Telecoms Regulation

Jan 24, 2020  |  Uganda And Tanzania Condemned For SIM Card Registration Policies -Report

A report by the UK-based pro-consumer website Comparitech alleges that Uganda and Tanzania have in place some of the world’s harshest SIM card monitoring policies. Based on a scoring metric of 0 – 21 (used to evaluate policy portfolios from ...


Jan 09, 2020  |  Nigerians May Pay More For Calls And Data –Telecoms Association

Telecom companies that are members of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) have announced that they may have no choice but to increase tariffs for data and voice calls over the decision made by 12 government states ...


Jan 07, 2020  |  Ghana’s Telcos Underpaid Taxes From 2015 To 2017 –Govt Minister

Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Ghana’s Minister of Communications, has revealed that between 2015 and 2017, the Ghanaian government lost over $52 million in Communications Service Tax (CST), VAT, GETFund Levy and National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) because the telecoms operators in ...


Dec 20, 2019  |  MTN Uganda Rolls Out Data bundles That Don’t Expire

The telecoms giant MTN Uganda has announced that it has rolled out internet bundles that don’t expire a few weeks after a Ugandan allegedly sued telecom companies over the expiry of data. The offer allows internet users to purchase 6MB, ...


Kenya: Safaricom Scores Notable Win From Airtel, Telkom Merger Approval

Safaricom has scored a sizeable win from the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK)’s recent conditional approval of the proposed Telkom-Airtel merger. This comes after last week Friday’s approval by the regulator came with conditions that were in line with Safaricom’s ...

NCC Reiterates Commitment To Accounting Separation Framework For Nigeria's Telecoms Industry

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated its commitment to implementing Accounting Separation Framework to outline the guidelines required for the preparation as well as submission of the Regulatory Financial Statement for Nigeria’s Communications industry. This announcement was made in ...

South Africa: MTN To Fight Recommendations To Cut Data Prices

MTN has revealed that it will oppose what it believes to be intrusive recommendations from SA’s antitrust watchdog, saying that it already slashed its data prices and invested significantly in its network. On Monday, the Competition Commission declared that MTN ...

South Africa’s Competition Commission Orders MTN And Vodacom To Decrease Data Prices

South Africa’s MTN Group and Vodacom Group could face prosecution if they don’t agree with the Competition Commission to lower data prices in the next two months, according to the watchdog’s findings from an inquiry that was published on Monday. ...

Nigeria: NCC Intervenes In Telco And Govt Data Price Dispute

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stepped in on behalf of Nigeria’s telecommunication service providers in a stand-off between the operators and the Minister of Communication Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami over data fees. Earlier this month, telcos ignored an instruction ...

Nigerian Minister Extends Deadline For NCC Data Tariff Slash

Dr Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has extended the deadline that was given to the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to decrease the cost of data, and stop the various illegal deductions from subscribers by service providers. ...

Nigerian Govt Orders NCC To Stop Illegal Deduction Of Data

Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, has ordered the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) to address the burning issue of illegal deduction of data that is faced by network users in the country. Pantami gave this instruction during a visit by ...

Rwanda: President Concerned About Low Smartphone Penetration Rate

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has expressed concerns about the country’s low smartphone penetration rate and said that more would be done to fix the issues of quality and cost. In April this year, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) reported ...

Malawi Govt Withdraws Mobile Money Tax

Joseph Mwanamvekha, Malawi's honourable Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has confirmed the Malawian government's withdrawal of the 1%withholding tax that had been imposed on mobile money transactions. Mawanamvekha said that although this measure is in line with the ...

Nigeria: NCC Calls On Telcos To Monitor And Record Calls On Networks

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered telecom operators in the country, to monitor and record calls and other communications that pass through their networks. NCC said this was to curb the rising security risks in the country, especially offences ...

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