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The Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa) – an industry body that represents most of South Africa’s ISPs – has strongly criticised communications regulator Icasa for attempting to “micromanage” the sector. Ispa wants Icasa to “reconsider the extent to which it micromanages the affairs of licensees and the industry”, the association said. “Ispa acknowledges that Icasa has...

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MTN Group has confirmed the renewal of its operating licence in Rwanda with effect from 1 July 2021. MTN Rwanda has paid 70% of the RWF91 billion (USD75.7 million) renewal fee, equivalent to around RWF64 billion, with the remaining 30% due by July 2022. The new concession is valid for ten years. The parent group said that the...

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Global Partnership for Ethiopia has incorporated and registered its local company Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia PLC after it was granted a telecommunications operator license. According to the Ethiopian Communications Authority, the Telco also has 45 days to incorporate a local company and execute the Provisional License Agreement executed by the parent company within three working days....

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The Commission says that while Airtel Nigeria had applied for the renewal of the Unified Access Service (UASL) License granted to it by the Commission, the application is yet to be approved. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it is yet to renew Airtel’s Mobile Operating Licence. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, made...

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The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has confirmed it has now issued the country’s new communications licence. In a press release announcing the development, the regulator noted that, pursuant to Articles 40 and 41 of the Tender Regulations, the designated licensee – Global Partnership for Ethiopia – had been required to incorporate a local company within...

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The Ethiopian Communications Authority has issued the Final License to Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia PLC following its incorporation as a local Telecommunications Operating Company by its parent company, Global Partnership for Ethiopia, a consortium comprising Safaricom, Vodacom, Vodafone, Sumitomo Corporation and CDC Group, who has been designated as a provisional licensee for the nationwide full-service Telecommunications...

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Only six months to wait, and Ethiopians will be able to experiment with new telecom services at more advantageous prices. The Global Partnership for Ethiopia consortium has completed all administrative procedures that confirm it as a new player in the national telecoms market. The Global Partnership for Ethiopia consortium (made up of Safaricom, Sumitomo, Vodacom, Vodafone...

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MTN Group CEO, Ralph Mupita has revealed that the telco would consider bidding for the second Ethiopian operating licence after initially losing to Safaricom. “We took an approach that the opportunity, as strategic as it was, needed to meet our capital allocation framework and the hurdles that we saw given the licence conditions. We were particularly...

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Ethiopia’s telecommunications regulator has awarded an operating licence to a consortium led by Kenya’s Safaricom and Japan’s Sumitomo, according to officials, a move that will end the state’s monopoly over its stunted telecoms sector. The consortium, which includes Vodacom, Vodafone and British development finance agency CDC Group, paid $850m for the licence, Brook Taye, a...