NSN appoints Southern Africa head

Deon Geyser, head of NSN's Southern African sub-region

Infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has appointed Deon Geyser as head of the Southern African sub-region, who has rejoined the firm from international operator group Millicom Cellular International, which is parent to the Tigo brand in Africa and Latin America.

Nokia to use Android as Windows bait

Peter Wang

Finnish handset maker Nokia, in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, told it intends to use its fresh line of Android handsets as a platform to entice users onto Windows-based smartphones.

MTN Nigeria signs managed services deal with Ericsson

MTN Nigeria has signed a five-year managed services deal with Swedish kit vendor Ericsson

African operator group MTN has signed a five-year managed services deal with Swedish kit vendor Ericsson relating to its Nigerian business. Ericsson will take full responsibility for MTN Nigeria’s network management, optimisation and field maintenance in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Asaba, which represents 75 per cent of the Nigerian network.

Carriers sink Asia-Middle East-Africa-Europe cable

Operators are taking a cable from Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia

Hong Kong-based carrier services firm PCCW Global has banded together with 16 other high profile international network operators, including China Unicom, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat and Ooredoo, to construct a high capacity submarine cable system between Asia, Africa and Europe.

MTN brings LTE to Zambia

MTN Uganda has withdrawn its threat to block connections to rival Uganda Telecom over unpaid interconnect fees

MTN Zambia became the first carrier in the country to launch LTE on Friday, as the company introduced the service in Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola and Livingstone. Phase two of the rollout, which is already underway, will expand LTE coverage within these same towns and cover new territories as well.

Designing the digital dividend: Africa earmarks 700MHz band


The details for global digital dividend spectrum allocation won’t be finalised until 2015 but Africa is the first region to cohesively earmark 700MHz bandwidth freed up by the transition to digital for future telecoms services.

Expanding horizons: LTE in Africa establishes foothold


The mobile broadband revolution is underway in Africa as WCDMA gathers momentum and LTE establishes an early foothold. Competition in many markets is intense but new players are not deterred from pursuing fresh opportunities afforded by the next wave of growth in the region.

Africa gets smart: continent prepares for device revolution


Africa’s mobile market has largely been characterised by demand for low-cost prepaid feature phones. However, this is beginning to change as the cost of technology gradually declines and handset manufacturers operating in Africa are now preparing for a smartphone revolution in the coming years.

One to watch: Pay TV in Africa


The pay TV market is starting to gather momentum in parts of Africa and the companies involved are working to create consumption and business models that reflect the region’s unique infrastructure footprint.

Disruptive Data: LTE in Africa


African newcomer Smile has launched in three markets this year with a pure LTE play. The firm believes that new technology can only be properly exploited by new players and has pledged to shake up markets across the region. Tom Allen, Smile’s COO, talks to Mike Hibberd.

CSG International: Waking the sleeping lion


George Fraser, VP – EMEA, at BSS provider CSG International, talks to about the huge pressures of cost management in terms of service deployment.

Niger disconnects a third of mobile connections

Orange is targeting international payments

The government of Niger has deactivated a third of mobile phone connections in the country in a bid to curb criminal activity using unregistered SIM cards, according to local reports.

Turkcell accuses MTN of bribery in Iran

Turkcell has filed a lawsuit against MTN in Johannesburg

Turkish operator Turkcell is seeking damages from African operator group MTN for alleged illegal acts relating to its GSM licence in Iran. The Turkish firm said it has filed a lawsuit against MTN before the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

Uganda is next stop for Google fibre project

Uganda is next on Google's list

Google is taking experience gained from the Google Fiber project, which has seen high speed broadband deployed to residences in Kansas City, Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah, and is turning its attention to a less obvious target market: Uganda.

Econet Solar: Harnessing the power of the sun


Luc Tanoh, Chief Executive Officer, Econet Solar, talks to about a business model operators can adopt, which uses solar energy to charge mobile devices to keep users connected and also improve their quality of life.

Mahindra Comviva: Local content key to regional growth


Atul Madan, Senior Vice President & Head MLS & PACS, Mahindra Comviva, talks to about rising content consumption in Africa.

Carriers losing tens of millions of Euro to “grey routes”

H.265 is twice as efficient as its predecessor H.264

Grey routes, or international links that can be used by unscrupulous operators to avoid paying local interconnect fees to their peers, are costing carriers tens of millions in lost revenue.

HAUD Systems: Reclaiming revenue from grey routes


Claire Cassar, Chief Executive Officer, HAUD Systems, talks to about revenue leakage and the use of profiling techniques as a means to recover significant losses.

O3b Networks: Fibre in the sky


Omar Trujillo, VP – Africa & Latin America, at satellite operator O3b Networks, talks to about the importance of low latency satellite connections to deliver a ‘fibre in the sky’ experience.

MTN chooses Etisalat’s SmartHub for service expansion

MTN has selected SmartHub for its service expansion plans

South Africa-based telco MTN Group has chosen UAE-based telco Etisalat’s SmartHub offering to extend its data network capabilities. MTN, which operates across a number of African, European and Middle Eastern countries, will use Etisalat’s SmartHub facility at Fujairah CLS to deliver content, IPX, IX and high-speed data services for its customers in the UAE and across the region