With sale to Africell, Orange starts to pull back from East Africa

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French Telecom operator Orange has finally sold its operation in Uganda to Africell as a first step to exiting the East African telecom market altogether. The company is also expected to get out of the Kenyan market as competition in the region continues to bite into profits. The sale of the Ugandan operation, the value of which has not been …

EditorWith sale to Africell, Orange starts to pull back from East Africa

Mobile banking attracts registrations in thousands (Nigeria)

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­More than 6,000 people have signed up for mobile banking and payments services since the launch of a pilot scheme in the month of March 2011, in Nigeria. A company based in the UK called Monitise is the driver of the pilot project, built around 160 agents who are networked in four cities across Nigeria. There are 6,700 people taking …

EditorMobile banking attracts registrations in thousands (Nigeria)

Starcomms and its CEO part ways (Nigeria)

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­Starcomms is a CDMA network operator based in Nigeria. In an announcement, it said that Maher Qubain, its CEO/Managing Director is set to vacate his position in the company. Logan Pather who had come on board the company as Chief Operating Officer in February 2011, is also named by Starcomms as its Acting CEO and Managing Director. According to Chairman …

EditorStarcomms and its CEO part ways (Nigeria)

Nigerian Boss advocates capital offence for vandalizing base stations (Nigeria)

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It has been reported that the chairman of Nigeria’s Association of Licensed Telecommunications Companies (ALTON) has called for the death penalty for proven vandals who damaged mobile base stations in the country. Gbenga Adebayo, the ALTON Chairman had advocated the crime to be considered for a capital offence during a press conference in the past week. Adebayo believes that the …

EditorNigerian Boss advocates capital offence for vandalizing base stations (Nigeria)

Telkom SA finalizes sale of Nigerian CDMA network (South Africa)

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Telkom South Africa is all set to take an exit from its troubled Nigerian subsidiary. It has secured a deal that entails the sale of Multi-Links to Helios Towers Nigeria for only $10 million. Helios Towers had previously, filed lawsuits against Multi-links worth $250 million. Broken contracts were the basis of filing the lawsuits, one of which had incapacitated a …

EditorTelkom SA finalizes sale of Nigerian CDMA network (South Africa)

Global subscriber base touches 150 million for the MTN Group (South Africa)

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An announcement by the MTN Group states that its global subscriber base has surpassed the landmark of 150 million. An addition of 8.4 million customers during the initial four months of this year has largely been instrumental in pushing the numbers higher up. Apparently, the company’s presence in 21 countries helped. On the other hand, the strengthening of the rand …

EditorGlobal subscriber base touches 150 million for the MTN Group (South Africa)

MTN to offer music across Africa

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Music is big in Africa, and so is MTN – Africa’s leading mobile operator. To capitalize on this competitive strength, MTN will now offer a much wider variety of world-class calibre music to our customers via our www.mtnplay.com digital content portal. This follows the signing of an agreement with Content Connect Africa (CCA), an aggregator and provider of on and …

EditorMTN to offer music across Africa

Omnitel start handset recycling with Greenfone (Lithuania)

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Omnitel which operates in Lithuania, in cooperation with the company Greenfone, has introduced the ‘Handset For Other’ project. The project allows customers to sell unused handse­ts online, using a special portal. The handsets will either be repaired and sold in third countries, or recycled. The collected phones will travel to Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Ethiopia, Pakistan, China and Singapore, as well …

EditorOmnitel start handset recycling with Greenfone (Lithuania)

Lebara introduces summer promotion in Spain

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Lebara Movil, which is a MVNO in Spain, has introduced a summer promotion. Lebara will lower international mobile call tariffs by an average of 41% until 31 July. Lebara customers can make calls to 233 country destinations. Lebara will maintain its 1 cent per minute offer for calls to Argentina, Brasil, China, Colombia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Romania and Venezuela. …

EditorLebara introduces summer promotion in Spain

NCC installs 2,000 SIM registration centres (Nigeria)

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The Nigerian Communications Commission has installed more than 2,000 centres for the ongoing SIM cards registration across the c­ountry. According to executive Vice-Chairman Eugene Juwah, the registration exercise would end on 28 September, noting that subscribers who had already registered with their service providers did not need to repeat the exercise with the centres appointed by the regulatory agency. He …

EditorNCC installs 2,000 SIM registration centres (Nigeria)