Telecoms Regulation

Aug 06, 2020  |  With No Direct Relationship To Bank Customers, MNOs Cannot Directly Charge For USSD Channel.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that to resolve the ongoing struggle between banks and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) over the charging for usage of the USSD Channel, it has determined that because telcos have no direct relationships with ...


Jul 20, 2020  |  Uganda: MTN Asked To Fulfil Obligation To List In Two Years

MTN Uganda has been reminded by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) of its license requirement to list twenty per cent of its (MTN) shares on Uganda's stock exchange, as not doing so might trigger sanctions according to the licensing obligation. ...


Jun 04, 2020  |  Seychelles Seeks Law To Establish Per Second Billing In Its Telco Market

The island nation of Seychelles is reported to be reviewing its current Broadcasting and Telecommunications Act to change the charging scheme of mobile telecommunications from the current per-minute to per-second billing.   According to Seychelles' Department of Information and Communications ...


May 25, 2020  |  Angola Awards Telco Licence No.4 To Africell - Reports

According to a recent industry report, Africell - Lebanese telco group - has received a mobile telecommunication services provider licence from the authorities in Angola.   The Angolan mobile telecommunications market, with an estimated subscriber number of just under 15 ...


Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Bumps Heads With Regulator Over Telco Licence

Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) and the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) are at odds over the decision to issue a class comprehensive Telecoms Service Licence to the municipality of the city of Windhoek. According to MTC, the licence ...

Zimbabwe’s POTRAZ Grants Internet Access Provider DFA Licence To Operate Locally

The Remgro-controlled fibre company Dark Fibre Africa has become the first telecoms provider in 10 years to receive an operating licence in Zimbabwe, paving the way for the operator to build a network there. The Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority ...

Competition Regulator Reaches Agreement With MTN Over Data Pricing In South Africa - Reports

South Africa’s Competition Commission has reportedly reached an agreement with MTN regarding the reduction of its data prices. The agreement includes the slashing of the price of 30-day prepaid bundles of up to 1GB of data – which will now ...

ICASA And Telkom South Africa Embroiled In Spectrum Spat - Reports

South Africa’s communications regulator ICASA is involved in a dispute with Telkom following the regulator’s allocation of additional spectrum to the nation’s telcos. Telkom, the telco that operates both cellular and landline services, claims that the regulator has “expropriated” a ...

Telkom And Cell C Sign Agreements With South Africa’s Competition Commission - Reports

Telecoms operators Telkom and Cell C have reportedly inked agreements with the Competition Commission over IP Connect’s pricing as well as data prices respectively. Telkom agreed to reduce wholesale broadband access fees response to IP Connect pricing concerns raised last ...

ICASA Grants 3-Month Spectrum Extension To Operators During COVID-19 Lockdown

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that it will be extending the validity of all existing radio frequency spectrum licences due to South Africa’s current COVID-19 lockdown. The communications authority revealed last week that it had made ...

MTN Uganda To Pay $100m For Licence Renewal - Uganda Communications Commission

MTN Uganda has reportedly agreed to pay $100-million to renew its operating licence that expired in October 2018. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has given the company temporary extensions pending the renewal of its licence and had initially approved the ...

South Africa: Vodacom Reaches Settlement With Competition Regulator Over Data Prices

Vodacom and South Africa’s Competition Commission have reportedly reached a settlement agreement over data prices. The Commission has invited reporters to a press conference on Tuesday in Pretoria at which the details of the settlement are to be announced. In December, ...

Lesotho Communications Authority Slaps Vodacom With Hefty Penalty Fee

The Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) has confirmed that it slapped Vodacom with $545 000.00 in penalties for failing to pay various regulatory fees on time and the mobile operator now only has 90 days to explain why it should be ...

Nigerian Communications Commission Imposes Telecoms Fines Amounting To $7.3 Million

Nigeria’s telecoms operators have yet to respond to the country’s telecommunications regulator regarding its decision to impose fines totalling $7.3 million. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) fined all the nation’s operators, except for MTN, for violating the Regulator’s order on ...