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In Brief: Orange doubles Congo customer base with Tigo buy 

Orange announced that it has closed the acquisition of Millicom's Tigo business in the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than doubling its mobile customer base in the country in the process.
The operators agreed a US$160 million all-cash deal for the business in February.
According to Orange, the DRC has a population in excess of 80 million and mobile penetration of around 50%.
At the end of 2015, Orange had 5.27 million customers in the country, while Tigo had 5.32 million. Bringing the two businesses together will generate scale and create a stronger player in the market.

***Cameroon’s cellcos have signed a contract with Chinese equipment supplier Huawei to implement mobile number portability (MNP) services in the country. The agreement was signed on 19 April in the country’s capital, Yaounde, and will see Huawei launch the service by November 2016. Total funds of XAF1.5 billion (USD2.6 million) will be invested in launching MNP by the local mobile subsidiaries of MTN, Orange and Viettel. In July 2015 Cameroon’s telecoms regulator, the Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ART), awarded a contract to Huawei for the supply, installation and operation of a centralised database to manage the introduction of MNP.

***MTN Group subscribers decreased by 1.4 percent in the first quarter to about 229 million at the end of March, impacted by the disconnection of subscribers in Nigeria due to the subscriber registration required there. In a quarterly update, MTN said group revenue for the quarter was boosted by the significant year-on-year depreciation in the rand against a number of the operational currencies. Constant currency (organic) data revenue increased by 20.1 percent annually, contributing 24.2 percent to total revenue. Voice and data traffic increased by 12.1 percent and 123.3 percent respectively year-on-year. MTN Group executive chairman said that the group was hit hard by the events that took place at the end of 2015.

***Algerian telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms, ARPT) has accepted three bids for 4G licences submitted by the country’s cellcos Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis), Optimum Telecom Algerie (OTA, Djezzy) and Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma).The chairman of the 4G licence award committee, revealed that the provisional date for the award of the 4G authorisations is now set for 23 May.

***Reports from Uganda suggest that local ISP Foris Telecom, which offers services under the 'iN Connecting' brand, is to shut down. PC Tech Magazine cites an unnamed Foris employee who says the company was already struggling, but the situation has been made worse by stiff competition from other service providers. Foris Telecom uses fixed and wireless technologies to provide internet services in the Greater Kampala area.