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In Brief: MTN Cameroon disconnects unregistered users 

MTN has suspended unregistered subscribers using its mobile network in Cameroon, a month after it agreed to pay a $1.7 billion fine in Nigeria over a similar issue.The move comes after the operator held a national identification campaign between 11 April and 30 June this year, in an effort to comply with a governmental decree set last September.The decree requires identification modalities for subscribers and terminal equipment for electronic mobile networks, and according to reports, those that did not comply during the period, or confirm their identification, have now been suspended. To regain access, MTN Cameroon will allow subscribers to complete the process via MTN service centres across the country, in special identification centres, or at sales points of MTN’s distribution partners across all regions.

•***Helios Towers DRC, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) subsidiary of Helios Towers Africa Ltd, has announced the successful completion of a US$105 million upsizing of its syndicated term loan facility led by The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited as Initial Mandated Lead Arranger and the German development finance institution DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH as DFI Arranger.

Highlights include: The funding facility will partly finance both the acquisition of Bharti Airtel’s tower portfolio and fund the organic growth and operational excellence program of HTD across the country;
- HTD’s portfolio in DRC includes now c.1,800 towers with a growing pipeline of new builds for multiple operators;

***Myanmar's fourth mobile operator has yet to apply for its licence, with negotiations between the various joint venture partners taking longer than envisaged.Vietnam's Viettel was selected to partner with local entities to create the new operator earlier this year. The parties then opened talks with a view to forming a joint venture, which was due to apply for its licence in June.However, negotiations are still ongoing, the venture is not yet formally established and as such has not been able to apply for an operating licence. In addition to Viettel, the JV will comprise a government shareholder, known as Star High Public Company, and a local consortium, Myanmar National Telecom Holding.

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