Regulator POTRAZ has published a notice on the usage of Wi-Fi devices, which specifies the technical requirements. Wi-Fi equipment is to be subject to ‘Type Approval’, and operators of Hot spots will now need to register with POTRAZ with immediate effect, and have till the 30 June to comply. The move follows interference with licensed radio spectrum.
Econet Wireless claims to have 1.8 million subscribers for its mobile Internet service, and more than 5 million subscribers on its network post SIM card registration, The Zimbabwean has reported. Its market capitalisation stands at about USD 1 billion, and is the second most heavily capitalised firm on the local bourse.
Cell C has launched new All-In-One Vouchers, providing pre-paid and Controlchat users top-ups for voice minutes, SMS and data, ranging between ZAR 0.40 and ZAR 0.50 per MB; on-net voice rates also range between ZAR 0.40 and ZAR 0.50 per minute. Pre-paid users can buy one of three vouchers ranging from ZAR 49 to ZAR 199.
Vodacom has upped its game by issuing 21Mbps HSPA+ modems with its 2GB + 2GB mobile broadband special (Vodafone K4504) and not the 7.2Mbps modem shown in the advert, according to MyBroadband. Cell C was the first to offer a 2GB data contract at ZAR 149 per month, and is offering a 7.2Mbps modem.
Nawras has extended the hours of operation for its self-service machines located within the Lulu Hypermarkets, which are now available from 8:00am through to midnight. Nawras has more than 50 self-service machines in high traffic areas.
Submarine cable provider Glo 1 is reported by the Business Day newspaper to have signed a wide range of major companies for its offering, including PCCW, Airtel Ghana, Airtel Nigeria, C&W (Nigeria & Ghana operations), IPNX, Swift Networks, Shell, TotalElf, Chevron, United Bank for Africa, FinBank, Nigerian Bottling plc, P&G, and almost all the major media companies. The cable has a capacity of up to 2.5 terabits per second, and 99.9 percent up time reliability.
Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) has extended its Short Message Service (SMS) facility to other networks as from 30 May 2011, according to The Nation newspaper. Chifundo Scott, MTL’s Communications Manager said that users can now send and receive text messages to TNM, Access Communications Limited and Airtel for MWK 9 (USD 0.06) per message.
Zain Kuwait claims to have hit the 2 million active subscriber mark. It attributed the achievement to its commitment to ongoing excellence, customer service and leadership. It competes with Wataniya and Saudi Telecom’s VIVA. It also competes with VIVA in Bahrain, where the latter appears to have successfully cannibalised elements of Zain’s subscriber base.
Zain is considering strengthening its portfolio by acquiring majority stakes in content and applications during 2011, Chief Operating Officer Abdul Malik al-Jaber said. Bloomberg reported that in the third quarter Zain will look to acquire producers of Internet applications, software, services, enterprise solutions and content.
Mobile operator Tigo Ghana has launched a new and improved Tigo Facebook phone which comes with camera, Qwerty keypad, E-mail access, Fm radio, Memory Card slot, Java, Big 2 inch screen, 64 Midi Ringtone/ MP3, 2Ghc airtime and 1GB of data for 30days. A dedicated Facebook button allows easy and immediate access to Facebook. The device retails for GHS 49.99 (USD 32.85).
Airtel has chalked-up 5 million active subscribers, and added 49 base stations in April and May, giving Airtel the country's largest footprint, Le Phare has reported Antoine Pamboro, Airtel’s CEO in the DRC as saying. This is part of the USD 400 million, three-year network investment plan.
New cabinet members in Dr Ikililou Dhoinine’s government include Rastam Mouhidine as Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, and Mrs. Kalathoune Mahamoud as Deputy Minister for Transport and Tourism to the Communications Minister. Vice President for Finance, Economy, Budget, Investment and Foreign Trade in Charge of Privatisation is Mohamed Ali Soilihi.
Zain Bahrain has announced its Twitter-via-SMS service, which allows its users to access Twitter from their phones using SMS or Website - either mobile.twitter.com or twitter.com - to create an account or to add mobile device to an account previously created. The charge is BHD 0.30.