Telecoms – In Brief

Telecoms

- MTN Zambia, the country’s second largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has reportedly revealed that it expects to spend around ZMK250 billion (USD46.7 million) in 2013 on upgrading the technology it uses to offer its wireless services. According to AllAfrica, the mobile network operator’s CEO Abdul Ismail confirmed the investment figure, and having claimed that the operator had spent more than USD35 million on upgrades in 2012 so far, he said that more than USD100 million had been spent by MTN Zambia on various technology upgrades over the years.

- The National Communications Agency of Cape Verde (ANAC) has approved the public consultation report on the methodology for calculating the capital costs of operator CVTelecom, applicable for the period 2011-2013. According to the decision, published on 10 December and entering into force the next day, the rate of capital cost for CV Telecom is 10.9 percent to remunerate investments in 2012 and 2013.

- Vodacom South Africa’s 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network has been rolled out to Cape Town, several weeks ahead of schedule the company has annponced. Vodacom launched LTE in October this year with 70 LTE-enabled base stations and has since increased that total to more than 500. CTO Andries Delport commented: ‘On average we’ve lit up another seven LTE sites every single day for the past two months and hit our target of 500 LTE base stations a month early.’ Vodacom’s 4G network is now available in the central business district, Stellenbosch, Atlantic Seaboard, Waterfront and Century City areas of Cape Town, as well as throughout Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.

- MTN Liberia (Lonestar Cell) has announced improvements to its mobile network infrastructure in the African country, deploying new towers to improve connectivity in border areas. Earlier this month the cellco, a subsidiary of South Africa-based regional mobile operator MTN Group, installed a new 55m tower in Salaye (Lofa County), replacing the previous 20m mast, to improve and extend connectivity to surrounding towns and villages. Meanwhile, a new site was added in Zamie (Rivercess County) with the deployment of a 55m tower to serve that region’s mining communities.