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Mozambique operators in spat over unpaid debt

Mozambique operators in spat over unpaid debt

There have been multiple reports over the past few days suggesting that Mocambique Telecom (Tmcel) may soon be unable to offer voice calls after an interconnection-related spat with fellow operator Vodacom Mozambique.

Mauritius launches its first satellite

Mauritius launches its first satellite

Mauritius is the latest African country to be able to boast a presence in space. The first Mauritian satellite (a CubeSat – MIR-SAT1) was successfully launched yesterday on board the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Sale of 51 percent of Net One Angola to go ahead

Sale of 51 percent of Net One Angola to go ahead

Last week saw an announcement from Angola’s Instituto de Gestão de Activos e Participações do Estado (IGAPE), opening what is called a Limited Tender for Previous Qualification to privatise 51 percent of operator Net One.

Will MTN try a second time for an Ethiopian licence?

Will MTN try a second time for an Ethiopian licence?

Pan-African operator MTN may have a second look at bidding for a mobile operator license in Ethiopia, despite being taken out of contention for apparently underbidding first time round, according to comments made recently by its chief executive.

Moov Togo fined US$1.1m over network outages

Moov Togo fined US$1.1m over network outages

Togo’s regulator ARCEP has fined mobile operator Moov Togo XOF593 million (US$1.1 million) for “serious and lasting breaches of its obligation to provide its electronic communications networks and services on a permanent and continuous basis.”

MTN South Africa to expand MoMo agent network

MTN South Africa to expand MoMo agent network

Underlining the growth of the mobile payment business across Africa, operator MTN has announced a $2 million partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to expand its mobile money business – called MoMo – in South Africa.

Lycamobile becomes Uganda’s fourth national operator

Lycamobile becomes Uganda’s fourth national operator

Lycamobile, which describes itself as the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), has been awarded a National Telecommunications Operator (NTO) licence in Uganda. It now becomes Uganda’s fourth national operator alongside Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL), MTN and Airtel.