Saturday, 18 June 2011

Glo tight-lipped on launch (Ghana)

Globacom Nigeria officials are reported by the Ghana Business News as refusing to be drawn on when the mobile operator might launch its mobile services in Ghana. Two senior officials at the West & Central Africa Com conference in Senegal declined to comment when the newspaper sought a statement from them.

Friday, 17 June 2011

White paper maps telecom network development (Angola)

The Minister of Telecommunication said this week that a new White Paper aimed to provide quality services at ‘affordable prices’. The Minister said that the reform aims to make the existing legislation more flexible in terms of changes arising from the convergence of technologies and services. The White Paper sets out how the state will facilitate the construction of a basic telecom network infrastructure to provide universal service. The event was attended by Deputy Telecom Ministers Aristides Safeca and Pedro Teta.

Bezeq plans IPO (Israel)

Bezeq's Board has said that it is looking to raise some ILS 1.5 billion (USD 433.2 million) via a public offering in Israel with up to three issues of new non-convertible debentures, as per its shelf prospectus filed 1 June 2011. Bezeq has however cautioned that it reserves the right to change the amount of the offering or retract it altogether.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Free optimised Facebook offered by Orange (Botswana)

Orange has launched its Facebook ZERO, a mobile Website that allows users free mobile browsing of Facebook through: is described as a lightweight version of Facebook optimised-for-speed by removing graphics and photos (which can still be accessed). It is also optimised for the Orange network.

ARCE steps up QoS campaign (Burkina Faso)

From the start of May 2011, the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications (ARCE) has started an audit of the quality of service and technical verification of GSM operators in Burkina Faso. It has deployed technical teams nationally to carry out its testing and measurement program.

ARCE has secured the services of a consultant with what it describes as ‘recognised expertise’ in the field of monitoring and evaluation of networks and telecom services. The team has also collected perceptions of service quality by customers.

In the event that the desired standards are not being achieved, ARCE has the power to place sanctions on the operators concerned.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

New service centre for MTN (Uganda)

MTN has opened a new service centre at the Forest Mall at Lugogo. Uganda Investment Authority chief Dr. Maggie Kigozi attended the opening. Themba Khumalo, MTN’s CEO said the centre will provide a comprehensive customer service facility. He added that the cellco has started construction of a new USD 110 million switching centre in Mutundwe to improve service delivery in Kampala.

TT strikers bring down revenues (Tunisia)

The strike by workers at Tunisie Telecoms (TT) for improved pay is impacting on revenues, according to IT News Africa. Some offices have also closed. In May 2011 TT announced the retrenchment of staff to improve margins. Emirates International Telecommunications (EIT) acquired 35 percent in 2006, but TT was nationalised after the government fell in January 2011.

Zantel and Emitac Mobile Solutions promise RIM’s BlackBerry (Tanzania)

RIM’s BlackBerry is due to be launched by Zantel and Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) according to Zantel's CCO Norman Moyo. Babar Khan, CEO of Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) said that it was collaborating with Zantel as part of its strategy to introduce the BlackBerry solution in Tanzania, which it rated as one of the biggest growth markets in the region.

Etisalat shows interest in licence auction (Syria)

Etisalat said last week in a statement to the Abu Dhabi bourse that it might reconsider plans to bid for a third mobile licence if the terms of the deal are modified. It withdrew from the current bidding in March. Etisalat was one of five operators to have qualified for the licence auction. The current civil unrest has halted the current bidding process.

NokNok. Who’s there? Not MTN (South Africa)

MTN’s Instant Messenger (IM) NokNok service is being closed down. Techleader suggests that Vodacom’s Meep and The Grid, and MTN’s NokNok, were poorly conceived, and unable to compete with Mxit. Vodacom closed Meep in November 2009 but continued with The Grid.

Banque de Kigali sale to raise USD 40.8 mln (Rwanda)

The government expects to generate RWF 25 billion (USD 40.8 million) from the sale of shares in the Banque de Kigali and MTN Rwanda, Finance Minister John Rwangombwa told Reuters before he presented the country's 2011-2012 budget. It plans to sell its 10 percent stake in MTN Rwanda, which is 55 percent owned by MTN Group.

Qtel unveils Mozaic TV package (Qatar)

A package for the Filipino community with a special international call rate and an offer for the new ‘TFC’ Package on Mozaic TV have been unveiled by Qtel. A special international call rate of QAR 55 a minute on Hala for all calls made to the Philippines on 11 and 12 June. Qtel’s Mozaic TV service also offers the TFC package for its Filipino viewers.

MTN expands coverage in Lagos of HyNet pre-paid WiMAX (Nigeria)

MTN has expanded coverage in Lagos of its HyNet pre-paid WiMAX service. Launched in 2009, the service now covers 70 percent of the state. It features a variety of speeds and unlimited downloads.

Marwan Hayek is ‘Telecommunications Man of the Year’ (Lebanon)

Alfa's Chairman and CEO, Marwan Hayek is ‘Telecommunications Man of the Year’ following the seventh Pan Arab Web Awards in Beirut. Hayek said that with the collaboration of the Ministry of Telecommunications Alfa was working on introducing 3.5G technology.

Partner says no to Homefront Command (Israel)

Partner is refusing to participate in tests of the SMS alert system, according to the Globes news service. The Homefront Command provides alerts of incoming missiles. Partner is concerned that phones will be damaged. No phones were apparently damaged in tests last week on the Pelephone and Cellcom networks.

3 bid to manage Zain’s network (Iraq)

A number of tenders are being assessed by Zain for the management of its network and is expected to announce the winner within the next few weeks. There are at least three bidders for the managed service contract. Zain competes with AsiaCell (Qtel), and Korek Telecom.

Mobinil recredits 1 day for 5 hour outage (Egypt)

Mobinil is to compensate users for a cut in services that lasted 5 hours on the evening of Wednesay 1 June. The operator said in an advertisement in Al-Ahram newspaper that it would credit a complete day to subscribers' June bills. The outage was put down to technical problems.

VIVA works with iMachines (Bahrain)

VIVA has said it is working with the first Apple Premium Reseller, iMachines, which will be offering one-month free rental on broadband services and a device with any purchase, paired with a one-year subscription. VIVA Bahrain CEO Ibrahim Al Omar said that the store would also carry VIVA's iPhone 4 packages.