Telecoms News - In Brief


- Mobile network operator Vodacom Tanzania plans to invest more than TZS120 billion (USD76.97 million) this year in upgrading its network, the firm’s managing director, Rene Meza, told reporters that the unit has invested TZS1.13 trillion in its networks and services since launching in 2001.

- Ghana’s mobile network operators have once again been handed fines for failing to meet the regulator’s quality of service (QoS) targets. The National Communications Authority (NCA) has fined MTN a total of GHS150,000 (USD78,000) for call set-up delays in one region and network congestion problems in two regions, while Vodafone and Tigo have both been hit with GHS50,000 penalties, the former for call set-up delays in one region and the latter for signaling congestion in one region. Fines for Airtel and Expresso have been suspended pending the completion of ongoing expansion work.

- MTN, the largest telecommunications operator in Nigeria is reportedly launching a mobile advertising platform that would enable small and large organizations push advertising to its estimated 50 million subscribers. According to local tech blog, TechSuplex, the company would be officially announcing the MTN Mobile Ads at a media launch on Wednesday that “will enable companies reach their target audience more directly, run more cost effective campaigns and ultimately have a better advertising return on investment.” MTN is said to be adopting interactive SMS (iSMS), MMS, USSD and Rich Media (Web/WAP based) to deliver its Mobile Ads in the first phase.