Ericsson, Millicom partner on Tigo Cash for West Africa

Mobile money services are popular in Africa

Ericsson has announced its Wallet Platform has been deployed by Millicom-owned Tigo Senegal to offer financial services to customers across West Africa. Tigo Cash mobile services allow subscribers to make payments, store, transfer and withdraw money using a mobile device, even if the user doesn’t have access to traditional banking services.

South Africa’s Vodacom to acquire fixed player Neotel

Vodafone subsidiary Vodacom has confirmed its intention to acquire South African fixed line operator Neotel

The South African mobile operator subsidiary of UK-headquartered Vodafone has announced an agreement to acquire the market’s second largest fixed communications provider, Neotel, in a cash deal worth ZAR7.0bn ($673m). Negotiations between Vodacom and Neotel were announced in September last year, when Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub pledged to pump significant investment into the merged entity should talks prove fruitful.

South African mobile reseller shuts up shop

Nashua is selling its subs to the oeprators

South African mobile service reseller Nashua Mobile, which trades in subscriptions for the country’s main operators, is to close operations and sell its 750,000 users to Vodacom and MTN. The company is also looking to offload its Cell C customer base to a third party.

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.

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.

TeliaSonera appoints ex-Vodacom chief as president and CEO

Johan Dennelind, incoming CEO at TeliaSonera

European mobile operator group TeliaSonera has announced the appointment of CEO of South African operator Vodacom International Johan Dennelind as its next president and CEO.

Astellia to Supply CEM Solution to Vodacom Mozambique


AfricaCom, Cape Town, South Africa, November 13th 2012 – Astellia, a leading provider of monitoring solutions for the optimization of mobile network QoS and QoE, joins hands with Vodacom Mozambique to implement its VIP Care CEM solution. The application is intended to improve customer satisfaction and customer loyalty particularly amongst high value subscribers.

Vodacom still pleased with Gateway

Vodacom CEO Johan Dennelind

Six months after rebranding, Vodafone’s South African affiliate, Vodacom, has turned in what Frost & Sullivan described as “a solid set” of financial results for the six months to the end of September, with total group revenue rising to R31.7bn (€2.9bn) from R29.5bn. Mobile data revenue was up 31.1 per cent year on year and EBITDA 7.6 per cent higher to R10.5bn on the back of a 38 per cent growth in data customers. Yet subsidiary Gateway Communications continued to drag on the company’s operating profit with an R318m impairment charge over the period.

Vodacom to address net accessibility in South Africa with Webbook

Vodafone's Webbook is now on sale in South Africa

Vodacom, a subsidiary of Vodafone, has launched its own-branded netbook – the Webbook in South Africa. The firm said that the notebook will offer a simplified, value-added portable internet experience to citizens in the country.

Vodacom throttles BlackBerry users

Vodacom found that 5% of BlackBerry users were responsible for 95% of data usage

Vodacom, the pan-African subsidiary of Vodafone, is reducing connection speeds for some of its BlackBerry users in South Africa “from 3G to 2G levels”. The company said that it studied the usage patterns of its customers to better understand the causes of congestion at peak times and found that more than 95 per cent of BlackBerry data usage was attributable to less than 5 per cent of users.

South Africa’s 8ta launches Blackberry service with aggressive pricing

South Africa's latest mobile carrier, 8ta, has launched Blackberry services

South African incumbent operator Telkom is to offer ‘free’ mobile YouTube streaming to Blackberry devices in an effort to “Shake up the market.” The fixed-line player’s move into the mobile space took place last year, when it launched its 8ta division. Since then, the unit has pursued an aggressive pricing plan in a market previously known for high tariffs, not least for mobile data packages.

West African Cable System lands in Cape Town

The WACS cable system has landed at its final destination in Cape Town

A high capacity submarine cable system linking southern Africa with Europe landed at its final destination in Cape Town this morning. The West African Cable System (WACS), a 14,000km, 5.1Tbps system was brought ashore at Yzerfontein in the Western Cape and will both complement and compete with the 340Gbps Sat-3 system that went into service in the region in 2002.

South African regulator reintroduces controversial spectrum allocation requirements

ICASA is looking to open up South Africa's spectrum to smaller players

South Africa’s Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) has reintroduced a controversial requirement that companies applying for spectrum must be 30 per cent owned by historically disadvantaged shareholders (HDI). With the country’s second spectrum auction planned for an as-yet unspecified time this year, players such as MTN and Vodacom could find themselves excluded from bidding for access in the 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz bands which form a key component in both telcos next-generation, LTE network strategies.

West African Cable System to land next week

WACS is due to reach its final destination in South Africa next week

The construction phase of the West African Cable System (WACS) is due for completion early in April, when the cable will reach its final destination point at Yzerfontein in South Africa. The cable was slated to be ready for commercial use by the third quarter of this year, but that target has now been pushed back to early 2012.

Cell C secures additional spectrum

South Africa's Cell C has been awarded additional spectrum

South Africa’s third cellular operator, Cell C, has had its application for additional spectrum in the 2100MHz band approved. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) approved the application in January but the carrier only went public with the news yesterday.

Vodacom sells out of South African WiMAX player iBurst

Vodacom group has sold its remaining 24.9 per cent stake in WiMAX service provider WBS, which operates under the iBurst brand.Vodacom intends to bid for 2.6GHz and 3.5Ghz spectrum, when it is made available, but the South African regulator specified that current 2.6Ghz spectrum holders such as WBS and therefore Vodacom may not qualify.

Opportunities and challenges

Opportunities and challenges

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is still emerging from the after-effects of almost two decades of civil war that devastated its infrastructure and economy.

South Africa fights over spectrum

South Africa fights over spectrum

Far-reaching regulatory changes look set to heat up broadband competition in South Africa. How far this will improve WiMAX prospects remains less certain, particularly as the debate about how to allocate 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz licences is proving to be divisive and prolonged. Yet South Africa’s telecom landscape is undergoing seismic change.

A.B.M. Conteh, chairman, Vodacom

A.B.M. Conteh, chairman, Vodacom

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Vodafone takes control of Vodacom

UK-based operator Vodafone said Thursday that its Rand22.5bn ($2.5bn) bid for a further 15 per cent stake in South African operation Vodacom has been accepted. The move takes Vodafone’s holding in Vodacom to 65 per cent, and allows the Big V to realise its long standing aim of taking control of the African operator. Vodacom [...]