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News in Brief for w/e 17 July 2019 Read more>>>

Kenya Post-paid Mobile Subscribers by Operator 1Q 2017 - 1Q 2019
Kenya Post-paid Mobile Subscribers by Operator 1Q 2017 - 1Q 2019
Source: ncc c. Blycroft 2019
another fine mess for african telecoms

A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Middle East Top 40 Mobile Operators by Subscribers: 3Q 2018
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
In the third quarter of 2018 Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia remained the three major Middle Eastern mobile markets.According to data published by the Saudi Arabian regulatory authority on its... More

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: Dimension Data restructures for growth
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
Dimension Data has announced new executive leadership for the Middle East and Africa region. On 1 July, parent NTT Group announced the formation of NTT as a global group, while Dimension Data and ... More

AFRICA: Mauritius tops Maturity Index
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
Mauritius is identified as the African telecoms market leader by BuddeComm's Telecoms Maturity Index, which analyses the broadband, mobile and fixed line markets of a country on top of a range of ... More

ANGOLA: Cloud as a Service launched by Angola Cables
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
Angola Cables has announced that it has launched Angola Cables Cloud Service to the African market following the recent inauguration of its advanced Tier III AngoNAP data centre facility in ... More

BENIN: Volume of money transactions rise 92% y-o-y
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019

The value of mobile money transactions in Benin totalled some XOF 2.08 billion (USD 20.0 million) in 2018 against XOF 1.97 billion (USD 19.0 million) in 2017 representing a rise of 5 percent, according... More

BURKINA FASO: VAP and IXP project flagged-off
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
The country is to shortly benefit from a Virtual Landing Point (VAP) and an Internet Exchange Point (IXP), which are seen as essential elements of the national broadband telecommunications infrastructure... More

CAMEROON: MTN takes issue over regulatory fines
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
MTN Cameroon is contesting the fine imposed on it by the Agence Regulation des Telecommunications (ART). On 3 July 2019 the director of ART, Philemon Zoo Zame, issued a statement in which the three... More

EGYPT: Deals allow Etisalat Misr to offer national fixed voice services
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr have signed four deals which they claim are designed to 'maximise their customers' interest and provide them with the best services available in the local market.... More

ETHIOPIA: SES satellite for dedicated broadcasting environment
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
SES and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) and the Ethiopian Broadcasting Cooperation (EBC) have signed deals for the creation of a dedicated Ethiopian TV environment. In particular, ... More

ISRAEL: IBC investment by Cellcom formally approved
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019

Cellcom Israel has said in a statement that it has received all the regulatory approvals it requires from the Israeli authorities for its indirect co-investment with the Israel Infrastructure Fund ... More
ISRAEL: Nanosatellite features innovative antenna
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
Nanosatellite developer NSLComm has launched the NSLSat-1, its first nano-satellite, into space. It is fitted with a fabric-like, flexible and expandable dish antenna to offer high-throughput communications... More

ISRAEL: 5G spectrum offered with generous terms
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
The licensing process for 5G spectrum has been kicked-off, according to Reuters, with the government hoping to attract bidders with discounts, as operator's continue to struggle with the high level... More

KENYA: Vodafone units cut rates in sub-Saharan Africa
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
Mobile network operator Safaricom has reduced its data prices by 42 percent in response to increased competition, the Business Daily reported, citing Vodacom which stated in recent filings that ... More

KENYA: Regulators advise care in mobile money split
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
The Ministry of ICT, Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) on 10 July asked parliamentarians to be cautious in their effort to separate services such as M-Pesa, ... More

KENYA: Betting licences create mobile payment quandary
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
The gambling regulator has ordered Safaricom to suspend M-Pesa pay bills and SMS short codes for 27 betting firms including SportPesa and Betin as the operating licences due for renewal on 1 July ... More

KENYA: Multiple SIMs drive growth
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
A new joint research report by TIFA Research and Reelforge Media Intelligence has suggested that the existence of multiple SIM cards have fuelled an increase in the number of mobile subscribers.... More

KUWAIT: CITRA invites interest in MVNO tenders
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
The Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) has launched a tender for MVNO licences, as it seeks to provide local consumers with 'greater innovation and diversity' in ... More

NIGER: ARCEP previews 2018 activity report
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
Niger's teledenisity has risen from 45.54 to 47.92 percent, according to the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et de La Poste's (ARCEP) 2018 report made public by the Chairman... More

NIGERIA: 9mobile best porting destination in May
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
In the last 12 months, 9mobile has been the preferred destination for subscribers opting to port from their existing network. However, 9mobile has been seeing its subscriber base falling. Previously... More

NIGERIA: Senate tasks NCC with improving network QoS
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
The Senate on 11 July 2019 summoned the management of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) over the high rate of dropped calls and improper regulation of SIM cards. It also urged the NCC to ... More

RWANDA: OneWeb signs for rural school connectivity
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
The government and UK-based OneWeb have launched the country's first satellite to connect rural schools. The Ministry of Information Technology, Telecommunications, Information Technology and Innovation... More

SAUDI ARABIA: Zain sees strong turnaround in Q2
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
Zain Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) has announced record-high financial results for all key indicators for the first six-months and second quarter ended 30 June 2019, with the operator serving 8.3 million... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Total compliance demanded by Cell-C as changes considered
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
Mobile network operator Cell-C has said in an open letter that it has hired consultants to audit its business practices for irregularities and to advise on restructuring.CEO Douglas Craigie ... More

ZIMBABWE: Econet dominant mobile money player in Q1
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
The telecommunications sector saw a 13 percent fall in revenue to USD 249.88 million in 1Q 2019 from USD 287.03 million in 4Q 2018 as costs in the sector increased.The Postal Telecommunications... More

ZIMBABWE: Financial turnaround reported by NetOne
Published in issue 00873 of 18 Jul 2019
State-owned mobile network operator NetOne reported a profit of USD 10 million for 2018, after a loss of USD 77 million the year before as revenue improved by some 13 percent to USD 119.2 million ... More 

 
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