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MTN partners with energy firm Vivo in Africa

MTN partners with energy firm Vivo in Africa | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Telecoms group MTN has joined forces with energy company Vivo Energy to roll out a points service system for the mobile operator's mobile money customers.

 

Vivo Energy is a commercial fuel provider that operates across 16 African markets, and which distributes and markets Shell branded products.

 

According to a statement, MTN's mobile money customers that refuel at Shell service stations in Botswana, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, Ghana and Uganda would receive points for purchases made.

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Telecoms Regulator Denies Nigerian Subscribers Benefits Of Service Penalty

Telecoms Regulator Denies Nigerian Subscribers Benefits Of Service Penalty | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it cannot transfer or allocate to mobile subscribers the N647 million ($3.9 million) cash penalty it imposed on three of the country’s mobile service operators – MTN, Airtel and Globacom – for poor quality of service.

 

The sanction was based on the statistics obtained from the network operating centres of the companies, which indicated that the service provided by the operators fell below the Key Performance Index (KPI) as set by the commission in 2013.

 

This resulted in the sanction which the operators have complied with.

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Huawei bringing IP TV solution to African carriers - Techzim

Huawei bringing IP TV solution to African carriers - Techzim | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Yesterday we learned that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, is actively selling it’s IP TV solutions to African internet carriers. This was revealed to people who attended the Huawei road show currently being held at Cresta Lodge in Harare.

 

Huawei’s IP TV solution have been available in China for several years now with China Telecom one of the providers of the service.

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Make or break moment for SA telecoms | TechCentral

Make or break moment for SA telecoms | TechCentral | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

It is no exaggeration to claim that the coming week will be make or break for affordable mobile communications in South Africa – quite possibly for the next 20 years.

 

On 1 April 2014, a new, bold regulation will constrain the ability of Vodacom and MTN to continue to charge high retail rates. It will do this directly by reducing their termination rates (a de facto floor below which retail tariffs cannot fall) and also indirectly by providing significant pro-competitive support (“asymmetry”) for the smaller operators.

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allAfrica.com: Africa: Rural Africa the Next Frontier Market for Mobile Operators

In the last five years, Africa has witnessed the fastest growth rate in telecoms industry globally which has led to increased uptake of services in mostly urban areas. According to a report by Deloitte many urban markets have began to mature leaving the rural areas as the next frontier.


The report titled "The future of Telecoms in Africa: The BluePrint for the Brave" states that the compound annual growth rate for African mobile telecoms reached 42 percent during the 2006-08 period but has since dropped with the 2009-11 period witnessing a growth of just 21 percent.

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Rain causes Telkom ADSL, network service disruptions

Rain causes Telkom ADSL, network service disruptions | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it
The heavy rains are causing an increase in network related faults for Telkom and hampering repair efforts
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Vodacom thrills students with cloud computing

Vodacom thrills students with cloud computing | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

In an effort to further its mission to make its resources available to a broader number of Nigerian students, Vodacom on its “power to you” initiative has extended its ICT field trip and tour opportunities to schools in communities where it operates.


Vodacom Business Nigeria typically invites a number of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions to its facility, enabling hundreds of Nigerian students to benefit from complementing their science, computer, engineering and electrical electronics studies with field trips to the company’s facility. February 28th will be remembered by students from the Computer craft trade of the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos as they were taken through the technology and the benefits of cloud computing.

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Something is very wrong in SA telecoms | TechCentral

Something is very wrong in SA telecoms | TechCentral | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

South Africa’s telecommunications industry has never been in such a heightened state of flux as it is today. The regulator, Icasa, has managed to enrage the two biggest operators, MTN and Vodacom, which have both now lodged voluminous applications at the high court in an effort to get new call termination regulations overturned.

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Nigeria’s biggest mobile operators fined for service - Business News | IOL Business | IOL.co.za

Abuja - Nigeria’s telecoms regulator fined its three biggest mobile operators 647.5 million naira (R41.8m) and toughened penalties, showing waning tolerance for poor service in Africa’s second-biggest economy.

Market leader MTN and Bharti Airtel’s third-ranked local unit must pay 185 million naira each, while Globacom was fined 277.5 million naira for not meeting set targets including measures of connection quality, dropped calls and congestion in January, the Nigerian Communications Commission said on Monday.

They were prohibited from selling new SIM cards next month, the first time the punishment was imposed along with a financial penalty, said Tony Ojobo, the regulator’s director of public affairs.

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Airtel Africa moves to prevent roaming ‘bill shock’ - ITWeb Africa

Airtel Africa moves to prevent roaming ‘bill shock’ - ITWeb Africa | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Bill shock from high telecom roaming costs could be a thing of the past for those using Airtel Africa’s network.

This is after the telecoms provider has inked a deal with wholesale carrier services firm BICS, which says it has deployed its ‘Data Roaming Booster Solution’ for Airtel Africa to “prevent bill shock and enhance campaign management.

 

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Ericsson bets on 3G in fast-growing Africa telecoms

Ericsson bets on 3G in fast-growing Africa telecoms | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

The world's top mobile infrastructure supplier Ericsson is betting that the fast-growing African mobile broadband market will remain dominated by 3G services over the next years as the newest 4G smartphones remain too expensive for local consumers.

Africa's rapid telecoms expansion has come to symbolize the continent's economic growth, with the World Bank estimating a 10 percent increase in broadband coverage could add 1.4 percentage points to economic output.

But while high-speed mobile connections are set to grow more than nine-fold by 2019 to 700 million from 75 million today, about 85 percent of these subscriptions will remain 3G, according to Ericsson estimates.

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Why conflict-torn Central African Republic has big telecoms potential - ITWeb Africa

Why conflict-torn Central African Republic has big telecoms potential - ITWeb Africa | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Despite being plagued by dramatic violence, stability could spur on a booming mobile market the Central African Republic.

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Use of solar telecom power heats up in Africa

Use of solar telecom power heats up in Africa | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it
Solar power presents numerous advantages to Africa’s telecoms operators, says Bob Hurley, regional director of MEA at Eltek.
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Nigeria telecoms expanding

Nigeria telecoms expanding | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Nigerian telecoms is in the midst of a growth spurt, and it is doing so under international scrutiny thanks to its adjusted GDP rating.

 

This week, the UN Statistical Commission announced that Nigeria has the biggest economy in Africa, thanks in large part to its telecommunications sector.

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Orange Exit Set To Rock Kenyan Telecom Market

Orange Exit Set To Rock Kenyan Telecom Market | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communications, Dr Fred Matiang’i, last week announced that the country will end a lucrative deal which has seen Telkom Kenya manage a state-owned national fiber network, suggesting a strain in the relationship between government and the telco’s parent company, France Telecom.

 

Telkom Kenya, which operates under the brand Orange, is jointly owned by Kenya and France Telecom.

 

“I propose to terminate the contract on substantial public interest concerns and the future of ICT in Kenya,” local news platform Daily Nation quoted Mantiang’I’s letter as saying.

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Icasa may reconsider mobile rate cut proposal - South Africa

Icasa may reconsider mobile rate cut proposal - South Africa | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it
South Africa's telecoms regulator said on Monday it may reconsider planned cuts for 2015 and 2016 in the amount mobile operators charge each other to use their networks.

"In this case, we may review 2015 and 2016 mainly in trying to avert a very lengthy legal challenge. We will be re-consulting for those years," Paseka Maleka, a spokesman for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, said.

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New Icasa inquiry set to pick telecoms locks

New Icasa inquiry set to pick telecoms locks | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Communications regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will consider introducing new rules to stop operators discriminating against traffic carried on their networks, a move set to ensure the issue of “network neutrality” is thrust to the forefront of public debate.


Net neutrality, which has grabbed headlines in the US in recent weeks, is becoming a crucial issue worldwide as content providers — companies such as Google, Apple, Netflix and Amazon — profit from “over the top” services delivered over telecommunications operators’ broadband connections.

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WorldStage News | MTN Nigeria, SAP Africa join forces to boost managed mobility services

WorldStage News | MTN Nigeria, SAP Africa join forces to boost managed mobility services | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it
MTN Business Nigeria, the business-to-business arm of MTN Nigeria has recently chosen SAP as its technology partner to provide Managed Mobility Services to enterprise customers across various industries in Nigeria. MTN Nigeria provides cellular network access and ICT solutions to millions of Nigerians. It is also the largest subsidiary in the MTN
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Orange reviewing African options

Orange reviewing African options | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it
Orange has begun a strategic review of its assets in Uganda and Kenya, although it has not confirmed that it is looking to sell either unit.
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$490m in new funding for tower firm IHS | TechCentral

$490m in new funding for tower firm IHS | TechCentral | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Cellphone tower management company IHS has secured US$490m in new funding, made up of $420 in equity and $70m in debt, as it expands its operations across Africa.

Existing shareholders in IHS are contributing to the fund-raising exercise alongside new investors Goldman Sachs, the IFC Global Infrastructure Fund and African Infrastructure Investment Managers.

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Etisalat Group Showcases the Role of Telecommunications in Transforming Societies

Etisalat demonstrates innovations being used to change the world at the Mobile World Congress 
Mobile World Congress, Abu Dhabi February 28, 2014
During a panel at the Mobile World Congress, Dr. Ahmed Bin Ali, Senior VP - Corporate Communications of the Etisalat Group, the leading telecoms operator in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, led a discussion on the transformational role of telecommunications in emerging markets.

 

Bin Ali's presentation was built around multiple case-studies that demonstrated how the Etisalat Group and its networks are utilized as an agent of socio-economic change.

Given the Group's long and deep expertise in telecommunications across emerging and developed markets, Etisalat is keenly aware of the power that telecommunications can have to be a force for change for individuals and societies alike.

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MTN in big data deal with Flytxt - ITWeb Africa

MTN in big data deal with Flytxt - ITWeb Africa | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Netherlands headquartered big data firm Flytxt has inked a deal with Africa’s largest telecoms group MTN, just a day after rival Airtel Africa also announced an analytics agreement.

Flytxt -- which has a presence in markets such as India, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates -- describes itself as a big data solution provider for ‘Communication Service Providers’ (CSPs).

And a statement from the company says that MTN Group is to deploy Flytxt’s “real-time, on-trigger decisioning and customer engagement solution across its group operations.”

 

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Seacom upgrades local backhaul networks

Seacom upgrades local backhaul networks | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Submarine cable operator Seacom says it is making extensive investments in terrestrial backhaul, additional subsea connectivity and its pan-African IP/MPLS network.

 

The network enhancements will enable further growth of the continent’s telecoms infrastructure, the group said.

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East Africa telecoms infrastructure sharing debate emerges - ITWeb Africa

East Africa telecoms infrastructure sharing debate emerges - ITWeb Africa | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

Telecom operators should share infrastructure to speed up development of the industry and to suppress the cost of data.

This is according to Dr. Bitange Ndemo, the honorary chairperson for the Alliance for Affordable Internet, who was speaking at Mobile East Africa 2014 event in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Ndemo said that telecoms should come together and share infrastructure for the sake of the industry.

“Companies should share infrastructure to bring down the cost of doing business,” Ndemo said.

 

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Challengers may own Africa’s Internet future | TechCentral

Challengers may own Africa’s Internet future | TechCentral | Africa Telecoms - The Challenges and Successes | Scoop.it

The experience of using the Internet in Africa has always been a strange one. It’s become better, but it’s sometimes nothing but frustrating. Russell Southwood looks at how long-term evolution technology is working on Smile Telecoms’ network in Kampala and wonders if this might be the future of broadband in the continent.

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