In brief

2 August 2019

Telecoms

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday closed the Kaduna office of South African Telecommunication giant, MTN, over xenophobic attacks and killings of 118 Nigerians in the last two years. NANS’ Director, Travels and Exchange, Mr Dominic Philip, explained in Kaduna that the step was necessary to curb further attacks, looting, destruction and mindless killings of African nationalities, particularly Nigerians in South Africa.

 

Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has revealed plans to increase the Communications Service Tax (CST) to 9% from the current level of 6%, reports Business World Ghana. Announcing the proposal in the mid-year budget review statement, the minister said the higher rate is intended to ‘develop the foundation for the creation of a viable technology ecosystem in the country’. The tax was introduced in 2008 at an ad valorem rate of 6% and is levied on charges for the use of communication services provided by operators in the country.

 

Mozambique’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autoridade Reguladora das Comunicacoes, ARECOM, also known as INCM) has granted a unified telecoms licence to Movitel, the smallest of the country’s three cellcos. The operator is now entitled to provide telecommunications services, ‘regardless of the supporting technology, without prejudice to the need to obtain spectrum or numbering frequencies and other applicable rules,’ ARECOM says. Movitel recently launched its first 4G networks covering parts of the capital city Maputo. Rival operators Vodacom and TMCEL were awarded unified licences in July 2018 and May 2019, respectively.