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News in Brief for w/e 18 September 2019 Read more>>>

Chart of the Week: Egypt Mobile Subscriptions by Operator 1Q 2017 - 1Q 2019
Egypt Mobile Subscriptions by Operator 1Q 2017 - 1Q 2019
Source: mcit, telecom egypt c. Blycroft 2019
another fine mess for african telecoms

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A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Central Africa Mobile Network Subscriber Statistics by Country: 4Q 2018
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Blycroft's Mobile Network Statistics for Central Africa cover 11 states and 100.31 million subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter 2018, up from 95.47 million in the same period in 2017, an ... More

AFRICA: MTN names new CEOs
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019

MTN Group has announced that MTN Zambia's CEO Philip van Dalsen will be standing down at the end of September. Van Dalsen joined MTN in 2012 as CEO of MTN Cyprus, and in January 2019 moved to MTN ... More

AFRICA: Helios readies for IPO
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019

Sub-Saharan independent towerco Helios Towers on 12 September 2019 published a registration document that was submitted for approval to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) with the stated intention... More

ANGOLA: LTE coverage expanded by Multitel
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Multitel has launched LTE networks in the five largest provinces, namely Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda, Huambo and Huila.CEO Antonio Geirinhas told Mercado that speeds of 100 Mbps down and 50 Mbps... More

BOTSWANA: Satellite services deal doubles BTC capacity
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), have announced that BTC is doubling its capacity on Amos-7 communication satellite KU-beams.... More

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: SCPT says has own servers, thank you
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Reports that management and distribution of the Internet in the DRC is facilitated in Rwanda have been formally denied by the Societe Congolaise des Postes et Telecommunications (SCPT).In a ... More

EGYPT: ACUD signs TE for smart infrastructure
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is planning to begin work on the construction of an EGP 40 billion (USD 2.44 billion) telecommunications network, as part of the ... More

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: PM orders inquiry into GETESA irregularities
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The Prime Minister, Francisco Pascual Eyegue Obama Asue met with senior staff of incumbent fixed line and mobile operator Guinea Ecuatorial de Telecomunicaciones Sociedad Anonima (GETESA) to address... More

GHANA: New PSP definitions and limits set by Bank
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The Bank of Ghana has pegged the minimum capital required for operating a mobile money company at GHS 20 million (USD 3.7 million). The directive follows the recently passed Payment Systems and ... More

GUINEA: GVG case returns to Paris
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The government has launched an appeal against the GVG judgement in the Paris Court of Appeal.In late August 2019 GVG won its case against the government for breach of contract when the ... More

ISRAEL: Cellcom marketing VP steps down
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Cellcom Israel announced on 9 September that Yoni Sabag had resigned from his post as VP Marketing, after a tenure of 8 years. Sabag will continue to serve as VP Marketing until his replacement is ... More

KENYA: Safaricom reports expanding fibre in FY19
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
In its 2019 annual report Safaricom has reported that its fibre optic network had grown from 5,000kms in FY18 to 6,700kms in FY19 (ending March 2019). The operator's fibre deployment in the capital... More

KENYA: Mobile money payments continue to rise
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The value of mobile money payments rose by 11.1 percent to KES 2.5 trillion (USD 23.8 billion) in the first seven months of this year, data from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) records, up from KES... More

MAURITANIA: Hauwei to update Mattel network
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The mobile network operator Mattel, a subsidiary of Tunisie Telecom, is now embarking on a programme of infrastructure enhancement to improve the quality of services involving Chinese vendor Huawei... More

NIGERIA: Lagos top state for Internet
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has released its report on the telecoms sector for the first half of 2019. At the end of June 2019, Nigeria had a total of 122.6 million Internet subscribers... More

NIGERIA: Phase3 initiates strategic network technology upgrade
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Independent fibre optic infrastructure and telecommunications services provider Phase3 Telecom, has initiated a strategic network technology upgrade to enhance communications and connectivity ... More

NIGERIA: Ministry directs unregistered SIMs to be deactivated
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Some 9.2 million SIM lines are reported to have been incorrectly registered, and are to be deactivated. On 12 September Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami ordered the Nigerian ... More

QATAR: Ooredoo backbone for Lusail City
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Ooredoo Qatar has partnered with the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company to provide a smart city network in Lusail City.Lusail City is deploying smart systems and citywide sensors with.. More

SOUTH AFRICA: Data plan fine for MTN
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) has fined MTN South Africa ZAR 5 million (USD 328,400) for contravening the regulations ... More

SOUTH AFRICA: DFA fibre tops 11,000 km mark
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)'s metropolitan and long-haul fibre optic network reached 11,190 km by September 2018, according to parent company Remgro/ CIV Holdings. This compared to 10,554 km in March ... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Net1 stays results pending Cell-C reporting
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Cell-C shareholder Net1 is postponing the release of its results as it awaits clarifications on the transactions at the mobile operator, ITWeb reports. The announcement follows Blue Label Telecoms,... More

SOUTH AFRICA: ICASA council nominations sought
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications is calling on the public and organisations to nominate five candidates to fill vacancies at the council of the Independent Communications ... More

UGANDA: Transsion plans local assembly plant
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization, Evelyne Anite met with investors from Tecno Mobile who plan to establish a handset assembly plant in Uganda, the ... More

ZIMBABWE: POTRAZ holds myth-busting EMF workshop
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) is preparing a regulatory framework to protect the public from effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) radiation from telecoms equipment... More

ZIMBABWE: China to help with ICT development
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Zimbabwe and China to cooperate on the development of ICT services. A report says that the MoU aims to create an environment... More

~ & FINALLY..: Middle East in brief
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019
Israel: New iPhone - iStore will offer the new iPhone 11 in Israel on 26 September, and said that prices will be similar to the new models launched in September 2018. Prices for the... More

~ & FINALLY..: Africa in brief
Published in issue 00882 of 19 Sep 2019

 

 
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