New licenses, acquisitions and upgrades in brief
ALGERIA: Having been openly discussed since 2011, it seems that licensing of 3G may finally be imminent. Moussa Benhamadi, Minister of Posts, IT and Communications, told Agence Ecofin: ’The administrative record, which allows us to embark on the introduction of 3G and 3G+ is completed. In the meantime, ATM Mobilis, Nedjma and Djezzy have been encouraged to prepare their 2G networks for the transition to 3G’
BURUNDI: It seems that the government of Burundi is again interested in selling a majority stake in national public operator Office National des Telecommunications (Onatel), with a view to modernising the network
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: BiztechAfrica quotes Patrick Benon, CEO saying ’Orange is now the first operator to operate a 3G + network in Central African Republic, and it reinforces our position as an innovative operator’
EGYPT: Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr have both appointed Ericsson to manage and operate their base stations in Egypt, according to Daily News Egypt
GHANA: Ghana’s operators must first focus on developing 3G before implementing LTE, according to Albert Enninful, Acting Deputy Director General of the NCA.