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Chart of the Week: Israel Partner Mobile Subscribers & Q-o-Q % change 1Q 2016 - 1Q 2018
Israel Partner Mobile Subscribers & Q-o-Q % change 1Q 2016 - 1Q 2018

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A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Middle East Top 40 Mobile Operators 3Q 2017
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
Three countries neatly summarize the Middle Eastern market in the third quarter of 2017, namely Ian, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Chart 1: Middle East Countries by Mobile Subscribers... More

ALGERIA: Internet opened-up to competition
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
On 6 June 2018 the new Post and Telecommunications Code came into force. This effectively ended Algeria Telecom’s control over the fixed Internet segment. The new regulations, promoted since ... More

ANGOLA: President confirms on track with new telco concession
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
The President Joao Lourenco has confirmed that the government will proceed with plans to licence a new telco in order to foster local competition. State-owned news agency Angop reported... More

CHAD: Bids sought for fourth mobile concession
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
The Inter-ministerial Commission for the Granting of a Second, Third and Fourth Generation License to a Cellular Mobile Operator has issued a notice of invitation to tender for a fourth mobile operator... More

ETHIOPIA: Minority stakes in major state-owned enterprises offered
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
On 5 May the government invited foreign investors to buy stakes in state-owned telecommunications, shipping, power generation and aviation companies. The programme is expected to extend to railways... More

IRAN: Minister says mobile device registration was profitable 
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
The mobile device registration scheme generated revenues of IRR 16 trillion (USD 378.2 million) for the government, the Minister for Communications and Information Technology announced. ILNA reported... More

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ISRAEL: Bezeq directed to provide wholesale telephony
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
The Ministry of Communication has notified Bezeq that the temporary arrangement with respect to telephony services in resale is not to be extended. From 1 August 2018 Bezeq is required to provide ... More

KENYA: Streamlined Telkom too sleek for Airtel
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
It seemed an unlikely alliance but the possible union between Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya appears to have been abandoned. The Standard reports 'sources' as saying that Airtel has lost interest after... More

MALAWI: SIM registration deadline set for September
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
The 30 September 2018 is the new deadline for existing users to register their SIM cards, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has said, whilst warning that any unregistered SIM ... More

MALI: Malitel upgrades mobile money offering
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
Mobile network operator Malitel announced on 6 June 2018 a development of its Mobicash money transfer service. With immediate effect subscribes in Mali can send and receive money internationally to... More

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NAMIBIA: MTC stake to be listed on NSX
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Acting CEO Thinus Smit said on the 5 June that some 49 percent of its shares are to be listed on the Namibia Stock Exchange (NSX), of which 29 percent will ... More

NIGERIA: Glo and 9mobile slump in April
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
Active mobile telephone users rose to 160 million in April 2018, with Internet users reaching 101.2 million in the same period, up from the 100.6 million recorded in March. Mobile operators... More

QATAR: Home 5G broadband devices tested by Ooredoo
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
Ooredoo Qatar has taken delivery of the first batch of 5G home broadband devices, which are currently being tested on its 5G network in Doha before distribution to consumers. Ooredoo says... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Compliance issues sees Cell-C go to court
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has been directed to halt the implementation of the new consumer protection regulations dealing with data expiry and roll-over by the... More

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SOUTH AFRICA: CIVH named for Vumatel stake
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH) has recently acquired 34.9 percent of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) provider Vumatel, and is planning to acquire the remaining 65.1 percent, subject to funding... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Police pop round to MTN to pick-up Turkcell papers
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
MTN Group has had its offices raided by South African police, who seized documents after Turkey's Turkcell initiated a USD 4.2 billion lawsuit over a disputed Iran licence, MTN said on 5 June 2018.... More

TOGO: 4G licences formally granted
Published in issue 00821 of 14 Jun 2018
4G LTE licences have been officially granted, following a signing ceremony on 11 June. An invitation to attend the launch was issued by the Director of the Regulatory Authority of the Posts and ... More


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