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The African giant network provider, MTN has clarified the controversy surrounding the end-user billing for financial transactions through USSD channel. Following the suspension of the initiative by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), MTN Nigeria discloses its plans on the USSD controversy. According to a statement issued by the company, it is ready to engage with stakeholders...

Mobile services have had an important and positive impact on developing countries where they are the main means of connecting to the internet. However, mobile services have capacity constraints. They use limited radio frequency spectrum, which means that mobile data typically has usage limits. They also have high prices per unit (per gigabyte), which results...

In a notice dated 18 October 2019 and signed by Henry Nkemadu, its Director of Public Affairs, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) informed the public and in particular Globacom’s subscribers of its approval for the partial disconnection of the mobile operator’s network from that of its competitor Airtel Networks Limited. The decision results from Globacom’s failure...

Morocco has developed one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in Africa, supported by the government’s Maroc Digital 2020 strategy to encourage the development of a digital economy and on the National Broadband Plan which aims to provide fixed or mobile broadband access to the entire population by 2022. This came in the latest report...

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is proposing improved regulation of over the top services (OTT) such as Facebook and Twitter to encourage investment in the sector. During the second international preparatory meeting hosted by UCC, which attracted stakeholders from different countries in Africa’s telecommunication industry, the Commission proposed that African countries take a stand on all...

At the end of a sensitization workshop on the import, sale and use of electronic communications equipment and terminals, on 3 October 2019 in Bujumbura, the Telecommunications Regulatory and Supervisory Agency ( ARCT) has taken some restrictive measures to strengthen the fight against the entry of these devices into the country. It was agreed, inter...

A few minutes after 11pm on the night of June 22, Ethiopia went offline. The move wasn’t unprecedented in the Horn of Africa nation: With a single, state-controlled internet provider, authorities have for years disrupted connectivity during anti-government protests, state of emergencies, and national exams. Officials resorted to this old gambit amid reports of a...