Saturday, 31 December 2011

Fourth franchise not finalised (Burkina Faso)

In response to a query from the League of Consumers of Burkina (LCB) at the beginning of December 2011 regarding the fourth telecom operator in Burkina Faso, the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) said that the process was 'still ongoing’.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Personalized mobile services for Vodafone Egypt subscribers | Nokia Siemens Networks

Personalized mobile services for Vodafone Egypt subscribers | Nokia Siemens Networks:

Operator upgrades its One-NDS platform provided by Nokia Siemens Networks to better manage subscriber data.

Subscribers of Vodafone Egypt, the country’s largest telecom operator, will soon enjoy a host of customized services. The operator is upgrading its subscriber data management system built on the One-NDS platform provided by Nokia Siemens Networks. This will enable Vodafone Egypt to speed up the process of launching new, targeted services.

“With a fast growing emerging market, characterized by increased uptake of smartphones and tablets, subscribers are looking for more, highly personalized services,” said Tony Dolton, chief technical officer, Vodafone Egypt. “Staying competitive demands introduction of new features and services at a faster pace. With its simplified architecture and high resilience, Nokia Siemens Networks’ One-NDS platform will enable us to do just that.”

“Vodafone Egypt understands the importance of investing in technology and solutions to improve network quality and enhance customer experience. This implementation will provide the base for a more efficient and flexible management of subscriber data,” added Sharaf El-Din Mohamed, head of the Vodafone Egypt customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks. “This project is a huge step forward for Vodafone Egypt to be able to analyze current market segments, while improving subscriber loyalty.”

Nokia Siemens Networks is upgrading its comprehensive subscriber data management solution, including the One-NDS platform, and providing its Home Location Register (HLR), and Mobile Number Portability (MNP). The One-NDS platform unifies fragmented data into a single repository and is more efficient than having multiple databases for different front-end applications such as HLR and MNP. The solution makes it easier to create and launch new services, and enhances Vodafone’s operations and processes, leading to a faster and higher return on investment.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct network management system will enable effective monitoring, management and optimization of Vodafone Egypt’s network. Under the contract, the company is providing consulting and care services that include hardware and software maintenance and competence development. Nokia Siemens Networks is also responsible for the entire project management.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

LTE arising (Africa & Middle East)

Global LTE subscriptions have already passed the 3.7 million mark in 3Q 2011, spread across 36 global networks. In Saudi Arabia there have already been commercial network launches from Zain Saudi, STC, Mobily, and in the UAE by Etisalat from September 2011, and over 26 LTE commitments. As a result the Middle East has initiated a major push towards commercial LTE adoption, besides pioneering in the commercial release of TD-LTE user devices. Read more