Vodafone and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTCL) have entered into a new partner market agreement for Botswana, although the deal is not part of the framework agreement signed between Vodafone and Afrimax Group in November 2014.
FRANKFURT, Germany--The spectrum requirements of future 5G networks and services are expected to be broad and varied, and mobile operators continue to stress that exclusive licence regimes remain the preferred solution and should be extended further.
Orange, which provided more updates on its LTE rollout plans for Africa this week, said LTE will be "the foundation of ICT in Africa, for individuals, business and institutional users" as fixed networks are at a very limited stage of development in the region.
Africa may face a number of challenges, including terrain, economic prosperity, and political and regulatory stability, but that's not stopping a host of wireless operators from rolling out service. According to Ovum, there were 34 LTE network deployments across Africa as of February, up from 22 in mid-2014.
Africa is providing a fertile breeding ground not only for different types of LTE players but also for different LTE service propositions. Yet they face challenges, including garnering the right spectrum and affordable backhaul.
In Africa, LTE deployment and usage is accelerating across a continent that faces considerable challenges in terms of its terrain, economic prosperity, and political and regulatory stability. While the number and breadth of network rollouts are clearly still far behind those in Europe, North America and Asia, Africa is providing a fertile breeding ground not only for different types of LTE players but also for different LTE service propositions and the role of mobile connectivity as an alternative to fixed-line services.
Orange unveiled a new five-year plan that will see the France-based operator spend more than €15 billion ($15.9 billion) on its fixed and mobile networks between 2015-2018 in order to set it apart from rivals and fuel its recovery.
Orange opened its first international mobile payment service that connects to a rival mobile money service offered by Airtel in Africa, less than a week after Vodafone opened its first international payment service in the region.
Iliad said its Free Mobile business achieved a market share of 15 per cent by the end of 2014 and is targeting a share of 25 per cent in the long term.
Iliad lived up to its promise of launching a new offer for Free fixed-line subscribers, but fears that the company's Free Mobile unit would start yet another price war on the French mobile market appear to be unfounded--at least for now.