In brief

19 October 2018

Telecoms

Almadar Aljaded (Al Madar Telecomm Company), Libya’s second largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced it has launched a ‘4G+’ mobile internet service, writes Reuters. The LTE-A network has been activated in the Greater Tripoli area and a subsequent rollout to Benghazi and other cities is also planned soon. Al Madar chairman Abdulkhaliq Ashour commented: ‘The service of the 4G+ network was not an easy task. We were confronted with many difficulties and obstacles, both in terms of financing or the security situation that hindered implementation.’

 

AirtelTigo, Ghana’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has extended its network upgrade and integration programme to the region of Greater Accra. The area is the last region of the country to benefit from the network integration, with the upgrades aimed at unifying the infrastructure belonging to Airtel and Tigo, which merged under the AirtelTigo banner in November 2017. To ensure a successful upgrade, AirtelTigo has mapped the Greater Accra region into three areas – eastern, northern and western Accra – while the company has also boosted staff capacity at stores in order to better assist customers who may experience difficulties during the integration process.

 

The number of mobile service subscriptions in Kenya rose to 45.5 million in the second quarter to 30 June from 44.1 million reported in March. This is an increase of 13.2 percent from 40.2 million on 30 June 2017. There were 44.3 million pre-paid and 1.19 million postpaid subscriptions, meaning pre-paid accounts made up 97.4 percent, as post-paid ones have mandatory requirements that may pose a great challenge for most users.

 

The Authority of Posts & Telecommunications Regulation (ART&P) in Togo is reportedly planning to automate all tariff control systems of electronic communications services in the country. News site Togo First notes that, once implemented, the telecoms regulator will be able to more effectively oversee and manage the tariffs offered by mobile duopoly TogoCom and Moov (Togo), as well as those for other telcos active in the market. ART&P has issued a call for tenders to acquire the new system and has set a revised closing date for submissions from interested parties as 31 October 2018.