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Vodacom Tanzania sells tower assets

Tower sharing and outsourcing is very popular in Africa

Mobile tower outsourcing in Africa continues apace with Vodacom Tanzania on Monday striking a deal to offload its entire tower network to Helios Towers and rent access back.

Broadband InfoVision Awards 2013: Best Broadband Partnership

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The broadband industry is built on partnerships, and the best examples of these are to be recognised in first category of this year’s Broadband InfoVision Awards (to be held in Amsterdam on October 23rd, 2013)

Bitcoin mobile wallet launches in Kenya

Kipochi works on all mobile phones. The group describes it as a “lightweight BitCoin Wallet”

Kenya has long been considered a pioneer of mobile money services, given the successful mobile payment system M-Pesa made its debut in the market. Now a recently launched project aims to combine M-Pesa with another pioneering currency technology, Bitcoin.

Etisalat Egypt replaces revenue management software

The Egyptian arm of Middle Eastern operator Etisalat has invested in revenue assurance software from WeDo Technologies

The operator has deployed WeDo Technologies’ Raid software to replace an existing solution from a direct competitor of the vendor. It said it wanted to transform its revenue assurance solution for better operational efficiency and more control over revenue risks.

Orange opens up international money transfer in Africa

Orange is targeting international payments

Orange is launching an international money transfer service across three of its African markets: Mali, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, targeting a sector where every year, €200m are moved between the three countries in the form of money transfers.

Vodafone expands African enterprise ops

Vodafone sees great potential in Africa

Vodafone has expanded its enterprise offering in Africa as growth in regional revenues tops the €1bn mark for the financial year ending March 2013.

National broadband plans “crucial” to success, says ITU

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Countries with a clearly-defined national vision for broadband roll-out are significantly out-performing those with a more relaxed approach to broadband development, according to a new report by the International Telecommunications Union

Orange Kenya offloads tower management

Outsourcing is popular in Africa

Telkom Kenya, which operates fixed and mobile services under the Orange brand in the country, on Friday signed a 15 year outsourcing deal with Eaton Towers for the management of its passive network infrastructure.

Telkom South Africa writes down assets to tune of $1.2bn

Telkom has written down the value of its assets by R12bn ($1.2bn) following a review by its board

South African operator Telkom has written down the value of its assets by R12bn ($1.2bn) following a review by its board. The operator said the decision to revalue it’s assets is important in enabling it to become competitive and efficient.

Nearly one billion broadband subs expected by 2018

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

The number of broadband subscribers worldwide will increase by around 50 per cent over the next five years to reach 940 million by the end of 2018, with Asia-Pacific driving much of this growth according to new figures from UK research firm Point Topic.

Tunisiana using Facebook to drive mobile data uptake

Tunisiana believes it has found a way to entice users in emerging markets into increasing their reliance on mobile data services

The Tunisian subsidiary of Qatari operator group Ooredoo, Tunisiana, believes it has found a way to entice users in emerging markets into increasing their reliance on mobile data services. The operator said it saw the popularity of social networking site Facebook on fixed line networks in the country, and devised a tariff to cater to mobile users.

European telecom sector needs in-market consolidation, says Portugal Telecom CEO

Zeinal Bava, CEO, Portugal Telecom

The CEO of Portuguese incumbent Portugal Telecom, which also holds 23.34 per cent of Brazilian player Oi, has voiced concern over Europe’s ability to continue to compete on the global telecoms stage if further consolidation among the operator community is not encouraged.

Tunisian operators deploy submarine cable connecting Europe

Orange Tunisie and Tunisiana will deploy submarine cable connecting Tunisia to Europe

Two of Tunisia’s mobile operators have signed a deal with with backbone operator and cloud services provider Interoute for the deployment of a submarine cable connecting Tunisia to Europe.

Africa gains in connectivity with submarine deals

The submarine cable brings more connectivity to Africa

The African continent became more connected this week as global telecoms network exchange Epsilon Telecommunications interconnected with both the SEACOM and West Africa Cable System (WACS), giving the company undersea cable connectivity that circumnavigates Africa.

Etisalat and Ooredoo to battle over Maroc Telecom

Vivendi has revealed that  it has received two binding offers for its 53 per cent stake in Moroccan operator Maroc Telecom

French conglomerate Vivendi has revealed that it has received two binding offers for its 53 per cent stake in Moroccan operator Maroc Telecom.

Egypt’s Mobinil invests in cost transparency and customer engagement

Mobinil has called on two of transaction management software provider Openet’s solutions to help better monitor usage information and better engage with subscribers

Egyptian operator Mobinil has called on transaction management software provider Openet to help better monitor usage information and engage with subscribers.

CTO, Equateur Telecom, Congo: “LTE and fixed-line will be walking together for a long time”

Wilgon Berthold Tsibo, CTO, Equateur Telecom, Congo

Wilgon Berthold Tsibo, CTO, Equateur Telecom, Congo is speaking in the LTE Operator Strategies track on Day One of the LTE Africa 2013conference, taking place on the 9th-10th July 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. Ahead of the conference we speak to him about the particular challenges Africa is facing as local telcos look for roll-out LTE.

Access field development director, Google: “We have to create more local content in Africa”

Kai U. Wulff, access field development director, Google

Kai U. Wulff, access field development director, Google is speaking on Day Two of the LTE Africa conference, taking place on 9th-10th July 2013 in Cape Town. Ahead of the show, we speak to him to find out more about his role, and why he is excited about Africa and its potential for growth.

Orange outsources African tower management

France Telecom-Orange had signed a deal to allow pan-African tower operator IHS to manage over 2,000 towers across Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon

Operator group France Telecom-Orange had signed a deal to allow pan-African tower operator IHS to manage over 2,000 towers across Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon for the next 15 years.

Altimo makes a play for Orascom Telecom Holding

Altimo has made a bid to own all shares in Egyptian counterpart Orascom Telecom Holding

Russian operator group Altimo has made a bid to acquire all shares in Egyptian counterpart Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH). The firm made an offer via the Egyptian Stock Exchange, and OTH said it learned about the offer through a notice published by Egypt’s Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA).

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