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News in Brief for w/e 23 October 2019 Read more>>>

Chart of the Week: Bahrain Mobile Pre- & Post-paid Subscriptions 2Q 2015 - 2Q 2019
Bahrain Mobile Pre- & Post-paid Subscriptions 2Q 2015 - 2Q 2019
Source: tra c. Blycroft 2019
another fine mess for african telecoms

A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Africa Top 100 Mobile Operators: 4Q 2018
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Western Africa is the largest regional mobile market with some 343.9 million mobile subscribers at the end of 4Q 2018; whilst it is the two smaller regional markets - Southern and Central Africa - ... More

AFRICA: Vodacom Business partners with Seacom
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Seacom has partnered with Vodacom Business Africa to expand the reach of their broadband data market in Africa. Vodacom Business Africa’s Managing Director, Guy Clarke, said that the main ... More

AFRICA: Helios launches on LSE
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Helios Towers, the pan-African telecom tower manager, has launched on the London Stock Exchange on 15 October. Jeune Afrique reported that the operation raised some USD 315 million, and is expected... More

ALGERIA: Postal project close to completion in Mascara
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Sixty-one of the sixty-two post offices in the Mascara wilaya now have Internet connectivity. Mascara wilaya’s Operational Department launched the programme to link all 62 post offices in the... More

ANGOLA: ITA facility increases capacity four fold
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Internet Technologies Angola (ITA) opened a new Data Centre on 17 October, The facility cost some AOA 3.1 billion (USD 7.07 million) and occupies two floors, with capacity for over 7,000 servers.... More

BAHRAIN: Mobile subscriber decline levels out in Q2
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has noted in its Second Quarter 2019 reporting noted that the growth in mobile post-paid subscriptions continuing as the base increased from 639,209 at ... More

BAHRAIN: Batelco warns of 2G switch-off
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019

Batelco has told its subscribers that the 2G network will be phased out by 31 December 2019.The operator said that the move is intended to free up network capacity for the deployment of 5G ... More

BAHRAIN: Batelco launches wholesale unit
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Batelco has officially launched National Broadband Network (BNET), the group's new independent wholesale unit following the company's legal separation and restructuring into two separate entities ... More

BURKINA FASO: New Orange route boosts 2018 bandwidth
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
International Internet bandwidth reached 37.89 Gbps in December 2018, according to data released by the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), representing a... More

CAMEROON: Meeting considers frequency monitoring
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Radio frequency spectrum is a valuable national resource in the public domain, and available spectrum is a scarce resource. Accordingly the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications' (Minpostel) ... More

EGYPT: Mobile market sees gentle rise
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Data from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology shows the declining mobile market levelling out in November 2018, having experienced a sustained fall from its recent peak of ... More

ETHIOPIA: Satellite facility slated for completion by mid-2022
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
The construction of a satellite manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing (MAIT) facility in Addis Ababa is to commence in January 2020. The facility is part of the second phase of the count... More

ETHIOPIA: ET sees revenues rise in first reporting quarter
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Ethio Telecom (ET) has reported total revenues of ETB 10.1 billion (USD 337.7 million) in the first quarter of its fiscal year compared with the first quarter in the previous year; a rise of 21 per... More

GABON: Free roaming with Congo agreed
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Agence de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP) and the Republic of Congo’s Agence de Regulation des ... More

GHANA: Ministry readies for CEIR launch in 2020
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019

The Ministry of Communication is holding talks with stakeholders in the mobile industry to establish a Central Equipment Identity Registry (CEIR), Ghanaweb reported. It will be fully operational in... More

KENYA: COMESA has no issues with Airtel, Telkom merger
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Competition Commission has approved the merger of Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya, despite local anti-... More

KUWAIT: SVoD launched by Zain
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Zain Kuwait has launched a subscription video on demand (SVoD) service dubbed PlayVOD in partnership with Digital Virgo, a French specialist in telecom payments, monetisation and digital marketing.... More

LEBANON: OTT tax dropped after demonstrations
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019

The proposed monthly Whatsapp service fee has been formally dropped after demonstrators rallied against the government's handling of an economic crisis, Reuters reported.The government backe... More

MOROCCO: Maroc subscriber base rise 10.6% in Q3
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Maroc Telecom Group's revenues rose to MAD 27.31 billion (USD 2.82 billion) in the first nine months ending 30 September, up 0.6 percent from MAD 27.14 billion (USD 2.80 billion) a year earlier, ... More

NIGER: Job security at Orange guaranteed until 2021
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
In August 2019 Orange Group reached an agreement to sell its shares in Orange Niger to its minority shareholders Moctar Thiam, a shareholder through Green light Communication, and Mohamed Rissa, ... More

NIGERIA: NCC requests for calls to be recorded
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered mobile network operators to monitor and record calls and other communications that pass through their networks, .... More

NIGERIA: Glo interconnect debt sees calls to Airtel cut
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted Airtel approval to partially disconnect Globacom from its network after the latter failed to settle interconnect debts running. The partial ... More

SAUDI ARABIA: Mobiliy revenues improve for eighth consecutive quarter
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Mobily saw its revenues grow for the eighth consecutive quarter, to SAR 3.4 billion (USD 1.0 billion) in 3Q 2019, up by 14.4 percent year-on-year. This is primarily attributed to the growth in the ... More

SOUTH AFRICA: MTN staff challenge BEE share distribution
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
The staff of MTN South Africa are seeking redress from the Alpine Trust through the courts over allegations of insufficient BEE payouts, according to a report by the ... More

SOUTH AFRICA: VAST to be wound-up this week
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
Wi-Fi network provider Vast Networks is to be closed down after a year spent seeking a buyer, a spokesperson for its board has told MyBroadband.Dimension Data and Naspers have decided not to... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Cell-C considers ceding towers to MTN
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa has confirmed that the operator is committed to working with Cell-C, MyBroadband reported. Motsa stated that MTN would retain its new, expanded roaming agreement ... More

TURKEY: Net GSM sales total USD 4.2bn in first half
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
The three GSM operators; Turkcell, Vodafone and Turk Telekom posted net sales of some TRY 23.9 billion (USD 4.23 billion) in the first half of 2019, the Information and Communication Technologies ... More

UGANDA: UCC seeks agreement on OTT management
Published in issue 00885 of 24 Oct 2019
The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is now readying to improved regulation of over-the-top services (OTT) such as Facebook and Twitter to encourage investment in the sector, the ... More

 
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