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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).

Google, Carlson launch white space trial in South Africa

Google has long been interested in white spaces

US white space specialist Carlson Wireless has teamed up with Google to launch the first wireless broadband trial using TV white space in South Africa. The test case will focus on offering wireless connectivity to ten schools across the Cape Town area in an attempt to show that broadband can be offered over white spaces without interfering with licensed spectrum holders.

Group Director Marketing, Expresso Telecom, Africa: “LTE will become a critical enabling platform for commerce”

Asif Aziz, Group Director Marketing Products and Propositions, Expresso Telecom, Africa

Asif Aziz, Group Director Marketing Products and Propositions, Expresso Telecom, Africa, is taking part in a panel discussion entitled ‘Getting Ready for LTE: Deployment Considerations’, on Day One of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show, Aziz gives us a few insights into the opportunities LTE presents in Africa.

Ericsson wins African managed services deal

Ericsson has secured a five-year deal to manage mobile networks across Africa

Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson has secured a five-year deal to manage mobile networks across Africa. The firm has signed a managed services contract with Atlantique Telecom, part of the UAE-headquartered Etisalat Group, for the operator’s Western and Central African operations.

Optical network market “poised for growth in 2013″

optical fibre

The global market for optical network hardware looks set to have a good year in 2013, with North America and 100G expected to shine particularly bright, according to a report from Infonetics Research.

Etisalat calls on Huawei’s consultancy services

Dubai-based Etisalat has signed a global consultancy services deal with Huawei

UAE-based operator group Etisalat has signed a global consultancy services agreement with Chinese vendor Huawei. According to the operator, Huawei’s business consulting team will partner with Etisalat stakeholders to assist in developing the operator’s mobile broadband services and its digital services portfolio.

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