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'Africa & Middle East Telecom-Week' is a cost-effective tool for monitoring the mobile, data and fixed telecommunications sector in Africa and the Middle East, with its weekly market update service combing news and statistical analysis in the form of charts, tables and maps: this data is both hard-to-find and unique to the publication.

News in Brief for w/e 21 February 2018

Chart of the Week: Nigeria 9mobile 2G v 3G Mobile Subscribers March 2016 - December 2017
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A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Eastern Africa Mobile Network Subscriber Statistics by Country: 2Q 2017
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Blycroft's Mobile Network Statistics for East Africa cover 13 states and 230.38 million subscribers in the second quarter of 2017, up from 224.72 million in the previous quarter - an increase of .... More

AFRICA: Bharti considers IPO options for Africa
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
India-based Bharti Airtel subsidiary, Bharti Airtel International (BAIN), which is responsible for the group's Africa in 14 countries, has confirmed it is investigating a potential Initial Public Offering... More

AFRICA: Transsion challenges Samsung smartphone share
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Africa is seeing the return of the feature phone, although the latest IDC market view suggests that interest has always been strong. Feature phone market share rose to 61 percent in ... More
ANGOLA: US backhaul for Angola Cables
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Angola Cables announced on 15 February 2018 that US-based, FiberLight LLC is to provide backhaul connectivity in the US, starting with Miami, and expanding to other locations later.  The partnership... More

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CAMEROON: Senior shake-up for Orange and MTN
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
The new CEO of Orange Cameroon is former director of Ooredoo operations in Kuwait, Frederic Debord, following a board meeting held on 14 February 2018. Debord takes up his role with effect from 15 ... More

GAMBIA (THE): MGI taken to court by Africell
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Africell Gambia has initiated legal proceedings against MGI Telecoms claiming damages of USD 1 million for interference with contractual relations as set out in a consortium agreement signed on 16 ... More

ISRAEL: Bezeq corruption probe continues
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior Bezeq executives have been detained on suspicion of corruption and trading favours, according to Bloomberg, reporting a person familiar with... More

KENYA: Telkom money launch tabled for late February
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Telkom Kenya is readying to re-launch its mobile money business this month, some eight months after it de-commissioned the poorly-performing Orange Money product. Telkom’s Chief ... More

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LEBANON: Fibre consortia named
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Ogero has awarded contracts for the fibre-optic deployments with three consortiums, namely SERTA Channels-Huawei, BMB-Calix and Powertech-Nokia. The installations will connect the ... More

MALAWI: Brake put on SIM registration
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
The government has suspended the mandatory SIM card registration campaign, which was launched by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) in June 2017. Nyasa Times quotes ... More

MOROCCO: Maroc sees margins in African subsidiaries improve
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Maroc Telecom Group saw its total revenues fall slightly in 2017 to MAD 34.96 billion (USD 3.80 billion), a 0.8 percent drop compared to the MAD 35.25 billion (USD 3.83 billion) recorded in 2016, a... More

NAMIBIA: TFK link launch slated for May 2018
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Nimbus Infrastructure Limited, a Capital Pool company jointly managed by Paratus and Cirrus Capital, is constructing the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) cable from Walvis Bay via Swakopmund, Okahandja, ... More

NIGERIA: MTN regains data momentum in December
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Mobile Internet subscriptions saw steady growth in the second half of 2017, according to data published by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).The number of mobile Internet subscriptions... More

OMAN: Zain stake boosts Omantel year end
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) has announced its preliminary unaudited financials for full-year 2017, which include the results of Zain Group for the period from 15 November to 31 December... More

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SAUDI ARABIA: Mobily sees Q4 losses grow on falling subscriber base
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) reported a growing quarterly loss on 15 February 2018, citing the growing use of OTT apps and Internet calling and a fall in its subscriber base.Net losses more than... More

SENEGAL: Expresso launches mobile money service
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Expresso Telecom has launched its 'E-Money' mobile financial service, Orbiti reports. Orange and Tigo already offer mobile money products under their 'Orange Money' and 'Tigo Cash' offerings. ... More

SOMALIA: March meeting to map international collaboration
Published in issue 00805 of 22 Feb 2018
Somalia's Minister for Post, Telecom and Technology H.E. Abdi ashir Hassan has said that a Mogadishu conference for Somalian telecom operators and Djibouti Telecom and government in late March to ... More

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