Bharti Airtel contemplates mobile service launch in South Africa and Cameroon (Africa)

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India’s leading telecommunications operator Bharti Airtel may be planning to expand its network in South Africa and Cameroon, as learned through industry sources. Airtel is a dominant player in the mobile industry with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa. Mobile penetration has steadily been increasing in African countries, and with most of the global markets being saturated, emerging …

EditorBharti Airtel contemplates mobile service launch in South Africa and Cameroon (Africa)

Vodacom Lesotho: More than just a leading brand (Africa)

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The Vodacom Group is a leading cellular communications company in Africa. Vodacom Lesotho started operating in 1996 with the Government of Lesotho as a shareholder through its stake in Lesotho Telecommunications Corporation. According to company reports, the global partnership with Vodafone, which started in 2008, put the leading Lesotho network operator at the forefront of developments, and changed the face …

EditorVodacom Lesotho: More than just a leading brand (Africa)

African mMoney revenue to grow to $3 bn in 2015

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A new study has revealed that in Africa, mMoney operator revenue as a percentage of total operator revenue will continue to rise to more than 5% in 2015, representing a nearly US$3 billion opportunity. While Safaricom’s M-Pesa in Kenya has long been the lone success story in the mMoney universe, researcher can now see success being replicated in Uganda and …

EditorAfrican mMoney revenue to grow to $3 bn in 2015

Vodacom and MTN cleared of price fixing charges (S Africa)

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South Africa’s Competition Commission has reportedly cleared Vodacom and MTN of price-fixing, collusion and setting interconnect fees unfairly high. According to reports, this decision was made despite the Competition Commission finding that MTN and Vodacom had similar rates and admitting that it still had residual concerns about the companies’ high rates between 2004 and 2009. The Competition Commission’s manager for …

EditorVodacom and MTN cleared of price fixing charges (S Africa)

Rwanda completes $95m fibre network

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Rwanda has reportedly completed construction of a 2,300 kilometre fibre optic network that links the country to undersea cables running along the east African coast. The project which was commenced in October 2009 at a cost of $95 million, was set up to increase access to broadband services and attracts foreign investment through business process outsourcing. According to Ignace Gatare, …

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Vodacom red to arrive in April (South Africa)

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Vodacom, South Africa is all set to unveil its new branding early next month and it is believed that the company will have a distinct Vodafone feel to it. In May 2009, Vodafone increased its stake in Vodacom to 65%, giving the UK-based mobile giant control over Vodacom and removing Telkom as a shareholder.  Since then, Vodacom has increasingly launched …

EditorVodacom red to arrive in April (South Africa)

NSN bags Vodacom Tanzania network deal

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Nokia Siemens Networks has won a five-year deal to manage telecom network of Vodacom Tanzania. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but the companies stated that they are aiming to reduce operating costs, improve efficiency, save energy and offer competitive tariffs to customers of Vodacom Tanzania. They added that as a part of the agreement, 124 Vodacom Tanzania …

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Neotel cuts call rates by 23% (South Africa)

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South Africa’s second national operator, Neotel, has slashed the call rates to mobile phones by 23% in an effort to improve its market share. The lower rates which were prompted by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) ruling on termination fees last year came into effect on  March 1. According to Neotel’s Dr Angus Hay, Neotel continues to …

EditorNeotel cuts call rates by 23% (South Africa)

Telecom Namibia Deploys Fiber-Optic Cable for High-Speed Broadband Connectivity

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Telecom Namibia is set to link the southern African country to the consortium submarine system called West African Cable System (WACS) that links Africa to Europe. The undersea fiber-optic cable, which was installed along the West African coast, delivered higher broadband connectivity for Namibia and its neighboring cities. The WACS consortium includes 12 companies. They are Vodacom, Togo Telecom, Telkom …

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Mobile operators bet upon Africa broadband

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Mobile operators in Africa are betting that broadband via a cheaper mobile device can deliver explosive growth and help transform economies. While mobile firms in developed markets have long seen mobile broadband as a lucrative add-on service, Africa’s limited internet infrastructure means that mobile phones are becoming the point of entry for high-speed Internet. Big shots of the Industry such …

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