Namibia: frequency bands allocated to operators will be reviewed every four years

11 May 2022

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) will review its frequency bands every four years, in accordance with the new guidelines of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

These guidelines promote cross-border interoperability and new technologies.

CRAN’S director general, Emilia Nghikembua (pictured), said the regulator “will amend frequency band allocations and regulations as necessary, following the appropriate regulatory processs”. For example, spectrum licensees would be required to migrate to new frequencies following the implementation of a new frequency band plan. The authority will deal with each migration on a case-by-case basis.

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Ethiopian government postpones sale of stake in Ethio Telecom

07 April 2022

Ethiopia decided to postpone the planned partial privatisation of state-owned telecoms firm Ethio Telecom because of the prevailing economic environment domestically and globally.

The government had launched a tendering process in June for a proposed sale of a 40% stake in the state-owned carrier to private investors, part of the government’s broader plan to open up the economy to foreign investment.

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Senegal president calls for better network coverage

07 April 2022

The president of Senegal, Macky Sall, has instructed the minister of digital economy and telecommunications to improve mobile network coverage across the country.

He stressed “the urgency of redeployment and strengthening the mechanisms of intervention of the development fund of universal telecommunications service (FDSUT), an instrument of impetus, whose institutional evaluation of activities remains a priority.

According to the latest data on the Senegalese telecom market published by the Telecommunications and Posts Regulatory Authority (ARTP), there were 15,418,058 Internet subscribers. That is a penetration rate of 92.29%. However, the data of the watchdog remains silent on the coverage rate of telecom services in the country.

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Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications institutes warning systems to curb mobile money fraud

07 April 2022

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications (GCT) is instituting warning systems to identify and curb mobile money fraud in the country, as the services continue to evolve and new types of fraud emerge in the sector.

Identity theft through SIM swapping, promotional and social engineering scams are the highly reported incidents of fraud. This has brought about a significant economic loss for users.

So far, 35,000 incidents of fraud have been reported to the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications. About 28,000 devices have been blocked. Seventeen thousand IDs have been blacklisted.

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