Court, seeking the court to prevent GT from accessing a USD210 million loan to secure equipment to undertake an expansion program…

AREEBA MAKES U-TURN IN ARBITRATION CASE IN GHANA

Scancom Limited, operators of Areeba mobile telecommunications network, has beaten a dramatic retreat from pursuing an arbitration process it filed at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), in the…

Sierratel to undergo privatisation to boost competitiveness

The government of Sierra Leone is looking to sell incumbent fixed line operator Sierratel, as officials acknowledge that the firm lacks the financial resources to compete with the country’s mobile…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN has emerged as Africa's most valuable brand and the only African global brand in the 2011 Brand Finance Global 500.- According to Times Live, South Africa-based telecoms group…

Telecoms – In Brief

- The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has donated 600 mobile phones to Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) at a cost of GHS 120,000. The support is to…

Telecoms - In Brief

- BICS, has enabled the first LTE roaming call to be made between Africa and Europe in the presence of HRH Princess Astrid, Princess of Belgium.The video call took place…

Expresso barred from providing promotions after QoS breaches

Ghanaian cellco Expresso (formerly Kasapa Telecom) has been banned from implementing sales or marketing promotions until the end of May 2014, after falling foul of the country’s Quality of Service…

Vodacom launches M-cash service M-Pesa in Tanzania

Vodafone's mobile phone-based solution for transferring money is now available in the country, thanks to a partnership between Vodafone and Vodacom Tanzania. The partners commercially launched Vodafone M-Pesa in the…

ETHIOPIA'S TELECOM SELECTS SIX SIM CARD VENDORS

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has selected six local companies in its first outsource effort to sell prepaid mobile SIM cards. The selected companies, Dire Industries, Aron Computers Plc, Glorious…

EXPOSED: HOW KENYA TELKOM LOSES MILLIONS IN INTERNATIONAL INCOME

Telkom Kenya has been losing hundreds of millions of shillings in international traffic revenue every year through lopsided agreements with third party carriers of international traffic. These traffic refilers, the…

INTEC WINS USD4 MILLION SOFTWARE DEAL IN NIGERIA WITH NITEL

Intec Telecom Systems has signed a USD4 million deal includes four major Intec products to NITEL.The agreement, which was made possible with the help of Intec’s local Nigerian partner Traffic…

SA REGULATOR ICASA TO HOLD HEARINGS ON UNDER-SERVICED AREA LICENCES

The process of awarding the underserviced area licences (USALs) has moved to its next step, following the conclusion of the public hearings into the various bids at the end of…

Telecoms News - In Brief

*ITNews Africa reports that Tanzania’s first independently owned tower company, Eaton Tanzania, has opened for business in the capital, Dar Es Salaam. The newcomer will build and manage towers to…

Nigeria: NCC to introduce service quality KPIs

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it was set to take drastic measures to tackle the ongoing poor service quality in the telecoms sector.Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Dr.…

Nigeria: Mobile Rises Sharply While Radio Dominates for News

While a vast divide remains between “media rich” and “media poor” Nigerians, household mobile ownership has surpassed that of radio and TV in Nigeria, and the use of Internet is…

GSM growth slows, CDMA flourishes in Morocco

According to Morocco’s telecoms regulator the ANRT, the country’s mobile phone users reached 20.62 million at the end of March 2008, up from 20.03 million at the end of 2007,…

NIGERIA's JIGAWA STATE TO GET ITS OWN MOBILE NETWORK BUT HAS NO INTERCONNECT WITH NITEL

The Nigerian state government of Jigawa has begun trials of a GSM-based local mobile network in the region. The state is currently testing 1,000 lines, most of which are being…

FREE AT LAST: 1ST AFRICAN VoIP FORUM HELD IN NAIROBI

With the announcement of competition frameworks in Kenya and elsewhere, there was a palpable sense of excitement amongst the hundred plus participants from across the continent at the First African…

SIEMENS MOBILE NETWORKS AND LOGICACMG SIGN UP WATANIYA ALGERIA

LogicaCMG last week announced it has been selected to provide a Next Generation Messaging solution to Wataniya Algeria. Wataniya has secured one of three GSM network licences awarded in Algeria,…

TWO MORE M-COMMERCE SOLUTIONS - BANKS IN NIGERIA & CINEMA TICKETS IN SA

Two new m-commerce solutions were launched this week: one for banking in Nigeria and the other for cinema tickets in South Africa. Exact Mobile has developed SA’s first mobile commerce…

ECONET WINS KENYAN COURT CASE OVER 3RD MOBILE LICENCE

Kenya’s third mobile phone service provider was last week given the go-ahead by a Nairobi court to operate after a case against it was struck out with costs.After the award…

Ghana extends SIM registration for 90 days

The National Communications Authority has extended the mobile SIM Registration exercise for additional 90 days.This means that subscribers have up to September to register or correct any anomaly with their…

Algeria to provide 3G license once Djezzy issue settled

Algerian Minister of Post, Information and Communication Technologies Moussa Benhamadi said Sunday that 3G licenses would be allotted once an agreement is reached over Russian telecom firm Vimpelcom's local unit…

WTL’s Specialist Voice Switches Chosen By Five Of Nigeria’s Interconnect Exchange Carriers

World Telecom Labs (WTL) has announced that its specialist high capacity voice switching equipment will be deployed by five of Nigeria’s interconnect exchange carriers.Licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission, the…

Telecel introduces video calling

Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile telecoms firm by earnings and subscribers, Telecel, on Monday introduced a video calling service as it revealed national coverage had reached 85 percent.Video calling allows subscribers…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- There are 1.5 billion people in emerging markets who do not currently own a mobile handset but are willing and, through appropriate business models, would be able to purchase…

NCC under pressure to agree a 3G licence for Nigcomsat

The Nigerian House of Representatives continues to try and strong-arm the Nigerian regulator NCC into giving the state communications satellite project a 3G licence. Why does a satellite bandwidth seller…

SOUTH AFRICA's NEW CLICKS STARTS SELLING VIRTUAL AIRTIME

New Clicks Holdings is one of South Africa’s premier retail groups, with more than 900 stores operating under brands including Clicks and Discom. The group focuses on health, beauty and…

TELKOM KENYA ON THE FINANCIAL RACK AS GOVERNMENT DITHERS OVER PRIVATISATION

Telkom Kenya faces unprecedented competition and mounting debts as the Government seems incapable of putting the privatization process through with any speed. The fact that they have been loss-making for…

VODACOM OPPOSES REDUCED INTERCONNECT RATES IN TANZANIA

Vodacom Tanzania Limited said last week that no mobile phone company in the country would be able to maintain its investment and satisfy its customers if the proposed interconnection rates…

PRESS CONSORTIUM CONCLUDES REVIEW OF MALAWI TELECOM ASSETS

The Privatisation Commission (PC) has said the Press consortium, the preferred bidder for the Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL), has completed its assessment of MTL’s assets. Susan Banda, PC information, education…

ZIMBABWE’S TELECEL OUSTS CHAIRMAN MAKAMBA

The drama continues in the long-running James Makamba case with reports that the Empowerment Corporation (EC) last week staged a boardroom coup to oust the embattled business tycoon from the…

Orascom and MTN confirm takeover talks but Algeria’s government says no to the sale of Orascom Telecom Algeria

Orascom and MTN have confirmed that they are discussing a deal that analysts believe could see the South African telco take control of Orascom's African assets.In a statement released today,…

Etisalat Nigeria acquires Alheri Mobile to grab its 3G licence

The late entrant in the Nigerian telecommunication market, but the most expanding network in Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria has acquired 3G licence to essentially boost its mobile broadband experience in Nigeria.…

SEACOM and TDM ink deal to connect landlocked Zimbabwe

SEACOM has signed a Master Services Agreement with Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM), the leading telecommunications service provider in Mozambique. This agreement gives SEACOM and its customers access to the largest…

International telcos eye Libya as elections near

International firms are keen to enter Libya's telecommunications sector, one of the major business opportunities created by last year's uprisings in the Arab world. But they will only find out…

Smartphone Uptake Gaining Pace in Africa as IDC Tips Shipments to Double Over Next Four Years

Smartphone shipments to Africa were up 21.5% year on year for Q2 2013, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). Referencing its most recent Middle East and…

MTN to pay $3bn for upgrades in Nigeria

MTN Group will spend more than $3bn to upgrade and expand the infrastructure of its operations in Nigeria over the next three years to improve the quality of its service…

Zimbabwe Netone Buys Fibre Optic System to Ease interconnection Congestion

Mobile cellular phone service provider NetOne has bought a high capacity fibre optic system that is expected to help ease current network congestion. According to NetOne managing director Reward Kangai,…

MTN, VGCCL, SIX OTHERS GET UNIFIED LICENCE IN NIGERIA

Four new firms have secured unified licences from the Nigerian Communications Commission, bringing to eight the number of telecommunications companies in the country granted similar licences. A unified licence gives…

ROW OVER MTC OWNERSHIP IN NAMIBIA

The Ministry of Works Transport and Communications supports the move by Telecom Namibia to own a 51 percent shareholding in MTC after the dismantling of Namibia Posts and Telecom Holding…

MALAWI LOOKS SET LEGALISE VOIP SHORTLY

Malawian regulator MACRA has said that it will give a wide legalisation of VoIP services. This was meant to happen in July but has been delayed as the enabling legislation…

EUTELSAT SUPPORTS EXPANSION OF MULTICHOICE AFRICA's DStv PAY-TV PLATFORM

Eutelsat last week announced the conclusion of a new agreement with MultiChoice Africa, for satellite capacity which will enable MultiChoice to expand its DStv pay-TV offering in sub-Saharan Africa. Through…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Liberia Telecommunication Corporation Workers‚ Union has suspended a Planned strike action due Wednesday. The workers decision followed an appeal by the Corporation's New Manager, Amara Kromah. The workers…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telephone subscribers in Rivers State owe NITEL N1.2 billion.Territorial Manager, Elijah Akpan said the debt had adversely affected NITEL’s plans for expansion.A NITEL document made available to press showed…

ALGERIA: LIBERALIZATION FIXED FOR APRIL 2004

The liberalization of Algeria’s telecoms sector has been fixed for April of this year. The Minister of Posts, IT and Communications Amadou Tou admitted that current transmission capacity was weak…

African Main One, Seacom, eFive Sign MOU On Fibre Ring Solution

Main One, in partnership with SEACOM and eFive Telecoms have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a project that would develop a pan-African fibre ring solution. The new…

Mobile Phone Companies Face Fines Over Service Quality in Kenya

The telecommunications regulator has hit out at mobile telephony firms who criticised its recent quality report card and added that it will, from next year, levy penalties on operators who…

Kenya: Mobile Surveillance Set to Boost Doctors' Response to Outbreaks

The government has launched a mobile disease surveillance system that will enable health workers in the field detect and manage disease outbreaks through smart phones, adding impetus to m-health initiatives…

MTN denies two-month old Turkcell charges

South Africa's MTN on Thursday denied allegations it used corrupt practices and promises of weapons to win its licence in Iran, the first time the mobile operator has clearly rejected…

Poor quality of service: consumer rights groups demands n1.5trillion compensation from MTN, Globacom, Etisalat and Airtel for Nigeria GSM subscribers.

Subsequent upon administrative enquiry or investigation on the general state of service quality in the telecommunications sector conducted by the Nigerian Communications Commission “NCC” in 2012 and imposition of the…

Telecel tells Econet subscribers to ‘move over’

Telecel Zimbabwe has upped its fight for mobile subscribers by targeting subscribers on rival operator, Econet Wireless’ network, telling them in a direct text message to “move over” to its…

Telecoms – In Brief

-  Azouaou Mehmel, the CEO of the country’s incumbent telecoms operator Algerie Telecom (AT), has revealed that the company faces difficulties in implementing its fibre-optic deployment programme, due to a…

Mobile Phone Factory to Be Set Up in Zambia

The Malaysia based handset design firm, M.Mobile is investing US$3 million in setting up a production factory in Zambia. Commerce Trade and Industry Minister Felix Mutati said in an interview…

BOTSWANA: PEEPA OUTLINES BTC'S PRIVATISATION PROCESS

Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) Chief Executive Officer, Joshua Galeforolwe last week outlined stages that will be taken towards Botswana Telecommunication Corporation's (BTC) privatisation. Galeforolwe, who was speaking…

GSMA PUSHES "3G FOR ALL" PROGRAM

Following on its moves to create ultra low cost GSM handsets, the GSM Association is now embarking on a new program called "3G for all" designed to make 3G handsets…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Both Kenyan mobile operators Celtel and Safaricom are building building their own teleport which will put yet another dent in Kenya Telkom's revenues. - South African cell phone operator…

ANGOLA: UNITEL TO INVEST USD4 MILLION IN ITS NETWORK

Privately owned mobile operator Unitel has invested USD4 million in its national network so far. According to its D-G Luciano Pereira da Costa this money was spent on all aspects…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Zimbabwean incumbent Tel-One, will be staggering its tariff increases going into the future, top company officials have said, after widespread anger from consumers at a recent 400% increase. Telephone…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- MTN Nigeria Communications Limited last Monday warned the National Communications Commission (NCC) that they would be held liable for contempt of court should the other GSM operators go ahead…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- A Mauritian turnkey infrastructure builder for telecom and broadcast networks, International Rom Limited, has opened its office in Lagos. - Workers in Uganda’s most remote health facilities, without telephone…

South Africa: Cabinet Overrules Icasa On Infraco Licence

The South African Cabinet is forcing the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to grant a second licence to state-owned telecoms agency Broadband Infraco. Last week, the Cabinet said it…

Etisalat in talks to buy Multi-Links in Nigeria

South Africa’s Telkom is reportedly in talks with UAE based Etisalat over the sale of its Nigerian CDMA network, Multi-Links.Telkom previously stated that it was looking to sell the Nigerian…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Outremer Telecom says that it has been granted a 3G license for Mayotte. Outremer Telecom already deploys its 3G networks in the French West Indies, French Guiana and Reunion.…

Safaricom, Qualcomm team up for ‘3G Experiential Tour’

Kenyan mobile giant Safaricom and US-based wireless technology manufacturer Qualcomm have announced the launch of an ‘Experiential Tour’ for 3G products and services in Kenya, which will take place between…

KDN rolls out Tanzanian fibre network link

Kenya Data Networks (KDN), a subsidiary of Mauritius-based Liquid Telecom Group, has deployed fibre-optic networks in Tanzania, extending connectivity to the East African capitals of Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kampala…

Rwanda’s Mobile Charging Kiosk seeks US$250,000 to build 100 solar energy hubs

The Rwandan entrepreneur Henri Nyakarundi behind the renewable energy portable multiple mobile charging device “Mobile Charging Kiosk” is targeting substantial investment after making it into the VC4Africa September Cohort.Last week…

Consumer rights to get mobile support in South Africa

Mobile technology company Clickatell is encouraging people to complain more often about bad service, in the hope of making money as incensed consumers air their gripes by SMS. Clickatell has…

MOBILE OPERATORS GET EXPERT HELP IN AFRICAN RUSH

The rapid expansion of mobile telecommunications in Africa is seeing operators turn to innovative technologies in the scramble to reach new areas and grab market share, according to recent industry…

MOROCCANS STILL PREFER PAYPHONES FOR INTERNATIONAL CALLS

While Morocco's GSM penetration exceeded 40% in 2005, some 80% of GSM users are still using payphones for national calls. A new Arab Advisors Group major survey of GSM users…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Ghana Telecom has expanded its fixed line network in the Upper East Region of Ghana, upping capacity and replacing outdated equipment in the area. The incumbent has also expanded…

ERICSSON SELECTED BY MTN SOUTH AFRICA TO SUPPLY 3G/WCDMA NETWORK

Ericsson has been selected by MTN South Africa to supply 3G/WCDMA network. With 3G from MTN, subscribers will be able to experience high bandwidth services such as video telephony, mobile…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Nigeria’s Science and Technology Minister Professor Turner Isoun said that because of the enormous growth of demnd for VSAT in the country, the Government will launch a second satellite…

GHANA: FORTY FIRMS VIE FOR SLOT AS THIRD NATIONAL OPERATOR

40 international telecommunications firms are each vying for the place as the third network telecommunications operator in Ghana. The rush in presenting their applications to the National Communications Authority (NCA)…

MAURITANIA TO IMPROVE GSM COVERAGE WITH US$1.8 MILLION CONTRACT

interWAVE Communications has won a US$1.8 million GSM contract with Mauritel Mobiles in the northern African country of Mauritania. interWAVE is to supply a turnkey GSM solution to connect four…

THREE LOCALS APPLY FOR MOBILE LICENCES IN MALAWI

Three local companies have joined two foreign companies in the race for a license to roll out mobile phone services. Malawi Communication and Regulatory Authority (Macra) said last Monday, local…

Econet struggles to recover $38m from TelOne in Zimbabwe

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has accused TelOne of refusing to remit $38 million in call termination fees since January 2009 and called on government to intervene…

Nigeria: FG to Introduce Mobile Technology for Teachers - NTI DG

The National Teacher's Institute (NTI) has mapped out strategies to use mobile technologies to update the knowledge of teachers and strengthen their competencies.NTI Director-General, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu disclosed this…

Viettel launches mobile network in Mozambique

On May 15, 2012, Viettel announced the official launch of Movitel – the group’s first mobile network in Africa to join its already flourishing networks in Asia and Latin America.In…

Somaliland: Telecom Growth Rate is Three Times Greater Than Ethiopia

The use of Skype and Google talk are limited and tightly monitored in Ethiopia with Ethio Telecom, formerly the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) the sole Government controlled telecom.In contrast, Somaliland…

Telecoms - In Brief

- Vodafone Ghana Communications has set up a new health line, enabling Vodafone customers in the country to call and enquire about their health conditions. Twenty doctors and nurses have…

Uganda’s Telecoms operators Told to Share Masts

Uganda’s ICT ministry will compel telecom companies to share transmission masts, Dr. David Turahi, the Director of ICT Management Services said last week. Turahi said the measure was aimed at…

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COURT RESUMES CELTEL HEARING IN NIGERIA

A Federal High Court presided over by Justice Abdulahi Mustapha, will today resume hearing in suit by Oba Otudeko, Foluke Otudeko and Broad Communications Ltd, against Jubril Adewale Tinubu and…

SMS REVENUES UNDER THREAT FROM IM CLIENT FROM MXIT

At around R70 (USD10.17) per megabyte, South African SMSs are almost certainly the most expensive data-based communication method in the world. Local cellphone networks gloat at Christmas and New Year…

NIGERIA’S UNIFIED LICENCES: SMALLER PTOS AND NITEL UNLIKELY TO CHALLENGE BIGGER PLAYERS

A recent report by eShekels has identified the scale of the mountain the smaller unified licence players will have to climb if they are to meet their promises. To start…

NIGERIAN GOVT TO SELL NITEL WITHOUT SAT-3 ASSET

Controversy surrounding the ownership of SAT-3 has been put to rest as federal government has resolved to separate SAT-3 from Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL). Communication Minister, Chief Cornelus Adebayo said…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Parliamentary House Committee on Communication has demanded for a full public hearing on NITEL Management Contract Awarded to Pentascope.A member of the committee, Alhaji Nasiru Dantiye said…

COST OF NIGERIAN INTERNATIONAL CALLS FALL TO NEW LOW

The rates at which costs of international calls are going down in Nigeria are phenomenal. Unfortunately, these are by illegal means. In one cybercafe in Lagos, calls to America and…

SA’S MOBILE OPERATORS DO FREE SIM CARDS DEAL WITH GOVT ON 1800 MHZ ACCESS

The Department of Communications has done a deal whereby disadvantaged South Africans will receive four million SIM cards over five years in exchange for the cellular industry gaining access to…

BT EMERGES FRONTRUNNER IN RACE TO BUY TELKOM KENYA, ACCORDING TO GOVT OFFICIAL

A consortium that includes British Telecoms and Libyan investors has emerged as the only strong contender to acquire a strategic 40 per cent shareholding in Telkom Kenya. People close to…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mobile number portability (MNP) in Kenya - which was originally scheduled to go live on 31 December – has been delayed until 1 April 2011, according to a report…

Vimpelcom seeks arbitration against Algeria over fine

Russia-focused telecoms firm Vimpelcom said its subsidiary Orascom has submitted a formal notice of arbitration against the Algerian government, escalating a disagreement between the parties over a $1.3 billion fine.Vimpelcom…

Gateway Communications steps up African terrestrial network initiative

The Pan-African telecoms service supplier, Gateway Communications, announced Wednesday that it had brought additional capacity from submarine cable SAT-3 to landlocked Botswana via South Africa, under its Southern Africa Development…

How Internet and Mobile Help Journalists in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Better and wider access to Internet and mobile is changing how journalists work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), bringing more access but also sometimes greater risk. Internet and…

Africa’s mobile broadband subscribers top 172mn

Africa's mobile broadband subscriptions have reached 172 million. This is according to the 2014 edition of the State of Broadband report, which has been compiled by the Broadband Commission. The…

Ghana’s Government investigates Vodafone agreement

The new National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has set up a committee to review the Vodafone/Ghana Telecom sale agreement that was concluded under the government of the New Patriotic Party…

Egypt’s Mobinil says interconnect rates unfair

Mobinil, one of Egypt’s three mobile operators, said it could accept a drop in interconnection rates but that levels suggested by the regulator were “not reasonable.” The firm said on…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Uganda Communication Commission has clarified that it has licenced five national telecommunications operators and not six as was reported by the media in the last few days. The…

POWERTEL IN US$11 MILLION EXPANSION DRIVE IN ZIMBABWE

Telecommunications company PowerTel will soon roll out a project worth US$11 million involving the installation of 3G network services to subscribers from Beitbridge to Victoria Falls. The telecommunication company is…

ORASCOM TELECOM PULLS OUT FROM TELECOM BID

The Egyptian communication company Orascom Telecom (OT) pulled out from the contest over 70 percent of Serbian Mobi 63 Company that the Serbian government has marked for privatization. The move…

2G WIRELESS IS ALIVE AND WELL IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

2G and 2.5G wireless infrastructure is alive and well and living in the developing world. With most mobile telephone infrastructure markets in industrialized nations near or at saturation levels, wireless…

TV CABO LAUNCHES ANGOLAN CABLE OP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANGOLA TELECOM AND VISABEIRA GROUP

TV Cabo, the joint venture between fixed-line incumbent Angola Telecom and the Visabeira group, has announced that it will launch a new digital cable television (CATV) service in October 2005,…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Côte d'Ivoire Télécom has made the fourth change in its tariffs since 2003, lowering them by 40%. The price drops are in two areas: for international calls and for calls…

MAURITIUS STEPS UP TELECOMS LIBERALISATION PROCESS

The Mauritius telecoms authority began last Monday to hear applications from telecom service providers interested in entering the domestic telecommunication market, the chairman of the authority said. "Earlier this year,…

VODAFONE EGYPT’S SUBSCRIBER BASE UP 31% TO 2.26 MILLION

Vodafone Egypt continued to grow strongly throughout the financial year, which ended March 31, 2003, with customer numbers increasing by over 31 percent to 2.263 million. This translated into 17…

ETISALAT EGYPT TO BID FOR FIXED LINE LICENCE

Etisalat Egypt is to bid for Egypt's second fixed line network licence, according to a report by news agency MENA. The bid will be the first the company has made…

3G licences and more international fibre bandwidth set to boost Gabon’s broadband market in 2012

GDP per capita in Gabon is well above the African average, with the country’s oil revenues make it one of the wealthiest nations in the continent - although a distorted…

Nigeria fines 4 mobile phone carriers $7.3M

Regulators in Nigeria have fined four mobile phone carriers a total of $7.3 million over poor service in a nation that depends on cellular phones for communications, a spokesman said.The…

Maroc Telecom To Invest $1.2 Billion In Morocco’s Broadband Network

Maroc Telecom will invest 10 billion Moroccan dirhams ($1.2 billion) to upgrade the country’s broadband network, Morocco’s biggest telecoms company said on Wednesday.Maroc, which is 53 percent owned by French…

Telecoms – In Brief

- Chinese vendor ZTE has launched legal proceedings against Uganda Telecommunications Ltd (UTL) over alleged unpaid fees totalling USD6.74 million relating to the design, planning, integration, operation and maintenance of…

CamTel handed Cameroon’s fourth mobile licence

Following the launch of Cameroon’s third wireless operator Viettel (operating as Nexttel) earlier this month, the government has decided to award a new licence for the establishment and operation of…

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…

Callers lash out at mobile operators in South Africa over quality of service

A flood of concerned mobile phone users has led the South African regulator ICASA to check up on the quality of service provided by the mobile networks. Following an interview…

ETC Launches Bandwidth Upgrading Project to enrol 6.5 Million More Customers in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) announced last Wednesday a bandwidth upgrading project that will allow it to take on 6.5 million more customers. While conferring with local media on the…

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In order to improve service quality on its network, MTN Nigeria has announced that it would add 36 additional MSCs (mobile switching centre) to its network and 12 new…

GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP OF ETC A STUMBLING BLOCK TO WTO MEMBERSHIP

Ethiopia is unlikely to gain entry to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) without making meaningful commitments to telecommunications liberalisation, according to an assessment of the service sector presented by the…

MTN AND VODACOM TO LAUNCH “ME-TOO” REGIONAL SERVICES IN EAST AFRICA

Following Celtel’s lead, MTN and Vodacom will launch “me-too” borderless services in the region this month. This follows the conclusion of talks that will help each of the telecom operators…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Joseph Ndong, the Senegalese Minister in charges of telecommunications has assured that the call for tender for a third new operator will soon be announced. The minister explained further…

FREE PHONE SERVICE FOR CAMEROONIAN HIV/AIDS SUFFERERS

People living with HIV/AIDS in Cameroon can now dial a toll free telephone number to access information necessary for their support, according to SUNAIDS, the association that initiated this project.…

MILLICOM LAUNCHES CHAD NETWORK WITH GPRS/EDGE CAPABILITY

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced the launch of its GSM network in Chad under the Tigo brandname. MIC was awarded a ten-year licence to operate a GSM-900 network in…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Tunisia Telecom announced four new services. For a 20 dinar one-off payment you can now get international roaming on pre-paid phones for longer than one month. Also on pre-paid…

GHANA TELECOM’S ONE-TOUCH MOBILE PROMISES 100,000 CAPACITY INCREASE

Ghana Telecom is set to increase its One-Touch Mobile lines by about 100,000 by the close of the year, according to Nana Kwakye Tanor, Ashanti Regional Director of the Company.…

UGANDA TELECOM SETS UP REGIONAL ROAMING NETWORK

Uganda telecom will become the third local telecom company operator to go regional when it launches its regional roaming scheme next week.Hans Paulsen, the chief operations officer, said this week…

African Union plans for single standardized SIM card

The African Union (AU) has unveiled its plans for a single standardized SIM card for all African mobile phone operators. According to AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Elham Ibrahim,…

Nigeria: ATCON pushes for sanctions

The Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has campaigned against the mild sanctions meted against telecoms operators.They have called for compensation for telecoms subscribers if they are affected by…

SPTC finally ceases sale of Fixedfone, ONE offerings

The Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) has stopped selling its contentious fixed-wireless and mobile products. In March 2012 the SPTC reportedly made an offer to withdraw its ‘ONE’ mobile…

FT-Orange, Vodafone, Vimpelcom, Digicel among telcos vying for Libyan management contracts

According to a report by TMT Finance, a number of major international telecoms players have expressed an interest in landing one of two available contracts for the management of state-owned…

Telecoms – In Brief

Uganda - A Kampala court has halted the transfer of a majority stake in Orange Uganda until a dispute over employee benefits has been resolved, the Daily Monitor reports. The…

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:“The GSMA congratulates the Government of South Africa on…

Ugandans spent US$39.4 million on SMS messages last year

Mobile phone users in Uganda have in the past two years sent close to 700 million short messages (SMSs) worth an estimated sh86b (US$39.4 million), statistics from the Uganda Communication…

Natcoms Demands Compensation From Starcomms on Validity period in Nigeria

The National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) has called on Starcomms to pay compensation charges to its subscribers for a deliberate delay in implementing the 90 days validity for subscribers.…

New local GSM Company launched in Gambia

A licence has been granted to a new locally-owned GSM company, which will bring the total number of GSM operators in the country to four. The company is called QCell…

ORANGE SENEGAL CONTINUES GOOD RUN AFTER REBRAND

Senegalese mobile customer numbers increased by 74% in the year to 31st March 2007, reaching 3.38m by the end of the period, giving the country a penetration rate of 27.7%.…

TELECOM NAMIBIA’S FIXED WIRELESS PHONE IS LEGAL, SAYS NEPRU STUDY

The CDMA Switch fixed wireless telephone service offered by Telecom Namibia is a welcome relief, is legal and introduces lower fees to Namibians. This is the conclusion of a study…

COTE D’IVOIRE’S ORANGE BECOMES LATEST TO IMPLEMENT GPRS

Orange in Cote d’Ivoire last week launched its GPRS upgrade. According to Orange’s Cote d’Ivoire D-G:”This enables us to overlay a new network that will allow us to offer all…

NIGERIA'S SUBURBAN PICKS ATC AND HUAWEI TO BUILD 3500 KMS FIBRE NETWORK

Suburban Telecom Limited, a provider of telecommunications carrier services in Nigeria has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Huawei Technologies of China for the supply of Suburban's national optic backbone…

ETHIOPIA’S ETC GIVES COOL RESPONSE TO AXEL TELECOM’S INVESTMENT OFFER

A Romanian private telecom entity, Axel Telecom and Security, last week offered investment capital worth US$25 million to the Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) to provide high tech telecom equipment for…

VOX TELECOM EXPANDS INTO CONSUMER MARKET WITH VOIP SERVICE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Vox Telecom has launched the first phase of their residential voice offering, Vox Home, competing directly with Telkom’s fixed line voice services.  The Vox solution is essentially a high-quality, low-barrier-to-entry…

MTN Denied 3G License in Swaziland

MTN has had its application for a 3G license in Swaziland rejected by the incumbent telco, the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC), which also managed the regulatory regime in…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Rwanda’s newest cellular operator Airtel has agreed to a deal to acquire mobile tower infrastructure from bankrupt telco Rwandatel. Airtel paid RWF9.3 billion (USD15.5 million) for the assets, AllAfrica…

Madamobil SA liscence revoked

Madamobil Holdings Mauritius Limited (“MHML”) announced on 15th May, that OMERT, the telecom regulatory agency of Madagascar, has issued a decision to revoke the license of Madamobil SA, its subsidiary…

Tanzanian govt may cut mobile fees by 69% to drive competition

Bloomberg News writes that the government of Tanzania is considering slashing the rates that mobile network operators charge each other for terminating calls on each others’ networks by up to…

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…

MTN Signals it is Keen to Get Into Zimbabwe

MTN has confirmed that it is eager to enter Zimbabwe, and may make its move by taking control of the existing mobile operator, Telecel. It took the unusual step of…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned the operators laying their optic fiber transmission infrastructure to remember that they would in future share such infrastructures with new entrants into…

With added competition mobile price war heats up in Uganda

MTN, uganda telecom (utl) and WARID are engaged in a price with each company is offering lower rates on calls within the same network to lure subscribers. Market leader MTN…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The newly privatised Gabon Telecom has been granted a ten year mobile and fixed line licence by the Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and ICT. - The Association of Licensed…

LIBYA TO PRIVATISE MOBILE PHONE SECTOR

Libya is planning to privatise its mobile phone sector next week as part of a programme of wider economic reforms, the son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said Thursday. "The…

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVES UAE FIRM ROLL-OUT DEADLINE

The Federal government has given Mubadala, the United Arab Emirates firm recently granted a conditional Unified Access Service Licence by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) twelve months within which to…

BOTSWANA’s BTC SET TO LAUNCH VOIP SERVICE

Botswana’s incumbent BTC is set to launch a VoIP service in the next few months. This is one of several developments designed to make the company more attractive when it…

TOGO CELLULAIRE TO INVEST 13M EUROS IN GPRS/EDGE NETWORK

Last week Togo Cellulaire announced that it would spend 13 million euros to expand and upgrade its GSM network across the country. The contract went to Alcatel Shanghai Bell. Under…

NIGERIA'S NCC TO ALLOW FIXED WIRELESS OPERATORS TO GIVE MOBILE COS SOME COMPETITION

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is preparing to face the wrath of the country’s four GSM operators by pushing ahead with a controversial unified licence scheme that will allow fixed…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The number of mobile telephone subscribers in Kenya almost doubled, to hit the one million mark last year. KenCell and Safaricom saw their subscriber roll jump from 630,000 at…

NIGERIA AND SOUTH AFRICA: MAJOR NETWORK INVESTMENTS ANNOUNCED

As part of efforts to consolidate the gains that have been achieved in the telecommunication sector of the economy, the Federal Government yesterday approved the award of several contracts totalling…

IN BRIEF:

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given 'notice to issue direction' to all GSM operators in the country to suspend free calls and other promos being run by the…

Egyptian operators stuck in the middle

Forced to comply with a government order to disrupt their own services, mobile operators have looked far from comfortable in Egypt. Last Friday, the Egyptian government ordered the country’s three…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Gambia’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) has confirmed that it will block all unregistered mobile SIM cards which remain at the 15 June deadline which it has set for…

Nigeria: Cell phones for farmers to cut corruption

Nigeria's agriculture minister on Monday responded to a barrage of criticism about the planned distribution of cell phones to the country's poorest farmers.Opposition politicians attacked the idea, and news articles…

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…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has said it would soon license separate private companies to install telecom infrastructure for co-location. This, it said, was to create some sanity in…

Zambia at risk of being cut off from the rest of the world, claims ZACA

The Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA) has urged the Government and the Communications Authority of Zambia (CAZ) to inform the country about the status of the Mwembeshi satellite, following persistent failures…

MTL ATTACKED FOR FAILING TO ROLL OUT NETWORK IN MALAWI

Information and Tourism Minister Patricia Kaliati on Wednesday accused the Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) of failing to roll out one year after its privatisation saying many people are still facing…

POTRAZ SETS PRICES FOR PRE-PAID MOBILE LINES IN ZIMBABWE

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe has -- with immediate effect -- prohibited all local cellular companies from selling pre-paid lines loaded with airtime. The statutory body has…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya’s latest fixed wireless operator EM Communications is looking for 20-30,000 subscribers. - The Senegalese subsidiary of Amitelo has signed a wholesale contract with " Sotelma, the Malian incumbent…

SOUTH AFRICA'S ITEC TELECOMS SIGNS UP WITH TRANSTEL

Recently launched Itec Telecoms is to provide its customers with corporate telecommunication solutions thanks to a commercial relationship with Transtel, the company says.The relationship will empower Itec with a range…

SENEGAL GOES LOOKING FOR AN SNO AND A THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR MID JUNE

A second national operator and a third mobile operator will be chosen once the tender goes out in June 2005, according to Minister of Post, Telecommunications and ICT, Joseph Ndong.…

SOUTH AFRICA: SNO SHENANIGANS RESUMES NEXT WEEK

The process of selecting the final partner for the second national telephone operator (SNO) is expected to continue next week with an invitation for foreign partners to come to the…

Tanzania: Zantel Records Growth despite economic downturn

Zantel has experienced potential growth in the past 12 months despite the economic downturn. This growth is attributed to an aggressive expansion programme embarked 18 months ago which saw the…

Cameroon: MINPOSTEL Mobilises to Boost Telecommunications

Jean Pierre Biyiti-bi Essam unveiled his 2011 plan of action Friday while receiving New Year Wishes. Government during the ongoing fiscal year plans to set up 120 community telecommunication centres…

Telecoms - In Brief

- Gabon’s regulator will sanction Airtel Gabon for irregularities in its records.The country’s electronic communications regulator, ARCEP, said there had been under reporting of incoming call traffic and non-compliance with…

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…

Vodafone Gets the Nod for Ghana Telecom, So Who’s Next?

Vodafone has finally triumphed in its quest to take a majority stake in Ghana Telecom, opening a new chapter in the mobile giant’s expansion plans. In fact, by chasing the…

COMMUNICATION REGULATOR CAPS MOBILE TARIFFS AT SH30 IN KENYA

Mobile phone users will now pay a maximum of Sh30 on calls regardless of the tariff they are in. Industry regulator, Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), on Thursday ordered Safaricom…

SOUTH AFRICA STILL LOSING OUT BECAUSE OF HIGH TELECOMS PRICES

For the past two years, President Thabo Mbeki's annual state of the nation address has raised SA's high telecommunications prices as one of the key challenges facing the economy. With…

VIRGIN PLANS US$123 MILLION INVEST IN SOUTH AFRICAN OPERATION

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is going big. The company, whose well-known brands include Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Active and Virgin Megastores, plans to step up its presence in SA dramatically in…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has contracted Siemens to supply fibre optic equipment for its planned 1,140km network. The new network is expected to be the largest of its kind…

CELTEL SET TO ROLL OUT GPRS IN TANZANIA

Swedish telecommunications company Telefon AB L.M Ericsson on Wednesday said it has signed an agreement with Celtel International BV to further enhance coverage and capacity in Tanzania. The value of…

CARRIER CLASS VOIP TECHNOLOGY GAINING MOMENTUM SAYS COMZTEK

The application of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks continues to gain momentum with major telecommunications firms around the world deploying carrier class equipment to offer services that benefit from…

Nigeria’s NCC Steps Into content provides dispute with mobile companies over access and revenue shares

Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Telecommunications Commission (NCC) Engineer Ernest Ndukwe has said that the commission was determined to resolve the lingering differences between service…

South Africa’s Neotel to shift focus from consumer market to corporate clients

Speaking at a press conference to mark the fourth anniversary of converged telecoms operator Neotel's launch, CEO and MD Ajay Pandey has admitted that Neotel has failed the consumer market,…

Telecoms News - In Brief

According to local newspaper, the Ghanaian Chronicle, Minister for Communications, Haruna Iddrisu said that the project for the monitoring of international inbound calls had come to a standstill as a…

Merger could create new Nigerian telco

Final preparations are reportedly underway in Nigeria among three struggling Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators to merge and form one large telecommunications firm called ‘CAPCOM’.CDMA, which competes with the…

Telecoms - In brief

Indian cellco Airtel has extended its 3G network to the cities of Abeche and Mondou, local news portal Journal du Tchad writes. The most recent launch took place in Mondou…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Uganda, Communication technology minister, Ham Mulira, reported to the Parliament that South Sudan will stop using Uganda's telephone code in October. - To avoid identity theft and ensure…

SICAP offers Pay4Me as low-cost, call-back system for mobiles

A new solution for low-income customers which uses cost-free USSD string requests has hit the African market. Called “Pay4Me” by Sicap, it allows subscribers, both prepaid and optionally post-paid, to…

GHANA’S REGULATOR ASKS SERVICE PROVIDERS TO GIVE ACCURATE INFORMATION

The Acting Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Major J. R. K. Tandoh (Rtd) has stressed the need for service providers to always give accurate, sufficient as well as…

CCK STUDY SUGGESTS AIRTIME PRICE CAPS IN KENYA

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) should get powers to set maximum limits to what subscribers and mobile operators pay for calls, a firm conducting an industry study has recommended.…

NIGERIA STARCOMMS WANTS TO BECOME 3RD NATIONAL OPERATOR

Starcomms Limited, a Private Telecommunications Operator (PTO) has applied to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to become the country's third national carrier. The firm's Chief Executive Officer, Maher Qubian made…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom has launched an automated airtime top-up service enabling debit and credit card users to top up their accounts from their handsets. The new service has…

KENYAN GOVERNMENT TO SPLIT TELKOM INTO THREE UNITS FOR PRIVATISATION

The Government might divide Telkom Kenya into three entities and outsource some of its services, Information and Communication minister Raphael Tuju said yesterday. Minister for information and Communications Raphael Tuju…

UGANDAN RURAL TELECOMS FUND OPENS FOR BUSINESS, LOOKS FOR INVESTORS

Uganda has initiated a Rural Communications Development Programme (RCDP) and Fund, through which it hopes to stimulate investment in the sector. The programme, launched last week, is partly sponsored by…

Lack of Power Hampers Rural Mobile Uptake in Kenya

Lack of power is to blame for the slow expansion of the mobile phone network in rural areas, Safaricom chief executive, Michael Joseph, said on Monday, adding that although the…

Orascom’s Sawiris talking to Vimpelcom and anyone else who might be interested

Orascom Telecom's Executive Chairman Naguib Sawiris has confirmed previous press reports that his holding company Weather Investments is in talks with Russia’s Vimpelcom over possible merger plans involving assets including…

Malawi telecom operators form association

Malawi telecommunications licensed and operational operators have formed an association called Association of Telecommunications Operators Limited (ATOL) which was launched in Blantyre last Tuesday evening.Speaking at the launch, its new…

Telecel lodges ëunfairí practice complaint

Zimbabweís second largest mobile phone operator by subscription, Telecel Zimbabwe, has lodged a complaint with the Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) over alleged unfair business practices by rival…

Nigerian government nixes telecoms privatisation and will look for new strategic shareholder

The government of Nigeria has moved to annul the sale of Nitel, the country's incumbent and formerly state-owned telco to a consortium of private buyers headed by the country's ex-president,…

Côte d'Ivoire: Moov exceeds one million subscribers with low-price strategy

Formerly Telecel, now branded Moov, its low price strategy has taken Côte d'Ivoire by storm and it now has over 1 million subscribers. It plans to cover the whole of…

UCC TO SPEND $100 MILLION IN RURAL AREAS IN UGANDA

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is to spend over $100m (sh176b) on development of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure in rural areas, an official has said. The commission's fund manager for…

PORTUGAL TELECOM CONSIDERS PLAN FOR MVNO BASED IN ANGOLA

The CEO of Portugal Telecom (PT), Henrique Granadeiro, says that his company is examining the possibility of establishing a pan-African mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) based in Angola. ‘The big…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Morocco has going ahead with the partial unbundling of the local loop. According to ANRT, the telecoms regulator, an access price has been defined with Maroc Telecom (the national…

ORANGE IN CAMEROON LAUNCHES SIM CARD WITH TWO NUMBERS

Orange Cameroun has launched a new SIM card that can work with two separate numbers."With this innovation, one can have his or her professional phone number and their private number…

ECOWAS SEEKS TO BREATHE LIFE INTELECOM II TO SECURE INTER-COUNTRY LINKS

Although the INTELECOM II project has been in existence since 1997, ECOWAS is seeking to breathe life into it again with a view to establishing 32 inter-country fibre links in…

KUWAITI WATANIYA TELECOM WINS 3RD MOBILE LICENCE IN ALGERIA

Wataniya Telecom, which already operates in neighbouring Tunisia, bid 421 million dollars, beating offers of 409 million dollars from Telefonica of Spain and 375 million from MTN of South Africa.The…

DJIBOUT TELECOM’S NEW TARRIFS DEFINED BY CCDN ARGUMENTS

The decree approved at the last Council of Ministers covering Djibouti Telecom’s new pricing tariff was based upon proposals from the « Colloque sur la Communication et le Développement National ». Their…

Ethiopia: France Telecom wins bid to reform Ethiopia Telecom

France Telecom has been selected to manage ETC, the Government-owned telco incumbent, a government official has disclosed. ETC attracted many foreign companies when it floated a bid, a few months…

Kenya’s mobile operators fighting hard for new data revenues

Cell phone makers are scrambling for deals to supply data-enabled handsets as telecommunication firms intensify their presence in the mobile data market.The race to get a share of the Kenyan…

Uganda: Sebaggala Cannot Claim Ringtones Copyright, Says MTN

Telecom operator MTN has dismissed claims that it infringed on the copyright of ex-Kampala Mayor Al Haji Nasser Ntege Sebaggala by using his speech recordings as ringtones.MTN's rebuttal is contained…

Tanzanian cellcos disconnect 650,000 SIM cards for non-registration; govt suspends SIM tax

A total of around 650,000 subscribers have had their SIM cards deactivated by Tanzanian mobile operators for failing to register then under new rules set down by the government. Airtel…

Telecom Deal by China's ZTE, Huawei in Ethiopia Faces Criticism

Ethiopian government officials have in recent years complained to ZTE that the company's contract for building the network requires Ethiopia to pay too much, say people familiar with the discussions,…

Gabon Telecom (Libertis) gets 3G/4G licence via strategic agreements with Morocco

The Gabonese Minister of the digital economy, post and communication, Pastor Ngoua, and the CEO of Maroc Telecom, Abdeslam Ahizoune, on Friday signed an agreement to award a 3G/4G mobile…

Vodacom Tanzania takes TCRA to the Fair Competition Tribunal over interconnection rates

Vodacom Tanzania has taken the regulator to the Fair Competition Tribunal over its introduction of a new interconnection framework in January 2008. The framework would have lowered the level of…

Ghana: Serious Fraud Office investigation uncovers large-scale tax evasion at Scancom

Six months of investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into the operations of Scancom (Ghana) Limited have uncovered international money laundering, tax evasion and balance sheet fraud. It is…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ugandan Parliament is set to involve Interpol in investigations concerning an interconnection deal between Uganda telecom and Gemtel Limited. - The Congolese government has been testing video calling…

AFRICAN SNOs – LAST YEAR’S MODEL STRUGGLES AT THE START GATE

Africa’s Second National Operator licence processes run the danger of becoming the beached whale of regulatory liberalisation. The latter usually runs through the following stages: single monopoly operator, same plus…

SOUTH AFRICA’S SENTECH WILL BE USED TO SPEARHEAD INVESTMENT, SAYS COMMS D-G

Government planned to use its state-owned enterprise in the telecommunications sector to drive fundamental infrastructural investments in the industry, Department of Communications Director-General Lyndall Shope-Mafole said on Friday. Just as…

INDIA OFFERS TO BUILD ANOTHER SATELLITE NETWORK FOR AFRICA

Africa could soon have a KSh3.8 billion satellite network built by the Government of India.In a proposal to the African Union (AU), an Indian technical team says the project aims…

VODACOM AND MOZAMBIQUE GOVERNMENT FINALLY TIE THE KNOT

The Mozambican government and the second mobile phone operator in the country, Vodacom Mocambique (VM), on Wednesday last week finally signed the contract formalising the Vodacom promise to make direct…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Much news from the "don’t frighten the horses" department: Felix Owusu-Adjapong, Ghanaian Communications Minister, insisted that no decision had been made to cut jobs at Ghana Telecom by Telenor…

Mobile Subscribers Reach 2.4 Million in Rwanda

Rwanda's telecom industry registered a healthy growth in 2009 with the number of mobile subscribers hitting 2.4 million, according to Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA). RURA said the growth was…

South Africa’s eFive pitches $400m Africa-Brazil fibre route in a crowded market

Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more international fibre projects for Africa, along comes another one. eFive Telecommunications has appointed Alcatel-Lucent to build a system that will connect…

WikiLeaks Cable Casts Dim Light on Huawei’s practices in Kenya

WikiLeaks , the online media organization that is drip-feeding leaked U.S. diplomatic cables into the public domain, has published a document, identified as a communication from the U.S. embassy in…

17 firms submit bids for ‘open access’ LTE scheme

According to Business Daily Africa a total of 17 telecoms firms have registered their interest in Kenya’s planned ‘open access’ Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Of the companies involved, eight…

Safaricom Threatens to Pull Out of LTE Network Venture

Kenya's Safaricom has said that it will withdraw from plans to build a shared LTE network for all the mobile networks if the government insists that it operate in the…

Zimbabwe: Econet moves m-money services to Comviva’s Mobiquity platform

Econet Zimbabwe has moved the EcoCash service from a platform supplied by Pattern Matched Technologies to one powered by Comviva. The Comviva platform, called "Mobiquity", has been widely adopted globally…

Another Green World: Libyan telco heads to London to defend Zamtel deal

Lusaka high court judge Albert Wood has agreed with the assertion of Libya’s LAP Green Network that its officials would be placed in danger if they gave evidence in Zambia…

Ghana: Glo, Vodafone Owe KMA Millions Of Cedis

Two out of the six telecom companies operating in Ghana owe the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) whopping sums of money, amounting to millions of Ghana cedis. According to an insider…

Unregistered SIM Cards Still Able to Make Calls in Uganda

Ugandan mobile phone users are still able to use unregistered SIM cards, some five months after that was supposed to have been banned.The networks were supposed to block unregistered SIM…

Nigeria: Etisalat, Airtel Are Biggest Gainers of Number Porting in 2013

Steve Omanufeme Etisalat and Airtel were the biggest beneficiaries of the mobile number porting introduced in April 2013, according to industry data released this week by the regulator, the Nigerian…

Nashua Mobile calls it quits

Nashua Mobile is hiving off its MTN and Vodacom subscriber bases back to the mobile duopoly in a surprise move that will see it earn R2.26 billion, before eventually shutting…

Mauritius Telecom upgrades Alepo Billing and Customer Care Platform to Support Rapid Subscriber Growth

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Austin, TX – Alepo, a provider of network and IT software solutions for global communications service providers, announced today that its longstanding customer Mauritius Telecom (MT)…

Liberia’s former incumbent LTC Signs MoUs A-Link and ZTE

As part of the slow-moving attempts to revive itself, Liberia’s incumbent LTC signed agreements with Chinese equipment manufacturer ZTE and Ivorian international wholesale carrier A-Link. The agreement has taken 20…

Nigeria’s Globacom pays fine for poor service from over-promotion

Nigerian mobile operator Globacom (Glo) has paid a fine of NGN5 million (USD40,600) to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The penalty was imposed by the regulator for contravening a directive…

BTC LAUNCH US$32.3 MILLION TRANS-KALAHARI FIBRE PROJECT IN BOTSWANA

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has launched the Trans Kalahari fibre optic and SDH project which will cost government about US$32.3 million. The project which will cover approximately 2000 kilometers…

LIBERIA TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION  SPURNS SUPREME COURT RULING

Despite a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Liberia placing a stay order on operations of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), it is observed that the facility is still…

SA MOBILE CALL COSTS STILL EXCESSIVE - CUASA

The Communications Users Association of SA (Cuasa) has lodged a formal complaint with Icasa regarding all aspects of mobile cell call charges in this country, according to Cuasa spokesman, Ray…

SA MOBILE FIRMS GEAR UP NETWORK CAPACITY FOR SMS IN HOLIDAY SEASON

The cellular networks are boosting their capacity for voice and data calls ahead of the festive season. Measures include upgrading base stations and expanding network capacity, writes Stephen Whitford of…

Egypt Considers a 4th Mobile License

Egypt may consider offering a fourth mobile operator license, reports the Reuters news agency, citing the local al-Mal newspaper. The tender for the license is being a Damoclean Sword being…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- South African regulator ICASA has given the green light to cellular operators to cut interconnect rates by 36c from next month, which it says will benefit consumers. This week,…

Telecoms News – In Brief

* Freetown: Zain Sierra Leone has taken Cellular Mobile Telephone System (CMTS) technology in Sierra Leone to a more affordable step further with its recent introduction of free internet on…

Airtel to Second Its Africa Staff to India

Airtel Africa employees will now be able to work at its parent company in India under a new exchange programme launched. The mobile operator announced that a number of employees…

Kenya’s Yu mobile initiates second round of mobile tariff war

A second round of  the mobile tariff war is looming in Kenya following an announcement by Kenyan  mobile operator Yu, the mobile phone brand of Essar Telecom Kenya Limited, that…

Congolese court rejects Vodacom appeal; SA firm ordered to pay consultant USD21m

South Africa’s Vodacom Group has been ordered to pay former consultant Moto Mabanga USD21 million after losing an appeal in a Democratic Republic of Congo court, Bloomberg reports. Mabanga told…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications Corporation (MTC) has reported details of the early take-up of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband services, which it launched in parts of capital…

Spreadtrum Announces Strategic Partnership with Orange

Spreadtrum Communications has announced a deal to provide its low-cost mobile platforms to Orange for use in smartphones in Europe and Africa."Orange's goal is to make the mobile internet more…

Etisalat Signs Landline Capacity Agreement with Telecom Egypt

Egypt's Etisalat Misr has signed a capacity leasing agreement with the monopoly landline operator, Telecom Egypt for its basic telephony services.In a statement to the local stock exchange, Telecom Egypt…

Unitel Tests LTE-Advanced With Ericsson

For the first time in Africa, Ericsson, together with Angola’s leading telecommunications provider Unitel, has successfully demonstrated LTE Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation technology. The demonstration was done on both 1800MHz…

Telecoms - In brief

- UAE-based telecoms group Etisalat is ‘interested’ in purchasing a stake in Beninese state-backed mobile operator Libercom, according to ‘a source familiar with the matter’ quoted by Agence Ecofin. The…

Airtel first to be awarded 3G, 4G licence in Chad

Mobile operator Airtel has become the first company to be awarded a 3G and 4G licence in the African nation of Chad.Mobile devices, using either 3G or even 2.5G EDGE…

Liberia: LTA to amend licensing regime to allow Vodacom to enter the market?

National industry regulator the Liberian Telecommunications Authority (LTA) is reportedly in the process of amending the country’s Licensing and Authorisation Regulations in a move designed to allow the entry of…

Libya Invites Bids For Private Telecommunications Licenses

Libya announced last Wednesday the launch of an international tender for the North African country's first private licenses for a mobile and landline operator. A spokesman for the state-owned General…

Vodacom Claims 40 Per Cent of Mobile Phone Market in Mozambique

Vodacom-Mozambique (VM), the second cell phone operator in the country, lastTuesday claimed that it has increased its share of the mobile phone market to 40 per cent. Speaking at a…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN says it will invest US$235 million over the this year to improve network quality and services at its Ghanaian mobile unit. MTN has rolled out approximately 343 base…

CELTEL MALAWI OPERATIONS CRIPPLED BY HQ FIRE

A fire at the headquarters of Celtel Malawi has crippled the network, and lead to a mass exodus of customers to rival operator, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) - who are…

MAROC TELECOM TO LAUNCH MVNO IN EUROPE

Maroc Telecom, the leading telecoms operator in Morocco, is planning to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Europe, starting with Belgium and France, reported the French daily Les…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- SA's Telkom is one of eight telecommunications operators who are joining the Fixed-Mobile Convergence Alliance (FMCA), which claims to have 240m customers who will benefit from the development of…

NIGERIA’S COMMERCIAL FACILITATORS DEPLOY MOBILE CELL SITES

interWAVE Communications has received and deployed a USD2.2 million third phase order for Commercial Facilitators Limited (CFL), a value-added telecom service provider in Nigeria, providing two of its Cell-On- Wheels…

Consumer agency to take Ghana mobile operators to court over SIM card registration

The Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) has threatened to go to court to enforce government’s directive to mobile telecommunication operators to register SIM cards sold to their subscribers. The CPA, a…

Kenya: Mobile Firms Attempt to Halt Further Reduction of Calling Rates

Mobile phone users in Kenya may cease to enjoy dramatic call tariff cuts if intense lobbying by Safaricom and Telkom Kenya for the government to intervene and put a break…

MTN's Uganda Blocking Calls from Uganda Telecom Customers

MTN's Uganda subsidiary has reportedly suspended its interconnection with Uganda Telecom (UTL) over claims of unpaid termination fees by the state-controlled company.Earlier this year, Mtn Uganda threatened to stop accepting…

UCC axes six telecoms licences

Uganda’s Communication Commission (UCC) has revoked the licences of six telecoms operators for failing to launch services within their allotted time limit. Uganda’s licensing regime is technology neutral, with concessions…

Egypt’s Mobinil looks to bounce back

After months of fears, Mobinil this week announced its margins of losses for last year were not nearly as poor as analysts and observers believed. Still, the company has a…

Telecoms – In Brief

- Tryphon Kin-Kiey Mulumba, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Technologies, has demanded that domestic telecoms operators submit their raw Call Detail Record (CDR) information…

Tanzania: Mobile Phone Operator Outsources Tower Services

Vodacom Tanzania has sold its entire tower network assets to Helios Towers Africa  in a US$75 million deal that will further the mobile phone operator's outsourcing drive.The deal sealed last…

Libyan delegation at ITU seeks support to attain world standards in ICTs

Libya approached ITU seeking to establish world-class ICT facilities in the country.Heading the Libyan delegation, Deputy Minister for Communications and Informatics Mohamad Benrasali asked for ITU’s support in preparing a…

Kenya Mulls Mandatory National Roaming Between Mobile Networks

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…

Mobile Streams moves forward into Africa

Mobile Streams revealed in its latest trading update that revenues for its fiscal first half to end December 2014 fell to GBP 18.5 million from 27.1 million the year before,…

Bahrain-based Bintel wins Gabon mobile licence

Bahrain-based Bintel has been awarded a 15-year mobile licence by Artel, the telecommunications regulatory authority of Gabon. The company, which becomes the fourth mobile telecom operator in the country, is…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Economy and Finance of Côte d’Ivoire has launched an audit of Côte d’Ivoire Telecom activities over the last ten years. In 1996, France Telecom acquired a…

LIBERIA: GOVERNMENT AND REGULATOR ARGUE OVER LICENSING

Just a month ago whereas the executive branch of the Liberian government had decided to review licensing agreements between GSM operators and the Liberian Telecommunications Authority - LTA (the independent…

VODAFONE EGYPT SAYS THAT THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR IS NOT A THREAT

The arrival of a third mobile network company in Egypt won't eat into Vodafone's market share, Ian Gray, chief executive of Vodafone Egypt, said."Egypt is a growing market, and there…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Harris Corporation a leading global supplier of wireless equipment and services, has announced a new contract valued at USD4.4 million to supply TRuepoint™ microwave digital radios to Vmobile Nigeria,…

KENYAN COURTS SAY SNO SELECTION TO GO AHEAD - LIKELY WINNER IS TELENOR

In a dramatic turnaround in the Courts last week, Kenya's SNO selection process was given the green light and a Ministerial statement gave a strong clue that the eventual winner…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ghanaian national ICT policy which was promised for June 2003 is nowhere to be seen. So far it has taken three years for the Ghanaian government to give…

South Africa’s Mobile Market Saturated says MTN’s representative

The market for cellphone users had reached saturation point in SA, an MTN official said last week, in the first public admission that the years of endless growth are over.…

Nigeria: Chilling messages sent by SMS before killings

Chilling text messages urged both Christians and Muslims to commit violence during rioting that left more than 300 people dead, a human rights organization said Wednesday, with one message reading:…

Namibia: MTC Drops Case On Cell Call Costs

The dominant player in Namibia's cellphone communication industry, MTC, last week abandoned an attempt to get an urgent court interdict to stall a Namibian Communications Commission decision that would force…

Vodacom South Africa reaches 43Mbps milestone

Vodacom has reached their self imposed target of 2,000 active 43Mbps HSPA+ towers by the end of May 2011. In April 2011 Vodacom surprised many people when they announced that…

Nigeria: NCC Extends SIM Card Registration

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given a grace period for subscribers who were unable to register their SIM cards during the six-month registration exercise. A statement by the NCC…

Airtel has announced a series of initiatives in its endeavor to build a ‘green’ environment friendly mobile network and reduce its carbon footprint in Africa.

The company said that over last one year, it has reduced the number of telecom sites running solely on diesel by more than 50% by overcoming the challenge of lack…

New deals to cover Mozambique’s underserved areas

The Instituto Nacional de Comunicacoes de Mocambique (INCM) has signed contracts with telcos mCel and Movitel on universal access services in 50 underserved areas.INCM said the contracts came within the…

Nigeria: SIM Cards Registered With Pictures of Animals, NCC Says

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) on Wednesday said its investigation revealed that SIM cards were registered with pictures of goats, dogs and flowers. Efosa Idehen, NCC's Head of Enforcement, disclosed…

Algeria: ARPT publishes terms and conditions for 3G deployment in optional provinces

Algerian telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) has published its Decision No.1/SP/PC/ANRT/2014, dated 8 January 2014, which outlines the terms and conditions of…

Spread of Smart continues

Smart Telecom Burundi re-launched its mobile network services under the unified Smart brand shared with its East African operators in Uganda and Tanzania.Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) Kenya backs the Smart…

Nigeria - No Political Party Has Approval For SMS Campaigns – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has not given approval to any political party to run Short Messages (SMS) campaigns.Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Commission’s Director of…

Liberian Telecommunications Agency mired in corruption allegations

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), the regulatory body of telecommunication companies in Liberia is mired in corruption allegations centred on its Commissioner Albert Bropleh. Investigation conducted by FrontPageAfrica have unearthed…

SAFARICOM DEAL UNDER PROBE IN KENYA

Two British fraud busters are investigating a possible kickback worth billions of shillings by Vodafone (UK) in its acquisition of more shares in mobile service provider, Safaricom. Last week, the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telenor announced a partnership with National Telecommunications Holding Corporation (NTC) in connection with the third mobile license in Egypt.  Telenor and NTC will jointly deliver an application to qualify…

KENYAN CCK TO ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY LICENCES FOR MOBILE OPERATORS IN 3 WEEKS TIME?

Communications Commissions of Kenya (CCK) will in three weeks announce when it will give mobile firms licences to operate their own international gateways. CCK director-general, John Waweru, on Wednesday said…

MUGABE NEPHEW IN TELECEL CONTRACTS WRANGLE

Makonde MP and President Robert Mugabe's nephew, Leo Mugabe, is involved in a multi-billion-dollar bid to force a company hired by cellphone network operator Telecel to cancel its contract and…

MTN CAMEROON IN WRANGLE OVER USD3.2M SOFTWARE BILL

MTN's cellular network company in Cameroon is involved in a legal dispute with one of its software suppliers over allegedly unpaid bills of about USD3.2m. Not only are the companies…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Massive confusion amongst "cabines téléphoniques" users in Cameroon after recent rate rises from Camtel. Maybe Camtel’s Albert Ebongo Aboutou, Head of the Technical Department can explain:" The cost charged…

Report Rates Mobile Services in Kenya: Safaricom has best coverage but lowest quality network

The verdict is out: Safaricom has the best coverage but lowest quality network, while Zain has the best overall performance on the key performance indicators set out by the Communication…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The deadline for the submission of technical and financial proposals for the privatisation of Nitel and its mobile arm, M-tel, has been extended from Friday, January 22, 2010 to…

Telecoms News - In Brief

Thuraya Telecommunications has confirmed that its mobile satellite communication services have been subjected to intentional interference from within Libya over the past week. The interference has affected both data and…

Nigeria: New Regulation On Service Quality Ready in Two Weeks

A new draft regulation that will regulate the operations of telecoms service providers in the country and ensure that operators provide quality service and are held accountable if they fail,…

Spectrum unavailability and review of guidelines delayed Globacom’s operations in Ghana says Minister Iddrisu

After Globacom was handed the license to operate as the fifth telecoms company in the Ghanaian market for a fee of $50 million, there was an unavailability of spectrum for…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Essar Telekom Kenya has agreed to pay Kenyan Data Networks (KDN) a lump sum of KES25 million (USD250,000), followed by KES6.2 million until an independent arbitrator can settle the…

Tanzania: Vodacom to spend Sh150bn on consolidation

Vodacom Tanzania plans to spend about Sh150 billion in the next year in expanding and upgrading its network infrastructure in the country.The additional capital investment is expected to consolidate network…

Ghana - Telcos want 20% import tax on SIM cards removed

The CEO of Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Kwaku Addo Sakyi-Addo said 20% import tax on SIM cards is an anomaly in the copyright law and must be removed.The Copyright Regulation,…

Rwanda: RURA Takes SIM Card Registration to the Diaspora

Rwandans living in the Diaspora have started registering their roaming SIM cards online. The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura) said the project, which started on Tuesday, targeted MTN Rwanda subscribers.The…

Telecoms - In Brief

Rwandaís telecoms watchdog the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has announced that 87% of the 6,415,443 SIM cards issued by the countryís three network operatorsñMilicom Rwanda (Tigo), Airtel Rwanda and…

Telecoms - In Brief

- First National Bank (FNB) has cleared its backlog of Cell C SIM activations that built up over December, a spokesperson for the bank has told MyBroadband.The feedback comes after…

Zimbabwe Allocates Spectrum for LTE Services

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…

Telecoms – In brief

Airtel Nigeria has extended its strategic partnership with Huawei Technologies by selecting the Chinese vendor as a Managed Services Provider (MSP) for the capital city Abuja and the surrounding Federal…

Gambia: Telephone Subscribers in four districts still without service, may take another year to repair

Gamtel telephone subscribers in the Kanifing, Banjul, Lamin and Brikama administrative areas continue to express concern about the lack of service on their telephone lines over the past months. People…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Police had to use teargas to disperse hundreds of retrenched Telkom Kenya employees protesting over unpaid allowances in their terminal benefits. - After nearly 40 years of outsourcing, the…

NEOTEL GIVES TELKOM SA TASTE OF COMPETITION

Almost a dozen companies are already using the services of Neotel, the new second network operator that officially launched yesterday as a rival to Telkom. Neotel will pump R11bn into…

EGYPT: COMPETITION INTENSIFIES FOR THIRD MOBILE LICENCE

The competition for Egypt's third mobile licence intensified last Sunday, with Kuwait's expansionary MTC throwing its hat in the ring. Now, with the government expected to issue the licence later…

NIGERIAN COURT DECISION LEAVES VODACOM/VIRGIN BID FOR VEE MOBILE FROZEN

Last week's Federal High Court decision that it has the jurisdiction to appoint arbitrators in the dispute between shareholders of Vee Mobile, formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria has left the joint…

SURGING DEMAND FORCES SAT3 CABLE TO UPGRADE

Growing demand for bandwidth hungry applications and services in Africa has forced the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE Consortium to upgrade its 28,000km cable network linking the continent with Europe and Asia. Four years…

PRIVATISATION OF D'ALGÉRIE TÉLÉCOM: TENDER FOR CONSULTANTS

Algeria's Ministry of Post, Technology and Information is looking for consultants to help them with the process of selling off a share in the incumbent telco, Algérie Télécom. The consultancy…

Zimbabwe’s TelOne Admits Restricting Calls to save money

TelOne, the state-owned fixed-line monopoly, admitted to restricting calls from landlines to mobile operators to reduce its debts. TelOne owed more than US$22 million to mobile operators in interconnection fees,…

ICASA hangs up on handset subsidies in South Africa

The country's communications regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), will leave the tricky issue of handset subsidies to the National Consumer Commission (NCC), and will no longer try…

Vodacom South Africa to launch apps store in September

Pieter Uys, Vodacom CEO, has announced that Vodacom will be providing a mobile app store to consumers in September 2011. The announcement came after an extensive inquiry into the local…

Zain yet to agree telco licence fee with South Sudan

Zain Sudan has spent $60 million splitting its operations in two following the succession of South Sudan, but has yet to agree a license fee with the newly independent country,…

Nigerian Regulator Seeking to Release Additional 2.5Ghz Spectrum

Nigeria's Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed that it is seeking to reclaim unused radio spectrum from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) which could be resold to the mobile network operators.There…

Etisalat, Turkcell, others eye Dubai's Tunisie Telecom stake

Thirteen companies including Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat and Turkey's Turkcell have expressed interest in buying Dubai Holding's 35 percent stake in Tunisie Telecom, a government official said on Wednesday.The Tunisian government…

Telecoms - In Brief

- Gambian 3G mobile network operator QCell has released details of its latest network expansion projects, with a new cell site deployed at Kunkujang village, providing wider coverage to Wellingara,…

Airtel Kenya looks to change game after adopting 2.55M yu Subscribers

Airtel Kenya has announced that it has finalized an agreement with Essar Telecom Kenya Limited (ETKL), which operates as YuMobile telecom service in Kenya, for the acquisition of its part…

Telecoms News - In Brief

-The management of Vodafone Ghana, which owns 70 percent of Ghana Telecom has offered mouth-watering disengagement packages to its workers. The package consists of three month salary for every year…

NEW MOBILE PHONE ENTRANT FOR MOZAMBIQUE HANGS ON FEASIBILITY STUDY

A new mobile phone operator could soon establish itself in Mozambique, said Transports and Communications Minister, Antonio Munguambe last week, reports "Noticias". Currently, there are two mobile phone operators established…

VODACOM TO PROVIDE MOBILE DATA SERVICES IN CONGO

Vodacom Congo has awarded a contract to France-based telecoms equipment vendor Alcatel, which will see the deployment of a complete end-to-end GPRS (EDGE-ready) mobile data solution. The operator expects to…

UGANDA: MINISTER SAYS NEW TELECOMS POLICY SHOULD FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE ROLL-OUT

The new telecommunications policy is shifting from encouraging investors to compete in provision of retail telephone services to setting up infrastructure that aims at improving services, the communications minister has…

KUWAIT'S MTC SET TO ENTER EGYPTIAN MARKET AS THIRD OPERATOR

A leading executive of the Kuwaiti MTC Group said on Tuesday last week the Mobile Telecommunication Company (MTC) is planning to compete in the Egyptian market. Executive President of the…

CALL CENTRE JOBS CONTINUE TO GROW IN THE WESTERN CAPE

The Western Cape's call and contact centre industry is still growing rapidly and should deliver at least the targeted 1,000 new jobs by the end of this year, according to…

Merger to Strengthen Warid's Presence in Uganda

Dhabi Group's Warid Telecom partnership with Essar Group will boost and further strengthen the presence and competitiveness of the telecom company in the local market, the company chief executive officer…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is set to hand out more than EGP100 million (USD16.8 million) to the country’s domestic mobile operators and internet services providers…

Ethiopia: Fleeced - Power company and telecoms operator demand stiffer penalties for cable vandalism

Ethiopian Electric Power Cooperation (EEPCo) and ethio-telecom, which reported losses of US$4.2 million and US$3.6 million, respectively, due to theft and intentional damages on their infrastructure this year, appealed to…

Nigeria: MTN Decries Over N10 Billion Interconnect Debt

MTN Nigeria has decried the interconnect debt of N10 billion owed it by private telephone operators (PTOs) and Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (Nitel) and its mobile subsidiary , Mobile Telecommunications Limited…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- France Telecom (FT) subsidiary Orange Uganda has signed a 15 year leaseback deal with African towerco, Eaton Towers. Orange has agreed to sell its passive infrastructure and assets to…

Clock ticking on Senegal’s mobile ID registration scheme

Senegal’s Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications and Digital Economy launched a scheme on 20 June to identify all mobile subscribers in the country, Agence Ecofin reports. The project will be managed…

PCCW Global and Paratus Telecom collaborate to enhance HD voice and MPLS network coverage in Namibia and neighboring countries

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and Paratus Telecom of Namibia have signed an international MPLS and IPX interconnection agreement to enhance…

Econet separates VAS billing after customer complaints

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is to separate its customers’ value added services (VAS) charging system from its main billing platform following complaints of unwanted automatic service registrations, multiple billing, VAS spamming…

Ghana won’t license new telecom operators

The Ghana government has decided not to license new telecom operators to safeguard the integrity of the industry, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Communications said this week. “Government has no…

Telkom South Africa Seeks R1.3 Billion Outsourcing Saving

Telkom may be able to trim R1.3bn a year off its running costs with a deal to outsource the care and maintenance of its core network. The operator is assessing…

MASCOM DENIES DECEIVING ORANGE SUBSCRIBERS IN BOTSWANA

Mobile phone service provider, Mascom has refuted allegations that it is trying to lure Orange customers by giving misleading information about its rival. Company spokesperson, Odirile Motlhale said Mascom has…

COURT STOPS MTL SALE IN MALAWI

The High Court has stopped privatisation of Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) until a judicial review on claims that the Privatisation Commission (PC) violated the Public Enterprises (Privatisation) Act in the…

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SETS UP NEW COMPANY TO RUN ITS SAT3 FIBRE ASSETS

The Nigerian Governement has incorporated a holding company, the Nigerian Cabling and Telecoms Network Limited, to manage the international submarine cable (SAT-3) in stopping speculations that it has been sold…

SA'S SNO TO BE LICENSED BY NOVEMBER, SAYS ICASA CHIEF

South Africa’s second national operator (SNO) will receive its operating licence in November, according to the head of the Independent Communications Authority South Africa (ICASA). ‘The licence will be issued…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Voiceware Systems, announced the opening of an office in Istanbul, Turkey. The representative office will provide sales and marketing support of Voiceware Systems in the local market and will…

PENTASCOPE SETS NITEL TURNOVER TARGET OF N128BILLION

Nitel’s Dutch management contractors Pentascope International have unveiled an ambitious business plan for 2003-2005, setting a turnover target of N128 billion in 2005. The figure represents a leap from the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- A second set of meetings, which intended to bring the interconnect debate to an amicable end, has broken down in South Africa. The meeting was held by the Independent…

South Africa: Cell C Loses Final '4gs' Appeal

The final appeal committee of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa has dismissed a last attempt by Cell C to have a ruling that the "4Gs" term it…

Nigeria: Law Compelling Telecom Firms to Sell Shares to Citizens Underway

A bill seeking to make it compulsory for all service providers of Global System of Mobile Telecommunications (GSM) divest certain percentages of their shares to Nigerians will soon be presented…

Telecoms – In Brief

- The number of mobile phone customers in Botswana reached 3.08 million at the end of December 2012, an increase of 5.5% from 2.92 million at the start of the…

Egypt approves unified telecoms licence; TE to divest Vodafone Egypt stake by end-2015

Just a few days after reports suggested that Egypt’s unified license regime would go live in early September, according to Reuters the country’s government has approved the concessions. In announcing…

Orange Klif is the First Firefox OS Smartphone in the Kenyan Market

Orange Kenya estimates smartphone penetration in the country to be between 20-25%. That means that a majority of Kenyans still don’t have a smartphone and as a result are either…

Nigeria’s Federal Governmentt Gives 60-Day Ultimatum for Nitel/Mtel Privatisation

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan has inaugurated the new board for the government-owned moribund communication company, NITEL/Mtel, with a 60-day marching order on the new board to take immediate steps towards…

Interconnection tariffs rules to be reviewed in Namibia

The Minister of Informational and Communication Technology has confirmed The Namibian's exposé that he restrained telecommunications operators to make public statements on their anti-competitive behaviour. The Namibian reported that Minister…

GLOMOBILE AND ALCATEL SET TO LAUNCH 3G IN NIGERIA

The Chief operating officer of Globacom, Mohammed Jameel, has stated that the 3G technology will revolutionize communications in Nigeria. 3G according to Jameel provides a convenient means to send and…

LESOTHO’S INCUMBENT GIVEN ONE-YEAR EXTENSION TO ITS MONOPOLY

Hardened cynics were not surprised but others expressed incredulity that the Lesotho incumbent has been granted a one year extension to its exclusivity on its fixed line operations. This extension…

NAMIBIA'S MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SIGNS N$9.6M DEAL WITH BUSINESS CONNEXION

Mobile Telecommunications Limited and Business Connexion Namibia (Pty) Ltd are proud to announce that they have signed a deal worth N$9.6 million. The deal is for the provision of an…

NIGERIA PLANS TO LAUNCH OWN SATELLITE IN 2025

Nigeria will launch its first indigenously built satellite by 2025, it was reported last Sunday. Robert Borofice, director general of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), was quoted…

ETISALAT SET TO ENTER SUDAN AND TANZANIA

Etisalat will soon launch GSM services in Tanzania and is preparing to start fixed-line services in Sudan by mid-2005, the company's chief executive revealed last week. "As an equity holder…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Celtel has launched what it claims is Tanzania's first Swahili STK menu to give its subscribers access to a full range of information. The new service is called Pata.…

VIPER NETWORKS GETS LICENCE TO TERMINATE VOIP CALLS IN GHANA

Viper Networks Inc. announced last week that through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mid-Atlantic International Inc., it has completed the purchase of the required licensing for termination of VOIP (Voice over Internet…

ANGOLA: NEW FIXED LINE OPERATOR LOWERS PRICES

New fixed line operator Mundo Startel (licensed in December 2002 by the National Institute of Telecommunications) has set its tariffs low and introducing several new innovations designed to grow the…

Ghana makes $14m in three months after monitoring inbound foreign calls

The government of Ghana has in three months made more than $14 million as non-tax revenue from monitoring inbound international calls that Ghanaian mobile phone users receive, according to a…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Uganda, the parliamentary committee on information and communication technology wants telecommunication companies to share masts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. "ICT infrastructure, especially telecom and broadcasting masts, have…

Ghana: Government Threatens to Revoke Telecom Companies Licenses

Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu last week issued a 24-hour ultimatum to defrauding telecommunication service providers to pay up fines slapped on them by the National Communications Authority (NCA), or…

Liberia: Cellcom to Pay Subscribers for Using Network

In the face of the ongoing national crisis, Liberia's number one GSM Company has announced yet another ground-breaking move aimed at providing relief to thousands of its valued and loyal…

Telma launches 4G in Madagascar

Telecom Malagasy (Telma) has launched 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in more than 50 cities across Madagascar.The operator offers 4G coverage to Toliara, Taolagnaro, Mananjary, Ihosy, Antananarivo, Sainte Marie,…

Zimbabwe’s Net*One May Go Public

Net*One, the country's largest mobile phone operator by network coverage and second largest by subscriber base, may list on the local bourse if its shareholder, the government, approves a financing…

Uganda’s Telecom Companies Boast of Eight Million Subscribers

Uganda's four telecommunication companies are projecting to reach more than eight million subscribers before the end of this year. Subscriber estimates from four operators: MTN, Uganda Telecom, Warid and Zain…

VODACOM GETS FULLY IN TOUCH WITH DRC

Putting people and their families “back in touch” with each other in a vast country is one of the highest added values of operating a cellular company in the Democratic…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Pan-African mobile operator Celtel International has launched a new Technical Centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The centre, which was built at a cost of US$7bn, will…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Pan-African operator Celtel has signed a contract with Ericsson to upgrade its mobile networks in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The development has already begun in Uganda and Tanzania and…

ZIMBABWE'S TEL*ONE FACES USD350M DEBT BY TRYING TO SPEED UP BILLING

The state-owned fixed telephony network company, Tel*One (Pvt) Ltd's huge debt profile poses a serious threat to its central role in the telecommunication system, sources have said. Information obtained this…

KENYAN MP CHARGED WITH A SMALL TELKOM CALL DIVERSION FRAUD

Belgut MP, Charles Keter was last week was charged with conspiring to defraud Telkom Kenya of Sh2.2 million.Keter allegedly conspired with others to defraud the parastatal of USD30,000 (about Sh2,297,519)…

ECONET BOSS FEELS 'VINDICATED' AS NIGERIA CHARGES TRIO BUT HAS SETBACK AS OWN STAFF IN ZIMBABWE ARRESTED ON CURRENCY CHARGES

Econet Wireless International (EWI) boss Strive Masiyiwa says he has been vindicated after Nigerian authorities charged three VMobile Nigeria (formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria) directors over a corruption scandal that forced…

CELTEL WINS THE RACE TO BUY KENYA’S SECOND MOBILE OPERATOR KENCELL

Pan-continental mobile operator Celtel has beaten South Africa’s MTN in the race to acquire a 60% stake in Kencell. The USD250 million (Sh18 billion) deal was announced last week at…

CAMTEL IN DISPUTE WITH PRIVATE PROVIDER PASTEL OVER CONTRACT

Since 14 August last year, the date of a conciliation meeting chaired by the President Chargé d’Etudes Jolinon Féraudy Ela Ekotto, state incumbent Camtel and Pastel, a private telco, have…

TELKOM KENYA AND KENCELL IN PRICE WAR OVER INTERCONNECT RATES

Hundreds of millions shillings are at stake in an explosive price war between Telkom Kenya and mobile telephone operator KenCell over interconnection rates. The dispute is before a tribunal appointed…

Glo Wins Telecoms Licence in Senegal and will land Glo One cable there

Nigerian mobile operator Globacom has won a licence to operate in Senegal. The latest licence was issued by the Government of Senegal on Monday and signed by the country's Ministers…

Nigeria’s ALTON begs for state aid for CDMA operators

A telecommunications expert and president of the Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, ALTON , Engr.Gbenga Adebayo has urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency come…

France Telecom seals Congo Chine Telecom deal

France Telecom announced on 31 October 2011that it has finalized the acquisition of Congolese operator Congo Chine Telecom. The deal means France Telecom will own 51% of the company’s stake…

Telecom News – In Brief

- Kampala — Nokia has urged the government of Uganda and other players in the mobile communications business to fight counterfeits, which they fear could increase, following a ban in…

SEACOM Deploys Two PoPs in Uganda

SEACOM has moved to strengthen its pan-African presence with the direct deployment of two Points of Presence (PoPs) in Uganda.With the Uganda Communications Commission giving its clearance to SEACOM Uganda…

Number of mobile subscribers in Nigeria hits 143 million – NBS

The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) yesterday (Tuesday) announced that number of mobile subscribers in Nigeria has exceeded 143 million. According to the agency, there are 143.05 million registered lines…

Uganda: Three More Telecom Firms Licensed

Three new telecom firms are to start operations soon, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has said, adding that the firms were licensed over the last one year. This brings to…

Nigeria’s latest mobile entrant Etisalat to roll out in October

Etisalat Nigeria, the latest entrant into Nigeria's mobile phone market, has formally announced that as from next month it would begin to offer commercial services on its network in some…

Two More GSM Operators to launch soon in Sierra Leone

The Executive Secretary of the Sierra Leone regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), has confirmed that two new GSM operators will soon roll out services in Sierra Leone. Bashir M.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Togo Telecoms is still refusing to interconnect with legal VoIP service provider Café Informatique five years after it was set up. Neither the regulator nor the Government have enforced…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Sierra Leone mobile operator Celtel SL has revealed plans to invest USD20 million in its GSM network to expand its reach across the country. The cellco, which currently provides…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Around 5,000 direct and indirect work posts have been created throughout the country by the Angolan mobile phone operator (Unitel) since its insertion in the local market four years…

MOTOROLA LOOKING TO LAUNCH ITUNES IN SOUTH AFRICA

On the back of Motorola and Apple's launch of the world's first iTunes phone in Australia, Singapore, Philippines and Israel, Motorola Southern Africa has announced that it is considering a…

TAXES HOLD BACK TELECOMS AS MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO GROWTH, SAYS UCC ECONOMIST

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the independent regulator of the sector in the country, says despite the steady contribution of the sector to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), affordability…

ZAMBIAN CONSUMER ASSOCIATION CONDEMNS ZAMTEL'S FAILURES IN NDOLA

Ndola has had no telephone services for close to two weeks now and ZAMTEL technicians have not yet found the source of the problem. The Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA) has…

LIBYA SIGNS WITH NOKIA, ALCATEL TO BUILD USD242 MILLION MOBILE NETWORK

The state-run Libyan National Company for Post and Telecommunications is set to award a USD242 million) deal to build a mobile phone network to a joint venture (JV) of Finland's…

GHANA’S VOLTA RIVER AUTHORITY INSTALLS 600KMS FIBRE

The Volta River Authority has installed a 600 kilometre stretch of fibre optic cable on its high voltage transmission lines. Discussions are going on between Ghana Telecom and the Volta…

KENYA’S CCK NARROWS THE SHORTLIST FOR THE SNO TENDER

Last Friday Kenya’s telecommunications regulator CCK dropped two hopefuls in the race for the licence to run a second national fixed-line service, which it aims to award by June 2004.…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to local reports, Econet Wireless Nigeria is to invest US$75m in a national microwave transmission backbone. - Celtel Uganda is spending US$1.5 million on a new advertising campaign,…

Africom Launches New Satellite Telecommunication Port in Zimbabwe

Telecommunications and information technology company Africom (Pvt.) Ltd has launched a new satellite telecommunication port in Harare in a move that is set to enhance the company's IT and telecommunications…

MTN Uganda Calls for Industry Consolidation

The head of MTN's Uganda has called for consolidation in the local market in order for the industry to grow, become more efficient and for business to be sustainable. Uganda…

MTN grows fibre access footprint through partnerships in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape

MTN has increased its fibre footprint through partnerships with Metro Fibre Networx (MFN) in Gauteng and Neotel fibre and Ethekweni Metroconnect in the Western Cape and KZN.MTN Business announced on…

Number of mobile phone users in Burundi rose 13 percent in 2013

The number of mobile phone users in Burundi rose 13 percent in 2013 from the year before as most operators expanded their infrastructure networks, the industry regulator said on Wednesday.Mobile…

Telecoms – In Brief

Earlier this summer Google introduced a new initiative called Android One. The idea is to partner with device makers to offer low-cost, high-quality Android phones that run Google approved software.…

Safaricom, Airtel Kenya To Settle Mobile Money Suit Out-Of-Court

A trademark dispute over mobile money transfer service branding, advertising and promotion had seen Safaricom take its rival Airtel to Court. In its suit filed on June 8th 2015, Safaricom…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has initiated a fresh bidding round for licences in the 2.3GHz and other frequency bands. In a statement in Lagos on Monday,…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya's third mobile operator, Econet Wireless Kenya is preparing to make its test run later this month as it seeks to beat the November deadline to launch its service.…

Ugandan Minister Knocks South Africa’s Telecoms Policy and high SAT3 prices

Uganda's technology minister has chided SA's government for meddling too much in the telecommunications sector, saying a lighter touch would grow the industry, cut the cost of services and help…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Egyptian mobile operator MobiNil claimed 5.165 million active subscribers at the end of June 2005, up from 4.43 million three months earlier. The company has exceeded analyst expectations of…

ITU LAUNCHES MULTIPURPOSE COMMUNITY TELECENTRE INITIATIVE IN AFRICA

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is launching an initiative to establish a network of at least 100 Multipurpose Community Telecentres (MCTs) in 20 African countries. The MCTs will provide critical…

ETHIOPIA TELECOMS CORPORATION TO INSTALL 600,000 FIXED LINES BY ITSELF

For the first time in its history, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) is getting ready to undertake the installation of 600,000 fixed telephone lines by its own staff. The corporation…

NIGERIA’S GLOMOBILE LAUNCHES GPRS SERVICE

GLO Mobile, a subsidiary of Globacom Limited, last week launched GPRS in Nigeria. At the launch Executive Director Mike Jituboh said Glo Mobile hit one-million-subscriber base in 10 months and…

USD38 MILLION FIBRE PROJECT TO CONNECT MADAGASCAR TO THE WORLD

 "We have made excellent progress in understanding how to connect Madagascar to Africa by an offshoot from the international cable," said Minister of Telecommunications, Post and Communications Gervais Mahazaka in…

GLOBACOM CRITICISED BY NCRA FOR PUTTING MASTS NEAR AIRPORT APPROACHES

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority summoned telecom providers including Globacom, MTN, Vodacom, the Nigerian Communications Commission and others to a meeting last week to talk about air safety violations through…

Ghana Gets First Mobile Phone Assembling Company

LG Communications, Ghana's first mobile phone assembling company, has started operations in the country with a promise to give jobs to 30,000 youth from the National Youth Employment Programme by…

Nigeria's Senate Says Government Should Complete Sale of Nitel to Bidders

Nigeria’s government should approve the sale of Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd. to the companies that bid $2.5 billion for the state-owned fixed-line phone operator, the head of a Senate oversight committee…

Rwandatel Calls for Uniform interconnection fees

Former incumbent Rwandatel has called for the telecoms regulator to reduce interconnection fees among the operators. Rwandatel's Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Francis Egbuson, believes that reduction of the interconnection fee…

Moroccan regulator reports 18% mobile growth in a year

According to Morocco’s telecoms regulator, the ANRT, mobile subscribers in the country reached a total of 36.15 million at the end of September 2011, up by 3.4% quarter-on-quarter and 18.5%…

Emerging Markets Communications to Support NetHope and Its Members in Delivering Technology to the Developing World

Emerging Markets Communications announced today it is pleased to support NetHope's mission of providing Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) with technology resources to be more efficient and effective in pursuit of their…

Zimbabwe: The Government of Zimbabwe Orders Telecel to Stop Operating in the Country

The Government of Zimbabwe has directed mobile phone operator, Telecel Zimbabwe to stop operating in the country, saying that the company has no license and is also not complying with…

ETC Expands Mobile Connection Capacity to 5.6 Million Lines in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) is to increase the capacity for its mobile service to about 5.6 million lines. The second phase of an expansion project covers the demand on…

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom has begun a nationwide rural network expansion programme, aimed at facilitating rural development. The project is being funded by the cellco’s KES14 billion network expansion…

ZIMBABWE PHONE BOOM HAS HEALED ECONET vs CELSYS RIFT

Expected growth in Zimbabwe's telecommunications industry in the next few years, and anticipated high demand for payphones, forced Celsys to resolve its long-standing dispute with Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. Celsy's biggest…

KENYA’S REGULATOR CCK SETS COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) last week announced that it had abolished the widely criticised auction system of awarding licenses in the telecom sector.CCK Director General Sammy Kirui said…

ALGERIA'S OTA SIGNS USD2 MILLION BILLING SOTFWARE AGREEMENT

Algeria's leading GSM cellphone player OTA has signed a multi-million dollar billing software agreement with the South African company Intec. The deal between Orascom Telecom Algeria (OTA) and Intec is…

MTN GROUP SIGNS TWO FIVE YEAR AGREEMENTS WITH ERICSSON WORTH USD1.5 BN

Ericsson has signed two five-year agreements with South African operator MTN Group for mobile network equipment and services. The agreements are valued at more than USD 1.5 billion. The agreement…

Telecoms News - In Brief

• South African mobile phone firm Vodacom said last week it signed up more than 627,000 new customers in South Africa over December and now had nine million customers in…

Reliance mulls MTN merger

Indian mobile carrier Reliance Communications is considering a merger with South Africa's MTN, or roping in a strategic foreign investor to raise funds, the Economic Times reported today.The number two…

Nigeria's Senate Says Government Should Complete Sale of Nitel to Bidders

Nigeria’s government should approve the sale of Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd. to the companies that bid $2.5 billion for the state-owned fixed-line phone operator, the head of a Senate oversight committee…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The ICT sector can look forward to new developments as South Africa hopes to be nominated onto the council of the world's top policy-making body for the telecoms industry.…

Altech said to be in East Africa deal talks

JSE-listed Altech has appointed Shahab Meshki as new CEO of its struggling East Africa business Kenya Data Networks. At the same time, the technology group is reported to be in…

Ghana's Expresso Banned from Sales Until Next Month

Ghana's Expresso has been banned from signing up new customers until next month following complaints about poor network quality.The telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA) imposed the ban that…

ANRT grants 4G licences to all three operators

Moroccan telecoms regulator, the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), has announced that it had awarded three 20-year Long Term Evolution (LTE) licences to the country’s mobile operators –…

Swedish start-up TerraNet claims peer-to-peer mobile will increase phone penetration in developing countries

Swedish start-up TerraNet has revealed further detail of its ‘peer-to-peer’ mobile phone technology that it claims could play a big role in increasing phone penetration in developing countries. According to…

NIGERIAN COURT RULES AGAINST VMOBILE

The Federal Court of Nigeria ruled this week that VMobile (formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria) cannot change the company's shareholding structure until its legal dispute with Econet Wireless International (EWI) has…

NIGERIAN BANKS IMPLEMENT MULTITECH VOIP SOLUTION

MultiTech Systems Inc., a US-based world leader in Internet Protocols (IP) solutions and networking, recently announced that top tier new generation banks in Nigeria have deployed the company's award-winning Voice…

ITEX SIGNS R37m M-COMMERCE DEAL NIGERIA’S CAPITAL PARTNER

South African mobile commerce solution provider ITEX has signed an m-commerce deal worth around R37 million over the next five years with Capital Partner Limited (CPL), a Nigerian strategy practice.…

CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE'S SOTELCO OPENS FOR BUSINESS IN EWO

 Congo-Brazzaville's incumbent telco Sotelco will soon be offering services in Ewo, the capital of the "department" Cuvette-Ouest from the beginning of August. The Admistrateur-General of Sotelco René Serge Blanchard Oba…

MAURITIUS: PROPHONY AND CRM CENTRE MERGE THEIR CALL CENTRE OPERATIONS

Prophony and CRM Center have merged their call-centre operations in Mauritius. Both are players in the international call centre market and the new operation will take over the Prophony name.…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

• Sonatel in partnership with Novavision has launched its “Sonatel 2004” phone directory with for the first time an internet enquiries option (see http://www.sonatel.com). The new directory offers numbers by…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecom Egypt has backed away from its desire to buy out Vodafone's stake in its Egyptian mobile network, the company announced in a brief statement. Vodafone currently holds a…

African 'mobile Gold Rush' May Wane for Vodafone, Bharti

Vodafone Group Plc, France Telecom SA and Bharti Airtel Ltd., which spent at least $18 billion on deals in Africa and the Middle East in the last two years, may…

Trial opens to consider Ghana Telecom sale

According to an unconfirmed report from online news journal Citi FM, a commercial court in Accra will today launch a trial concerning a lawsuit filed opposing the sale of a…

Vodacom Beats MTN As It Launches 4G LTE

 Vodacom launched South Africa’s first commercial LTE service in Johannesburg yesterday, in a surprise announcement by CEO Shameel Joosub, winning the race for 4G against rival MTN.Joosub surprised attendees at…

New US$250 South African smartphone targeted at lower-income consumers

How We Made It In Africa reported that two South African technology companies, Seemahale Telecoms and CZ Electronics Manufacturing, recently signed a memorandum of understanding to locally manufacture and assemble…

Kenya: Orange Kenya Unveils Biashara Talk

Orange Telkom Kenya has launched Biashara Talk, a wireless fixed voice post-paid service targeted at Small office Home office (SoHo) customers and small businesses.The post-paid service that will be provided…

Airtel Africa launches Thuraya satellite operations in 12 countries

Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of Indian telecommunications company Airtel has partnered with Dubai based mobile satellite services provider Thuraya to launch its products and services in 12 African countries and…

Mobile phone users rise to 14 million in Angola

Mobile phone users in Angola amounted to some 14 million, almost doubling the number of five years ago amid the development of the telecommunications and information technologies, one of the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The decision to suspend non-identified phone chips, to be implemented from May 1st, will concern more than five million subscribers, of all phone operators, Watanya Telecom Algerie (WTA) General…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Global policy advocate Open Spectrum International says it welcomes the Telecommunications Regulatory Association of Southern Africa's (TRASA's) recent draft on wireless policy for southern Africa. Open Spectrum International seeks…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Malawi Telecom privatisation process continues to dither its way forward. Apparently the (recently elected) current President is against it but there are considerable external pressures to continue...Malawi Telecom…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The recent purchase of Econet by South Africa’s Altech clears the way for Econet to exercise its option to buy 51% of Papua New Guinea’s Telikom PNG.

 TANZANIA'S RURAL TELECOMS FUND - MINISTRY 'CURRENTLY WORKING ON'

 The Tanzanian government plans to establish a rural telecommunications fund that will expeditespeed up the extension of telecommunication services in rural areas. Answering a question in Parliament last week, the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- More than 20 000 people have subscribed to SA Vodacom’s cellphone tracking service, Look4me, since it was launched on 29 February 2004. Look4me users are discovering numerous applications for…

UTSTARCOM SIGNS FIRST CONTRACT IN AFRICA WITH SOTELMA IN MALI

UTStarcom, Inc, a leading global provider of wireless and wireline access and IP switching solutions, today announced that it has signed its first contract in West Africa in the country…

MACRA’s Latest Bid to License New Cellco Hits Stumbling Block

According to a report by local daily Nyasa Times, the board of the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) is unsure whether to declare Comium Malawi the successful bidder of the…

Nigeria’s NCC may sanction MTN,GLO,Airtel

MTN Nigeria, Globacom and Airtel Nigeria are facing possible sanctions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) if the operators do not improve their services by the end of November 2011.MTN…

Nigeria: Federal Government Abandons $200 Million Rural Telephony Project

The federal government is planning to abandon the $200 million National Rural Telephony Project (NRTP) it conceived in 2001 to take telephony services to the rural areas. The exit follows…

Telecel Zimbabwe launches business product

Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile operator, Telecel Zimbabwe, has launched Telecel Business - a monthly subscription offer for businesses and other organisations. According to the telco the price plan could help…

Rwanda's Airtel Outlines Network Upgrade Plans

Rwanda's Airtel has outlined plans to invest around USD30 million in network upgrades this year. According to a statement from the company, it is looking to improving and expanding its…

Mozilla's Firefox OS readies for Africa launch

Phones running the operating system have been gradually hitting various markets across Europe since last year, and have since been released in Brazil, India, and Asian markets too. Now the…

Telecoms – In Brief

Chief Executives of the world’s leading satellite operators have net in Washington at the Satellite 2015 Conference to announce that ESOA, the world’s only CEO-driven satellite organisation, is expanding to…

Nigeria’s Senate is probing N59 Billion Rural Telephony Project

Nigeria’s Senate’s Committee on Communications is conducting an investigation into why the last administration’s N59 billion rural telephony project has not yet been implemented. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Sylvester…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Uganda telecom (utl) has connected Arua and Nebbi districts to the new Code Multiple Division Access (CMDA) 450 broadband network. It plans to connect Koboko, Yumbe, Moyo and Adjumani connected…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Glo Mobile, the mobile arm of Nigerian SNO , Globacom is now available in 157 towns and cities across the country, making it the fastest growing network in the…

TELECOMS RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* South African mobile operator Cell C announced it has selected Nokia's MMS solution, making it the first end-to-end MMS solution supplied by Nokia in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as…

Telecoms News - In Brief

-  A new organisation representing SA's young but ambitious callcentre industry was launched in Johannesburg on Saturday. Technology companies and service providers have realised after two years of talking that…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Abla Awitty, General Manageress of Ghana Telecom in-charge of Product Management and Development, last week advised the public to avoid buying fake Ghana Telecom pre-paid telephone cards. Miss Awitty…

GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS SIGNS NEW DEAL WITH GHANA’S WESTEL

Building on its significant presence in West Africa, Gateway Communications last week announced that it has signed an interconnection agreement with Western Telesystems (Westel), the Second National Operator in Ghana.…

South Africa: Arc Telecoms is born out of the iBurst Business Unit

A number of media reports have appeared in the past few weeks about a new South African telecoms company that was launched by ex-employees of iBurst Business. While the gist…

Nokia launches Ovi Life Tools in Nigeria as it seeks to turn market share into strategic high ground

Nokia this week launched its emerging market information service, Ovi Life Tools in the biggest Sub-Saharan mobile market, Nigeria. The question is whether Nokia can turn its undoubted lead in…

Telecom News - In Brief

- Egypt's Mobinil has selected HP TippingPoint solutions to protect its network from external software attacks and viruses.- The Federal Government may have concluded plans to break up the moribund…

Ethiopia: First Smartphone Assembled in Ethiopia Coming to Scene

Tecno Mobile Ethiopia, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based mobile manufacturer, is to release its first locally assembled smartphone in mid July for a price possibly between 6,000 Br and…

Celcom deadline extended

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has extended the launch deadline of the new operator, Celcom, to April next year. Celcom’s original deadline was the end of October.In a notice…

South Africa: Vodacom, ICASA settle the score

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has one less operator at loggerheads with it over licensing fees, since a R77.8 million matter between the authority and Vodacom has been…

Vodacom faces competition probe

Vodacom has revealed that the Competition Commission has decided to investigate a complaint lodged by Cell C, in which the smaller mobile operator has accused its larger rival of abusing…

Nomanini, Paratus Telecom brings mobile airtime distribution service to Namibia

We’ve covered South African point of sale (PoS) startup Nomanini extensively in the past (especially its airtime distribution service), but now it’s broadening horizons across the border in Namibia, partnering…

Egypt's Raya says it might bid for fixed-line licence

Egypt's Raya Technology and Communication said that it is thinking of bidding for the second fixed-line licence in the country through an alliance with an international operator. Company Chairman Medhat…

NITEL BUYER TRANSCORP FAILS TO MAKE $500M DOWN PAYMENT

Transnational Corporation Plc (Transcorp), preferred bidders in the negotiated sale of Fed-eral Government’s owned Nigeria Teleccomunications Limited (NITEL) may have started to renegotiate the terms of the deal. Transcorp last…

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

 -   Ghana Telecom is to provide 60 payphones at Odumase-Krobo and another 30 in Adukrom-Akuapem by the middle of July, this year. GT iss installing 240 capacity broadband switches in…

ZAMTEL TO OFFER ITS GSM NETWORK COUNTRY-WIDE

Zamtel will by next year offer its GSM network cellular service, Cell Z, to all the provincial centres of Zambia. Zamtel managing director Douglas Mutesha disclosed in an interview last…

Telecoms News: In Brief

* Three out of 22 interested parties have been shortlisted to become Mozambique's third mobile phone operator, the National Institute of Communications (INCM) has announced. The three in question are…

South Africa: Icasa drops call rates bombshell – interconnect rates that favour Cell C, Neotel and 8ta

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has introduced a wholesale call termination rates regime that benefits smaller market players, including Cell C, Neotel and Telkom’s 8ta.The authority hopes the…

Vodacom Congo Dispute Nearing End, International Chief Says

Vodacom Group Ltd., the phone company with most South African customers, is close to resolving a dispute that has blocked investment in its Democratic Republic of Congo unit for the…

Flexenclosure’s green power management solution for the global telecom industry chosen as one of the world’s most sustainable technologies

Flexenclosure, a specialist provider of intelligent green power management solutions for base stations, has been honoured as a top sustainable solution at Rio+20. Last night, sustainability activist Gro Harlem Brundtland,…

No calls, please: Big Brother in Kenya ties up the lines

Trying to call someone in Kenya? There’s a fine chance the person you’re trying to reach won’t pick up. No, not because that someone is busy, but because the government…

Ghana: Mobile-Technologies Co chosen for SIM and Number Management Systems. By mobile operator

Mobile-Technologies Co has been chosen by mobile operator in Ghana as the answer to a growing need for an efficient and automated SIM and number management system.  The increase of…

Telecoms – In Brief

- UAE-based Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), which agreed to acquire Vivendi’s controlling 53% stake in Moroccan incumbent telco Maroc Telecom last week, has submitted a mandatory tender offer to buy…

BTC privatisation suffers another setback

The planned sale of shares in Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC) has been postponed to a later date, the government has announced. The initial public offer (IPO) was due to…

Homework goes mobile for secondary school pupils in Lesotho

There can be no doubting Lesotho’s commitment to education. In 2000, the country began making primary education free; a decade later, in 2010, it became compulsory. Now the country is…

TCRA sets January end deadline for mobile carriers in Tanzania

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has given all mobile phone service providers in the country until January 31, next year, to confirm their compliance with the new international charges…

ZAMBIA COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY RECORDS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH'

Zambia's communications industry has recorded a significant growth over a period of one year from 2004 to 2005, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) has revealed. The CSO monthly bulletin for…

NIGERIA: V-MOBILE OFFERS SHARE OPTION TO ECONET BUT WANTS CELTEL

A three-year battle for control of one of Africa's hottest cellphone properties, Nigeria's V-Mobile, took a new twist last week when a 65% share-purchase  option was offered to Johannesburg-based Econet.…

NIGERIA SATELLITE PROJECT SUFFERS CASH SETBACK

Nigeria’s communication satellite (NIGCOMSAT-I) slated for launch December 2006 may suffer delay. The reason is cash. The Chinese are picking up 80% of the bill for the USD311 million satellite…

KENYA TELKOM MOLES TIP OFF ILLEGAL OPERATORS ABOUT RAIDS

After last week’s successful raid it was revelealed that others on illegal installations by Telkom’s investigations branch have not yielded much, leading to suspicion that there are moles within the…

MADAGASCAR’S TELMA LAUNCHES GSM SERVICE

Despite the approaching privatisation, TELMA is continuing to give priority to putting in place new technologies, according to a report in midi-Madigaskari. It has launched ADSL and is now rolling…

Uganda’s MTN, UTL in Billing Disputes Over Calls to Sudan

MTN Uganda and rivals Uganda Telecom are locked in a bruising billing battle over telephone calls made to and from the Southern Sudan phone company, Gemtel. At the heart of…

LAP Green Network buys Chad’s SOTEL

Reuters is reporting that Libyan state-owned investment vehicle LAP Green Network has signed a deal to buy a 60% stake in fixed line telco Societe des Telecommunications de Tchad (SOTEL)…

Gambia: Online newspaper claims Gamcel ‘resold’ to previous Lebanese owner

There is a change of ownership at the country’s premier GSM Company Gamcel, claims Gambian online newspaper Freedom.  The Lebanese-owned telecommunication company Spectrum, which had its initial contract prematurely terminated…

Ethiopia: Drops in Landline Tariffs for Peak Hours, Off-Peak Hours but from high level

Alarmed by the marginal increment in landline subscribers and a revenue shortfall from the targeted 9.8 billion Br of its operations last year, ethio telecom has reduced tariffs across zones…

Sierra Leone: Commonwealth Telecom Stakeholders Discuss Rural Broadband in Freetown

The 7th annual Connecting Rural Communities Africa conference organized by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), under the auspices of the Sierra Leone government, has…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya will bring together all its presidential hopefuls in a series of debates to be broadcast on nearly all its top media outlets in a move that would raise…

Angola to ramp up mobile competition

Angola’s national director of telecommunications, Eduardo Sebastiao said in an interview in the capital Luanda this week that four fixed network operators, including state-owned Angola Telecom and MSTelecom, a subsidiary…

Smart Telecom Opens Shop In Mbale

In a move aimed at taking its services closer to Ugandans as well as widen its geographical presence, Smart has today launched its services in Mbale, Eastern Uganda.The introduction of…

Sub-Sahara Africa mobile penetration to reach 79% in 2020

The mobile penetration in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region is expected to increase from 52 percent in 2012 to 79 percent in 2020, according to a new study. Mobile broadband connections…

Econet Finally Launches its Network in Kenya

Econet Wireless Kenya (EWK) finally launched last week after five years of delays caused by legal problems and financial woes. Econet Wireless International (EWI) recently sold a 49% stake in…

MTN Moves to Prevent SIM Card Swap Fraud in South Africa

The MTN cellphone network says it is taking firm action to prevent a repeat of a fraud incident in which an online syndicate hacked into the bank account of a…

PORTUGAL TELECOM PRESSURED TO SELL ITS STAKE IN UNITEL

Portugal Telecom is reportedly coming under pressure to sell its 25% stake in Angola's Unitel - even though the company recently tried to increase its holding in the mobile operator.…

SOUTH AFRICA TELECOMS 'AMONG WORLD'S MOST COSTLY', SAYS NEW SURVEY

Charges for both fixed-line and cellphone calls in SA continue to hamper efforts by South African companies to compete in the world's shows. The survey, conducted by a US-based telecommunications…

TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT AND CELTEL INTERNATIONAL TO INVEST USD53M TO STRENGTHEN TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR

The Government of Tanzania and Celtel International, the pan African mobile operator, have announced an agreement to make a total investment of US$53 million in both TTCL (Tanzania Telecommunications Company…

MTN AND CREDITPIPE INTRODUCE CELLPHONE MERCHANT’S TERMINAL

MTN Business Solutions and Creditpipe, an e-commerce organisation, have introduced Mobile Credit, a credit card processing and cheque guarantee service that allows a merchant’s cellphone to act as a point…

MTN GETS 1M NIGERIAN SUBSCRIBERS, MOVES TO INVEST US$60M

MTN last week announced that it had crossed the one million subscribers mark to make history as the first telecom operator in the country to achieve that feat. The MTN…

Nigeria: Fresh 2.3GHz Auction - Ministry Wants NCC to be More Transparent

Nigerians will, in few weeks, witness a fresh bidding exercise on the nation's 2.3GHz spectrum licence, following the acceptance of the regulator NCC to conduct another auction exercise as directed…

Mobile companies complain that Telkom Kenya’s wireless service is really ‘mobile service’ for tax purposes

The reverberations of Telkom’s official launch of its wireless service last week has resurrected a growing dispute within the telecommunications industry. The war of words between telephone operators intensified this…

Nigeria: The curse of Nitel strikes again – NGN fails to meet US$750 million payment deadline

The approval for the payment of 30 per cent security sum of the $2.5 billion given to the buyers of Nitel expired yesterday, as fear lingers over the ability of…

Mobile Portability War in Kenya Takes Legal Twist

The mobile portability war is now headed for the courts after Mobile operator, Safaricom sued Porting Access Kenya, the administrators of Mobile Number Portability for defamation and economic sabotage.The operator…

Uganda: Orange Introduces iPhone 4s as sole distributor

Orange Uganda has introduced the latest phone from Apple on the market, the iPhone 4S.The iPhone 4S goes for Shs 2,399,000 for the 16GB model, Shs 2,699,000 for the 32GB…

Sudan: Telecoms industry hit by lack of foreign currency

A shortage of foreign currency and a variation in exchange rates, alongside rising competition and an increase in taxes, are having a negative impact on Sudan’s telecoms industry, according to…

Telecoms In Brief

- The Green Kigali project, which leverages the use of green technology, reduces greenhouse gas emissions within Airtel. Since the inception of the initiative in July 2013, Airtel Rwanda has…

Namibia: Telecom Fights to Get Angolan Loan back

Telecom Namibia is struggling to get back about N$174 million it loaned to the Angolan company, Mundo Startel SA, in 2003. Mundo Startel SA is an Angolan telecoms company that…

Huawei to support reformation of Tanzania Telecommunication Company Ltd

Following the visit of Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete to the headquarters of Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei last week, it seems Tanzania can rely on continued investment from the Shenzhen-based…

Orange Botswana Launches ‘Orange Makoya’, an SMS Advertising Service

Orange Botswana has launched  ‘Orange Makoya’, a new mobile advertising service which sends SMS alerts of brand offers and promotions to interested Orange subscribers in a move to connect prospective…

BSNL drops plan to bid for Tunisian licence while Tunisiana will float soon

BSNL has dropped plans to bid for a unified fixed/mobile telecoms licence in Tunisia because it says the potential returns are not high enough. ‘We did not bid for Tunisia...We…

Bank to offer Cross-Border Prepaid Airtime in Namibia

First National Bank (FNB) Namibia becomes the first commercial bank in the country to offer cross-border prepaid airtime purchases. According to a media statement issued by the bank on Wednesday,…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Kenya, the main mobile services provider Safaricom has moved to improve its services after several days of interruptions. Michael Joseph, Safaricom’s CEO said that it was very unfortunate…

GHANA’S REGULATOR, NCA TO INCREASE PACE OF COMPETITION WITH REGIONAL LICENCES

Ghana’s telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NCA) has announced new measures designed to speed up the pace of competition in the country’s telecoms industry. The core of the new…

SA’S INTELVISION LAUNCHES ITSELF AS SEYCHELLES' THIRD TELECOMS OPERATOR

South African firm Intelvision on Wednesday launched Seychelles' third telecoms operator, boosting competition in the islands' telecoms sector, an official said. The company started telephone and internet services, saying its…

MTN DEPLOYS GLENAYRE VERSERA VIDEO MAIL AS PART OF 3G ROLLOUT IN SOUTH AFRICA

Glenayre Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMS), a global leader in providing next-generation messaging solutions and enhanced services, announced on Tuesday that mobile operator MTN has gone live with Glenayre's Versera Video…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN Nigeria Limited, one of the three mobile phone service providers in the country has extended its (GSM) service to Katsina city and environs. Effective from Tuesday July 31t,…

TELEKOM MALAYSIA GOES TO ARBITRATION OVER STAKE IN GHANA TELECOM

In protecting its investment in Ghana, Telekom Malaysia ™ has sent a Notice of Arbitration to the Government of Ghana (GoG) for the commencement of arbitration proceedings under the UNICITRAL…

Ghana: Q1 report from regulator NCA shows new entrant Zain’s ARPUs at only US$3

According to Ghana News Agency, the First Quarter Report of 2009 from the country’s regulator NCA shows that MTN’s ARPU $8.00 per month, Tigo’s $5.30, Kasapa’s $4.70 and Zain’s only…

Mayor Orders Two Major Local Telephone Firms to Stop Operating in Mogadishu in Somalia

Mayor of Mogadishu, Mohammed Dheere, announced last Sunday that two major local telephone companies, Hormood and Telecom Somalia, branches in Heliwa district, north of the Somali capital, could not operate…

Telecoms News - In Brief

*Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has been called upon to investigate a number of so-called ‘text and win’ promotions being run by Ghanaian telecoms operators amid concerns they may contravene…

Mauritius: Minister calls for 25% cut in mobile phone charges

Mauritius’ minister for information and communication technology, Tassarajen Chedumbrum Pillay, is calling for a minimum 25% reduction in mobile interconnection fees before the end of May, Reuters reports. The minister…

Nigeria: Glo Mobile Ghana Gets Launch Date and slips again

Globacom announced that on January 19, 2012, it would formally begin commercial operations on its network in Ghana. However, today, the 20th of January it has only started a “number…

Ghana: NCA descends on telcos providing poor service

Three leading telecom companies have again been slapped with penalty totaling GH¢250,000 by the industry regulator, National Communications Authority (NCA), for what it described as “various Quality of Service (QoS)…

Mobile phones for Family Planning in Uganda

As health practitioners, politicians and entrepreneurs from all walks of life gathered in London for the Family Planning Health Summit, the rest of the world commemorated World Population Day on…

Telecoms – In Brief

Uganda’s Court of Appeal has ordered incumbent fixed line operator Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) to pay the full UGX6 billion (USD2.2 million) which is owed to cellco MTN Uganda for…

Telecoms - In Brief

Mobile operators in Uganda have abolished international roaming charges on calls to Rwanda and Kenya under the ‘One Network Area’ programme. Cellcos in Rwanda and Kenya implemented the scheme last…

Rwanda’s Telcos React to Increase on Airtime Tax

The country's telecommunication companies have given very different reactions to the 2009/10 budget increase of excise duty on airtime which rose from 3 to 5 percent. Khaled Mikkawi, the new…

Zain and Safaricom scoop African telecommunication awards

Leading mobile service providers, Zain Kenya and Safaricom Limited, have reason to smile after both emerged winners at the Inaugural AfricaCom Awards in Cape Town. Both companies scooped two awards…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Following the call for tender for 3rd generation licences the Moroccan regulator, the ANRT, has announced that six companies had asked for the documentation and four have submitted a…

NIGERIA’S SNO GLOBACOM TO ACQUIRE STAKE IN AN INDIAN OPERATOR

Second national operator (SNO) Globacom Limited is to acquire stake in an Indian operator as part of its plans to explore beyond the Nigerian telecoms market. Globacom, a relatively new…

LIBERIA's LTC GETS INTERNATIONAL BLESSING, RESUMES FULL SKILL OPERATION

The Liberia Telecommunication Corporation, which has been inactive for months since the departure of its former managing director Joe Gbala, is said to be waking up from its slumber, preparing…

WORLD BANK SET TO FINANCE RESTRUCTURING OF DRC’S INCUMBENT OCPT

DRC’s Minister of Post, Telephones and Telecomms had a three-way meeting last Thursday between the Government, the World Bank and state telco incumbent, OCPT. On the agenda for this meeting…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN has turned down the offer of a licence to operate in Tanzania and would not attempt any more foreign expansion until it has completely conquered its Nigerian operations,…

South Africa: 25c interconnect rate fair, says expert

The South African interconnect rates battle continues to rumble on. It was given new life this week when telecoms regulatory expert Alison Gillwald said that rates sould fall by 80%…

Top 10 mobile Markets in Mid-East and Africa: Kenya knocks out Tunisia

Tunisia has been in and out of the ranking of the top 10 MEA markets by customer base over the past year. It was pushed out by Iraq in Q2…

Kenya: NCIC Monitoring SMS, Web Chatter for Hate Speech

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has been monitoring text messages and internet-based communication for any clues of hate speech and incitement. The Commission said it has been partnering with…

Telecom experts concerned as Somalia’s Shabab takes over broadcaster

Somalia’s militant Islamic group Al-Shabaab reportedly took over the running of an independent broadcaster and abducted a reporter in a new round of restrictions in areas of the country that…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Airtel Zambia is reportedly aiming to have deployed some 200 new mobile towers in rural areas of the country before the end of the year, with a view to…

Zantel to expand to rural areas

Zantel Tanzania has set aside $70 million (Tsh 110.74 billion) investment plan to expand its network to the rural areas, a move which is expected to increase competition among the…

Orange Tunisia launches 3G/Wi-fi dongle with Domino

Orange Tunisia is pushing forward with new and improved 3G and Wi-fi services after launching its Domino E5832 3G mobile hotspot, which can accomodate up to five mobile or wi-fi-ready…

Ghana demands permit for telecom masts

Ghana’s Ministry of Environment Science and Technology (MEST) has ordered all mobile communication operators to obtain the necessary environmental permits before installing telecommunication masts. Sherry Aryittey, the sector Minister, said…

New flat rate Phone Service sets out to revolutionise the Kenyan market

Zolatel Telecom, a subsidiary of Kenyan-owned Unicon Corporation, recently launched an all-digital, North America phone service that enables people to make calls to and from Kenya just as they would…

Globacom Receives Licence Offers From the Gambia And Liberia

Information reaching the paper indicates that Globacom Telecommunication Service has received offers from The Gambia and Liberia to move its operations there. Head of Glo Gateway, Charles Odiase, disclosed that…

NIGERIA: NITEL'S SAT-3 FACES THREAT OF CLOSURE FOR NON-PAYMENT TO C&W

One of Nigerian incumbent Nitel’s key sources of revenue, its international fibre monopoly on SAT3, is in danger of being shut down at the end of April because of non-payment…

ERITEL WANTS TO PUT TELEEPHONE LINES IN ALL MAJOR CENTRES IN 3 YEARS

The Eritrean Telecommunication Corporation (Eritel) disclosed that it is making relentless efforts to meet the demands of its customers and is working on the distribution of telephone lines in all…

GSM ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW PHASE FOR EMERGING MARKETS INITIATIVE

With the success of the GSM Association's (GSMA) initial drive to make affordable mobile communications a reality in emerging markets, the GSMA on Monday announced a new phase for the…

ANGOLA TELECOM SIGNS INTERCONNECT DEAL WITH GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS

Gateway Communications has announced a bilateral interconnection agreement with Angola Telecom, the dominant fixed-line and GSM operator in Angola. The agreement will assist Angola Telecom in remaining ahead of the…

Orascom will rebrand its African ops Leo shortly

Orascom Telecom will rebrand its four African mobile networks in the coming months as it looks to build a pan-African mobile presence years after having sold most of its businesses…

IN BRIEF:

- Djibouti Telecom has launched its new Evatis-Edge network which will enable the telco to offer  MMS, internet mail browsing services. The new infrastructure can support 200,000 subscribers with expansion…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Guinean government has threatened to revoke MTN’s mobile network licence if it does not make a payment of EUR15 million (USD22.5 million) by the 2nd May writes Reuters.…

MTN Liberia slapped with $500,000 fine

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has slapped a fine of $500,000 on GSM operator Lonestar for “negligence and omission on the part of the Lonestar management” which led to an…

Etisalat eyes Libya telecom sector

Etisalat wants to acquire a licence in Libya or invest in one of the North African country's existing operators, its chairman told Reuters last week.Libya has two state mobile operators,…

Zimbabwe: Overcharging Refuted

Econet Wireless and Telecel, two of the country's three mobile phone service providers, last week refuted claims they are overcharging customers. Representatives of the companies appeared separately before the Portfolio…

Egypt directs France Telecom to sell 15 pct of Mobinil

Egypt's ministry of communications has sent a request to France Telecom directing it to ensure that 15 per cent of the shares of mobile phone carrier Mobinil are publicly traded…

Rural Telephony - Prospective Operators Get Ultimatum On Due Diligence in Nigeria

Federal Government weekend gave the five prospective operators for the National Rural Telephony Project (NRTP) two weeks from June 15, to embark on "further due diligence." Authoritative sources told the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mozambique and Brazil agreed to cooperate in the scientific development of telecommunications over the next three years. This was spelled out in a memorandum of understanding signed between the…

Comium to renegotiate deal with government in Liberia

Beleaguered Liberian GSM mobile operator Comium Liberia, owned by Comium Africa Limited and LibanCell, has revealed it is prepared to renegotiate the terms of its contract with the government, but…

AFRITEL SET TO ENTER GHANA'S TELECOM MARKET

Richmond Nana Aggrey, CEO and also principal promoter of MTS First Wireless, a Nigerian-based private telecommunication service provider, has indicated his optimism at getting a share of the Ghanaian telecom…

AREEBA LAUNCHES NEW OPERATION IN GUINEA

Lebanese wireless holding group Investcom has announced the launch of its newest cellular operation, in the west African state of Guinea. Services, offered under the group’s preferred  Areeba banner, are…

NIGERIA'S VMOBILE TO INVEST USD2BN ON NETWORK EXPANSION

Vmobile Nigeria has said that it would invest a minimum of USD2 billion in its network infrastructure within the next 24 months for its quality and coverage expansion initiative code-named…

VODACOM FACES NEW OBSTACLE TO BUYING ECONET WIRELESS NIGERIA

The battle for control over the Nigerian cellphone operator Econet Nigeria took another convoluted twist last week, with SA’s Vodacom facing legal action for allegedly enticing the Nigerian operator to…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN South Africa and Clicks terminated an agreement for the sale of 17 Musica stores to the cellular operator, citing certain legal conditions that could not be met, the…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to local media reports, Cote d’Ivoire mobile licensee Aircom is poised to launch commercial services this month – almost twelve years after receiving its original concession. The press…

Egypt Seeks Explanations on Orascom-France Telecom Deal

Orascom Telecom Media & Technology Holding SAE should explain to Mobinil shareholders why it may sell part of its stake to France Telecom SA after rejecting a higher bid in…

Tanzania: Farmers to Access Information Through Mobile Phones

Farmers across the country will through mobile phones access up-to-date market information to help them fetch premium prices. Industry, Trade and Marketing Deputy Permanent Secretary Dr Shaban Mwinjaka said in…

South Africa: Ailing Telkom warns of 83% earnings drop

Telkom on Wednesday moved to stabilise the company by appointing two board members and an executive in its cellphone businesses, but it warned that earnings will drop by as much…

Econet Wireless Considers 5G Network Launch

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is considering the launch of a 5G network service to its customers in a bid to boost connectivity services and ease communication.The decision to introduce the 5G…

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The newly constituted technical board for Nitel and its mobile arm MTel has taken over the affairs of the ailing company under the auspices of the Bureau of Public…

Telecom Namibia campaigns for unified licence

Telecom Namibia wants an all-inclusive licence across the whole spectrum of telecommunications and information technology, which should be included in the new draft legislation, its Managing Director Frans Ndoroma said…