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Chart of the Week: DRC Vodacom 2G & 3G subscribers 1Q 2017 - 1Q 2019
DRC Vodacom 2G & 3G subscribers 1Q 2017 - 1Q 2019
Source: vodacom c. Blycroft 2019
another fine mess for african telecoms

A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Western Africa Mobile Network Subscriber Statistics by Country: 3Q 2018
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

Blycroft's Mobile Network Statistics for West Africa at the end of the third quarter 2018 cover 16 states and 331.90 million subscribers. This is a rise from the 327.25 million recorded at the end ... More

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: MTN says PIC fully in the picture
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
MTN Group has denied media reports that the PIC is pushing for changes to the board of MTN. However, MTN has said that the PIC requested that the board consider extending Phuthuma Nhleko’s ... More

AFRICA: Global connectivity for Flickswitch IoT users
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
On 6 June 2019 Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS) and African mobile network service provider Flickswitch announced a partnership to accelerate the deployment of the Internet of Things ... More

BAHRAIN: Operating licences renewed for Batelco and Zain
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has renewed the mobile licences for mobile network operators Batelco and Zain for a further 10-year period. This is noted as the first time an MNO ... More

BOTSWANA: Mascom stake sale challenge
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
The Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBFIRA) has given the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund approval to increase its stake in Mascom from 40 to 60 percent, .... More

CAMEROON: Phase 4 fibre announced by CAMTEL
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL) is intending to deploy an additional 3,500 kilometres of fibre. The operator, which is to offer a shareholding to the public, has a fibre monopoly and has already... More

CONGO BRAZZAVILLE: MTN maintains its edge in Q1
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
At the end of 1Q 2019, the Agence de Regulation des Postes et des Communications Electroniques (ARPCE) reported that revenues of some XAF 15.8 billion (USD 26.9 million) had been generated, of which... More

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Vodacom 2G hearing initiated
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
The dispute between Vodacom and the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and New Information and Communication Technologies (MPT-NTIC) was heard at the State Council in Kinshasa on 10 June. The ... More

ETHIOPIA: Rail fibre to link Addis Ababa to coast
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
Djibouti Telecom (DT) and Ethio Telecom are to use their respective fibre-optic systems on national rail communications links to provide telecoms services. Agence Ecofin reported that facilities on... More

ETHIOPIA: Liberalisation law awaits presidential sign-off
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

The Director of the Parliamentary Communication Directorate Qusquam Mamo told Reuters on 7 June 2019 that the Ethiopian telecom market, one of the last in Africa to operate under state monopoly ... More

GHANA: MTN launches 4G router
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

MTN has officially launched its super high-speed plug and play Internet router, the MTN TurboNet. The launch, which was held at the Accra Digital Centre, is also part of several activities outlined... More

IRAN: 5G collaboration invited by Research Centre
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
The Iran Telecommunication Research Centre has called on companies active in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) field to cooperate in the launch of a 5G telecom network, Mehr reported. The centre ... More

ISRAEL: We4G leads on subscription acquisition in May
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

The lead mobile network operator by net subscription additions is We4G, which is reported to have recruited four times as many subscribers as its rivals, Globes reported.We4G has adopted a ... More

ISRAEL: Searchlight deal in final stages
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

Searchlight is reported to now be in a position to buy control of Bezeq, and that a final draft contract will be ready for signature in the near future. All the business and legal aspects for the a... More

LEBANON: Ogero offers FttH slicing
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

State-owned fixed network services provider Ogero is one of the first operators to commercially trial Nokia's Fixed Access Network Slicing (FANS) solution, enabling the operator to 'create several ... More

MALAWI: Data bundle for DStv users
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

Multichoice Malawi has partnered with mobile network operator TNM, to create a 'DStv Now' data bundle service that is available to all TNM subscribers and active DStv customers.... More

MOROCCO: Maroc is blocking fixed Internet development
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
The Court of Auditors has concluded that Maroc Telecom's monopoly on fixed Internet (ADSL) is seriously detrimental to the development of online services, Agence Ecofin reported. Due to a lack of ... More

NIGER: Orange and Moov jostle for second place
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

Regulator ARCEP has released market data for the first six months of 2018. Chart 1: Niger Mobile Subscribers by Operator January - June 2018... More

NIGER: Majors withdraw from Orange sale 
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

Of the five bidders for mobile network operator Orange Niger, only Telecel Centrafrique and Rimbo Holding are still actively interested, according to Confidential Africa. Maroc Telecom, MTN and Vodacom... More

NIGERIA: MTN sees largest Internet gains in April
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

Telecommunication operators added 3.56 million mobile Internet users in April, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Mobile Internet users rose to 119.5 million from 115.9 million... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Telkom considers more towers for 5G readiness
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

Telkom is seeking an equity partner to help build more mobile network towers, and Bloomberg reports that it might also sell some of its 1,332 property portfolio to raise cash for the project, CEO ... More

TANZANIA: Airtel completes share transfer to the State
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
Bharti Airtel has agreed to pay TZS 60 billion (USD 26.0 million) over a five-year period to resolve a dispute with the government over the ownership of its local mobile unit. Bharti Airtel has also... More

TOGO: Moov strengthens its lead in 4Q 2018
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019

The Autorite de Reglementation des secteurs des Postes et Telecommunications (ART&P) has published its market data for the final quarter of 2018.Chart 4: Togo Mobile ... More

ZAMBIA: ZICTA clamps down on SIM registration
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
International visitors will be required to have their SIM cards registered for only 90 days under new measures announced by Zambia's information and technology regulator on Tuesday.... More

ZIMBABWE: Mawindi challenges Telecel board suspension
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
Telecel Zimbabwe's board has passed a resolution to suspend Francis Mawindi as a director effective 6 June, pending a resolution by shareholders in terms of the Companies Act. In a statement,... More

ZIMBABWE: Econet faces Internet QoS challenge
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
A consumer satisfaction report published by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) recorded mobile network operator Econet Wireless with relatively lower rating... More

ZIMBABWE: Telecel indebtedness on the rise
Published in issue 00868 of 13 Jun 2019
Telecel, the third ranked mobile network operator, is begin tasked by the authorities to pay outstanding licence fees and government debt.... More



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