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Chart of the Week: Bahrain Mobile Subscribers & Penetration 2Q 2015 - 3Q 2019
Bahrain Mobile Subscribers & Penetration 2Q 2015 - 3Q 2019
Source: tra c. Blycroft 2020
another fine mess for african telecoms

A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: East Mediterranean Mobile Network Subscriber Statistics: 2Q 2019
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
Blycroft's Mobile Network Subscriber Statistics for the East Mediterranean region for 2Q 2019 cover 6 states and 126.03 million subscribers, up from 124.30 million in 2Q 2018; representing a net gain... More

AFRICA: A further week of submarine cable repairs
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
Repairs to the West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine fibre cable were close to completion earlier this week. Local media reported that the repair to a break in the African end of the WACS submarine... More

BAHRAIN: Zain reports profitable Q4
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
 Zain Bahrain has reported net profit of BHD 1.454 million (USD 3.8 million) for the three months ending 31 December 2019, representing a 2 percent decrease year-on-year from BHD 1.489 ... More

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Satellite services cut for non-renewal
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
Failure to renew the annual subscription with the Regional African Satellite Communication Organization (RASCOM), has seen the DRC's service cut. The annual renewal is EUR 780,000 (USD 854,000), ... More

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Satellite replaces cut submarine cable
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
High-performance Internet connectivity was restored within four days of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine cable being cut, through the combined efforts of Gilat Telecom and SES.... More

EGYPT: TE seeks advice on Vodafone options
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
Telecom Egypt (TE) is now vetting investment banks to undertake an appraisal of its options after Saudi Telecom expressed its interest in acquiring Vodafone Group's stake in Vodafone Egypt.... More

GHANA: Vodafone Ghana to be managed by Vodacom
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
In a move intended to consolidate the Group's interests in Africa, Vodafone Group is to hand over the management of Vodafone Ghana to the Group's separately listed South African division in April ... More

GHANA: Vodafone base falters in Q4
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
The number of mobile voice subscriptions grew by 1.7 percent to 40.86 million on 31 December 2019 from 40.17 million in November 2019, according to statistics from the National Communications Authority... More

ISRAEL: New frequencies for Cellcom
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
The Ministry of Communication has told Cellcom Israel that its current 2 x 10 MHz of 850 MHz frequencies will be reduced and replaced with 2 x 5 MHz of other 850 MHz frequencies by 31 May, or at ... More

ISRAEL: Cellcom looks again at Golan
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
Cellcom Israel has renewed its interest in Golan Telecom, days after Hot Telecom announced that it wants to acquire Partner Communications. According to Globes, the move by HOT Telecom is leading ... More

ISRAEL: Annatel to go full mobile
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
Moble virtual network operator (MVNO) Annatel has launched a Full MVNO offering powered by Summa Networks' carrier-grade HSS and HLR, which combines LTE HSS, IMS HSS ... More

ISRAEL: Partner considers all options
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
Partner Communications has provided details of the acquisition offer by Altice, controlling shareholder in HOT Telecom. Partner said that the share price offered by Altice was ILS 19.11 (USD 5.56),... More

KENYA: Safaricom sues data firm over KES 20 mln M-Pesa loss under 2016 contract
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
East African Data Handlers (EADH) is being sued by mobile network operator Safaricom. has sued, following the loss of clients' money amounting to some KES 20 million (USD 197,000). EADH was ... More

LIBERIA: Free roaming accord signed
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
On 7 February the Autorite de Regulation des Postes et Telecommunications (ARPT) and Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) signed an accord for free mobile roaming between the two countries.... More

MADAGASCAR: DTT switch set for June
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
Madagascar will switch to digital terrestrial television (DTT) on 17 June, NexTVame reported. The information was recently provided by the Ministry of Communication, which said the next six months ... More

NIGERIA: NCC told to SIM registration policy
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim, has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to revise the policy on SIM card registration and usage following feed... More

NIGERIA: Minister reiterates need to close broadband gap
Published in issue 00899 of 13 Feb 2020
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim, has reiterated the government's commitment to a minimum of 70 percent broadband penetration by 2025. He noted that the national ... More