Telecoms – In brief


- Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has reported revenues of KES62.2 billion (USD796.6 million) for the six months ended 30 September 2013, up 17% year-on-year. EBITDA for the first-half increased 29.4% to KES28.9 billion, while net income surged 44.9% to KES11.3 billion.

- Algerian mobile operator Nedjma, a subsidiary of Qatar-based telecoms group Ooredoo, has adopted the brand name of its parent company, TSA Algerie reports. According to the article, the company will use Nedjma and Ooredoo logos simultaneously for an interim period, in order to accommodate subscribers accustomed to the old brand name.

- South Africa based Vodacom has refuted reports that it is in talks to take a stake in Botswana based BeMobile.

- Thuraya, and Vocality, have announced a strategic partnership agreement. The new agreement enables Thuraya to provide Vocality solutions through its global network of Service Partners serving commercial and defense mobile satellite communications markets.

- Vocality’s ELITE Fusion platform is scheduled for launch early in 2014 and will be available for use on Thuraya’s network. The ELITE Fusion is a cutting edge, first responder communications platform combining voice, radio relay (push to talk), network routing and security for a complete field communications package. When integrated with Thuraya’s highly portable IP terminals, ELITE Fusion makes for a compelling portable communications platform.