Telecoms News - In Brief


- France Telecom (FT) subsidiary Orange Uganda has signed a 15 year leaseback deal with African towerco, Eaton Towers. Orange has agreed to sell its passive infrastructure and assets to Eaton for an undisclosed amount, outsourcing management, maintenance and network expansion to the towerco. The agreement is the first of its kind signed by FT and in Africa, and will be used to gauge the effectiveness of the initiative. Should it prove successful, the strategy will be rolled out across FT’s other African subsidiaries.

- Wataniya Telecom Maldives has signed a roaming services agreement with CommProve for quality of service monitoring and network troubleshooting.

- Liberia's Lonestar Cell MTN has deployed its first mobile base station - known usually as Cells on Wheels.