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Telecoms

- SA's Thinta Thinta Telecoms (T3) and MTN have signed an agreement that will see T3 use the MTN network to provide telecommunications services in the Ugu region of KwaZulu-Natal. Mhlongo said T3 will be the first USAL recipient to launch its network in the Ugu District Municipality, providing access to mobile and fixed-line telephony. “T3 will roll-out in separate phases, with GSM going live in April and broadband later in the year. T3 will deploy its own network infrastructure in the next 36 months as part of its licence obligations.”

- Least-cost routing (LCR) company TelePassport has expanded its operations into Africa, following the recent opening of its Namibian operation in Windhoek. TelePassport Namibia's MD Phillip Stier says the company's primary aim is to use its Fixed Cellular LCR technology to reduce Namibian corporates' communication costs by routing local cellular-bound voice calls directly into the local Namibian GSM cellular network, MTC.

- Lifetree Convergence Limited (“Lifetree”) has announced that MTC Namibia, Africa’s Leading GSM Operator has successfully deployed Lifetree’s integrated customer care and billing system “@Billity”. In addition to @Billity for GSM and GPRS subscribers, MTC has also implemented Lifetree’s EBPP (“ZipBill”) and web self-care (“ZipCare”) products. Lifetree has completed deployment of the system and data migration from BSCS 6.0 and subscribers are now being billed on the new system. The Lifetree solution, which will cater to post paid subscribers, also includes mediation and provisioning solutions for GSM and GPRS services.