The Tunisian Telecoms Authority INT consults on mobile QoS obligations

Tunisian Telecoms Authority INT The Tunisian telecoms authority INT (Instance Nationale des Telecommunications) has published a consultation document detailing a number of QoS obligations for the country’s mobile network operators and MVNOs. The proposed measures include the quality indicators for 2G/3G/4G services and their evaluation, as well as the assessment of mobile coverage and the…

The (mighty) roaming SIM: Roaming specialist execMobile sees demand for an old fashioned SIM

roaming SIM, execMobile Roaming specialist execMobile sees demand for an old fashioned SIM, but it needs to provide multi network coverage. ExecMobile, the leading provider of connectivity solutions for business travellers, today announced enhanced low-cost solutions for leisure travellers. The company’s PocketWifi is used by many corporate travellers to remain connected and mobile, but leisure…

South African bookstores; Van Schaik launches MVNO

MVN-X, Van Schaik MVN-X and Van Schaik Bookstores have launched their “student-friendly” MVNO. The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) forms part of the new Van Schaik Rewards App, and is the the ninth MVNO launched by MVN-X. “Aimed at students studying at tertiary institutions, the app enables them to earn rands as well as benefits…

Vodacom’s Internet of Things Platform is Growing as Customers Adopt Solutions

Vodacom, Internet of Things Vodacom informed investors on Wednesday that its Internet of Things (IoT) customers increased by 29.3% to 2.8 million in the third quarter to end-December 2016. The customers of Vodacom Business, an enterprise division of Vodafone-owned Vodacom, continues to adopt IoT solutions. PREMIUM CONTENT: Please Login, or subscribe for access. Interested in…

Communications Authority of Kenya calls out Telkom Kenya for declaring over 2m ‘ghost’ subscribers

Communications Authority of Kenya, Telkom Kenya Telkom Kenya is on the spot for exaggerating its subscriber base by nearly double, according to an audit by the industry regulator. Communications Authority of Kenya said Thursday the telco had a subscriber base of 2.9 million customers for the quarter to September 2016 against the firm’s claim that…

South Africa’s latest MVNO with its own Social Messaging System

South Africa, MVNO South Africa is about to get yet another virtual network operator from a rather unlikely source. Nope, it’s not a retailer, an Austrian beverage company, or even a bank. Instead, it’s Malawi-born church leader, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, who’s entering the market with his own, eponymous network. The alternatively-titled Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (PSB)…

Why Naspers could dominate the African MVNO space

Naspers Frost & Sullivan recently highlighted the top technology trend predictions for 2017, among them the need for the adoption of content intensive strategies among mobile network operators (MNOs). This view is based on the assumption that OTT services will continue to negatively impact the average revenue per use (ARPU) of MNOs across the continent…

Kenya: Safaricom Still Market Leader as Users Drop 1.2 Million

Safaricom Safaricom added 669,594 subscribers in the three months ended last September, maintaining its market leader position with a total of 25.94 million users even as the total number of active mobile phone users dropped by 1.2 million. The drop in total mobile phone subscriber base from 39.7 million reported in June to 38.5 million…

Cell C pushing to be first with new service offerings

Cell C Cell C said it remains focussed on providing customers with innovative and affordable products and will strive to be the first with new service offerings. Cell C had a strong year and was the first mobile network operator in Africa to launch Wi-Fi calling for the iPhone. The company is also the only…

South African bookstore Van Schaik announces Student MVNO

Van Schaik, Student, MVNO Academic bookstore Van Schaik has become the latest company to announce plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator in South Africa. Academic bookstore Van Schaik has become the latest company to announce plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in South Africa. The new virtual operator, which piggybacks…

Dégroupage, MVNO… : Houda Feraoun déterre le projet de loi télécoms de Moussa Benhamadi

MVNOC Le projet de code des postes et des communications électroniques, qui sera bientôt soumis au Conseil des ministres, reprend les mêmes dispositions contenues dans la le projet de loi sur la Poste et les TIC présenté par l’ex-MPTIC, Moussa Benhamadi à l’APN en 2013 puis retiré juste après par son successeur Zohra Derdouri. La…

Orange Cameroun to save FCfa 72 million, following return of 400,000 telephone numbers to telecom regulatory body

Orange Cameroun (Business in Cameroon) – The Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART) in Cameroon has just made public a decision signed on 9 September 2016, on “the withdrawal of 400,000 telephone numbers formerly allocated” to the Cameroonian subsidiary of French telecom group Orange. This decision from the regulatory body in the telecom sector, which thus grants…

GIN to bring cost effective satellite connectivity to Africa

GIN, satellite, Africa Gondwana International Networks (GIN) has launched Source, a fully managed, virtual network satellite operator service. Aimed at telecoms and internet service providers, Source will be rolled out across sub-Saharan Africa on the first Jupiter hub in Africa, which is owned and operated by GIN. Mathew Welthagen, CEO, GIN says that the company…

Entrepreneur: Washirika Holdings’ Romeo Kumalo

Washirika Holdings, Romeo Kumalo Entrepreneur Romeo Kumalo says more competition in the tech sector may be a solution to the high price of data in SA. Kumalo, the former Vodacom executive and a supporter of the #DataMustFall movement, has plans to introduce his own mobile virtual network operator — much like Virgin Mobile and FNB…

Facebook to give free Internet access to poor communities, freedom questioned

Facebook, Internet Access Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s latest project is to provide Internet connection to the poor and marginalized people. Although this may seem like a chivalrous act by this social media titan, it cannot be denied that Facebook is benefitting from this ploy. Hence, Zuckerberg is facing accusations that he is secretly…

Tanzanian MVNO AMOTEL works with TTCL to connect remote villages with voice and data

Tanzanian, MVNO, AMOTEL Tanzania’s Amotel is pioneering a new approach to connecting areas that are unprofitable for big carriers. It is working as an MVNO on the TTCL network and World Telecoms Labs’ Vivada equipment to make it work. Russell Southwood spoke to Simon Pearson and Satya Mekala of World Telecoms Labs about how it’s…

Equitel’s growth drives mobile penetration to 90% – CA

Equitel Cellular mobile penetration in the country has reached 90 per cent, the Communications Authority has said,driven by Equity Bank’s Finserve Africa. Finserve operates the Equitel brand and was licenced by the CA in 2014 alongside two other Mobile Virtual Network Operators – Mobile Pay and Zioncell Kenya. According to CA, the licensing of MVNOs…

MTN South Africa evaluating the MVNO market

MTN South Africa, MVNO ITWeb reports that MTN South Africa is reportedly eyeing partnerships with mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the country, an area Cell C currently monopolises. MTN Business GM of partnerships Johannes Kanis told ITWeb the operator was already in discussions with a few MVNOs. MTN South Africa CEO Mteto Nyati would…

PSB Network, a new MVNO to provide religious experience

PBS Network, MVNO A new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), PSB Network is being launched by a Southern African church network. PSB Network is backed by Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (PSB) Ministries, which has a core target market of around two million members within South Africa and its neighbours. “In order to service our community in…

Why it is legal for FNB to SIM-lock its smartphones

FNB, SIM-Lock FNB is not breaking any laws by locking its branded phones to its network. “Is that even legal?” is a question frequently asked when people discover FNB has SIM-locked its new ConeXis phones. SIM-locking refers to limiting the networks a device will run on. In the case of the FNB ConeXis X1 smartphone,…

Romeo Kumalo behind ‘massive’ new South Africa MVNO

South Africa, MVNO Former top Vodacom executive Romeo Kumalo plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator in South Africa. By Duncan McLeod. Former top Vodacom executive Romeo Kumalo plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator in South Africa. The former CEO of Vodacom’s international operations is, however, tight-lipped about what the MVNO will…

FNB launches own-branded smartphones

First National Bank First National Bank is stepping up its foray into the mobile telecommunications industry, launching its own-branded smartphones, the ConeXis X1 and ConeXis A1. First National Bank is stepping up its foray into the mobile telecommunications industry, launching its own-branded smartphones. The low-cost but “high-quality” ConeXis X1 and A1 phones will be available…