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Telkom SA CFO quits to join MTN
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has announced that Tsholofelo Molefe will join next year as group CFO, just hours after Telkom SA announced she had resigned.
5G will grow but 3G will dominate SSA in 2026 Ericsson
  • Paula Gilbert
The newest Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that 5G will make up about 5% of sub-Saharan Africa's mobile subscriptions by 2026, but the region's dominant mobile technology will still be 3G at over 40%.
Pandemic propels mobile money growth
  • Paula Gilbert
Pan-African telcos MTN, Vodacom, Orange and Airtel have all seen a boost in mobile money users during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hot startup of the month: SA's FlexClub
  • Tom Jackson
South African startup FlexClub has launched a managed marketplace that helps independent drivers on digital platforms become vehicle owners.
Data demand boosts Vodacom H1 revenue
  • Paula Gilbert
The COVID-19 pandemic didn't dampen Vodacom's interim revenue growth by much as the SA-based telco saw a big surge in data traffic and growth in data and financial services customers.
Vodacom's focus on 'bite size' products
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom is finding success in providing what it calls 'bite size' products like nano-loans, nano-investment and cheaper short-term entertainment offerings and data bundles.
COVID-19 bites into Safaricom profit
  • Paula Gilbert
The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic saw Safaricom's first-half net profit drop 6%, but the Kenyan telco said it plans to get 4G to 100% of the population by the end of 2020.
Telkom SA predicts earnings jump
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa is expecting its half-year headline earnings per share to be as much as 25% better than last year, as its mobile business continues to grow.
MTN Nigeria, 9Mobile test network sharing
  • Connecting Africa News
The Nigerian Communications Commission is encouraging network resource sharing through a national roaming service trial between MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile.
Karl Toriola appointed new MTN Nigeria CEO
  • Connecting Africa News
Karl Toriola to take over as CEO of MTN Nigeria, and Ferdi Moolman will return to South Africa to take on role of MTN Group chief risk officer.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's VNTS
  • Tom Jackson
Nigerian startup VNTS manufactures network devices that solve last-mile connectivity and last-inch Wi-Fi signal issues using existing electrical cabling.
COVID-19 hits Ericsson's MEA sales
  • Paula Gilbert
Ericsson's third quarter sales in the Middle East and Africa declined 9% year-on-year, due to COVID-19-related macroeconomic uncertainty and delayed investments in the region.
Cell C's financial struggles continue
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operator Cell C recorded a net loss after tax of almost R7.6B (US$460M) in the six months to June 2020 and lost 4.5M customers in a year.
API marketplace Chenosis is gaining traction
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Group CTIO, Charles Molapisi, shared his ambitious plans for API marketplace Chenosis which has already signed up over 250 developers in just two months.
Vodacom denies Rain deal is a merger
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom is confident its agreements with Rain do not constitute a merger and do not contravene the South African Competition Act.
MTN Ghana pulls back on dominance court case
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has withdrawn a court case in Ghana related to its market dominance, and is trying to find an amicable resolution with the National Communications Authority.
Vodacom gets a lifeline in Lesotho
  • Paula Gilbert
The High Court of Lesotho has granted an interim interdict stopping the Lesotho Communications Authority from revoking Vodacom's unified license in the country.
Vodacom Lesotho's license revoked
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom's license in Lesotho has been revoked by the Lesotho Communications Authority for failing to pay a hefty fine, but the telco will fight the decision in court.


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