CAPE TOWN--LTE networks and services are not yet widely available across the African continent, but there are clear signs that operators in several markets are planning their rollout strategies while some have already started offering commercial LTE services.
CAPE TOWN--The cost of smartphones in Africa remains a barrier to bringing more people online in many countries even though unit prices have come down, in large part due to the high taxes levied on devices by some governments.
CAPE TOWN--Orange has ambitious plans for its operations across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and said it is in a position to invest in its 20 businesses in the region to drive growth.
CAPE TOWN--Over the top (OTT) players are here to stay and present an opportunity for mobile operators to acquire users and drive network usage.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges said its UK joint venture with Orange should focus on gaining more fixed-line subscribers before any decisions on its future ownership structure are made.
Vodafone, Orange, and Telenor are among the first 11 operators to sign up to a new GSM Association (GSMA) code of conduct for mobile money providers designed to promote responsible digital financial services.
Xavier Niel, the founder of France's Iliad and Free, dashed French consolidation hopes by saying he was not interested in buying domestic rival Bouygues Telecom.
Here's your pop quiz for the day: Which country has the most hotspots? If you guessed France, you'd be right, according to new research released by iPass, which bills itself as the world's largest Wi-Fi network. France is the "country of Wi-Fi," with the most hotspots, followed by the United States and the UK. By 2018, however, that's going to change, and the U.S. will hold the top spot, followed by China and France.
It's been long in the making, but a planned network-sharing agreement between Bouygues Telecom and SFR appears to be on track after the two companies reportedly signed an amendment to the original contract from January this year.
Numericable announced plans to raise its capital by around €4.7 billion ($5.9 billion) through a rights issue as the France-based cable operator seeks funding to help finance its €13.5 billion acquisition of SFR from Vivendi.