In brief

16 June 2017

Telecoms

South Africa: The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has notified all interested stakeholders that it will be extending the closing date for submissions to the Discussion Document on Equity Ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups and the application of the ICT Sector Code in the ICT Sector. The closing date was pushed from 08 June to 30 June at 4.00 pm to allow for more submissions and additional information from those that have already submitted.

Safaricom has announced the opening of its fourth regional headquarters in Kisumu town. Located at Tuff Foam Mall, the new regional offices will serve ten counties in Western and Nyanza, including Busia, Bungoma, Homabay, Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, Migori, Nyamira, Siaya, Vihiga and parts of Narok County including Kilgoris town and its environs.

Mauritania’s telecoms watchdog, the Autorite de Regulation (ARE), has fined the country’s three mobile operators for their continued poor quality of service (QoS). Mauritel, Mattel and Chinguitel must pay a total of MRO451 million (USD1.2 million), with Mauritel fined MRO216 million, Mattel MRO118 million and Chinguitel MRO117 million.