Telecoms - In Brief

Telecoms

- Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country’s second largest mobile operator by market share, crossed the two million customer mark in July.

- Ghana's Airtel has started rolling over unused mobile Internet allowances to the following month.

- Wireless operator MTN Guinea (Areeba) has entered into a distribution agreement with Guinean telecoms retailer Guesse Communication (Guess Com). According to a press release, the agreement will allow the company to expand the scope and efficiency of its distribution network by increasing its presence at service points across the county.

- MTN Liberia (Lonestar Cell) has extended mobile connectivity to the Butaw District, which is situated in Sinoe County, in the south of the country. The deployment was implemented in conjunction with Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a prominent local agriculture firm which specialises in palm oil production. According to Agence Ecofin the rollout represents the first time mobile technology has been deployed in Butaw, with locals previously forced to travel 40 minutes to Greenville in order to make a phone call.

- Mauritius’ telecoms regulator the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) has announced that a new eight-digit mobile numbering plan came into effect in the Republic of Mauritius on 1 September 2013. According to a press release, the digit ‘5’ has been added as a prefix to all existing seven-digit mobile numbers in the country.