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News in Brief for w/e 21 March 2018

Chart of the Week: Saudi Arabia Broadband Subscribers 2011 - 2017
Saudi Arabia Broadband Subscribers 2011 - 2017

Source: CITC Copyright: Blycroft 2018

FREE BRIEFING: "Airtel's African operations have been the most targeted by government procedures, slightly ahead of MTN's. In terms of fine value, MTN is the largest target of African telco fines, even excluding the USD 5.2 billion Nigeria fine": Guy Zibi, Principal Analyst, Xalam Analytics.
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A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Africa & Middle East Top 100 Mobile Operators: 2Q 2017
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
An analysis of the Top 150 mobile operators by subscribers in Africa and the Middle East (AME) shows MTN Group as being in the enviable position of having the highest ranked group operations in the... More

AFRICA: Liquid applies virtualisation solution for voice
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
Liquid Telecom is expanding extensive voice services in six countries after it selected Metaswitch solutions for expansion. The Metaswitch Accession Communicator unified communications and ... More

ALGERIA: GTA chief named
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
State-owned mobile operator Mobilis' Chief Executive Ahmed Choudar is expected to head the new holding company, Groupe Telecom Algerie (GTA), a limited company with public sector funding which will... More

COTE D'IVOIRE: Modernisation mandated by Orange
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
Orange Cote d’Ivoire announced on 12 March major works to modernise its network with an investment of more than XOF 200 billion (USD 374.6 million). The work is to be undertaken between March... More

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Orange calculates its overall contribution
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018

Orange DRC, which started operations in October 2011, is claiming it now has some 10 million subscribers. Orange RDC currently has 476 direct employees. In January 2012 it launched its ... More

GHANA: Vodafone reaches agreement with tax authority
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
The Commercial Division of the Accra High Court last week struck out the transfer pricing case between Vodafone Ghana and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). Vodafone Ghana dropped the action, saying... More

IRAQ: North-eastern networks restored
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
A ban placed on the Kurdistan region's major telecommunications networks has finally been lifted, the news site reported. The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC) cut Kurdistan... More

ISRAEL: Southern cell sites blocked by Egypt
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
On 21 February the Egyptian army is reported to have started attacking cellular sites as part of its war against ISIS in the Sinai peninsula. The Egyptian army operations are reported to have affected... More

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ISRAEL: hiSky to leverage Amos satellites
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and hiSky, a provider of satellite-based voice and data communications, announced on 13 March they were cooperating to provide low-capacity voice, ... More

KENYA: T-Kash formally approved by CBK
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has approved Telkom Kenya as a payment service provider (PSP), and so becoming the third firm so approved after Safaricom  and Airtel. In a statement... More

LEBANON: Better base stations for Alfa
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
Mobile operator Alfa has contracted Nokia to deploy the vendor’s AirScale base station solution, and also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for network evolution toward 5G. Alfa... More

LESOTHO: ETL expands FttH network
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL) announced in February 2018 that it is expanding its Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) coverage in the capital Maseru, with the launch of service in new districts of the city.... More

LIBERIA: Orange continues roll-out of 4G LTE in Grand Bassa
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
Orange Liberia has launched new 4G LTE sites in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County on 13 March 2018. Buchanan is one of the ten cities that Orange has launched the technology in outside of Monrovia since... More

NAMIBIA: MVNOs ready for 2018 entry
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
Telecom Namibia (TN) is to host Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) on its 3G and LTE network. TN's Managing Director Theo Klein told The Namibian, that both Demshi Investment Holdings and MTN... More

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SWAZILAND: SCC to investigate SPTC, Swazi MTN JVA
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
The Swaziland Communications Commission is to investigate the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) and Swazi MTN Limited, the ... More

TOGO: GVA readies to launch FttH offering
Published in issue 00809 of 22 Mar 2018
Internet service provider GVA (Group Vivendi Africa), subsidiary of French-owned Vivendi) is due to start operations by the end of March. Togocel's Managing Director, Affoh Atcha-Dedji made the annual... More

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