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Turkey, Tanzania top mobile ownership tax table

Financial analyst Deloitte has revealed the countries whose rates of taxation, direct or indirect, on mobile communications are the highest in the world. Heaviest tax is in Turkey, where the taxation rate as a cost of mobile ownership is over 2.5


GSM Association: open up the gateways of competition

The incumbent international gateway monopoly business model is past its sell-by date; governments should liberalise this market immediately and all stakeholders will benefit. This forceful assertion is the conclusion of Tom Phillips, Chief Government & Regulatory Affairs


Alcatel wins EASSy contract

Following on almost immediately from our report about the financing of the East African Submarine Cable project (EASSy), Developing Telecomscan report that Alcatel of France has won the EASSy contract par excellence...

Mobile development in Africa

In the traditionally strident and forceful tones of the GSM Association, Gabriel Solomon, the Association's Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, reviews the part played to date by mobiles in bridging the digital divide. Gabriel Solomon then demonstrates that even greater growth can be...

Mid-East spotlight

Arab telecom operators served 85 million cellular subscribers and 30 million fixed telephony lines in 2005. The Middle East and North Africa is a rapidly expanding market, as detailed in a new report.

Liberia: tailoring the economy for growth

A few weeks ago, leading Liberian commentator Francis Nyepon described the agonising experiences of the Liberian Telecommunications Company in his article How vital is Liberia Telecoms to Liberia? Francis Nyepon returns to Developing


Mobiles make up 85% of African subscribers

Research and Markets, the Dublin-based analyst group, has published the fifth edition of its Africa Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Overviews. The overviews cover the role of various technologies such as broadband and convergence, the effects of regulation, the major players and how the


New mobile alliance for ten African states

UNI Telecom Global Union, in conjunction with UNI-Africa and the AFL-CIO Solidarity centre, has launched a UNI Mobile Telephone Networks Union Alliance with membership from communications unions in 10 African countries where the South African cellular network


Telecoms thriving in lawless Somalia

Joseph Winter of BBC News recently filed a report from Mogadishu, in which, in stark contrast to all the usual reports from Somalia, he was able to focus on a real success story. Developing Telecomsacknowledges the source of this story, which...

How vital is Liberia Telecoms to Liberia?

 Liberian policy analyst Francis Nyepon describes the recent fate of The Liberia Telecommunications Corporation in a blistering article first published in The Liberian Times - and deserving a far wider readership. In the article, which is published in


Pan-African regulator could reduce Africa's ICT costs

A Pan-African ICT regulatory agency, dealing specifically with ICT issues with a continent-wide bearing, could help reduce the costs of communications to African governments, businesses and individuals. This is the view of Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, CEO of the Commonwealth Telecommunications...

Sub-Sahara "unpredictable & short-sighted" - GSMA

Almost 30% more people (25 million) in Sub-Saharan Africa would have mobile phones if it was not for the unpredictable and short-term approach to regulation in many countries in the region, according to a PriceWaterhouse Coopers study published by the GSM Association (GSMA).

MTC buys 61% of Mobitel in Sudan

In a deal valued at US$1.332 billion, MTC has acquired from Sudatel 61% of Sudanese mobile operator Mobitel. Mobitel currently has almost 2 million customers, up 70% in the last year. Funding for this new transaction was secured following the