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African MVNOs should target premium customers, says Cell C

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MVNOs in Africa should focus on the premium end of the market rather than offer low-cost ‘no frills’ services, according to Bjorn Florman, chief executive, wholesale business at Cell C. The South African mobile operator is one of the relatively small number of networks in the region that has wholeheartedly opened its network to MVNOs.

MTN to upgrade and expand 3G network in Nigeria

CBNL will help MTN upgrade its Nigerian 3G network

African operator group MTN has announced that it will upgrade and expand its 3G network in Nigeria. The operator has signed a contract with microwave network solutions provider Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL).

Etisalat to win control of Maroc Telecom

Etisalat is bidding for Morocco's Maroc Telecom

The struggle for control of Maroc Telecom, which has been rolling on since the start of the year, looks to be at an end. Emirates-based Etisalat signed a €3.9bn deal to acquire a controlling stake on Tuesday.

Tecno to build handset production plant in Ethiopia

Tecno will open a third handset plant in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Handset manufacturer Tecno Group has announced it will build a “third phase” mobile phone assembly and production plant in Addis Ababa. The firm already runs two factories in the Ethiopian capital.

MTN buys datacentre for Ivory Coast

The datacentre currently occupies four floors with 500 square metres of useable whitespace and 160 racks per floor making it the largest data centre in East Africa, the company said.

Pre-fabricated datacentre specialist Flexenclosure said Friday it has received an order from African carrier MTN Côte d’Ivoire to deliver a 336 square meter customised datacentre in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast.

Alliance forms to drive affordable internet in developing countries

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) believes that by advocating for open, competitive and innovative broadband markets, access prices can fall to below five per cent of monthly income worldwide

Monday morning a diverse group of private and public sector players, including Google and ‘father of the web’ Sir Tim Berners-Lee, came together to launch a coalition to lead policy and regulatory reform and spur action to drive down artificially high internet prices in developing countries.

Tigo introduces 3G to war torn DRC Congo

Tigo is bringing 3G to DRC

Millicom-owned African carrier Tigo said this week that it has acquired more than 250,000 new customers in less than three months following its return to two troubled eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Vodacom eyes Neotel takeover

Vodafone subsidiary Vodacom has entered into talks to acquire South African fixed line operator Neotel

Operator group Vodafone’s African subsidiary Vodacom has announced that it has entered into exclusive discussions regarding a potential acquisition of South African fixed line provider Neotel.

East Africa opens monster datacentre

The datacentre currently occupies four floors with 500 square metres of useable whitespace and 160 racks per floor making it the largest data centre in East Africa, the company said.

African fibre network operator and subsidiary of Econet Wireless, Liquid Telecom, this week opened a carrier neutral datacentre in Nairobi.

SDN could cut ‘backhaul shortfall’ in half, save ops $5bn

SDN could save operators over $4bn

Software defined networking (SDN) is much talked about and so far has been used to optimise datacentre resources in the cloud. It has been much discussed in the telco sphere and operators have tested SDN applications for operational network elements but the application of SDN to transport and backhaul optimisation has only started so recently that there is little quantification to support SDN business cases for service providers. That may soon change however, as research released Thursday found that SDN can almost half the perceived “backhaul shortfall” and save operators just under $5bn in capital expenses by 2017.

Vendors team with Facebook to drive connectivity in developing world

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facebook-bigFacebook has created an initiative—Internet.org—to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, recruiting a number of telecoms industry vendors as partners. But while the new group cites the importance of mobile operators in bringing connectivity to the unconnected, there are none among the founders.

Inmarsat, Cisco partner for satellite-based telemedicine

The deal will bring telemedicine to remote regions

Satellite operator Inmarsat on Tuesday announced a partnership with Cisco to provide connectivity for a mobile telemedicine system operating in the world’s most remote and underserved communities.

Ethiopia signs $1.6bn LTE deal with ZTE, Huawei

Ethiopia will a major network expansion of 3G services as well as LTE services in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia’s government has signed a $1.6bn deal with Chinese vendors ZTE and Huawei, in a bid to expand mobile phone infrastructure and introduce 4G broadband to the capital Addis Ababa. The deal will also see the rollout of a 3G service across the rest of the country.

Orange to launch mobile payments with Visa in Botswana

Orange is bringing mobile payment services to Africa

Operator group Orange is planning to launch a set of mobile payment services in Botswana and other countries in Africa and the Middle East, which it says will easy access to funds around the clock and bring new point of sale, online and ATM transaction options to customers.

Orange uses Total network to extend money service

Orange will use the Total station network

Orange and oil and gas group Total have forged a partnership in Africa and the Middle East, providing access to Orange Money services at all Total service stations in the regions, spanning a total of 13 countries to date.

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.

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