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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Vodafone sees higher revenues in Data than Messaging

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Vodafone has announced that its fourth quarter revenues increased by 3% to US$19.2 billion. ¬≠The company has not yet released quarterly profit figures, but stated that its full year profits are now expected to be near around the upper end of the US$19.2 billion to US$19.7 billion range. The figure excludes the impact of the Verizon Wireless iPhone launch, which …

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Telecom Namibia ready for WACS

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Telecom Namibia is ready to connect the country to the West African Cable System (WACS), a consortium high speed submarine system linking Africa to Europe, which it hopes will lead to higher-bandwidth, cheaper data and voice services for all end-users. The US$600 million fibre-optic cable has reached the shores of Namibia, while Telecom has already deployed infrastructure to link its …

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Vodacom reports 5.6% increase in revenue (South Africa)

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Mobile telecommunications group Vodacom stated that group revenue and service revenue for the three months that ended December 31 increased by 5.6% and 4.8% respectively, with continued robust performance in South Africa and a 36.2% growth in group data revenue. According to the company, group revenue and service revenue grew by 3.9% to and 4% respectively. Group customers increased by …

EditorVodacom reports 5.6% increase in revenue (South Africa)

Safaricom expands M-pesa mobile money transfer service in Africa

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Safaricom, East Africa’s largest mobile operator, is expanding its M-pesa mobile money transfer service across Africa, a move likely to increase competition for mobile money-transfer services in the region. The launch of the mobile money transfer service by Safaricom comes less than two months after MTN and Western Union partnered to introduce international remittance services in 21 countries where MTN …

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Movitel to invest $465 Mln in Mozambique network

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Movitel is planning to invest up to US$465 million in its network over the next five years. The company is also planning to invest some US$120 million of the total investment in the first year to get the network launched. Movitel is a consortium made up of Vietnamese company Viettel Telecom (70%) and Mozambique’s SPI (30%), a company that is …

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Tata Communication’s S. African unit plans restructuring (India, South Africa)

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South Africa’s Neotel, a unit of Tata Communications is considering restructuring as it faces tough competition in Africa’s biggest economy. Launched in 2006 after long delays, the company began offering telephone and internet services to corporate customers in March 2007, and has yet to turn a profit. According to Neotel, it would consider realignment and restructuring options. It was not …

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Vodacom to look at options for Congo unit (South Africa)

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South Africa’s Vodacom had appointed investment bank Rothschild to explore options for its unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a signal it could sell the business. South Africa’s largest mobile operator, majority-owned by Britain’s Vodafone, is in a long-running dispute in the DRC over fees from a joint venture. Vodacom and its partner, Congolese Wireless Network (CWN), are …

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M&As round the corner for African Telcos

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With increasing competition and the challenge of economies of scale, smaller African telecom companies are considering merging, while larger companies have already consolidated a fair bit. MTN, Safaricom, Vodacom, Wananchi Group and AccessKenya are some of the companies that have acquired companies and are in the process of consolidating their market positions. Telecommunications is a network business with economies of …

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