Browsing: Smile Communications

Nigeria moves to shore up telecoms sector

Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator said tougher financial health checks on the country’s biggest mobile phone companies could prevent a repeat of last year’s collapse of debt-laden Etisalat and help stabilise

Ugandan market overtraded, MTN says

Uganda may be poised to lose some of its mobile phone companies due to a “highly saturated” voice market that’s causing some operators to halt investment, according to the country’s industry leader

Smile raises R5bn, talks of IPO

Smile Telecoms, the wireless broadband communications company founded by former MTN executive Irene Charnley, has raised US$365m (R5bn) in new debt and equity financing to expand its coverage in Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria and establish its first presence in the

Ericsson to manage Smile network

Smile Communications has outsourced management of its 4G/LTE networks in all its operations in Africa to Ericsson in a five-year agreement that covers Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The value of the deal has

SA slipping in mobile broadband: Smile

South Africa is slipping behind some other African markets in providing mobile broadband, Tom Allen, the chief operating officer of Smile Telecommunications, the telecoms operator founded six years ago by former MTN executive Irene Charnley, warned on Wednesday

Duncan McLeod
Carrim is a breath of fresh air

South Africa’s hard-working new communications minister, Yunus Carrim, is tackling the challenges in his portfolio with such gusto that he appears to have taken many industry players by surprise. I had the opportunity twice this past week to watch Carrim in action

Operators clash at Icasa hearing

MTN reaffirmed on Wednesday that it is seeking 5MHz of spectrum between 2,01GHz and 2,015GHz to provide provide mobile broadband services using time-division duplexing technology. But its rivals, Vodacom, Neotel and Cell C – along with would-be operator Smile Communications

Battle looms as MTN seeks spectrum

MTN South Africa has applied for access to a sliver of spectrum between 2 010MHz and 2 015MHz to provide mobile broadband services, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said on Monday. Since MTN filed its application

Smile to pump big money into 4G

Smile Telecommunications, the telecommunications operator started five years ago by former MTN executive Irene Charnley, has signed a deal that will see it investing hundreds of millions of dollars to build fourth-generation (4G) broadband networks in Uganda, Tanzania