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 Management (SADM) software to be implemented across affiliates in 16 African countries.
In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will consolidate the operator’s existing MMSC platforms into one centrally managed virtual platform.“Nokia Siemens Networks’ robust mobile device management solution will allow our customers in Africa to enjoy the latest services by enabling seamless internet connectivity and excellent customer care support, while Airtel will benefit from reduced operational costs when introducing new devices or services,” said Manoj Kohli, CEO (International) and Joint Managing Director, Bharti Airtel.
Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer of Nokia Siemens Networks, said: “The shift towards smart networks that understand user preferences and enable delivery of customized services is helping operators such as Bharti Airtel deliver a superior Mobile Broadband experience. Nokia Siemens Networks supports this transition by helping operators to manage user experience better and deliver improved services seamlessly.”
Nokia Siemens Networks’ SADM will enable Bharti Airtel to remotely and automatically manage and configure user devices for new data services. The software will also enable the operator to gain valuable insights on device capabilities to make right business decisions when introducing new services.
Under a three-year contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its mobile internet browsing solution (MIBS) and multimedia messaging solution (MMSC), hosted on a virtualized and centrally managed VaaS platform. This will allow Bharti Airtel to provide these services faster and cost efficiently to all its customers across all affiliates in Africa.
Court orders CWN chairman to stand down temporarily
The chairman of Congo Wireless Networks (CWN), the local partner of South African telco Vodacom in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and 49% owner of Vodacom Congo, will be temporarily replaced at the behest of the DRC Court of Appeals, reports Bloomberg.
Gambian Alieu Conteh, the current chairman and founder of CWN will be replaced for a minimum of three months by company accountant Mupepe Lebo. The suspension will allow the Congolese company to call a general assembly to discuss the proposed sale of Vodacom’s stake in Vodacom Congo. As previously reported, Vodacom is looking to sell off its operations in DRC to end a dispute with CWN over the structure and funding of Vodacom Congo that has raged since 2009. The South African MTN Group and Angola’s Unitel have both expressed an interest in purchasing Vodacom’s stake, as have at least two more as-yet-unnamed companies.
The Kinshasa court made the ruling following CWN’s attempt earlier this week to block the sale of Vodacom’s stake until the two had resolved their dispute. In its judgement, the court said that a dispute between the shareholders of CWN risked paralysing the company, the threat of which granted it power to appoint an administrator with ‘the broadest powers’. Conteh’s lawyers are disputing the decision, claiming that the court does not have the power to appoint an administrator with such power. Conteh is currently considering taking the matter to the Supreme Court.