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Safaricom to Create Another 300 Customer Care Jobs
Iain Morris  
9/17/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator says investments in customer care will reduce call-waiting times and take pressure off an existing facility.
GE, HPE Team for Digital Solutions Push in AME
Ray Le Maistre  
9/14/2017   Post a comment
Tech giants team up to offer a range of digital solutions to enterprises in Africa, the Middle East and Turkey, with an initial focus on cybersecurity.
Safaricom Spark Fund Backs AgriTech Startup
Ray Le Maistre  
9/12/2017   Post a comment
The Safaricom Spark Fund has announced its sixth investment, with AgriTech startup iProcure gaining the funding.
Vodacom Linked to VAST Networks Investment
Ray Le Maistre  
9/11/2017   Post a comment
Media reports suggest Vodacom is looking to take a stake in South African WiFi access network operator VAST Networks.
South Africa's FibreCo Builds Out Its Backbone With ADVA
Ray Le Maistre  
9/8/2017   Post a comment
South African operator is deploying optical networking gear from ADVA to build a 100 Gbit/s connection between Johannesburg and the undersea cable landing station at Mtunzini.
Kenya's Safaricom Eyes African Expansion
Iain Morris  
9/7/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator eyes launch of e-commerce services in east and west African markets.
Connecting Africa Digital Week Kicks Off on Twitter
Amy Turner  
9/5/2017   Post a comment
Connecting Africa's Digital Week began with a Twitter chat on how disruptive technology and future tech can help to bridge the digital divide.
MTN Demos Cellular IoT with Ericsson, Qualcomm
Ray Le Maistre  
9/4/2017   Post a comment
MTN South Africa conducts demonstration of the cellular IoT technology Cat-M1 with technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm.
Safaricom Preps Major M-Pesa Upgrade
Iain Morris  
9/4/2017   Post a comment
Overnight upgrade will take service offline for its 26 million users but will enable additional services and capabilities.
Vodacom CEO Joins Safaricom's Board, Raises Questions About M-Pesa Expansion
Ray Le Maistre  
9/1/2017   Post a comment
Safaricom appoints two new directors, including Vodacom CEO and Chairman Mohamed, a move that likely heralds some joint actions involving the M-Pesa mobile money service.
Bitcoin Specialist BitPesa Hits $10M in Funding
Ray Le Maistre  
8/31/2017   Post a comment
Attracts follow-up Series A funding of more than $4 million as its cryptocurrency-based payment processing model gains traction in Africa.
Liquid Telecom Teams With Microsoft to Deliver Cloud Services
Ray Le Maistre  
8/30/2017   Post a comment
Multi-market data network operator teams up with Internet services giant to provide cloud services to African enterprises.
AfricaCom and Microsoft Launch New Technology Arena to Develop the Blueprint for Africa 4.0
Amy Turner  
8/29/2017   Post a comment
Microsoft is the lead sponsor of AfricaCom's new Technology Arena, which will open its doors for the first time on November 7 at the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre).
Safaricom Plans Speedy FTTH Rollout with Huawei
Ray Le Maistre  
8/25/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator is looking to roll out a fiber access network in just months to support its broadband access service and mobile backhaul strategies.
Making Ideas Happen in 'Digital Nigeria': Nigeria Com Interview with iDeensker's Somze Agama
Rachael McKie  
8/25/2017   Post a comment
Ahead of Nigeria Com 2017, iDeensker Managing Consultant Somze Agama talks about the potential of 'Digital Nigeria.'
Facebook's Wi-Fi Hotspot Rollout in Kenya Hits Milestone
Ray Le Maistre  
8/23/2017   Post a comment
Facebook and local partner Surf Kenya have deployed 600 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country since March.
Orange Turns to GreenWish for Solar-Powered Telecom Towers
Ray Le Maistre  
8/22/2017   Post a comment
The giant mobile operator is seeking to make efficiency gains by using GreenWish infrastructure, starting in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Smartphones Uptake Driving E-Commerce Growth in Africa, but Obstacles Remain – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
8/18/2017   Post a comment
The e-commerce market in Africa could be worth as much as $75 billion within the next decade but there are significant obstacles in the way of growth.
The Tech Trailblazers: Women in Tech and Mapping Africa’s Road to the 4th Industrial Revolution
Amy Turner  
8/18/2017   Post a comment
Check out what happened in Connecting Africa's latest Twitter discussion.
MTN Uganda's MoKash Service Tops 2.5M Users in Just 1 Year
Ray Le Maistre  
8/17/2017   Post a comment
Mobile operator's savings and loans m-commerce service has attracted 2.5 million users in its first year.
Entering the Age of the Empowered Consumer
Amy Turner  
8/16/2017   Post a comment
A Nigeria Com Interview with Smile Telecom's Godfrey Efeurhobo.
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.
Blockchain and Africa's Future: Connecting Africa Interview with Digital Week Speaker Lorien Gamaroff
Rachael McKie  
8/14/2017   Post a comment
Bankymoon CEO Lorien Gamaroff explains why he believes blockchain technology and the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin will have a major impact on the future of the financial services industry.
M&A Interest Grows in South Africa's Internet Solutions
Ray Le Maistre  
8/11/2017   Post a comment
MTN and Vodacom both believed to be interested in acquiring the IT services and systems integration specialist, currently part of Dimension Data.
Discussing digitalthings: Connecting Africa Interview with Digital Week Speaker Bora Varliyagci
Rachael McKie  
8/9/2017   Post a comment
Ahead of his involvement in Connecting Africa's Digital Week, Bora Varliyagci, CEO of digitalthings, discusses connectivity and digital inclusion in Africa.
iflix Raises $133M as It Expands in Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
8/8/2017   Post a comment
Subscription video-on-demand (VoD) specialist iflix has raised a further $133 million in funding as it furthers its plans to launch across Africa.
Silvertree Plans $10M Investment in Digital Startups in Coming Year
Ray Le Maistre  
8/8/2017   Post a comment
Cape Town-based Silvertree Internet Holdings intends to invest $10 million into new and existing digital portfolio companies during the next 12 months and names a new chairman.
Kenya Has Fastest Broadband in Africa – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
8/8/2017   Post a comment
Kenya has the fastest average fixed broadband speed in Africa, according to a new report.
Sudan Weighs on Zain's H1 Financials
Ray Le Maistre  
8/7/2017   Post a comment
The operator's customer base in Sudan is still growing but currency devaluation affects reported financial results for the first half of 2017.
The Internet as an African Business Enabler – AfricaCom Interview With Google South Africa's Luke McKend
Amy Turner  
8/4/2017   Post a comment
Google's Luke McKend on how the Internet can help bridge the digital divide in Africa.
Becoming the Global Leader We Need Africa to Be – AfricaCom Interview With Rapelang Rabana
Amy Turner  
7/31/2017   Post a comment
Rapelang Rabana believes the gap between tech innovation and execution in Africa needs to be bridged if that innovation is going to bring real economic progress.
Nigeria's 9mobile Open to New Investors
Ray Le Maistre  
7/20/2017   Post a comment
Troubled mobile operator issues an invite to potential acquirers, investors.
African Data Centers & the Power Supply Challenge
Guy Zibi  
7/19/2017   Post a comment
Power supply challenges are such that a reliable, uninterrupted power supply is a critical selling point in the African data center market, but there have been marked improvements across the board in recent times, notes Guy Zibi of Xalam Analytics.
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.
Vumatel Snaps Up FTTH Assets
Ray Le Maistre  
7/18/2017   Post a comment
South African FTTH network builder is acquiring a large chunk of Link Africa's fiber access business.
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.
AWS Looks Set to Follow Microsoft With SA Data Center
Ray Le Maistre  
7/13/2017   Post a comment
Amazon Web Services is planning to follow in the footsteps of rival Microsoft by opening a data center in South Africa, according to local reports.
Angola Cables Adds Euro Connections
Ray Le Maistre  
7/12/2017   Post a comment
Wholesale operator has hooked up to three Interxion facilities in Europe.
Huawei, WorldRemit Team on Mobile Money in Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
New partnership adds international remittances to Huawei's mobile money service platform.
Etisalat Sets Brand Deadline for Nigeria Operator
Ray Le Maistre  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
Nigeria's number four operator may be forced to change its name as part of its restructuring program.
Somalia Counts Cost of Subsea Cable Cut
Ray Le Maistre  
7/10/2017   Post a comment
Economy hit to the tune of $10 million per day while submarine cable remains out of action.
Safaricom Digs In Its Heels Over Deployment of 'Snooping' Device
Ray Le Maistre  
7/5/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator is resisting attempts by the country's regulator to install a device management system on its network.
Telkom Broadens Its Broadband Options With G.fast Trial
Ray Le Maistre  
7/4/2017   Post a comment
Openserve, the wholesale division of South Africa's Telkom, and Nokia have successfully tested G.fast broadband technology in Cape Town.
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.
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.
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.
Africa Gets Another Subsea Link as AAE-1 Goes Live
Ray Le Maistre  
6/28/2017   Post a comment
Submarine network AAE-1, which connects Europe, Africa and Asia, is now in service.
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 to Raise $700M
Ray Le Maistre  
6/26/2017   2 comments
Ambitious network operator to refinance debt and fund further growth following Neotel acquisition.
Network Investments Paying Off, Boasts Tigo Tanzania
Ray Le Maistre  
6/26/2017   Post a comment
Recent investments in backbone, core and mobile broadband access infrastructure has helped growth in data users and traffic volumes.
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