Middle East and Africa

Bharti chief sees eased Indian competition

Reuters reports that Sunil Mittal, chairman of Indian market leader Bharti Airtel, said that “some semblance of sanity” is being restored to the country’s telecoms market, following a period of “hyper competition.”

Golan Telecom set to become fifth Israeli operator

Golan Telecom is set to become Israel’s fifth mobile operator, having paid its ILS360 million (US$106 million) deposit, with the operator being controlled by the founders of French operator Illiad.

Zain reports solid H1 growth

Middle East operator group Zain reported a 17 percent increase in net income to US$506 million for the first half of 2011, on revenue up 2 percent to US$2.38 billion.

Orange and Google announced African service partnership

Orange and Google announced “a strategic partnership that will leverage Orange’s SMS platform to bring Google’s services to African customers.”

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South African LTE faces possible delay

Spectrum for LTE services in South Africa is unlikely to be allocated until 2012, pushing back the launch of next-generation mobile technology in the country.

Ericsson linked to Nigeria telco buy

Nigerian telecoms firm, Snytel has reportedly signed an agreement with Ericsson to help fund a possible purchase of the state-owned telco, Nitel and its mobile subsidiary, Mtel, reports Cellular News.

Six bidders eye Zimbabwes NetOne

Bloomberg reports that six companies have shown an interest in state-owned Zimbabwean mobile operator NetOne, which is seeking international investment as it looks to grow its customer base.

Niger to auction first 3G licences

Niger has announced plans to auction two new 3G licences, a move that will lead to the building of the first 3G networks in the landlocked West African country.

Altimo strengthens stake in Turkcell

Russia’s Altimo, the telecoms arm of Alfa Group, has acquired a further 14 percent in Turkcell, getting an upper hand in the fight with Turkey’s Cukurova over control of the operator.

Israeli cable TV player planning mobile buy

Reuters reports that Israeli cable TV company HOT is to buy mobile operator Mirs for US$378 million, in order to compete with its rivals by offering a broader range of services.