In brief

Telecoms

- Angolan cellco Unitel has launched the ‘4Afrika’ smartphone, a Huawei-built model based on the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system pre-loaded with applications designed by African developers and targeted at local users. The handset is also being launched in other markets including Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa by the end of the month, and aimed at middle-income users such as students, small business owners and developers.

- Kenya's Safaricom has been warned that it has to improve its network quality of service if it wants to renew its mobile operating license when it expires next year. The license is due to expire at the end of June 2014, and the regulator has offered to renew it for a further 10 years for a payment of US$24 million.

- Algeria’s telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) launched a tender for the authorisation of 3G mobile networks on 1 August 2013. According to a press release, the regulator will award three licences to Algerian mobile operators for the provision of 3G services; interested parties need to submit their tender applications and pay a fee of DZD1 million (USD12,590) fee before 15 August 2013.

- French-backed cellco Orange Uganda has launched its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, following in the wake of MTN and Smile which launched their respective networks in April and June this year, respectively.