Telecoms News - In Brief


- Mobile TV, the company planning to introduce mobile television services in South Africa using Korea’s digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) standard, says it could be ready to start broadcasting commercially within three months in Gauteng. It is also planning to introduce SA’s first digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio stations — seen potentially as an eventual replacement to FM radio — as well as “visual radio” services, which offer visuals over normal radio broadcasts.

- Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has announced it generated revenue of MWK5.301 billion (USD31.3 million) in the six months ended 30 June 2011, representing an increase of 23% year-on-year. The mobile operator said growth was driven by a rise in subscriber numbers thanks to new product offerings and promotions. TNM also revealed that it has secured a long-term loan facility from a syndicate of local banks to finance its on-going capital investment programmes

- Airtel Sierra Leone, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has expanded coverage of its wireless network to the entire Tonkolili district, in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone, reports, citing local newspaper Concorde Times. The move forms part of the operator’s rural expansion drive; earlier this year Airtel brought mobile services to Sahn Malen in the Pujehun District in the south of the country.