News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 416 on 8 August 2008

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Communauté Electrique du Bénin issues tender to operate fibre network over its transmission pylons in Benin and Togo

Last week the international power utility CEB issued a tender that will allow an external company to operate a fibre network over its transmission pylons in both Benin and Togo. This will do three key things: extend the amount of fibre network available in both countries, potentially connect both countries to their neighbours by more than one route and may help lower national backbone prices in both countries. The Electricity Community of Benin (Communauté Electrique du Bénin – CEB) is an international organisation for both Bénin and Togo, in charge of developing electricity infrastructure in both countries. It is planning…


Namibia's mobile phone Market Could Boom

The mobile phone market could potentially grow by N$15 million (US$2 million) a month if the costs of phones, Sim cards and usage were reduced, an economic expert said yesterday.…


MTN to Spend R7.1 Billion to Boost Network in South Africa

MTN is planning R7.1bn in capital expenditure this year, mainly on increasing its network capacity and coverage. The spending is roughly double the amount it invested in its South African…