Egypt's telecom regulator set to send out final 4G licence terms

An Egyptian holds his smart phone as he uses the Egypt's telecoms industry regulator has approved the final terms for 4G mobile broadband network licences and will send the forms out to licensee companies on Sunday.

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Telecoms: India's Bharti Airtel blames Nigerian losses as Q1 net profit drops 31 per cent

Photo©Adnan Abidi/ReutersIndia's largest telecom network operator, Bharti Airtel Ltd, reported a 30.8 percent fall in first-quarter net profit on Wednesday, blaming an adverse foreign exchange impact in Nigeria, although it beat analysts' estimates.

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Telecoms: MTN Nigeria to roll out LTE services after 2.6GHz spectrum auction win

Photo©ReutersAfrica's biggest mobile telecoms operator MTN's Nigerian subsidiary has won a 10-year radio spectrum licence for mobile broadband services, it said on Wednesday.

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Telecoms: MTN Uganda says syndicated loan to fund 4G network expansion

Photo/Reuters/Rogan WardThe Ugandan unit of South African telecoms giant MTN Group plans to spend much of the $114 million loan it secured last month on expanding its 4G mobile broadband network, a top company executive said on Wednesday.

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Telecoms: Vodafone, Afrimax to launch data services in Zambia

Photo©ReutersVodafone Group said on Monday it will launch its high-speed mobile data services in Zambia jointly with unlisted telecoms provider Afrimax, tapping growing demand for data-heavy services on the continent.

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Egypt plans to offer 4G licences within two weeks

Photo©ReutersEgypt plans to offer high-speed 4G telecoms licences to companies already operating in the country within two weeks, Telecom Minister Yasser al-Qadi said on local television channel CBC.

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Telecoms: Making way for Data, the future king

Photos© Michael Zumstein/Agence VuData consumption is rising rapidly in Africa, and companies are now focusing on a new generation of telecoms networks to increase speed and capacity. While voice is not dead, analysts predict slower growth in the years ahead

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Death of Ghana's Telecoms Regulation

Poor policy framework and an inquisitor type administration model will not be the solution to Ghana's growth.

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Telecoms: Egypt's landline operator to get 4G mobile licence

Photo©ReutersTelecom Egypt, the country's landline monopoly, is expected to acquire a 4G mobile licence next year, Egypt's telecoms minister said on Wednesday.

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Technology: Kenya's Safaricom to drive Internet usage with 4G, TV decoders

Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom. Photo©Bruno Levy for TARKenya's Safaricom sees mobile financial services and Internet access as the next big areas of growth after calls as it builds up its 3G and 4G networks, its chief executive said.

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Tanzanian mobile phone subscribers jump by 16 pct in 2014

Photo©ReutersThe number of mobile phone subscribers in Tanzania rose by 16 percent in 2014 to 31.86 million, the telecoms regulator said, marking further growth in the communications sector already ranked as the fastest expanding in the economy.

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Telecoms: Rwanda's smartphones and smart policy

Photo©ReutersRather than wait for companies to invest in 4G networks, the government is taking a leading role in expanding internet coverage and developing a knowledge-based economy.

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Technology: Safaricom launches Kenya's first 4G Internet services

Safaricom Chief Executive Bob Collymore said the company paid $75 million for the spectrumSafaricom launched Kenya's first fourth-generation (4G) Internet services on Thursday, seeking to capitalise on burgeoning mobile Internet use in the country.

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East African providers race to develop new 4G networks

Photo©ReutersKenya had looked likely to be first out of the blocks at bringing high-speed 4G mobile internet connectivity to East Africa, but it has fast been overtaken by its neighbours.

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Ghana: Surfline gets $30 million for 4G LTE data network expansion

Photo©ReutersVantage Mezzanine, Africa's leading mezzanine debt provider, has announced it has concluded a transaction with Surfline Communications to provide $30 million of expansion capital to the company together with a fund co-investor.

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Ghana company launches country's first 4G data network

photo@ReutersmobilephoneGhana company Surfline Communications launched the country's first 4G data network this week in partnership with French technology company Alcatel-Lucent, making Ghana the sixth nation in sub-Saharan Africa to get the high speed service.

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Kenya's Safaricom gets committee nod for govt security contract

Photo©ReutersKenya's national security committee has approved plans for a security and surveillance system, clearing the way for a project worth 14.9 billion shillings ($170 million) to Safaricom, its chief executive said on Friday.

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Ericsson bets on 3G in fast-growing Africa telecoms

The world's top mobile infrastructure supplier Ericsson is betting that the fast-growing African mobile broadband market will remain dominated by 3G services over the next years as the newest 4G smartphones remain too expensive for local consumers.

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China's Huawei to roll out 4G service in Ethiopian capital

Photo©ReutersEthiopia's state-run Ethio Telecom said on Thursday it had picked Huawei Technologies Co Ltd , the world's second largest telecom equipment maker, to roll out a high-speed 4G network across the capital Addis Ababa.

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Kenya's Safaricom warns against more tax rises on money transfers

Bob Collymore Chief Executive of Kenya's leading mobile phone operator Safaricom/Photo©ReutersKenya's leading mobile phone operator Safaricom cautioned the government against further rises in excise duty on mobile money transfers, saying there was a risk new county-level administrations would add to the tax burden.

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