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Eurobites: Pain in Spain punches hole in Orange’s Q1

Also in today’s EMEA regional results-fest round-up: Telefónica’s Q2 boosted by Virgin Media O2 merger and Telxius deal; BT’s fiscal Q1 dented by corporate and public sector struggles; Cellnex puts in a towering performance in H1.

LTE is all about customer experience, says Vodacom

Vodacom’s executive head of innovation, Jannie Van Zyl, today explained to AfricaCom attendees how the operator rolled out its LTE network, and how it’s primarily focussed on boosting customer satisfaction and experience.

MTN mulls Telkom move – report

MTN is looking into the possibility of acquiring a majority stake in fellow South African telco Telkom in a bid to challenge the country’s dominant provider Vodacom, a Bloomberg report has claimed.

Alcatel-Lucent, Vodacom in ultra-broadband GPON project

Alcatel-Lucent has announced it will build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution for Vodacom in South Africa. The vendor claimed the solution will enable Vodacom to expand its subscriber base, and provide ‘ultra-broadband’ for bandwidth-hungry activities such as video streaming and online gaming.

Ericsson, Millicom partner on Tigo Cash for West Africa

Ericsson has announced its Wallet Platform has been deployed by Millicom-owned Tigo Senegal to offer financial services to customers across West Africa. Tigo Cash mobile services allow subscribers to make payments, store, transfer and withdraw money using a mobile device, even if the user doesn’t have access to traditional banking services.

South Africa’s Vodacom to acquire fixed player Neotel

The South African mobile operator subsidiary of UK-headquartered Vodafone has announced an agreement to acquire the market’s second largest fixed communications provider, Neotel, in a cash deal worth ZAR7.0bn ($673m). Negotiations between Vodacom and Neotel were announced in September last year, when Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub pledged to pump significant investment into the merged entity should talks prove fruitful.

South African mobile reseller shuts up shop

South African mobile service reseller Nashua Mobile, which trades in subscriptions for the country’s main operators, is to close operations and sell its 750,000 users to Vodacom and MTN. The company is also looking to offload its Cell C customer base to a third party.

Vodacom eyes Neotel takeover

Operator group Vodafone’s African subsidiary Vodacom has announced that it has entered into exclusive discussions regarding a potential acquisition of South African fixed line provider Neotel.

Vodacom Tanzania sells tower assets

Mobile tower outsourcing in Africa continues apace with Vodacom Tanzania on Monday striking a deal to offload its entire tower network to Helios Towers and rent access back.

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