Mobilis gets Mali nod

18 February 2020

Algérie Télécom subsidiary Mobilis is ready to become the latest player to enter Mali, having been awarded an operating licence to deploy services nationwide.

The award – which includes rights to offer 2G, 3G and 4G services – was confirmed by Modibo Arouna Touré, Mali’s minister of the digital economy and communication, under a provisional agreement with the government.

Although the final terms are yet to be negotiated regarding the setting up of a new subsidiary for Algérie Télécom, Touré said company officials are expected in Mali ‘in the coming weeks’ to ‘sign documents and concretise the latest steps, including financial, and start construction work of the network’.

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Uganda now blocking fake devices

18 February 2020

Local media also reported that while the machine will not stop counterfeit phones already in use, it will prevent operation of new fake handsets

Local media also reported that while the machine will not stop counterfeit phones already in use, it will prevent operation of new fake handsets

Uganda has taken major steps to prevent the use of counterfeit phones by installing a central equipment identity registry.

The move by Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) came on the back of an increased influx of fake mobile handsets into Ugandan market in late 2019.

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Mauritania trio hit with new year fines

18 February 2020

Mauritania’s regulator Autorité de Régulation started 2020 in aggressive mode by fining operators Mauritel, Mattel and Chinguitel a total of US$3.83m.

The three companies are alleged to have breached their quality of service obligations. Leading operator Mauritel, a subsidiary of Maroc Telecom, was fined US$2.30m.

The company Mattel, a subsidiary of Tunisie Télécom, has been fined US$ 890,960 and Chinguitel, a subsidiary of the Sudanese Sudatel, will have to settle a sum of US$637,290. 

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Morocco: customers can transfer numbers in two days

18 February 2020

 Subscribers to Maroc Telecom, Orange and Wana Corporate (Inwi) can now transfer their fixed and mobile numbers to either rival within two days.

Moroccan regulator l’Autorité nationale de régulation des télécommunications (ANRT) has introduced a centralised number portability database (BDCPN), in collaboration with the three operators, in a bid to speed up what had become a lengthy process.

“The establishment of the BDCPN constitutes a regulatory lever which should help to develop competition in the market segments concerned and streamline the porting process,” the ANRT said in a statement.

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