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News in Brief for w/e 15 August 2019 Read more>>>

Nigeria GSM Voice Subscriptions June 2018 - June 2019
Nigeria GSM Voice Subscriptions June 2018 - June 2019
Source: ncc c. Blycroft 2019
another fine mess for african telecoms

A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Africa & Middle East Major Groups 3Q 2018
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
Four major mobile network operators (MNOs) currently dominate the African market, namely MTN, Orange, Vodacom and Airtel. The quartet collectively accounts for some 675.6 million mobile subscribers... More

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: MTN Group service revenue grows 9.7% in first half
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
MTN Group reported its service revenue up 9.7 percent at constant currency rates to ZAR 67.9 billion (USD 4.53 billion) in the first half of 2019, while EBITDA grew by 10.2 percent to ZAR 31.2 billion... More

ALGERIA: Ooredoo CEO sets sights on 4G expansion
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
Ooredoo Algeria's new CEO of just a week, Nickolai Beckers, is to make 4G network expansion one of his key priorities. Ooredoo Group CEO, Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, said: "We welcome ... More

BENIN: Decrees strengthen regulatory powers
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
The government has adopted the first seven decrees implementing legislation provided by Law No. 2017-20 of 20 April 2018 on the digital code, following the promulgation the law on 23 April 2018 by ... More

CAMEROON: ART calls for QoS tenders
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
The Agence Regulation des Telecommunications (ART) will acquire new instruments to strengthen its quality control system for services offered by telecom operators. An international tender was... More

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Regulator to increase focus on QoS
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
The Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (ARPTC) is reported to be becoming increasingly rigorous in terms of the quality of services that telecom operators must provide to users. ... More

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Vodacom offers savings and loans facility
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
On 7 August mobile network operator Vodacom Congo, through its brand Vodacash, and the bank Finca-RDC, joined forces to launch 'Lona O'defa' moniker. The banking product is available to all Vodacom... More

EGYPT: Broadband uptake propels TE in first half
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
Telecom Egypt (TE) has reported its results for the first six months of 2019, which recorded a notable increase in revenue driven by broadband uptake, but showed that EBITDA had fallen due to costs... More

EGYPT: TE signs MoUs with Chinese vendors
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
Huawei will provide new models for the use of communication, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications to Telecom Egypt (TE). The collaboration is the result of an agreement signed... More

GHANA: MTN calls for regulations to promote growth
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019

MTN Ghana, in collaboration with stakeholders, has called on the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to create regulations that will promote growth in the area of mobile financial services, .... More

ISRAEL: Rising debt sees Cellcom rating cut
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
The debt rating of Cellcom Israel has been cut by S&P Ma'alot following the erosion in the operator’s business performance and the rise in its debt. The debt rating has been cut from iIA+... More

ISRAEL: Level playing field for fibre providers
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
The Ministry of Finance is making further moves to improve the certainty for providers regarding fibre roll-out. Globes reports that the Ministry is to require all network operators to sell Internet... More

KENYA: Safaricom sees increased Bonga point redemption
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019

Safaricom's unclaimed Bonga customer loyalty awards have fallen from KES 4.04 billion (USD 38.6 million) to KES 3.85 billion (USD 36.8 million) in the year ending March 2019, ... More

KENYA: Further FTTH expansion planned by Safaricom
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019

Safaricom is planning to extend the coverage of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to over 15,000 additional households over the next two months. Some of the areas set ... More

KENYA: MoMo transactions rise 11.2% in first six months
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
Mobile money transactions rose 11.2 percent in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) said in a report released on 7 August 2019.The value... More

MADAGASCAR: Blueline starts 4G network improvements
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
Gulfsat Madagascar's subsidiary Blueline is reported to have started work to expand and densify its 4G LTE network to meet the growing needs of subscribers.The recent changes to the regulations... More

MALAWI: TNM to trim staff numbers
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019

Mobile network operator Telekom Networks Malawi Plc has confirmed that it will be dispensing with the services of 137 of its 713 staff, to reduce its establishment to 576. The operator said that... More

MOZAMBIQUE: Regulator approves white space standards
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
The Autoridade Reguladora das Comunicacoes (ARECOM) has approved a new TV-White Space (TVWS) technical standard to regulate the use of frequencies in the 470MHz-694MHz band. The regulator ... More

NAMIBIA: Paratus launches LTE in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
Paratus Namibia recently completed the initial phase of its National Mobile-LTE roll-out plan, and has now announced that it had launched LTE in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund last week, ... More

NAMIBIA: More 3G towers commission by MTC
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, has officially activated Mobile Telecommunication’s (MTC) new 3G network tower in Vergenoeg Farm in the Omaheke region... More

NIGERIA: Second SIM audit underway
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has started a second audit of the SIM registration databases of MTN, Globacom, Airtel, 9Mobile, Ntel and other operators offering SIM-based services.... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Cell-C and MTN extend national roaming deal
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
Mobile network operator Cell-C is reported to have finalised a term sheet that details a further national roaming agreement with MTN. Cell-C's CEO, Douglas Craigie ... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Service revenue rises 3.3% for MTN in 1H
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
MTN South Africa's service revenue rose by 3.3 percent to ZAR 18.06 billion (USD 537.5 million) in the first six months of 2019 compared to ZAR 17.49 billion (USD 1.2 billion) in the same period in... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Stevenson confirmed as Cell-C CEO
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
Mobile network operator Cell-C has named Douglas Craigie Stevenson as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), with immediate effect.Stevenson was appointed as interim CEO in March and has led... More

ZAMBIA: Parliament legislates on data bundle expiry
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
ISPs are to be legally prevented from prescribing expiry dates on Internet bundles purchased by customers. Parliament concluded that such enforcement of expiry dates amounted to theft as the expire... More

ZIMBABWE: Mobile money transfer agent tax mulled
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019

Minister of Finance, Mthuli Ncube, has said that the government is now considering imposing tax on funds transferred via mobile money platforms in a bid to curb what officials describe as illegal ... More

ZIMBABWE: POTRAZ green lights massive rate rises
Published in issue 00877 of 15 Aug 2019
The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has approved adjustments in voice tariffs for network operators to help offset falling revenues in the telecom sector and... More

 
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