Telecoms news from 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.
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.
Namibia based MTC has switched on its LTE network upgrade, offering coverage in the capital city, Windhoek. ...more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A Namibian prosecutor says a new judge will be appointed to hear the extradition case of businessman Jacob "Kobi" Alexander. ...more.
According to Paulus Iipinge, Telecom Namibiaâ€™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'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.
Motorola says that it has successfully completed a wind and solar power system trial conducted with the GSM Association (GSMA) on MTC Namibia's cell site at Dordabis village in the Khomas region of Namibia. ...more.