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9Mobile Ownership Decision Still in Balance
Ray Le Maistre  
1/15/2018   Post a comment
Regulatory process means identity of Nigerian operator's new owner will not be announced imminently.
A Kick in the Wallet for Operators in Kenya, Chad
Ray Le Maistre  
1/12/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan operators fined for poor quality of service while tax rates have been hiked for mobile operators in Chad.
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.
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.
5 in Line to Acquire Nigeria's 9Mobile
Ray Le Maistre  
1/2/2018   Post a comment
Decision on sale process of troubled mobile operator delayed to January 16.
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.
Airtel Snaps Up Tigo Rwanda
Iain Morris  
12/19/2017   Post a comment
Bharti Airtel to merge its Rwandan network with that of local rival Millicom.
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.
Tunisie Telecom to Test Cryptocurrency for Mobile Finance
Ray Le Maistre  
12/12/2017   Post a comment
Tunisian operator is engaging with cryptocurrency startup Telcoin to check out a new way to offer mobile remittance services.
Kenya Hits 1 Million 4G Users
Ray Le Maistre  
12/11/2017   Post a comment
There were 1 million active 4G users in Kenya for the first time during November and that number is only set to grow in 2018.
Making Sense of Zimbabwe's Surprisingly Solid Telecoms Market
Guy Zibi  
12/8/2017   Post a comment
Despite its recent history, Zimbabwe has a high ICT ranking and one of the most important telecoms markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
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.
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.
Vodacom: Future Telcos Will Be Invisible to Consumers
Iain Morris  
11/9/2017   Post a comment
Vodacom executive foresees a radical overhaul of the business model for mobile network operators in the next five years.
Automation Anxiety Grips Africa
Iain Morris  
11/9/2017   Post a comment
Automation in the workplace is a worrying prospect in a region with an acute skills shortage.
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.
Ericsson Forecasts Lackluster 5G Take-Up in Africa
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor unveils research that suggests 5G technology will not take off quickly in Africa.
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…
Strategizing African Telecoms' Future: AfricaCom interview with Ellie Hagopian
Amy Turner  
10/23/2017   Post a comment
Industry consultant Ellie Hagopian discusses hot trends in Africa's telecoms sector and her participation in this year's AfricaCom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orange Launches €50M Fund for Startups Focused on Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
6/19/2017   Post a comment
Orange Digital Ventures has developed a new €50 million investment initiative devoted to investing in startups focused on dealing with modern challenges in Africa.
Forget Orange Kenya – Now It's Telkom
Ray Le Maistre  
6/7/2017   Post a comment
Brand change reflects new ownership and renewed effort to build mobile market share in a market dominated by Safaricom.
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.
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.
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