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Uganda phone firms ready for WhatsApp tax


Three mobile network providers in Uganda have issued a joint statement to help their customers comply with a law taxing social media use, which comes into effect on 1 July.

Airtel, MTN and Africell have provided a daily, weekly and monthly pay structure and a guide on how to make payments.

MPs passed a law to impose the controversial tax in May after President Yoweri Museveni said social media encouraged gossip.

People using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Twitter will have to pay a daily levy of 200 shilling ($0.05, £0.04).

Here is the full statement from the three mobile phone companies:

Source: Morning Call
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In South Africa, Black lobby disappointed by MTN’s new white CEO


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South Africa ‘s Black Management Forum (BMF ) said it was disappointed by the appointment of white South African Rob Shuter as MTN Group’s new CEO and viewed it as a serious blow to giving blacks a larger role in business.
The forum, which lobbies for black rights, criticised the mobile phone operator’s decision saying it was retrogressive to plans for the inclusion of blacks in corporate boardrooms in
Africa ‘s most industrialised country.
Shuter was named on Monday as the replacement for Sifiso Dabengwa, a black executive who resigned last November after Nigeria imposed a fine on MTN for failing to deactivate more than five million unregistered SIM cards.
“There is a general unwillingness for transformation at top management level which has resulted in the decline in the number of black South African CEOs,” BMF President Mncane Mthunzi said in a statement. “These companies are owned by the public and yet they don’t reflect the demographics of our society.”
MTN spokesman Chris Maroleng had no immediate comment but said the company would respond later via an emailed statement.
Founded with the government’s help after the end of apartheid in 1994, MTN has been touted as one of South Africa’s biggest corporate success stories with operations in more than 20 countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Since coming to power at the end of white minority rule, the African National Congress party has pushed for change in the complexion of the civil service, the military and state-owned firms, as well national sports teams and private businesses.
The push has helped many South Africans who were excluded from the mainstream economy under apartheid and created a solid black middle class.
MTN executive Phuthuma Nhleko , also black, was appointed interim executive chairman following Dabengwa’s resignation, with an eye to renegotiating the Nigerian fine which was initially set at $5.2 billion.
In the end, MTN agreed this month to pay a 330 billion naira fine ($1.2 billion) and to list its local business on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. MTN is the largest mobile phone operator in Nigeria with 62 million subscribers and the country accounts for about a third of its revenue.
Nhleko will revert to his role as non-executive chairman when Shuter starts as CEO, which is expected to be by July next year at the latest. Shuter, who has a background in risk management, will be joining MTN from rival mobile operator Vodafone, where he is currently head of Vodafone Europe.
($1 = 283.0000 naira)

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Source: Pulse

In South Africa MTN names Vodafone Europe head as new CEO


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Shuter, who will start no later than July 2017, replaces Sifiso Dabengwa, who resigned last November after a $5.2 billion fine in Nigeria exposed corporate governance flaws at Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator.

South African mobile phone operator
MTN Group named Vodafone European cluster head Rob Shuter as its new chief executive on Monday, ending a near eight-month hunt for a boss.
Shuter, who will start no later than July 2017, replaces Sifiso Dabengwa, who resigned last November after a $5.2 billion fine in Nigeria exposed corporate governance flaws at Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator.
Shares in MTN rose 3.8 percent to 150.19 rand in early trade, outpacing an 1.7 percent gain the blue-chip JSE Top-40 index.
Shuter, an accountant with experience in managing risk, inherits a company in the middle of overhauling its its corporate governance standards and in search of new revenue streams as tough competition hit profit margins in its key markets.
“MTN is confident that Rob will bring experience and new insights to the CEO role having had many years in the telecoms sector both in Africa and Europe, ” MTN said in a statement.
Phuthuma Nhleko , who temporarily took over as an executive chairman following Dabengwa’s resignation, will revert to his role as non-executive chairman as soon as Shuter starts his new role.
Shuter has been CEO of Vodafone Netherlands since April 2012 and in October 2015 his role was expanded to include the other European countries excluding the four large European markets – UK, Italy, Spain and Germany.

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MTN Agrees to Pay $1.7 billion Fine to Nigeria Over the Next 3 Years


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South African telecoms giant MTN said on Friday it will pay a $1.7 billion (about N330 billion) fine to the Nigerian government in a “full and final settlement” over its failure to disconnect unregistered mobile phone users, Daily Mail reports.
The company made this known in a statement on Friday. The statement read in part:
MTN Nigeria has agreed to pay a total cash amount of N330 billion over three years.
MTN is pleased to inform shareholders that the matter has been resolved with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
MTN executive chairman
Phuthuma Nhleko “expresses his thanks and gratitude to (the Nigerian government) for the spirit in which the matter was resolved”.
The company was fined $3.9 billion last year by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) over inability to trace the unregistered 5.1 million users in a country faced with kidnapping and terrorism.

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Source: Daily Mail

Nigeria hits 148.6m in GSM Subscribers


Total number of GSM subscribers which had peaked at almost 150 million in November last year, dropped to 148.6 million by end of the year.
However, on a year-on-year basis the industry subscriber base rose by about 8.9 per cent from 136.6 million in December 2014 to 148.6 million in December 2015, while MTN still dominated market share.
A report from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), indicated that the decline in the fourth quarter of the year which represented a reversal of third quarter growth was due to declines in MTN subscriber base from 62.4 million to 61.2 million and Etisalat from 23.4 million to 22.1 million.
Globacom and Airtel witnessed increases in their number of subscribers.
The total number of subscribers has increased rapidly over the previous decade, but in recent years of the second decade in the life of the industry in Nigeria a lower growth rate have been recorded, possibly as market penetration is already high, which leaves less room for large expansion.
The report also indicated that 2015 was a more active year for porting activities than 2014, as total incoming porting increased by 42.88 per cent to 212,401 from 148,652.
This was driven to a large extent by Etisalat, who gained 137,466 incoming porters in 2015 compared to 69,364 in 2014, an increase of 98.18 per cent.
On the other hand outgoing porting activity increased by 50.38 per cent to 219,559 from 145,998 between 2014 and 2015.
This increase was driven mainly by MTN which lost 125,515 porters in 2015 compared to 67,039 in 2014, an increase of 87.23 per cent.
Airtel also lost substantially more porters in 2015 at a total 41,527 compared to 25,883 in 2014, an increase of 60.44 per cent.
Porting activities refer to the transfer of subscribers to different network carriers, where incoming porting activities refer to those subscribers that have joined a network, whilst outgoing porting activities refer to those who left a network carrier.
The report also indicated that GSM internet subscriptions followed similar trend as telephony, except that a real drop below previous quarter was recorded. Internet subscription as at end of fourth quarter was 97.03 million as against 97.06 million in the third quarter.

Buhari speaks on MTN fine, says the telecommunications inaction contributed to high Boko Haram casualties


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President Buhari today made his first public
statement about the N780 million fine the
National Communications Commission NCC,
slammed on MTN over the failure to deactivate
5.1 million unregistered sim cards. Speaking at
a joint press conference with visiting South
African president Jacob Zuma, Buhari said the
slow registration of Nigerians on the MTN
network led to the death of many Nigerians
during Boko Haram attacks. He said many
terrorist now use unregistered lines ..
“This is the first time I will be personally
as a president making a public comment
about it. The concern of the federal
government is basically on the security
and not the fine imposed on MTN. You
know how the unregistered GSM are
being used by terrorists. And between
2009 and today, at least 10,000 Nigerians
were killed by Boko Haram. That was
why NCC asked MTN, Glo and the rest of
them to register GSM. Unfortunately,
MTN was very, very slow and contributed
to the casualties”he said

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Uber announces Yelloride partnershp with MTN


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Where do you have to be this Valentine season?
Go ahead and make your plans, because MTN
and Uber Yelloride will take you there! This
partnership between MTN and Uber will deliver
to MTN subscribers’ free rides worth N6, 000,
which is N3000 off your first two rides.
The partnership will provide MTN Subscribers
the opportunity to move freely around Lagos.
Whether you’re going to a restaurant or heading
out for a meeting, Uber will move you wherever
you need to go and MTN will also ensure fast &
reliable access to the app, anywhere in Lagos.
MTN subscribers who download and sign up for
Uber with the promo code Yelloride will receive
two free rides up to the value of N3000 each.
How It Works
1. Download the Uber app
2. Register with your personal details
3. Select your vehicle option
4. Enter your pickup location and
destination
5. Use promo code Yelloride and get
N3000 off your first two rides
Head over to the Google Play or App Store,
download the Uber apps and enjoy a free ride
courtesy of MTN and Uber. For more
information, visit http://www.uber.com
For further enquiries, send an email to
support.lagos@uber.com

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