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Chart of the Week: Nigeria GSM Mobile Subscribers 3Q 2015 - 3Q 2017
Nigeria GSM Mobile Subscribers 3Q 2015 - 3Q 2017

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A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Southern Africa Mobile Network Subscriber Statistics: 1Q 2017
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
Blycroft's Mobile Network Statistics for Southern Africa cover 9 states and 99.37 million mobile subscribers at the end of 1Q 2017, down from 100.56 million in the previous quarter representing a ... More

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: Sub-Saharan Africa to have 300 million plus LTE subscriptions by 2023
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
The latest Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts that LTE subscriptions will expand by 47 percent from 30 million in 2017 to 310 million by 2023 in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mobile subscriptions in Sub-Saharan... More

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AFRICA: Smile signs MediaTek for smartphone platform
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
Smile Communications has announced plans this week to bring the latest VoLTE smartphones to Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).It says it is working with 4G... More

ALGERIA: AT signs Gateway for submarine link
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed last week between Algeria Telecom and Gateway Communications SAS, a subsidiary of the PCCW Global Group, which will see the construction of a new fibre optical... More 

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BENIN: MTN challenges licence fees
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
MTN Benin has been accused of owing some USD 213 million in spectrum fees by regulator ARCEP.The regulator said that it had started a process to review how MTN had failed to pay the outstanding... More

CAMEROON: Afrimax pulls out
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
Afrimax Group's Vodafone Cameroon operation has formally ceased operations in on Friday 10 November after its licence was withdrawn. The unit commenced operations in 2016 but it said in a statement... More

GHANA: Statistical Service taps into Vodafone anonymised data
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
Vodafone is partnering with the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to launch a not-for-profit initiative aimed at using mobile-derived customer insights to make better predictions for sustainable developments... More

IRAQ: Zain tower delivery completed
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
Al Nahrain and Grand Arabia transported the first batch of telecommunication towers for a project contracted by the Al-Atheer Company for Communications and Zain Group, the American Journal of Transport... More

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KENYA: Telkom completes first phase of backbone upgrade
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
Telkom Kenya, owned by private equity firm Helios Investment Partners, has completed the first phase of its KES 600 million (USD 5.7 million) upgrade project of its national backbone and metropolitan... More

KENYA: Smartphones to hold 80% of the market by 2022 - report
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
GlobalData in its 'Mobile Broadband Forecast' market study has forecast that by the end of 2022 more than 80 percent of total handsets in Kenya will be smartphones. This translates to 31 million. ... More

NIGERIA: NCC promises 4G 2.5/2.6 GHz spectrum auction
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is to shortly auction new spectrum to boost broadband penetration, The Vanguard reported. Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta made the ... More

OMAN: Omantel sees subscriber base rise 7.4% y-o-y
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017

Omantel has now released its audited financial reporting for the period ending 3Q 2017. It recorded its domestic subscriber base as growing some 7.4 percent during the nine month period... More

SOUTH AFRICA: DWDM upgrade for Liquid core
Published in issue 00792 of 16 Nov 2017
Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has contracted Huawei to create additional capacity, faster speeds and greater redundancy across South Africa. The deal was signed at AfricaCom 2017.... More

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