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MTN Goes to Court Over $10B Demands in Nigeria
Ray Le Maistre  
10/11/2018   Post a comment
Frustrated with at times contradictory financial demands from the Nigerian authorities that run to US$10.1 billion, MTN has taken the issues to court.
Spectrum Hope for SA's Mobile Operators
Wei Shi  
9/27/2018   Post a comment
Following a legal settlement, South Africa's planned spectrum auction will be called off while the minister withdraws legal action against the regulator, but a new agreement is in the works.
Senegal's Fintech Startup Sudpay Is Playing the Taxman
Wei Shi  
9/25/2018   1 comment
Sudpay will help the local tax authorities track and collect taxes to finance local public services, in exchange for a commission.
Bharti Airtel's Africa IPO Plan Gathers Pace
Wei Shi  
9/18/2018   Post a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is South Africa Close to a 4G Spectrum Breakthrough?
Ray Le Maistre  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
The uncertainty is crushing the market…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nigeria, Ghana Fuel MTN's Q1 Growth Ahead of IPOs
Ray Le Maistre  
5/3/2018   Post a comment
Mobile giant MTN reported good first quarter growth in Ghana and Nigeria, where IPOs are planned in the near future.
Orange's AME Recovery Continues in Q1
Ray Le Maistre  
4/27/2018   Post a comment
Revenue and customer numbers continue to climb as Orange invests in 4G.
Africa's Talking Raises $8.6M From IFC & Others
Ray Le Maistre  
4/27/2018   Post a comment
Distributor of mobile communication and payment APIs to developers raises significant funding from the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC), Orange Digital Ventures and Social Capital.
Africa the Bright Spot for Bharti Airtel
Ray Le Maistre  
4/25/2018   1 comment
While Indian operator faces major challenges in its domestic market, its operations in Africa continued to grow and thrive during the first three months of this year, underpinned by investments in mobile broadband.
Is Safaricom's Dominance in Kenya Under Threat?
Ray Le Maistre  
4/19/2018   1 comment
There's talk of a complex merger in Kenya between Safaricom's two main rivals but warning bells should sound for the regulator.
From 5G to 2G: What Is Relevant Depends on Where You Are
Bradley Shaw  
4/17/2018   Post a comment
Topics such as expanding infrastructure sharing to the radio access network (RAN) and opening up the market to open source-based network infrastructure are far more relevant to Africa than 5G, argues Bradley Shaw.
Price Controls Would Harm Kenya Telecom Market, Says Think Tank
Iain Morris  
4/5/2018   Post a comment
Institute of Economic Affairs slams regulator's proposals as a 'major policy reversal' that could damage the market.
MTN Ghana Heads for IPO
Ray Le Maistre  
3/23/2018   Post a comment
MTN is closing in on the local listing of its operation in Ghana in order to meet the terms of its 4G license.
Teleology Closes In on 9mobile Acquisition
Ray Le Maistre  
3/22/2018   Post a comment
Pays $50 million deposit and prepares for full ownership of Nigeria's fourth mobile operator within 90 days.
Sale of Nigeria's 9mobile in Turmoil
Ray Le Maistre  
3/20/2018   1 comment
Media reports of a lack of due process in the sale of 9mobile spell bad news for the Nigerian mobile operator.
Helios Towers Abandons IPO Plan
Ray Le Maistre  
3/19/2018   Post a comment
Mobile towers company kills plan to float about 25% of the company's stock as speculation emerges of a potential M&A move.
Lower Smartphone Prices Drive Nigeria's Mobile Penetration – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
3/19/2018   Post a comment
Smartphone prices have dropped dramatically in Nigeria during the past few years, helping to fuel a surge in mobile user numbers, according to a new market report from e-commerce company Jumia.
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.
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