22 Jul 2013

Helios Towers Africa buys into Vodacom Tanzania’s tower network

Africa’s leading tower company Helios Towers Africa (HTA) through its Tanzanian subsidiary Helios Towers Tanzania (HTT) has signed an agreement with Vodacom Tanzania to acquire 100% of its existing tower network in the country.

Under the agreement, Vodacom Tanzania will benefit from cash and a 24.5% stake in exchange for 1,149 towers. The operator will also benefit from a significant increase in point of service and will lease back the passive infrastructure as per a long term agreement.

HTA was incorporated in 2009 and operates in Ghana, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo with an overall network of 4,700 towers. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.

Middle East & Africa

Orange Kenya partners with Asus to promote data usage
Kenya’s fourth largest mobile operator Orange Kenya has partnered with Asus, the global notebook vendor to launch three notebook models into the Kenyan market. The devices will be available in selected Orange stores countrywide either as standalone units or bundled with 3G or CDMA data modems for a retail price of between KES42,999(US$489.8) and KES56,999. Through the agreement, Orange Kenya hopes to boost data consumption in its network.

Mobilis extends network coverage to rural Algeria
Mobilis has further expanded its network coverage in line with the celebration of the country's 51 year independence and the holy month of Ramadan. The operator is now the sole provider in the remote villages of Tamadjart, Arekine and Tiferine in the Illizi district (wilaya) and Ghourd Nouss and Zaouiat Sidi Moussa in Bordj Omar Driss.  In addition, two new base stations have been put in place in the two towns near the In Amenas oil facility, Amenas and Ohanet. The operator is to set up retail outlets in all the newly connected areas.

Nedjma launches smartphone offer
Algerian operator, Nedjma, has launched a new Ramadan offer, whereby those who subscribe to its “One” package will receive a free smartphone. A One 4000 package offers unlimited on net calls between 6am and 6pm for DZD4 (US$0.05) per minute for off-net calls and SMS for 2DZD per SMS for DZD4,000 with a two month upfront payment to receive the smartphone. A six month upfront payment is required for the One 1500 package which offers 500 minutes of free calls, unlimited free SMS to a favourite number and unlimited Mobile Facebook usage for DZD1,000. 

Taken from Global Mobile Daily:  http://www.informatandm.com/newsletters/

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