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Is Safaricom's Dominance in Kenya Under Threat?
Ray Le Maistre  
4/19/2018   Post a comment
There's talk of a complex merger in Kenya between Safaricom's two main rivals but warning bells should sound for the regulator.
Rain Readies for a Mobile Data Launch
Ray Le Maistre  
3/14/2018   Post a comment
South Africa's mobile data challenger Rain is preparing to launch its 4G services with a focus on making things simple for customers, notes the operator's CIO.
Is South Africa About to Award 4G Spectrum and Incentivize Fiber Rollouts?
Ray Le Maistre  
2/22/2018   Post a comment
Budget review suggests an end to the delays in spectrum licensing and a reduction in the tax burden on network cable investments.
Is There an Appetite for an African Mobile IPO?
Ray Le Maistre  
2/19/2018   Post a comment
Bharti Airtel is considering an IPO of its Africa operations, but might investors be as keen as the operator?
Ghana, Kenya Boost Africa's Broadband Stats
Ray Le Maistre  
1/30/2018   Post a comment
The African fixed broadband market grew by 5% during the third quarter of 2017 thanks mostly to uptake of services in Ghana and Kenya, according to statistics from analyst house Point Topic.
MTN Hits 20 Gbit/s in 5G Trial but Needs Spectrum
Ray Le Maistre  
1/8/2018   Post a comment
South African operator has been conducting 5G trials with partner Ericsson but knows it will need more spectrum to make 5G a reality.
PEACE Subsea Cable Set for Late 2019 Launch
Ray Le Maistre  
1/3/2018   Post a comment
A new subsea cable linking East Africa and Asia is set for launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to the company building the network.
TE SubCom Starts Work on DARE Subsea Cable
Ray Le Maistre  
12/29/2017   Post a comment
Submarine network construction specialist has started building the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) network.
Liquid Telecom Partners Zambian Startup Hub
Iain Morris  
12/15/2017   Post a comment
The operator will provide Internet connectivity and cloud services to technology players in Zambia.
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.
The African Impact of the Net Neutrality Debate
Guy Zibi  
12/5/2017   Post a comment
Why African regulators and telcos are paying attention to net neutrality developments in the US and elsewhere.
Econet Preps London IPO, Plans More M&A
Ray Le Maistre  
11/27/2017   Post a comment
With multiple acquisitions already under its belt, Econet is now planning to raise money by listing its shares on the London and possibly also Johannesburg stock exchanges as it eyes up further expansion.
Safaricom CIO: I'm a Terrible Capitalist, Not a Greedy Coward
Iain Morris  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
Senior executive at Kenyan operator accepts some of the blame for Africa's affordability crisis.
Liquid Strikes Microsoft Deal, Targets Cloud Dominance in Africa
Iain Morris  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
The African fiber operator has just signed a new deal with Microsoft and has grand ambitions in Africa's cloud services market.
Orange Botswana on Long Trek to 5G
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Orange subsidiary in Botswana is already thinking about 5G, but it will have to overcome numerous obstacles before it can deploy the technology.
Mugabe's Man Bashes US & Asian Tech Firms
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Zimbabwean minister of communications wants his country to become a software leader. There seems little chance it will happen.
Huawei, Telcos Clash With Policymakers in Cape Town
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Private sector players continue to complain that shortsighted regulation is hindering the rollout and take-up of telecom services in Africa.
Safaricom Ramps H1 Revenues, Profits, Subs
Ray Le Maistre  
11/5/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator's metrics are on the rise…
Safaricom Rolls Out FTTH, Eyes Smart Home Opportunity
Ray Le Maistre  
10/10/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator has plans to deliver smart home services once high-speed connections are in place.
Africa Set for 100 4G Networks by Year End
Ray Le Maistre  
10/5/2017   Post a comment
Africa is in line to have more than 100 commercial 4G LTE networks by the end of 2017 and about 40 million 4G users, according to Xalam Analytics data shared during a Connecting Africa webinar.
Mauritius Telecom to be Anchor Tenant for IOX Subsea Cable
Ray Le Maistre  
9/25/2017   Post a comment
National operator is to use the subsea network linking Mauritius, La Reunion and Rodrigues Island to South Africa and India that's due to start operations in 2019.
Africa Still Trailing in Internet Access, Finds ITU Report
Ray Le Maistre  
9/20/2017   Post a comment
With Internet User Penetration at just 21.8%, Africa is still trailing the rest of the world, according to a new ITU State of Broadband report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Expanding Ecosystem Partnerships: An Interview with Africa Open Innovation's Mactar Sy
Amy Turner  
6/21/2017   Post a comment
West Africa Com talks to Mactar Sy, the CEO of Africa Open Innovation, who will be speaking at the upcoming event in Dakar, Senegal.
Africa Heading for 1 Billion Mobile Subs – Ericsson Mobility Report
Ray Le Maistre  
6/14/2017   Post a comment
Africa had 985 million mobile subscriptions in the first quarter of 2017, according to statistics from the latest Ericsson Mobility report.
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.
Mobile, ICT Services Fuel Telkom's Growth
Ray Le Maistre  
6/5/2017   Post a comment
Share price gains 1.6% as full-year results show hike in revenues and earnings.
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.
Safaricom Pumps KSh200M Into Telecom Test Lab
Ray Le Maistre  
5/26/2017   Post a comment
With support from vendor partners such as Cisco, Huawei and Nokia, Kenyan operator has replicated its network in a lab to enable faster testing and help bring new services to market quicker.
Global-IP Cayman Taps Hughes for Satellite Broadband Tech
Ray Le Maistre  
5/24/2017   Post a comment
Satellite operator is deploying the Jupiter system from Hughes Network Systems to offer broadband services across sub-Saharan Africa.
The Making of Africa's Most Strategic Bandwidth Hub
Guy Zibi  
5/17/2017   Post a comment
It may be one of the smallest nations on the continent but Djibouti plays a major role in connecting Africa to the rest of the world, writes Xalam Analytics Principal Guy Zibi.
MTN Trials Next Gen Mobile Network
Ray Le Maistre  
3/29/2017   Post a comment
Operator has been working with Huawei and Qualcomm on the use of next-generation antenna technology that can boost mobile broadband throughout.
Propelling Connectivity in East Africa & Beyond
Amy Turner  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
OFS is one of the specialist technology suppliers helping Africa's network operators to build out their next-generation fiber networks.
Feeding the Data Demand in East Africa
Amy Turner  
3/24/2017   Post a comment
How can East Africa's mobile operators address the transport network capacity crunch they all face as data service usage grows? Airtel Tanzania's Barnabas Bwali has some answers.
The Changing Face of the African International Bandwidth Market
Guy Zibi  
3/15/2017   Post a comment
In terms of international subsea network connectivity, Africa has never had it so good. But that doesn't mean there aren't significant challenges in the wholesale bandwidth market, explains Guy Zibi.
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.
WiFi's Role in Bridging the Digital Divide
Amy Turner  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Internet.org's sustainable economic model is making Africa more open and connected, with its Express WiFi initiative a prime example.
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