Telecoms - In Brief


- Netxcell Limited, a Hyderabad-based telecom applications and value-added services (VAS) provider, has tied up with Funmobile, a West African company that offers entertainment and information with multimedia forms of video, music and gaming. Through this partnership, Netxcell will implement services for MTN, a telecom operator in Africa with GSM licences in 21 countries across Africa and West Asia, leveraging the local know-how of Funmobile.

- Morocco’s telecoms watchdog Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT) has announced its plans to launch an auction for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile licences by the end of 2013, state news agency MAP reported. The ANRT’s boss Azdine El Mountassir Billah specified in the statement: ‘We will launch the tenders to award 4G licences by the end of the year, and the opening of the service is expected in 2014.’

- TI Sparkle, the international services arm of Telecom Italia Group, and Gateway, a self-styled ‘alternative local operator’ based in Libya, have signed an agreement for the provisioning of international end-to-end services to and from the North African nation. The services, which primarily cater for the demands of corporate customers, are offered through a joint platform composed of Gateway’s newly constructed Libyan national backbone and TI Sparkle’s international capacity resources. International customers are interfaced by TI Sparkle, while Gateway handles all Libyan clients.

-  In an interview with Vietnam Investment Review, Viettel’s deputy general director Duong Van Tinh named Swaziland as a market in which it is keen to secure a mobile licence. South Africa-based MTN currently has a monopoly in the southern African country, launching commercial services in December 1998.