Telecoms News - In Brief


-Essar Telecom Kenya has gained more than 700, 000 subscribers in the last three months drawn by the day- long free calls tariff introduced in September. Madhur Taneja, yu Mobile Country Manager said its customers now stand at 2.3 million.
According to the Communication Commission of Kenya statistics, yu had 1.6 million subscribers by the end of September 2011. Yu is the forth largest operator.
Taneja said the minutes of use also shot up from less than two minutes to six minutes a day, translating to about 200 minutes a month per subscriber.

- Morocco’s Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT) reports that the country had 36.554 million mobile subscribers at the end of December 2011, an increase of 404,000 in the fourth quarter and up from 31.982 million twelve months earlier. According to the regulator’s calculations this gives the country a cellular penetration of 113.6%.

- Kenya’s telecoms operators will continue paying their monthly licence fees at the current rate until July 2012, the Communications Commission of Kenya’s (CCK) board has confirmed. Last year the regulator lowered monthly licence fees by 41% and the annual operating fee from 0.5% to 0.45% of gross annual turnover, but stipulated that the new rates would not actually apply until 1 July 2012.

- The National Communication Authority (NCA) of Ghana has published its market update for the end of December 2011, showing that mobile operator Vodafone Ghana has consolidated its second place in the sector ahead of former number two player Millicom Ghana (Tigo). By the start of this year Vodafone’s local subsidiary claimed more than 4.275 million customers, putting it behind market leader MTN Ghana with 10.156 million, but clear of Tigo which it initially overtook in October 2011.