Telecoms news from Namibia

Fitch Downgrades Telecom Namibia on Weakening State Support

Fitch said that the downgrade reflects its view that state support for TN has weakened. TN's standalone credit profile has deteriorated with no significant evidence of government support. ...more.

Mobile phone data helps combat malaria

An international study led by the University of Southampton and the National Vector-borne Diseases Control Programme (NVDCP) in Namibia has used mobile phone data to help combat malaria more effectively. ...more.

Telecom Namibia Launches LTE Network

Telecom Namibia says that it has switched on its LTE service and is now taking orders via its website. ...more.

Telecom Namibia Rebrands Mobile Subsidiary

The Namibian mobile network operator, Leo has adopted the brandname of its landline operator parent, Telecom Namibia and is to be known as TM Mobile. ...more.

Telecom Namibia's Debt Ratings Put on a Negative Outlook

The Negative Outlook signals Fitch's concern that the standalone credit profile is weakening and if this decline is severe, without early indications of support from the government, it may result in a multi-notch widening, ...more.

ZTE Wins 3G-LTE Deployment Contract in Namibia

Telecom Namibia says that it has awarded a US$46 million contract to ZTE to build a unified mobile network that will provide it's mobile subsidiary, Leo with a transformed 2G/3G/4G networks. ...more.

Fitch Revises Telecom Namibia's Outlook to Negative

The Negative Outlook reflects the potential for a weakening in the previous strong support and strategic linkage between the Namibian sovereign and Telecom Namibia as the latter entity seeks to establish itself as an integrated fixed and mobile service operator over the next two years. ...more.

Capital of Namibia Gains LTE Network

Namibia based MTC has switched on its LTE network upgrade, offering coverage in the capital city, Windhoek. ...more.

Telecom Namibia Buys Local Mobile Network

State owned telco, Telecom Namibia has bought its mobile network rival, Leo for an undisclosed amount and will fold the company into its own mobile services. ...more.

Fitch Affirms Telecom Namibia Debt Ratings with a Positive Outlook

Telecom Namibia's ratings are supported by the strong strategic and operational ties with its sole shareholder the Namibian government. Fitch expects a continuation of government support and notes that the entity's standalone ratings would be below the current support driven rating level. ...more.

Fugitive Comverse CEO settles suit for $54 million

Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, the former chairman and CEO of voicemail software maker Comverse Technology who fled to Namibia in 2006 to avoid prosecution over stock option backdating, has agreed to pay nearly $54 million to settle a civil action by the U.S. Attorney's office. ...more.

Telecom Namibia Debt Ratings Affirmed with Stable Outlook

The rating affirmation reflects Fitch's continuing expectation of ongoing government support based on the company's strategic importance to the Namibian telecoms sector, given its extensive fibre network infrastructure in the domestic market. ...more.

Double Digit Subscriber Growth in Southern African Mobile Markets

The mobile communications markets of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have all experienced subscriber growth over ten percent in the last five years. This has created a powerful network effect, which continues to drive market growth, albeit at lower levels. ...more.

NSN Wins Network Upgrade Contract in Namibia

Namibia based mobile network operator, Leo (previously, Cell One) has awarded a contract to Nokia Siemens Networks to expand its pre-paid capability and to extend 2G and 3G network coverage to reach the majority of the country's population. ...more.

Fitch Rates Telecom Namibia with a Stable Outlook

The ratings also factor in the company's strong operational and strategic ties with the Namibian government, given its 100% state ownership, and the assumed government support for the company. ...more.

Orascom Subsidiary Buys Namibian Mobile Network

Telecel Globe, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom has acquired the Namibia based mobile network operator, Cell One for approximately US$59 million in cash, ...more.

Namibia's Telecom Regulator to Settle Interconnection Fee Dispute

Namibia's three mobile operators have agreed to dump their ongoing dispute about interconnection fees onto the telecoms regulator, the NCC and let it sort out the mess. ...more.

Ex-tech exec gets new judge in extradition case

A Namibian prosecutor says a new judge will be appointed to hear the extradition case of businessman Jacob "Kobi" Alexander. ...more.

Telecom Namibia launches National CDMA Data Roaming

According to Paulus Iipinge, Telecom Namibia’s Senior Manager: Internet Services, anyone in possession of a CDMA2000 1x data modem or phone from Telecom Namibia can now connect to the Internet in any town in Namibia, if there is CDMA SWITCH coverage. ...more.

Namibia Imposes Sales Tax on Pre-Pay Top-Up Vouchers

Namibia's phone networks have started imposing taxes on sales of Pre-Pay top up vouchers following changes ordered by the government. The tax was expected to be introduced last September but procedure delays at the operators resulted in the delay until the beginning of this month. ...more.