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Chad: Tigo Chad and ADTIC launched a school tracking service via SMS

For busy parents who do not always have time to take part in parent-teacher meetings for students, the mobile operator and the ICT Development Association (ADTIC) found a solution to allow them to stay informed in real time of the academic development of their offspring. The two partners have just put to that effect on the market academic tracking service via SMS.

Gone are therefore truant for students who engaged them. Their parents, by request on their mobile, can obtain detailed notes controls, duties, reports of unexplained absences, disciplinary behavior etc. A true MSDS school life of their children. 17 schools have already joined the academic monitoring program via SMS, the idea of ​​ADTIC which has also led him to be awarded the Digital Innovation Prize 2015.

Through the implementation of this project in partnership with Tigo Chad, Patricia Ronel Neldingar, engineer work in Computer Science and founding president of the ADTIC entrusts his desire to fight “the level of decline that plagues the Chadian schools.” A level of decline that is part of its origins in the lack of monitoring of students by their parents, yet supposed to be privileged partners of teachers.

By raising the educational level of Chad by ICT, Patricia Ronel Neldingar is certain that through “his well-trained youth, the country can easily begin its development.”

Source: EcoFin

Chad: Tigo, a social actor of the first rank!

The leader of mobile telephony in Chad, in line with its general policy, instead dimension Social Responsibility at the heart of its policy. During the past 3 years, Tigo has increased its social actions to help improve the living conditions of the population. Thus, various actions have been raised across the country, targeting priority areas for development.

On the educational level, Tigo has launched original projects and very useful for the youth! On one hand, we can meet with the relevant agreement is signed with the University of N’djamena. The operator plans by that offer a multimedia room to encourage the training of young ICT. It also gives the possibility (priority) of the said university students to carry out work placements according to the principle defined in the Partnership and facilitate their entry into the workforce. In addition, also note the signing of the agreement with one of the largest schools of the square, HEC Chad, which also allows students to have the ease of obtaining work placements and also benefit from a room IT enabling them to develop the knowledge gained in the field of ICT.

In terms of access to drinking water, Tigo goes into the nooks and crannies of Chad make wellbore donations. For the current year, more than a dozen wellbore are underway in Kanem, while in the South, communities like Bongor Oundouma, Moundou, Lagoon … have already been provided with drinking water.

The operator does not limit its actions to the points listed above. It helps disadvantaged children, made donations to refugees and vulnerable people at critical times. This is the case of constantly renewed support to the orphanage SOS Children’s Village, donation to Zafaya refugees during Ramadan with large quantities of food products

Still in its policy of helping the vulnerable, Tigo has a program called the price of digital innovation is a program supported by the NGO Tigo and Reach for Change. This program is to choose through a contest, two (02) social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas that can improve the lives of children in Chad. To date we count 5 entrepreneurs who are supported by financial assistance of up to 20,000 dollars each year and technical support employees of Tigo.

All these activities, the list is not exhaustive, are perceiving the Tigo brand as the most present in everyday life of its customers.

Source: EcoFin

Chad: Airtel Africa reveals new MD for Chad operation

Bharti Airtel Africa has revealed the appointment of Anwar Soussa as the Managing Director for Airtel Chad. Soussa, whose appointment will take effect on May 1st 2015, will be a key part of building the company’s strategic leadership and day to day operations in Chad, especially around the provision of 3G services for social and business use.

Commenting on the appointment, Airtel Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Christian de Faria stated that: “I am confident that under Anwar’s leadership, Chad will continue to experience the enhanced benefits of telecommunications services amongst its communities. As the new Managing Director, Anwar will be responsible for revamping Airtel Chad’s commercial capabilities, whilst building a superior network that will continue offering Chadians a competitive customer value proposition around data, value added services and Airtel Money. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Salia for his dedicated service to the organisation.”

Soussa, who has had a long stint in the telecommunication industry in Africa, joins Airtel from MTN Cyprus where he served as the Chief Operating Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the American College of Greece and a Master of Science degree in Marketing from Concordia University, Canada. Soussa takes over from Salia Gbane, who leaves Airtel on April 30th 2015.

Source: IT News Africa

Chad: deterioration in the quality of service with Tigo, the SMS service not working

Since March 9, 2015, the SMS service does not work with the mobile operator Tigo, a subsidiary of the Luxembourg telecoms group Millicom International Cellular SA. Subscribers to the operator no longer able to send or receive text messages. It is the site of Chad information that reveals the plight customers for 48 hours. No explanation was provided so far to consumers by the company to explain this failure that intensifies the deterioration of the quality of service offered by Tigo Chad.

In addition to voice services that are sometimes inaudible, the sampled airtime without reason, Tigo of consumers have long decried the multiple taxes charged to their phone account without explanation. But nothing has changed. Tigo, which announced the 4G this year in the country, has changed very little outside the capital, N’Djamena. Customers seem to be resigned with time. The Defence Association of consumer rights, active in 2013 and the origin of several protest marches to denounce too much tax on telecom, is silent for several months.

The telecom regulator also absent, never shined on this market interventions to protect consumers. Calls to the penalty for poor quality services, launched several times by subscribers to telecom angry, always remained a dead letter. Consequently, some consumers are convinced that Chadian officials receive bribes different telecom operators to keep their eyes closed on the decline of the national telecom sector.

Source: EcoFin

Cameroon, Chad sign fibre optic partnership

Cameroon is making a bold move to give a helping hand to its impoverished neighbour Chad. The two Central African nations, through their state-controlled telecommunication companies, recently signed a vital telecom partnership that could change the way their populations use ICTs.

“Chad gets internet from CAMTEL. We have been supplying internet to Chad for the past four years,” Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL) MD David Nkotto Emane said at the signing ceremony in the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé.

SOTEL was represented by its MD Hamit Djeroua Moura. The partnership will, among others, see Cameroon support Chad in its efforts to extend its fibre optic network, which is only 750km long.

Cameroon’s fibre optic network is 6 000 km long, and the two countries are also expected to be linked by the Central African Backbone (CAB), a fibre optic network funded by the World Bank to the tune of US$160 million, and other donors. The agreement will also provide an aspect of technical assistance, which provides sessions of intensive training in the handling and management of fibre optic and the creation of an appropriate pricing system. The two companies’ telecom engineers and technicians will come together in the aim of building capacity and transferring skills.

Cameroon is Central Africa’s largest economy, while Chad is one of the world’s poorest countries.

Source: BizTech Africa

Chad, Cameroon: CamTel, SOTEL ink cooperation agreement

The Cameroon Telecommunication Company (CamTel) and Chad’s Societe des Telecommunications de Tchad (SOTEL) have finalised an agreement on technical and commercial cooperation. CameroonWeb writes that the deal was signed by the two firm’s respective director generals, David Nkotto Emane and Adam Abbas Ahmed, in Yaounde late last week. Under the terms of the agreement, CamTel will assist SOTEL – which now operates under the name Groupe Sotel Tchad – with the extension of its existing fibre-optic network. The agreement also provides for training and capacity building, particularly with the operation of SOTEL’s fibre-optic network and the establishment of an appropriate pricing system. The pact forms part of the Central African Backbone (CAB) project, which aims to create a single, seamless regional network linking several countries in the region with a view to reducing the cost of internet services, particularly in landlocked Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), which lack direct access to international submarine cables. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that an existing fibre link connects the infrastructure of SOTEL and CamTel, potentially providing the former with access to capacity on the SAT-3 and WACS cables, but disagreements between the two telcos on pricing have left the connection unused for several years.

Source: TeleGeography

Chad: Airtel launches 3G in Chad

Indian-backed cellco Airtel Chad has launched 3G services in Chad, the Economic Times reports. The announcement was made at a ceremony attended by Chad’s President Idriss Deby, and the heads of state of Nigeria and Mauritania, President Goodluck Jonathon and President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz respectively. Airtel was awarded the nation’s first 3G licence in April this year, with the condition that it activate the network in the capital N’Djamena within sixth months. Commenting on the launch, President Deby said: ‘The launch of the 3G network in the country goes in line with the government commitment to Chadians to make the country become a technology hub in Africa.’ Landlocked Chad is one of the most poorly connected countries on the African continent and one of only a handful still dependent primarily on satellite links for international connectivity.
The Chadian government and international aid organisations have identified broadband and wireless services as key factors in potentially alleviating a number of social and economic problems affecting Chadians. Indeed, CEO of Airtel Africa Christian de Faria commented upon Airtel Chad receiving its 3G licence that mobile services are more readily available to most Africans than many other basic services – such as electricity, sanitation and financial services – and ‘as a result wireless communications services can play a unique role in addressing social, economic and environmental issues.’

Source: TeleGeography

Chad: Tigo sets date for 3G/4G launch

Tigo Chad has successfully tested 3G and 4G mobile network technologies and now plans to begin offering the services commercially from September or October this year, Jeune Afrique writes. Tigo, owned by Luxembourg-based Millicom International Cellular (MIC), will initially limit the service to the capital, N’Djamena. The cellco renewed its concession for a further ten years in June last year and has pledged to invest USD200 million over the next five years to develop its infrastructure.

Source: TeleGeography

Airtel trains youth in Chad, Gabon

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today reiterated its commitment to further support human capital in African economies across the region through the investment of ICT development and other initiatives. HE President Ali Bongo Ondimba opened the first New York Forum AFRICA, by calling on the international economic community and all African stakeholders to increase participation in Africa’s current growth and to discover the potential of a continent that has a wealth of talent and opportunity. He was supported in this regard by HE President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, in the presence of hundreds of Africa’s policy makers.
Speaking during this year’s New York Forum Africa, Mr. Christian de Faria, CEO, Airtel Africa said “Africa is a continent with a young population, and this population is a powerful tool for development. Yet, the youth can only actively participate in positively transforming the continent if it is well prepared. That is why relevant training for the youth and an enabling ICT infrastructure is vital for the emergence of Africa as a dynamic economic centre.”

Mr. de Faria took an active part in the third edition of the New York Forum Africa held in Libreville, centered on the theme of transforming the African continent through local processing of its vast natural resources. The Forum had a special focus on African youth, as a catalyst for the development of Africa.

“Airtel recognizes the significant potential of the youth to drive the economies where we operate. That is why we are investing in rolling out ICT training programmes in countries such as Chad where over 6,000 will benefit. We are also in the process of training another 5,000 young adults in Gabon – and we will continue doing this across Africa,” said Mr. de Faria.

A research survey of Africa’s Generation Y was also unveiled by The New York Forum Institute. As well as being presented to heads of state and participants at the forum, the survey findings will be distributed by The New York Forum Institute to the top 10 companies and universities across Africa. In addition, the findings will also be presented to the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 5 and 6, 2014.

Mr. de Faria said the challenge now remains for players in telecoms, including governments, to find a sustainable, unified vision to support learning by creating platforms such as tech hubs, centres of excellence and driving connectivity through technologies such as 3G / 4G, wireless broadband to boost innovation.

“Advancing telecommunications has a significant role in developing knowledge economies in Africa and education is the foundation of economic growth. We realize that knowledge is inseparable from the development of human capital and by investing in high-speed and smart infrastructure networks, we are bringing our young adults closer to economic independence,” said Mr. de Faria.

Airtel also took the opportunity to showcase 4G technology for participants at the forum venue.

Source: IT News Africa

Chad: Airtel receives Chad’s first 3G licence

Indian-backed cellco Airtel Chad has received the nation’s first 3G/4G licence, Biztech Africa reports. The concession obliges Airtel to activate 3G services in the capital, N’Djamena, within six months although the cellco expects to achieve that goal in just four months. Airtel expects to extend 3G services to most major cities within a year. Commenting on the development, the CEO of Airtel Africa Christian de Faria noted that mobile services are more readily available to most Africans than many other basic services – such as electricity, sanitation and financial services – and ‘as a result wireless communications services can play a unique role in addressing social, economic and environmental issues.’ No details regarding the price of the licence, or the frequencies included in the concession were available.
Chad’s Minister of Posts and New Information Technologies, Daoussa Deby Itno, added: ‘Chadians in N’Djamena and elsewhere need good quality data services. Students expect broadband internet in universities, traders expect high speed internet for their operations and physicians, amongst others, expect to be connected to the various operations that they have with the outside world. Everyone needs reliable connectivity.’
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Chad’s broadband and wireless markets are amongst the least developed in the region and the development of these segments has been identified by the government and international aid organisations as a key factor in alleviating a number of social and economic problems afflicting the country. Internet access in Chad has long been hindered by the nation’s landlocked status, and the country is one of only a handful still dependent primarily on satellite links for international connectivity. According to the latest figures from sector watchdog the Office Tchadien de Regulation des Telecommunications (OTRT), at the end of 2012 there were some 1.987 million internet users, 99% of which connected via the 2.5G GPRS/EDGE networks of Airtel and its cellular rival Tigo Chad.

Source: TeleGeography

Chad: Eight companies green-lit for SOTEL privatisation

Eight parties have been pre-qualified to bid for an 80% stake in Chadian state-backed incumbent Societe des Telecommunications du Tchad (SOTEL), TMT Finance writes without giving its source. The involved parties now have until 18 April 2014 to submit offers for the telco, which holds a monopoly on the provision of fixed line telephony and operates the landlocked nation’s only – albeit inactive – international fibre-optic link. Bidders for the stake are reported to include Morocco’s Maroc Telecom, and wireless providers Tigo and Airtel.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate SOTEL’s privatisation is a key element of long-term plans to overhaul Chad’s ailing telecoms sector, the weakness of which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have identified as a major barrier to the country’s economic development.

Source: TeleGeography

Chad announces SOTEL privatisation plans

The government of Chad has announced its intention to privatise an 80% stake in national fixed line incumbent Societe des Telecommunications du Tchad (SOTEL) as part of efforts to restructure the telecoms market in the landlocked country. SOTEL is the country’s smallest cellco by subscribers, but holds a monopoly on fixed line telephony and currently operates Chad’s only international fibre-optic link, which connects to the SAT3 submarine cable via Cameroon. The government has requested expressions of interest from potential investors, with the conditions that applicants have financing capacity in excess of EUR200 million (USD273 million), and have experience managing telecommunications assets. Consortia are permitted to submit offers but must include a majority investor which satisfies the conditions for financing and experience in the telecoms sector. Prospective buyers have until 21 February to register their interest. Civitas Partners Ltd has been appointed exclusive financial advisor for the sale. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database the government had previously agreed to sell a 60% stake in the incumbent to Libya’s LAP Green Networks for USD90 million in 2010, although the deal was derailed by the civil war in that country the following year.

The deal is part of long-term plans to overhaul the struggling telecoms sector, the weakness of which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have identified as a major barrier to the country’s economic development. Earlier this week, Chad’s parliament passed a new law on the regulation of electronic communications which will replace outdated sector watchdog Office Tchadien de Regulation des Telecommunications (OTRT) with a better-equipped, modern authority.

Source: TeleGeography