News in Brief 2 May 2013

Africa: Vodacom varnish - Vodafone Group is increasing investment in its African businesses as higher growth rates promise relief from stagnant revenues in Europe. Vodafone Chief Financial Officer Andy Halford told Business Week in an interview that it was putting more into the southern African markets where it has been seeing revenue growth rates of around 20 percent per annum. He noted that where there is an opportunity to take market share and substantially grow the business, the Group will move resources to those markets.

Angola: Affordable Access - João Adolfo Martins, Angola Telecom's CEO, said on Friday in Chongoroi municipality in central Benguela province that public telephone booths would be rolled out nationally. He told Angop that the program will see the extension of voice services, whilst also reducing tariffs so that all citizens can access the existing network.

Nigeria: SIM-card cut shortly - The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) last week said that the SIM-card registration program will end shortly. The Daily Trust reported Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, as saying that any unregistered cards will be shortly be barred.

Oman: Instant international credit - Omantel Hayyak customers can now transfer credit to a third party with 200 operators in more than 100 countries. Shadli al Abdulsalam, senior manager product development, Omantel Consumer Unit, said: "Hayyak customers can transfer international credit starting from OMR 0.5 to OMR 25 (USD 65) per month. The service will be free of charge and nothing will be deducted from the transferred credit as well ".

Rwanda: Rwandatel residuals - The remaining assets of Rwandatel - the erstwhile Lap Green of Libya asset - has residual assets notionally valued at USD 15 million The New Times has reported. The base stations have been sold to Airtel, the administrator Richard Mugisha said that Airtel acquired all the company's masts for USD 15.5m in 2012. The assets include Rwandatel's data and video infrastructure, fixed line network and parcels of land. "The biggest assets were the masts and they are gone, " Mugisha told The New Times.

Tanzania: Tigo towers - Millicom Tanzania (Tigo) has commissioned a new base station in Kakola Kahama in the north western. Tigo's Public Relations Officer Elias Bandeke said the expansion forms part of ongoing efforts to improve its coverage, and is to be followed by launches in Mwanza, Tabora, Mara and Kagara. Tigo recently commissioned a new BTS in the remote area of Kasulu-Kigoma. Tigo has some 6.043 million mobile subscribers at the end of 2012.

UAE: Re-registration phase 4 - The fourth phase of SIM card re-registration is due to finish on 4 May, with subscribers to Etisalat and du who have received an SMS but failed to act being deactivated. Etisalat is reported to have deactivating some 1.3 million cards in the first two phases of the process.