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Welcome to Connecting Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
11/9/2016   4 comments
Africa's digital communications, services and entertainment market deserves an A-grade online community, and now it's got one.
What Mobile Technology Suits Africa Right Now?
Bradley Shaw  
8/16/2017   4 comments
More mobile network coverage is needed across Africa, but some mobile network technologies are more suitable than others if the unconnected are to be reached quickly and efficiently, argues Bradley Shaw.
Orange, Vodafone Eye Stake in Etisalat Nigeria – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
7/3/2017   4 comments
The restructuring of debt-laden mobile operator Etisalat Nigeria may lead to a takeover by a major international player, according to local reports.
Analyzing South Africa's Controversial 4G Wholesale Plan
Guy Zibi  
1/10/2018   2 comments
Guy Zibi from Xalam Analytics takes stock of South Africa's proposed 4G wholesale experiment and how it could impact multiple markets.
Cost of 4G Damaging Africa’s LTE Ambitions - Report
Tim Skinner  
1/9/2017   2 comments
Research reveals LTE handset costs and coverage issues are the biggest barriers to African operators' 4G ambitions.
Orange Targets Long-Term Growth in Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
1/4/2017   2 comments
Orange senior exec pinpoints immediate and long-term growth opportunities in Africa, with digital services at the heart of the operator's strategy.
Now Vodafone Egypt Invests in Improved Customer Experience
Ray Le Maistre  
4/21/2017   2 comments
Is 2017 the year for customer experience-centric investments by Africa's communications service providers?
Africa Racing Towards Gigabit Connectivity
Guy Zibi  
11/21/2016   2 comments
Current FTTH broadband penetration may be limited in Africa, but there are signs of an ultra-broadband revolution made even more notable by the unique nature of some of its characteristics, notes Guy Zibi, principal at Xalam Analytics.
Liquid Telecom to Raise $700M
Ray Le Maistre  
6/26/2017   2 comments
Ambitious network operator to refinance debt and fund further growth following Neotel acquisition.
Blue Label to Buy 3G Mobile for 1.9B Rand
Ray Le Maistre  
6/29/2017   2 comments
South African m-commerce and pre-paid voice specialist is buying mobile device distributor 3G Mobile as a bolt on to its existing business and that of its impending mobile operator business, Cell C.
What's Next for Nigeria's Mobile Market?
Ray Le Maistre  
7/19/2017   2 comments
As the 9mobile brand replaces Etisalat Nigeria, speculation links Airtel to a possible market consolidation move.
South African Operator Eyes Radical Approach to Network Management
Ray Le Maistre  
10/12/2017   1 comment
IBM is engaging with a major telecoms operator in South Africa on a potential leap to next-generation network management capabilities.
Hurricane Electric PoPs Into Nairobi
Ray Le Maistre  
10/17/2017   1 comment
International IP network operator opens its third African point of presence (PoP), setting up in Nairobi's East Africa Data Centre, and plans further expansion across the continent.
Bidders Line Up for Nigeria's 9Mobile: Reports
Ray Le Maistre  
11/20/2017   1 comment
Nigerian mobile operator has attracted multiple bidders keen to play a role in one of Africa's biggest markets, according to local media reports.
Nigerian WiFi Services Startup Raises $2.1M
Ray Le Maistre  
6/30/2017   1 comment
Tizeti, a.k.a. Wifi.com.ng, has raised more than $2 million in seed funding that will enable it to expand its network of solar-powered WiFi towers in Lagos and beyond.
Making MTN Great Again
Guy Zibi  
3/10/2017   1 comment
The new team running MTN has some tough decisions to take but there are a number of key steps that can help get the pan-African operator back on track, notes Xalam Analytics Principal Guy Zibi.
African Mobile Capital Expenditure Makes a Fragile Recovery
Guy Zibi  
5/8/2017   1 comment
The year-on-year decline in Africa mobile operator capex has halted but network equipment vendors shouldn't get too excited just yet.
Microsoft Plans Cloud Services Launch in Africa in 2018
Ray Le Maistre  
5/19/2017   1 comment
IT giant will open two major data centers in South Africa to support the launch of Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365.
Safaricom Boasts Enhanced 4G Service With LTE-A Deployments
Ray Le Maistre  
6/2/2017   1 comment
Kenyan operator says it has upgraded its 4G network in major urban areas to offer ultra-broadband mobile services.
Intelsat, Eutelsat Boost Their Satellite Credentials Across Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
6/9/2017   1 comment
As Intelsat lands a new customer, Eutelsat's Konnect Africa operation launches services in multiple countries.
Kenya's Mobile Numbers Dip as Telkom Hits the Revise Button
Ray Le Maistre  
1/20/2017   1 comment
Total number of mobile users in Kenya dips to 38.5 million as Telkom Kenya revises its 'active' subscriber stats.
Boardroom Boost for Fintech Specialist MFS Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
4/12/2017   1 comment
Influential mobile and m-commerce executive joins board of fintech specialist company MFS Africa.
MTN Puts Its Faith in NB-IoT, Vodacom to Follow
Ray Le Maistre  
11/15/2016   1 comment
Pan-African operator MTN has high hopes for Internet of Things services in Africa, starting with smart metering, while Vodacom is also planning an NB-IoT launch.
Africa Nears 1B Mobile Subs Landmark, Says Ovum
Ray Le Maistre  
12/1/2016   1 comment
The number of mobile subscriptions in Africa is set to cross the 1 billion mark before the end of 2016, according to research house Ovum.
MTN Ignites Digital Transformation With Executive Appointments
Tim Skinner  
2/3/2017   1 comment
Continent-wide executive recruitment to drive MTN's group transformation initiative.
African Telcos Open Up on AI, Digital Transformation
Tim Skinner  
2/10/2017   1 comment
AI-as-a-service touted as the next big thing for data analysis, but gaining cultural buy-in is key, according to two of Africa's biggest operators.
Lighting Opportunities in Africa
Amy Turner  
3/3/2017   1 comment
Highlights from Thione Niang's keynote address at AfricaCom, where he spoke about igniting change on the continent.
Public and Private Collaboration Spearheading ICT Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Amy Turner  
3/14/2017   1 comment
There's plenty of cause for optimism in Africa's Tech and telecom sectors.
The Evolution of the West African Telco Partnership: West Africa Com Interview with Robert Aouad
Amy Turner  
6/28/2017   1 comment
Connecting Africa talks to Robert Aouad, CEO at Benin ISP and data services specialist Isocel.
Liquid Telecom Revamps Data Centers in Major Cloud Expansion
Iain Morris  
11/22/2017   1 comment
The pan-African operator has already made a name for itself in the continent's fiber markets. Its new focus is the cloud.
Airtel Downplays Africa Exit Talk – Report
Iain Morris  
12/12/2017   1 comment
Indian operator denies it has talked about quitting African markets but says it remains open to merger possibilities.
Kenyan Authorities Drop Plans to Break Up Safaricom – Report
Iain Morris  
1/3/2018   1 comment
A proposal to curb the dominance of Safaricom by breaking it up has been jettisoned in a new regulatory report.
Etisalat Nigeria to Become 9Mobile
Ray Le Maistre  
7/14/2017   1 comment
Troubled operator decides on a new name as it seeks to start afresh.




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