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SA telecoms minister punished for breaking COVID-19 lockdown rules
Paula Gilbert  
4/8/2020   Post a comment
Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been put on special leave for two months for breaking South Africa's COVID-19 lockdown rules.
SA releases emergency spectrum for COVID-19 broadband demand
Paula Gilbert  
4/7/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's telecoms regulator is releasing emergency spectrum to meet the spike in broadband services demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gist Mobile unveils mobile service for African diaspora
Paula Gilbert  
4/6/2020   Post a comment
Gist Mobile has launched a new mobile calling and messaging app for the African diaspora.
Cell C's free data promise disappoints
Paula Gilbert  
4/3/2020   Post a comment
Cell C is offering its customers a quarter of 1MB of free data per day, and some free SMSs.
Vodacom, Discovery launch free online COVID-19 screening platform
Paula Gilbert  
4/2/2020   Post a comment
Discovery and Vodacom have together launched an online healthcare platform to help South Africans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Safaricom CEO takes the helm
Paula Gilbert  
4/1/2020   Post a comment
Peter Ndegwa officially took over as Safaricom CEO on April 1, 2020.
How much MTN execs get paid
Paula Gilbert  
4/1/2020   Post a comment
MTN's Group CEO Rob Shuter made $3.3 million in 2019 while Group CFO Ralph Mupita took home $3.7 million.
WACS cable break slows SA Internet, again
Paula Gilbert  
3/31/2020   Post a comment
South Africa is once again experiencing slow Internet as the West Africa Cable System (WACS) suffered its third major fault in 2020.
Sub-Saharan Africa adds 50M mobile money accounts in 2019
Paula Gilbert  
3/30/2020   Post a comment
Sub-Saharan Africa added 50 million new mobile money accounts in 2019, and global mobile money accounts surpassed 1 billion for the first time.
Hot startup of the month: Mini-Internet network provider NodeOne
Connecting Africa News  
3/27/2020   Post a comment
Rwandan-founded NodeOne has developed a hardware and software package that enables anyone, anywhere to create small, affordable Internet networks.
Telkom SA to cut IP Connect pricing
Paula Gilbert  
3/26/2020   1 comment
Telkom has come to an agreement with the SA Competition Commission to address concerns over IP Connect pricing and reducing the digital divide.
Cell C planning to give customers free 'lifeline' data
Paula Gilbert  
3/24/2020   1 comment
Cell C's CEO says the telco is planning to give its customers a 'lifeline package' of free data, in response to the South African Competition Commissions call for operators to do so.
Cell C narrows loss, but loses customers
Paula Gilbert  
3/23/2020   Post a comment
South African telecom operator Cell C managed to reduce net losses in 2019 and is seeing some success from a turnaround strategy introduced from March 2019 onwards.
MTN to give SA users 20MB free data every day
Paula Gilbert  
3/20/2020   Post a comment
MTN SA has promised to reduce its smaller data bundle prices by between 25% and 50% and is offering 20MB daily free data to users.
Huawei's path forward without Google
Paula Gilbert  
3/19/2020   Post a comment
Huawei's CTO in SA speaks to Connecting Africa about what consumers can expect from a Huawei phone without Google apps.
What African operators are doing to help during COVID-19 outbreak
Paula Gilbert  
3/18/2020   Post a comment
African operators are stepping up to help during the COVID-19 outbreak which is now affecting at least 30 African nations.
COVID-19 to slow East African smartphone shipments
Paula Gilbert  
3/17/2020   Post a comment
East Africa can expect a slowdown in its smartphone market over the coming quarters as the global COVID-19 outbreak continues to severely impact economies and supply chains worldwide, according to IDC.
MTN's MusicTime expands African footprint
Connecting Africa News  
3/16/2020   Post a comment
MusicTime has reached over 500,000 downloads and is now available in six African countries.
Telkom job cuts to cost $90M
Paula Gilbert  
3/16/2020   Post a comment
Telkom's plan to shed around 3,000 jobs is going to cost the telecoms operator about R1.5 billion (US$90 million) and will have a negative impact on its earnings for the 2020 financial year.
SA tech stock bloodbath
Paula Gilbert  
3/13/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's tech and telecoms stocks plummeted on Thursday as worries over the spread of the coronavirus caused massive equity sell-offs.
MTN prepared for coronavirus supply chain woes
Paula Gilbert  
3/12/2020   Post a comment
MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter says the company is prepared for possible supply chain issues as a result of the spreading coronavirus.
Nigeria, Ghana shine for MTN but SA struggles
Paula Gilbert  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
Strong performances in Nigeria and Ghana helped push up MTN's profitability in 2019 as the South African business struggled to grow.
Rob Shuter to step down as MTN CEO in 2021
Paula Gilbert  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
MTN Group President and CEO Rob Shuter will be leaving the telco when his contract ends at the end of March 2021.
Vodacom to slash SA data prices by 30%
Paula Gilbert  
3/10/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom has promised to reduce its data bundle prices by between 30% and 40% and is launching a range of other free data services for South Africans.
Africell to become Angola's fourth telecoms operator – reports
Connecting Africa News  
3/9/2020   Post a comment
Lebanon-headquartered Africell looks likely to get a telecoms license in Angola, according to local media reports.
Telkom selling 53 properties in SA
Paula Gilbert  
3/6/2020   Post a comment
The operator is auctioning off 53 properties in South Africa as it moves forward with plans to modernize its network and improve efficiency.
Sub-Saharan Africa still struggling with mobile gender gap
Paula Gilbert  
3/5/2020   Post a comment
Sub-Saharan Africa remains the second-worst region in the world when it comes to the mobile gender gap, according to a new GSMA report.
MTN battles battery theft in SA
Connecting Africa News  
3/4/2020   Post a comment
MTN South Africa says it is making progress in its battle against battery theft syndicates.
BICS commits to free roaming initiative in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Global communications enabler BICS has joined the Smart Africa Alliance, which is working to reduce roaming charges among the 30 participating African countries.
MTN Nigeria's data customer base grows 35%
Paula Gilbert  
3/2/2020   Post a comment
MTN Nigeria added 6.5 million new active data users in 2019.
Cell C is being courted by multiple suitors
Paula Gilbert  
3/2/2020   Post a comment
Cell C's CFO, Zaf Mahomed, has confirmed that the group has received multiple offers to sell the business.
Blue Label turns the corner after Cell C write-off
Paula Gilbert  
2/28/2020   Post a comment
Blue Label Telecoms is back in the black after two tough years, including writing off its investment in troubled mobile operator Cell C.
Bank cards still beat mobile payments in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
2/28/2020   Post a comment
A new research report from Omdia and OpenWay has found that consumer demand for debit and credit cards still outweighs that for mobile money, according to African banks.
Safaricom pens cloud deal with AWS
Paula Gilbert  
2/27/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom will become both a customer and a reseller of Amazon Web Services cloud services in East Africa.
MTN Uganda expands MoMo reach with Vodacom partnership
Connecting Africa News  
2/26/2020   Post a comment
MTN Uganda is opening up its Mobile Money ecosystem even further, adding Vodacom Tanzania to the list of telecom partners that customers can transact with in East Africa.
East Africa Com Interview: Anne Wangalachi on how tech is transforming agriculture
AfricaCom Perspectives  
2/25/2020   1 comment
Anne Wangalachi, an agribusiness specialist at the World Bank Group, spoke to Connecting Africa about technology can transform agriculture in East Africa.
Econet throws hat in ring for Ethiopia license – report
Paula Gilbert  
2/25/2020   Post a comment
Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa's company is reportedly looking into a telecom license in Ethiopia.
Hot startup of the month: IoT-enabled refrigeration company Gricd
Connecting Africa News  
2/24/2020   Post a comment
Nigerian startup Gricd builds solar-powered, IoT-enabled mobile refrigeration boxes to transport and store food and medication.
Kenya's Safaricom looks to Huawei for 5G
Connecting Africa News  
2/21/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom is considering using Huawei equipment for its 5G network rollout.
Lycamobile partners with Tunisian postal service
Connecting Africa News  
2/21/2020   Post a comment
MVNO Lycamobile has announced a strategic partnership with Tunisia's state-owned postal and banking service operator, La Poste.
Vodacom facing trouble in Lesotho
Paula Gilbert  
2/20/2020   Post a comment
The Lesotho Communications Authority is not happy with Vodacom and has fined it $549,000 – and is threatening to revoke its license.
East Africa Com Interview: GlobalX's Sylvia Mukasa on women in tech
AfricaCom Perspectives  
2/19/2020   Post a comment
GlobalX Investments CEO, Sylvia Mukasa, talks to Connecting Africa about the skills gap in east Africa and what can be done to help women in the region succeed in the tech industry.
Etisalat tests open RAN in Africa through Parallel Wireless
Paula Gilbert  
2/19/2020   Post a comment
Telecoms giant Etisalat is set to trial open RAN solutions across its markets in Africa using technology from Parallel Wireless.
Internet Solutions taps Liquid Telecom for 5G capacity
Connecting Africa News  
2/18/2020   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom will provide Internet Solutions with wholesale 5G connectivity in South Africa.
Malawi investors snap up Airtel stock
Connecting Africa News  
2/17/2020   Post a comment
Airtel Malawi will list 20% of its shares on local stock exchange following an oversubscribed offer.
Africa remains growth driver for Orange
Paula Gilbert  
2/13/2020   Post a comment
Orange CEO Stéphane Richard says that once again in 2019, the Africa & Middle East region was a main growth driver for the Group.
MWC 2020 officially canceled
Paula Gilbert  
2/13/2020   Post a comment
The GSMA has pulled the plug on this year's Mobile World Congress due to the impact of reactions to the coronavirus outbreak.
MTN expects big earnings jump
Paula Gilbert  
2/12/2020   Post a comment
MTN expects its headline earnings per share for the 2019 financial year to be as much as 50% higher than the year before.
Connecting Africa joins MWC exodus
Paula Gilbert  
2/12/2020   Post a comment
Connecting Africa believes it will be easier and more efficient to report on the industry's developments without traveling to Barcelona.
How the digital healthcare revolution will be realized
AfricaCom Perspectives  
2/12/2020   Post a comment
Frank Hester, founder and CEO of healthcare technology company TPP, believes the healthcare industry is not embracing technology as it should, but that the digital revolution is coming.
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