Burkina Faso studies tariff pricing

19 April 2023

The Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority of Burkina Faso (ARCEP) is preparing a comparative study of tariffs in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) zone. The results of this study should enable the regulator to set ‘relevant costs.’

“For the reduction of tariffs in the UEMOA space, we have a committee of telecommunications regulators and we have taken it upon ourselves to make a comparative study of the retail tariffs practiced in this community,” said Salamata Rouamba, director of regulation of ARCEP's fixed and mobile markets.

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Senegal explores roaming between MNOs

17 April 2023

Senegal’s telecoms regulator announced plans to introduce national roaming between operators to bolster coverage in the country.

Talks are underway between Orange, Free and Expresso Telecom to lay the necessary framework for the agreements, and Karim Sall, director general of L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) reported that an assessment would take place at the end of April to determine whether operators have achieved prior coverage targets, stipulated in mobile licenses.

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Off the grid and into the cloud

13 April 2023

Andrew Cruise, managing director, Routed

Andrew Cruise, managing director, Routed

With over 200 days of load shedding in 2022, South African businesses had to put urgent contingency plans in place to protect themselves from the devastating effects of rolling power cuts. And, as this is likely to be the status quo for at least another two years, short-term solutions no longer suffice. As a result, cloud adoption has increased.

More and more businesses are opting to leave load shedding issues to the experts. For most businesses, facilities management and electrical security is not their day job and they’re realising that their time and resources would be better spent elsewhere. Data centre colocation providers are obliged to offer a guarantee of continuous power to their tenants and can address power cuts more efficiently than a smaller enterprise’s data centre or server room. Therefore, load shedding is a catalyst for businesses to move workloads into these larger data centres.

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MTN and Vofafone partner on roaming in Ghana

11 April 2023

MTN Ghana and Vodafone Ghana have come into a partnership to accelerate the pilot national roaming in Volta, Ghana.

The agreement lays the foundation for a broader national roaming partnership between the two and will see Vodafone Ghana expand its network coverage using MTN’s network infrastructure during the pilot.

The implementation of national roaming will enable Vodafone Ghana customers to stay connected in areas outside our current locations of coverage. This is especially important for rural communities as national roaming invariably provides a greater choice of network providers.

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