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In Brief:EC proposes cap of 90 days a year on roam like home 

The European Commission has issued its first proposal for a fair-use policy for roaming, suggesting a cap of 90 days per year on the use of 'roam like home' rates in the EU. This would be the minimum number of days consumers would be allowed to roam in the EU at the same price as in their home country. The possibility of a limit on roam like home was included in the original EU regulation passed last year, which sets a date of June 2017 for an end to all roaming surcharges in the EU. It was left up to the Commission to define the terms aimed at preventing abuse of the roam like home regulation.

***Ghana’s Busy Internet has been up and running for seven months and has already experienced considerable subscriber growth. It’s also shaking up the data market with new free offers and will soon go into offering more content. Russell Southwood caught up with its CEO, Praveen Sadelage this week.Since Busy Internet launched its 4G service seven months ago, Ghana’s largest mobile operator MTN has entered the fray and is offering 4G coverage in all of its main markets. The CEO says that Busy Internet has not experienced much of an impact from MTN’s presence because they seem to be focused on migrating 3G users to 4G handsets. The other player Surfline Ghana has reacted by enhancing its customer presence and cutting prices.

***Johannesburg - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has withdrawn its court bid against MTN’s outsourcing plan as the two parties have agreed to consult on the matter.CWU had applied for an urgent interdict at the Johannesburg Labour Court against MTN following the company’s decision to outsource a portion of its call centre facility to a third-party vendor.The union had claimed that it had not been properly consulted over the planned Section 197 process and the Labour Court was set to hear the complaint.But the court hearing was then called off as MTN and CWU struck a deal to hold talks on the matter.

***Smart Telecom (Tanzania), controlled by Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) through Uganda-based holding company SMART East Africa Group, has announced the launch of weekly and monthly 4G LTE bundles offering unlimited data browsing and streaming on any device including MiFi dongles, 4G compatible smartphones or routers. The cellco, which launched its 4G network in April 2015, is offering either a weekly deal, priced at TZS30,000 (USD14), or a monthly pass for TZS69,000.

***Altice has proposed buying out the remaining 22.25 percent of French operator it does not yet own. The company is offering eight new Altice class A shares for each five SFR shares, with no minimum acceptance threshold for the offer. The acquisition is part of a broader effort by Altice to streamline its operations in order to increase synergies across the group, including with its newly acquired US activities. Altice said the offer also providers SFR's shareholders with a stake in a company with a greater free float and liquidity in its shares. SFR's board has approved the offer, after obtaining independent opinions deeming the offer fair in financial terms for minority shareholders.

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