South Africa’s telecom sector boasts one of the most advanced infrastructures on the continent. There is has been considerable investment from Telkom, Liquid Telecom South Africa, Broadband InfraCo and municipal providers as well as from mobile network operators all aimed at improving network capabilities. The focus in recent years has been on backhaul capacity and on fibre and LTE networks to extend and improve internet service connectivity.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched a new official bilingual mobile responsive website which is also compliant to the universal web accessibility standards for the persons with disabilities.
The new Urdu version of PTA website would contain the same contents of the English version converted into simple Urdu language with similar layout and design. The aim of newly re-designed website is to provide contents accessibility in Urdu language for which Urdu ccTLD (پی-ٹی-اے.حکومت.پاکستان) has been registered for the facilitation of general public. In new website, statistical data of telecom indicators have also been re-shaped and user-friendly graphical layout has been introduced for easy navigation of the key indicators data. PTA believes that the new re-designed website would help in telecommunication information dissemination to the people of Pakistan.
With the mobile market in developed economies nearing saturation point, technology giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon are turning to large and fast-growing markets in Asia and Africa.
India is especially prized, simultaneously home to the second-largest number of smartphones in the world – more than 330m in circulation – and the world’s largest offline population: more than 1 billion people in 2016, according to the World Bank.
For the past 4 months, much of the world has been brought to a standstill by a novel coronavirus which can affect the lungs and airways. For many this has resulted in a new illness called COVID-19. The UK Government has instituted a lockdown on the entire country, with citizens instructed to remain at home and to go out as little as possible. The exceptions to this order are key workers who are required to work within the NHS, Transport system, schools, supermarkets and other businesses considered to be necessary for the minimum functioning of society.
The NHS has issued the following advice.
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave your home for very limited purposes:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home
See full NHS advice via this link – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The above is provided as a public service.
UK Government Coronavirus Information – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The net turnovers of the largest telecom operators in Romania (Vodafone Romania, Orange Romania, RCS&RDS, Telekom Romania*) all increased in 2017 – Vodafone Romania had the highest turnover hike, 30 percent over their 2016 result. However, all the telecom operators posted lower net profits in 2017 than in 2016, with Vodafone Romania again registering the largest difference from 2016, with a 62 percent lower net profit in 2017. In terms of the number employees, Vodafone, Orange and RCS&RDS saw no major differences from 2016 to 2017.
Jamaican callers will now be required to dial all 10 digits when placing local telephone calls.
The introduction of 10-digit dialling forms part of plans to move the country from the current standardised seven-digit dialling as the 876 area code becomes exhausted and a new area code — 658 — added.
According to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), in order to ensure that telephone numbers will always be available, the new area code is being introduced.
Customers are therefore being reminded to update their contact lists with 876 preceding all local numbers in preparation for the new regime, which has been necessitated by the acquisition of the new three-digit area code for the island.
Bulgaria’s first geostationary communications satellite has been launched into space, operator Bulsatcom said in a statement on Saturday 24/07/2017.
The BulgariaSat-1 satellite, which will provide television and communication services to Europe and North Africa, was launched by SpaceX from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1910 GMT on Friday 23/07/2017.
The satellite could be also used in force majeure situations – accidents due to natural disasters – such as earthquakes, storms and floods when land-based networks are not operational.
Ethiopia’s state owned telecommunications company Ethio Telecom, is now the continent’s largest mobile operator. This is according to IT Web’s report that with over 57 million mobile subscribers as at November 2017, Ethio Telecom had beat MTN Nigeria to become Africa’s largest in terms of its mobile customer base.
Ethio Telecom of Ethiopia is now the largest mobile operator in Africa in terms of subscriptions, with 57.34 million mobile subscriptions at end-2Q17. “Ethiopia is also one of the very few African countries that has not liberalised its telecoms market and introduced competition, so Ethio Telecom has a monopoly,” a sector expert was quoted to have said. The operator put its success down to an expansion drive that cost them over $1.6 billion in the last few years. The expansion they said contributed ‘an integral part in terms of customer base and infrastructure growth.’
From The Independent
The looming return of roaming charges after Brexit will cost business people visiting the EU up to £778 a month, new research shows.
The fees for using international data within the EU – axed under a Brussels agreement last June – are set to be brought back after Theresa May announced the UK would leave the “digital single market”.
Ms May revealed the exit from the digital single market in last month’s Mansion House speech, in which she said Britain had to face up to “hard facts” about Brexit, including reduced single market access.
“On digital, the UK will not be part of the EU’s digital single market, which will continue to develop after our withdrawal from the EU,” she said.
“This is a fast evolving, innovative sector, in which the UK is a world leader. So, it will be particularly important to have domestic flexibility, to ensure the regulatory environment can always respond nimbly and ambitiously to new developments.”
It is unclear whether fees will return as early as Brexit day next March, or at the end of the planned 21-month transition period – given the UK will effectively remain within the single market in the interim.
Now regarded as the biggest telecoms market in the world, China is relaxing restrictions for foreign investors to enter their telecoms industry. This will almost certainly be music to the ears of companies who are itching to get in on the money generated by the 1.2 billion mobile subscribers the country currently has.
The head of the telecom department at MIIT, Wen Ku announced on Tuesday that there will be 5 areas with absolutely no restrictions limiting the amount of ownership foreign companies can control, with 2 being limited to 55%. Services with no cap include apps stores, store and forward, domestic multi-party communication, call centres and home internet access. Companies hoping to operate in these areas will have to set up an office in the Shanghai Trade Free Zone but the services they offer can be spread throughout the whole country. The service areas that have restricted foreign ownership are online data and dealing analysis services.
It certainly appears as a further step towards liberalisation, as China open their doors and start to comply with the WTO. Hopefully the trend continues and this massive market can start to share more information and resources with other countries and vise-versa.