Telecom In Brief

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- National regulator the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has issued a licence to Helios Towers Africa, enabling the UK-based firm to run mobile phone towers in the east African country, Reuters reports. Helios has acquired 1,180 mobile towers from Millicom International Cellular (MIC’s) local cellular unit Tigo Tanzania for minimum USD80 million in cash. As part of the deal Tigo will take a 40% stake in the towers company, Helios said in a statement. In a similar deal, MIC’s mobile arm in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has agreed to sell 729 towers for at least USD45 million to Helios Towers Africa.

- Egypt’s three mobile network operators – MobiNil, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr have all reportedly lodged a complaint with the National Communications Committee (NCC) with a view to being reimbursed for lost revenues from services that they were forcibly required to shut down during the country’s uprising in February 2011. IT News Africa reports that, with the Egyptian government having already promised to offer some recompense to the operators for the enforced switch-off, all three have now presented a report detailing their respective financial losses. While Khaled Hegazy, manager of external and governmental affairs at Vodafone Egypt, was cited as stating that his company had yet to hear back from the Ministry of Communications regarding compensation, the NCC has confirmed that it is now evaluating the report presented by the three cellcos. No date for a final decision on the matter has, however, been detailed.