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Bharti Airtel's Africa IPO Plan Gathers Pace
Wei Shi  
9/18/2018   1 comment
Major Indian telco is believed to have appointed banks to coordinate the IPO of its African business.
Mozambique Refarming TV White Spaces to Provide Internet Connectivity
Wei Shi  
9/17/2018   Post a comment
Using WiMax to connect sparse populations in rural areas could be an efficient route to providing Internet access for other markets too.
Huawei Marine Completes SAIL Subsea Network Build
Wei Shi  
9/11/2018   Post a comment
The new undersea South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) fiber connection, built by Huawei Marine, is the first of its kind to directly connect Africa and Latin America across the south Atlantic.
Comsol & Samsung Turn On 5G Pilot in South Africa
Wei Shi  
9/11/2018   Post a comment
The pilot network delivered a download speed of 1.7 Gbit/s.
Fintech Startup Yoco Turns Smartphones Into POS Terminals
Wei Shi  
9/10/2018   Post a comment
The South African fintech startup's solution enables 20,000 merchants to receive card payments.
A New Approach To Roaming
Godslove Adagbonyin  
9/6/2018   Post a comment
Godslove Adagbonyin argues that Africa's mobile operators need to get creative in order to offer their customers an attractive roaming deal.
Ugandan Fintech Startup Targets Payments Broker Role
Wei Shi  
9/4/2018   Post a comment
While retail is moving more and more cashless, Uganda's OlyCash is helping the 'unbanked.'
MTN Ghana Boasts IPO Success
Ray Le Maistre  
8/31/2018   Post a comment
But MTN didn't raise as much as hoped.
MTN Hits Back at Repatriation Funds Claims
Ray Le Maistre  
8/31/2018   Post a comment
MTN says it has done nothing wrong as the Central Bank of Nigeria demands that US$8.1 billion be 'refunded.'
Will Vodacom Strike Roaming Deal With Telkom?
Ray Le Maistre  
8/29/2018   Post a comment
With Cell C now roaming buddies with MTN, will Vodacom strike a deal with Telkom?
Vodacom Boasts Africa's First 5G Service
Ray Le Maistre  
8/28/2018   Post a comment
Don't get too excited… the operator has connected just two customers in Lesotho.
Cash for Data: Fintech Startup Playing a Long Game
Wei Shi  
8/27/2018   Post a comment
Nigeria's Thank U Cash has a different approach for its loyalty program.
Cell C Boosts Subs & Sales but Not Everyone's Happy
Ray Le Maistre  
8/22/2018   Post a comment
South African mobile operator is growing its revenues and subscriber numbers but investors of its main shareholder, Blue Label Telecoms, are not happy.
Mobile Number Portability Is Finally Coming to Côte d'Ivoire – Hopefully
Wei Shi  
8/21/2018   Post a comment
Ivorian mobile users will be able to switch operators without losing their numbers from September.
Liquid Telecom Plans Expansive IoT Coverage in Kenya With Sigfox
Ray Le Maistre  
8/20/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom will add about 800 Sigfox IoT base stations to its existing data network in Kenya to achieve speedy coverage of 85% of Kenya's population and create a foundation for many potential services.
Most African Countries Have Some 4G Service: Report
Ray Le Maistre  
8/16/2018   1 comment
More than three quarters of Africa's nations will have some 4G mobile services by the end of this year, according to research house GlobalData.
Alibaba Founder Launches $10M African Entrepreneur Fund
Ray Le Maistre  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has launched the Netpreneur Prize, which will allocate US$10 million to African entrepreneurs in the coming years.
Is South Africa Close to a 4G Spectrum Breakthrough?
Ray Le Maistre  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
The uncertainty is crushing the market…
Enterprise Digital Transformation in Sharp Focus at AfricaCom 2018
Amy Turner  
8/8/2018   1 comment
The addition of the AI Summit, IoT World Africa and an Enterprise Digital Transformation track at this year's AfricaCom event will highlight the opportunities that new technologies can bring to corporates.
Mixed Bag for MTN in H1
Ray Le Maistre  
8/8/2018   Post a comment
The operator added subscribers and improved margins but its debts and challenges in Iran and other markets are making investors nervous.
Millicom May Be Smaller, but It's Growing
Ray Le Maistre  
8/3/2018   Post a comment
Millicom is now only active in two markets in Africa, but that approach is paying off.
Congolese Minister Eyes 5G Opportunity
Wei Shi  
8/3/2018   Post a comment
A partnership between Spanish technology company Applus+ and the Congolese telecom incumbent could provide a spur to 5G in the central African country.
Google & Partners Are Connecting Nigeria to Free WiFi Hotspots
Wei Shi  
8/2/2018   Post a comment
Google is to offer free Internet connectivity in Nigeria, and not as part of its Project Loon service.
DR Congo: Is Reaganomics Coming to the Rescue?
Wei Shi  
7/31/2018   Post a comment
The GSMA has recommended the Democratic Republic of Congo lower taxes on the mobile industry to provide a boost for the industry as well as the government's coffers.
Orange Boosted by Data Demand
Iain Morris  
7/26/2018   Post a comment
Orange reports strong growth in sales and earnings, thanks to consumer appetite for mobile data services.
Most of Sub-Saharan Africa Will Be on Mobile Grid by 2025: GSMA
Wei Shi  
7/25/2018   Post a comment
New GSMA report predicts that 52% of the sub-Saharan population will be connected to mobile networks by 2025.
GSMA on the Impact of Spectrum License Fees: Is It Really That Simple?
Wei Shi  
7/24/2018   Post a comment
The GSMA believes high spectrum prices are responsible for the low adoption of mobile communication, in particular mobile data usage, in developing countries, but we think there's more to it than that.
Smart Cities, 5G & IoT Take Center Stage at AfricaCom 2018
Amy Turner  
7/20/2018   1 comment
Africa's digerati are set to converge on the annual AfricaCom event in Cape Town once again to figure out the continent's connected future, analyse the potential of 5G, identify how IoT and smart cities could play a role in Africa's digital development… and much more.
Telkom Kenya Strikes Commercial Service Deal With Google's Loon
Ray Le Maistre  
7/20/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan operator will work with Google's Loon to launch a 4G mobile broadband service in rural and suburban areas starting next year.
MTN Could Exit 3 West African Markets – Report
Wei Shi  
7/19/2018   Post a comment
Mobile operator MTN may be considering pulling out of Liberia, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, but may enter long coveted Angola and Ethiopia.
Is M-Pesa Heading to Ethiopia?
Ray Le Maistre  
7/18/2018   Post a comment
Speculation suggests Safaricom is about to strike a deal with Ethiopia's government to help introduce the M-Pesa mobile money and banking service to the country's 100 million-plus population and compete with existing player M-BIRR.
Chad to Auction New Mobile License
Wei Shi  
7/17/2018   Post a comment
The telecom regulator of Chad has issued an invitation for tender to auction out a new mobile licence covering 2G, 3G and 4G.
Liquid Telecom, Telecom Egypt to Complete 'One Africa' Network
Ray Le Maistre  
7/16/2018   Post a comment
An interconnection between the networks of the two operators will complete a 60,000-km data network that runs from Cairo to Cape Town.
Namibia's MTC Helps Polar Power Switch On Its Africa Operation
Ray Le Maistre  
7/12/2018   Post a comment
Polar Power has launched operations in Africa and has a deal to provide power and cooling products to Namibia's leading mobile operator.
Orange Money Offers Ivory Coast Users a Payment Card
Ray Le Maistre  
7/11/2018   Post a comment
Orange Money Ivory Coast has teamed with Visa and Banque Atlantique to offer its users a payment card.
Vodacom Joins Race to Prove 5G's Value
Ray Le Maistre  
7/9/2018   Post a comment
South African operator used 5G and virtual reality technology at the 2018 Vodacom Durban July horse race over the weekend.
Sudatel Checks Out 5G, FTTH With Nokia
Ray Le Maistre  
7/3/2018   Post a comment
Sudanese operator is to trial enhanced 4G, 5G and fixed fiber broadband access technologies as it considers services evolution.
MTN, Ericsson Take 5G on the Road
Ray Le Maistre  
6/29/2018   Post a comment
MTN South Africa has teamed up with Ericsson on the first automotive use case demonstrating 5G mobility in Africa.
Another Tower Operator Shelves IPO
Ray Le Maistre  
6/27/2018   1 comment
Now three planned mobile tower operator IPOs have been abandoned this year as IHS Towers mothballs its plan, according to reports.
Vodacom, Microsoft Launch Azure Cloud Services
Ray Le Maistre  
6/21/2018   Post a comment
South African operator teams up with Microsoft to launch a range of Azure cloud services to enterprise users.
Amazon Brings Its CDN to Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
6/15/2018   1 comment
CloudFront, Amazon's content delivery network (CDN), now has a point of presence in Johannesburg.
Google to Open AI Lab in Ghana
Ray Le Maistre  
6/15/2018   1 comment
Google says it will open a facility dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) research and its applications in Accra, Ghana, later this year.
Huawei Helps Telecom Egypt Secure a $200M Loan to Fund 4G Rollout
Ray Le Maistre  
5/30/2018   1 comment
Chinese vendor Huawei has facilitated a US$200 million loan deal from Chinese financial institutions to help fund Telecom Egypt's 4G network rollout, including core and transport network technology deployments.
MTN Ghana Launches IPO Process
Ray Le Maistre  
5/29/2018   Post a comment
Mobile operator begins process that values the company at more than US$2.1 billion.
MTN Turns to Huawei Tech to Address Spectrum Crunch
Iain Morris  
5/23/2018   Post a comment
South African operator becomes the latest emerging-markets customer of Huawei's CloudAIR technology.
Africa Let Down by Mobile Network Tech R&D: Orange Exec
Ray Le Maistre  
5/16/2018   Post a comment
Mobile network technology has been developed for developed nations, leaving a lack of affordable mobile coverage solutions for countries with different needs, including those in Africa, argues the director of Orange Labs Networks.
Digital Payments Specialist Cellulant Raises $47.5M
Ray Le Maistre  
5/15/2018   1 comment
The digital payment specialist's C round of investment was led by The Rise Fund.
Vodacom Boosts Annual Revenues by 6.3%
Ray Le Maistre  
5/14/2018   Post a comment
Operator adds 7 million customers, mostly in South Africa, as it gears up for further network investments.
Safaricom Reports Profit Rise as CEO Returns
Ray Le Maistre  
5/9/2018   Post a comment
Kenya's dominant operator reports better-than-expected full fiscal year numbers as its CEO makes an appearance after seven months of medical leave.
MTN Takes Its 5G Tests Outdoors
Ray Le Maistre  
5/9/2018   1 comment
Latest 5G tests with Huawei take MTN out of the lab and into the field.
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