Telecoms – In Brief


- Ghana’s regulator National Communications Authority (NCA) has announced that the ban it imposed on Vodafone Ghana, which barred the operator from signing up new subscribers until 31 July 2014, following the nationwide blackout of its network on 3 June, has been lifted.

- MIC Tanzania, which offers mobile services in the country under the Tigo brand of its parent Millicom International Cellular (MIC), has signed a contract with Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies to develop smartphones and hopefully boost take-up in Tanzania. As a result, the carrier aims to provide its more than 6.2 million subscribers with access to affordable devices designed by the Chinese firm.

- Telecel Zimbabwe and Bulawayo City Council (BCC) are wrangling over royalties from base stations, with the local authority claiming it has been fleeced of significant revenue by the mobile operator since 1999. The council also claimed that Telecel has been setting up ‘illegal’ base station without application and approval from the city fathers in a case that might open a can of worms on how easily city land and infrastructure might commercially be manipulated right under the nose of the authority.

- Zambia's telecoms regulator, ZICTA says that it expects to complete the construction of 169 new telecoms towers in rural parts of the country, in October this year.