Vodafone to sell stake in Ghana operations to Telecel

01 August 2022

British MNO Vodafone has agreed a sale of its operations in Ghana to Telecel Group, as the former looks to focus more on key markets

Vodafone entered Ghana in 2008 when it paid the west African county’s government US$900m for a 70% holding in Ghana Telecommunications, with the government retaining a 30% stake in the business.

A Vodafone spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg that the Ghana unit will sold to Telecel once certain conditions are met.

Telecel is expected to fund the acquisition by later offloading the Ghana business’s mobile towers.

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Zamani Telecom hires Telrad Networks to upgrade network infrastructure

01 August 2022

Nigerian telecom operator Zamani Telecom SA has finalised the upgrade of its network infrastructure, with help from Israeli company Telrad Networks.

The 4G Long-Term Evolution Time-Division Duplex (LTE-TDD) network deployed on a large scale as part of this project replaces Zamani Telecom's already aging WiMAX network.

This new network provides 100% coverage of Niger's capital, Niamey, as well as major cities. It has also enabled Zamani Telecom to increase its network capacity to serve a growing customer base of more than three million subscribers. In addition, the partnership provides Zamani with a consolidated LTE Tier 2 solution for its business-to-business (B2B) services.

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Nigerian gov wants to introduce a 5% tax on telecom services

01 August 2022

The Nigerian government is considering imposing a 5% excise duty on telecommunications services provided in the country, including calls, SMS and data services.

Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria's minister of finance and national planning, made the disclosure at a stakeholder forum organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) in Abuja in late July.

The new tax will be collected from cell phone subscribers and remitted to Nigerian Customs and payments will be made on a monthly basis, no later than the 21st of each month, according to reports.

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Maroc Telecom hit with US$238m fine

28 July 2022

Maroc Telecom (MT) has been hit with a US$238m fine for failing to comply with fair competition rules.

Morocco’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT)  said the fine is the culmination of an accumulative fine that it imposed on IAM back in January 2020 for violating fair competition.

"Maroc Telecom has abused its dominant position in the market and blocked competitors’ access to unbundling on its network and the fixed market for the last seven years," ANRT said in its initial ruling.

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