Telecoms Regulation

Mar 19, 2020  |  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 ...


Mar 09, 2020  |  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, ...


Feb 18, 2020  |  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 ...


Feb 17, 2020  |  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 ...


Zambia Regulator Looks To Non-Expiry Data Bundles For Improved Internet Penetration

Zambia’s telecoms industry stakeholders, including the country’s telecoms industry regulator ZICTA, are confident that the introduction of non-expiry data bundles by the 12th of February 2020 will improve the rating of the country’s internet penetration. According to recent statistics from ...

South Africa: ICASA To Rollout Spectrum Licensing Process In April - Reports

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has announced that it will carefully manage all possible inter-dependencies when looking into options to allocate spectrum. This comes as a legal battle has been brewing between ICASA and the Competition Commission ...

Nigeria’s Telcos Increase Tariffs Following FG’s Introduction Of 7.5% VAT

Nigeria’s telecoms subscribers are now paying more for calls and data following the federal government’s implementation of the 7.5 percent VAT which began on February 1. The increase is a move up from 5 percent. Gbenga Adebayo and Gbolahan Awonuga, ...

South Africa: Competition Commission Recommends Vodacom And MTN Reduce Data Prices

The Competition Commission has released the Data Services Market Inquiry final report with its findings and recommendations. The report, among other things, recommends that mobile South Africa’s leading network operators MTN and Vodacom reach an agreement within two months with ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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