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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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