No financial bail-out for Nigerian CDMA Networks

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­Nigeria’s telecoms regulator, the Communications Commission (NCC) has ruled out possibility of a financial bailout for the country’s struggling CDMA network operators. According to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Eugene Juwah, the regulator was technology agnostic, and would not step in to support on technology over another. The Nigerian CDMA networks have struggled to secure market share against the …

EditorNo financial bail-out for Nigerian CDMA Networks

17 countries generate 80% of its mobile advertising traffic

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­Google has released detailed information about where its 2 billion daily mobile ad requests come from. While the AdMob network generates monthly ad requests from more than 190 countries, 17 countries account for more than 80% percent of total traffic in December 2010. According to their data, most regions had 2-3 countries that accounted for more than half of total …

Editor17 countries generate 80% of its mobile advertising traffic

LAP grabs 51% of Sonitel (Niger)

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If reports are to be believed, LAP Green Networks has agreed to acquire 51% of Niger’s state-owned telco Sonitel for US$63.6 million. According to LAP CEO Abdul Basit Al Azzabi, over the next five years the Libyan company plans to invest US$146 million in Sonitel and its wireless arm SahelCom. Niger has become something of a telecoms hotspot in recent …

EditorLAP grabs 51% of Sonitel (Niger)

Nigeria shows first internet exchange point

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly commissioned the country’s first internet exchange point, aimed at reducing the cost of internet services nationwide. According to Executive vice chairman of the NCC, Eugene Juwah, the Lagos-based Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) would save the country US$20 million in offshore internet bandwidth payments in the first year alone, by keeping domestic …

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Globacom Nigeria unveils LTE network

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Nigeria’s second national telecoms operator Globacom has reportedly launched a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Services will initially be available to corporate users in Lagos and other large cities for wireless backhaul, following on from an agreement signed with US vendor Ceragon Networks in September 2010 for the provision of high-capacity 4G/LTE-ready wireless backhaul solutions. According to Globacom, it will …

EditorGlobacom Nigeria unveils LTE network

Niger to increase telecom taxes

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The authorities in Niger are reportedly to impose new taxes on operators, in order to fund anticipated record state spending. According to sources, the contribution from telecoms to the budget has been weak up to this point, despite the enormous resources of the telecoms operators. Bharti Airtel, Etisalat, Orange and state-owned Sonitel operate in the country.

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MTN appoints Sifiso Dabengwa as CEO (Africa)

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MTN, Africa’s largest mobile operator has appointed Sifiso Dabengwa as the new Chief Executive Officer and President of the company. According to the company, Dabengwa, who will take over when Nhleko steps down on March 31, has been with MTN for 11 years and Chief Operating Officer since 2004. Prior to joining MTN, Dabengwa was an Executive Director at state …

EditorMTN appoints Sifiso Dabengwa as CEO (Africa)

Brightstar expands global reach into Africa with RIM distribution agreement

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Brightstar Corp., a multi-billion dollar global services company providing solutions to manufacturers, operators, retailers, and enterprises in the telecommunications industry, today announced an expansion of its distribution agreement with Research In Motion (RIM) into Africa. Brightstar will leverage and expand its presence in Africa and begin distributing BlackBerry® products to seven countries in the Sub Sahara Africa region, including Nigeria, …

EditorBrightstar expands global reach into Africa with RIM distribution agreement

Expresso assures to be different from Kasapa

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The CDMA operator in Ghana, Expresso Telecom has stated that it would be completely different from its predecessor, Kasapa, in ways that mobile subscribers have not witnessed in this country before. According to Marketing Manager of Expresso Ghana, Mr Frederick Quainoo, Kasapa used to do things in very small ways, but Expresso is going to do big things in Ghana …

EditorExpresso assures to be different from Kasapa

Airtel Nigeria cuts call rate by 50%

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Airtel Nigeria has slashed its mobile call rate by 50% to make a mark in Africa’s biggest telecommunications market. As per the company’s website, the rate was cut to $0.08 a minute from US$0.16. According to Titi Omo-Ettu, President of the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, if you’re coming into an immature market like Nigeria, you must do something …

EditorAirtel Nigeria cuts call rate by 50%