Category Archives: Telecom

Bharti, Helios confirm towers deal

ACCRA: BHARTI, the global telecommunications services provider, and Helios Towers Africa (HTA) the leading independent telecommunications firm, have announced an agreement for the divestment of more than 3 000 towers between them.

The divestment of Airtel’s 3 100 towers to HTA in four countries across African operations will expand HTA’s tower coverage in Africa to over 7 800 owned towers.

According to the firms, the landmark deal would help Airtel deleverage through debt reduction and reduced ongoing capital expenditure.

The agreements while allowing Airtel to focus on its core business and customers, would also enable it to deleverage through debt reduction, and would significantly reduce its ongoing capital expenditure on passive infrastructure.

The agreement is subject to statutory and regulatory approvals in the respective countries.

Commenting on the development, Manoj Kohli, Chairman of Bharti Airtel International Netherlands BV (BAIN), said the agreement is another milestone in Airtel’s growth journey in Africa.

“Airtel pioneered the concept of a separate tower entity to promote infrastructure sharing in India and this agreement is a continuation of that philosophy.

“It is an important step towards the consolidation of tower assets across Africa that will drive industry-wide cost efficiencies through infrastructure sharing,” he said.

“The agreement will further help in accelerating the growth of telecom services in the Continent and at the same time benefit the environment by avoiding duplication of infrastructure,” Kohli said.

Chuck Green, Chief Executive Officer of HTA, said HTA was proud to be chosen by Airtel as its partner for the ownership and management of its existing infrastructure.

“This is a ground-breaking move for HTA and Airtel’s decision is a significant endorsement of HTA’s reputation, management team and operating track record,” he said.

SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, President Park Geun-hye of Republic of Korea and entrepreneur Carlos Slim receive World Telecommunication and Information Society Award Broadband and ICTs for post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 16, 2014 – ITU presented the World Telecommunication and Information Society Award to three eminent personalities: Mr Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; Ms Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea; and Mr Carlos Slim, Chairman, Grupo Carso and President of the Carlos Slim Foundation. The three laureates were honoured in recognition of their leadership and dedication towards promoting ICTs and broadband connectivity as a means of achieving sustainable development.

Welcoming the laureates to the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day ceremony, ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré said, “Our distinguished laureates this year are among the greatest champions of ICT in the world. They have supported our work with tremendous zeal, and together we have accomplished a lot – particularly in highlighting the key role ICTs play in the global economy as well as in leveraging sustainable development.”

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2014 marks the 149th anniversary of the establishment of ITU, which was founded in Paris on 17 May 1865. The theme for this year, ‘Broadband for Sustainable Development’ brings attention to the catalytic role of ICTs in securing smart solutions to achieve economic growth, social inclusion and environmental balance – the three pillars of sustainable development in the post-2015 era.

“ICTs are powerhouses of the global economy, offering solutions for sustainable economic growth and shared prosperity,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. “Broadband networks provide smart eco-friendly solutions to manage booming cities and transport systems; enhance efficiency for manufacturing industries and power generation; conduct long-distance diagnosis and treatment for patients in remote locations; and promote innovative educational applications for students around the world.”

“Broadband connectivity is a critical element today in ensuring that ICTs are used as effective delivery vehicles for health, education, governance, trade and commerce in order to achieve sustainable socio-economic growth,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “We must commit ourselves in the service of humanity to make broadband the central element of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.”

Dr Touré added: “The right to communication is central to the information society; it is a key principle for equitable, affordable and universal access to information and knowledge that in turn empowers people to meet their aspirations and achieve their development goals.”

The Award ceremony was followed by a high-level round-table discussion on how broadband connectivity and ICTs can be harnessed to meet the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

ITU celebrates 150 years in 2015

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day ceremony ended with a call to celebrate ITU’s 150th anniversary in 2015.

“As ITU approaches its 150th anniversary next year, let us work together to bridge the digital divide and harness the power of technology to create a better and more sustainable future for all,” United Nation Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon said.

SOURCE: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Nigeria celebrates girls in ICT

LAGOS: NIGERIA has joined some members of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to celebrate Girls in ICT Day.

Every year on the fourth Thursday in April, ITU and the global technology community celebrate the day, an awareness-raising initiative designed to promote technology careers and studies to a new generation of girls and young women with an interest in becoming ICT creators.

In a statement released on Monday, ITU said Member States, including Azerbaijan, Brazil, Colombia, Gambia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Serbia, Venezuela and Zambia, along with ITU Sector Members Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, Microsoft, GSMA, and Telecentre.org, and NGOs from every region of the world are among the organizers that have already reached out to girls and young women worldwide this year.

ITU saluted the hundreds of organizers and thousands of girls and young women taking part in this global movement, including ITU Member States and private sector members, and schools, universities and NGOs around the world who celebrated International Girls in ICT Day 2014.

“ICTs are improving the lives of people everywhere, through better healthcare, better education, better environmental management, better communications and better governance,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.

He encouraged girls around the world, to “pursue smart careers – careers where you make the very best of technology to help improve the lives of others.”

International ‘Girls in ICT Day’ has rapidly grown into a global movement, with thousands of events organized in over 140 countries since its inception in 2010.

SOURCE: CAJ

10 percent increase in subscriber in Mobile Telecommunication Limited – 2012

WINDHOEK: The Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) mobile service company has reached 2,042 million active subscribers in 2012, which accounts for a 10 per cent increase from the previous financial year.

This resulted in the company’s revenue increasing to N.dollars 1.62 billion, representing an 11 per cent hike from the previous year.

MTC Managing Director Miguel Geraldes attributed the 2012 positive results to data growth, complimented by price management in the voice segment with the introduction of 38 cents call tariffs.

Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortizations (EBITDA) also increased with 11 per cent compared to the previous year, making MTC’s EBITDA for 2012 N.dollars 860 million.

He said this was as a clear result of effective cost management strategies implemented despite the increase of cost to sustain all of our additional networks.

The company’s total profits reached N.dollars 353 million, 10.6 per cent more than the previous financial year.

Mobile Telecommunication Limited has reached over 2000 million Subscriber – 2012

WINDHOEK: The Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) mobile service company has reached 2,042 million active subscribers in 2012, which accounts for a 10 per cent increase from the previous financial year.

This resulted in the company’s revenue increasing to N.dollars 1.62 billion, representing an 11 per cent hike from the previous year.

MTC Managing Director Miguel Geraldes attributed the 2012 positive results to data growth, complimented by price management in the voice segment with the introduction of 38 cents call tariffs.

Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortizations (EBITDA) also increased with 11 per cent compared to the previous year, making MTC’s EBITDA for 2012 N.dollars 860 million.

He said this was as a clear result of effective cost management strategies implemented despite the increase of cost to sustain all of our additional networks.

The company’s total profits reached N.dollars 353 million, 10.6 per cent more than the previous financial year.