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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.
Kwesé Acquires Stake in iflix Africa
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2/22/2018   Post a comment
Econet Media's TV services unit Kwesé has acquired a 'significant stake' in video content specialist iflix Africa.
Orange Hails Africa Recovery, Expects Margin Growth
Iain Morris  
2/21/2018   Post a comment
Orange CEO says 'mutualization' efforts in Africa are likely to buoy earnings this year.
Safaricom Safe From the Splits, but Rural Network Sharing Likely
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2/21/2018   Post a comment
Market recommendations for Kenya no longer include separating M-PESA from its parent Safaricom, the country's dominant mobile operator, but the operator will likely be forced to share its network in some rural areas.
DOCOMO Digital, Safaricom Team Up on Google Play Store Payments
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2/21/2018   Post a comment
DOCOMO Digital partners with Safaricom to launch the first app store integration with the world's most popular mobile money service.
Altron Lands Limpopo Fiber Broadband Network Rollout Deal
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2/19/2018   Post a comment
The Limpopo Provincial Government has awarded Altron a R585 million deal to build an open access fiber broadband access network.
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?
Will Standard Bank Add to South Africa's MVNO Mix?
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2/14/2018   Post a comment
Reports suggest Standard Bank is preparing to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business in South Africa, a market already hosting multiple such operations.
Disrupt or Be Disrupted: It's Do-or-Die for African Telcos in 2018
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2/14/2018   Post a comment
For African telco providers, the need to adapt in 2018 is paramount, according to Mariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Lead at SAP Africa.
A World Made Possible by the Promise of the Pervasive Network
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Safaricom Launches Songa Music Streaming Service
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2/13/2018   Post a comment
Safaricom has launched a new all-inclusive music streaming service for customers and artistes.
SatADSL Targets Africa's MNOs with Cloud-Based Satellite Service Delivery Platform
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2/12/2018   Post a comment
SatADSL leverages the cloud to enable new innovative business models for mobile network operators in Africa.
9mobile Loses More Market Share as it Awaits New Owner
Ray Le Maistre  
2/12/2018   Post a comment
Nigeria's mobile market is growing but 9mobile's customers base is shrinking, according to the latest statistics from the country's telecoms watchdog.
MTN Looks Set for Nigeria IPO -- Report
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2/9/2018   Post a comment
An IPO for MTN's Nigeria business looks to be back on the table following a more settled financial year.
Goodwell Raises €20M
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2/8/2018   Post a comment
Goodwell Investments has raised €20 million to invest in startups in Sub-Saharan Africa, half of which will be invested in financial services.
Why Africa's Mobile Operators Are In a Fine Mess
Ray Le Maistre  
2/7/2018   Post a comment
More and more of Africa's mobile operators are being hit with fines and financial penalties, finds a new report.
Millicom Now Focused on Tanzania, Chad
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2/6/2018   Post a comment
Operator has shrunk its business in Africa and now operates in just two markets.
Growing Africa's Digital Ecosystem by Bringing High Touch to High Tech
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2/6/2018   Post a comment
Companies like Google, Facebook, SEC2Africa and Oradian are identifying what could be the missing links in the digital ecosystem: knowledge transfer and face-to-face interaction.
Facebook Joins Hands with Partners Across Africa for a Safer Internet
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2/6/2018   Post a comment
Aim -- Raising awareness of emerging online issues and helping to explore ways to make the Internet safer for all.
Orange Teams With CNED on Educational Content
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2/2/2018   Post a comment
Mobile service provider has partnered with the CNED (National Distance Learning Centre) to distribute educational content via smartphones.
Blaze Invests Millions in Campus Customer Service Zones
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2/2/2018   Post a comment
Safaricom's youth network has unveiled the first of seven BLAZE Campus Experience Zones.
Vodacom Reports Revenues Hike of 6.7%
Ray Le Maistre  
2/1/2018   1 comment
For the quarter ended December 31, 2017, Vodacom reported group revenues up by 6.7% to R22.6 billion.
Ericsson's Sales, Staff Numbers Shrink
Ray Le Maistre  
1/31/2018   Post a comment
As telecoms vendor giant Ericsson continues to report losses and execute a turnaround strategy, its revenues and staff numbers dipped in the Middle East and Africa during 2017.
Safaricom Slashes Home Data Prices by More Than 50%
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1/31/2018   Post a comment
Safaricom home customers to enjoy discounted 3G/4G bundles as alternative to home fiber.
Africa Data Centres Opens Expanded Facilities in Cape Town, Johannesburg
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1/30/2018   Post a comment
South Africa Data Centre (SADC) Johannesburg and SADC Cape Town will support rising demand for cloud-based services in Southern Africa.
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.
Teleology in Driving Seat to Buy 9mobile
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1/29/2018   Post a comment
Not surprisingly, the highest bidder has been identified as the favorite to take control of Nigeria's fourth mobile operator, according to local reports.
Liquid Telecom & Strathmore Business School to Drive Africa's Data Revolution Through New Analytics Center
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1/28/2018   Post a comment
Strathmore Africa Data Analytic Centre will be hosted at East Africa Data Centre (EADC) in Nairobi where it will provide businesses with data analytics services.
Orange, Gavi and Côte d’Ivoire Ministry of Health Join Forces to Boost Child Immunisation
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1/25/2018   Post a comment
The mobile phone project "M-Vaccin Côte d' Ivoire" will raise awareness of immunisation among parents and communities to increase vaccine coverage in regions with the lowest coverage.
MTN Targets 3x Growth in Mobile Money Subs by 2021
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1/24/2018   Post a comment
CEO tells Deloitte Africa event attendees of the mobile giant's ambitions in customer growth and mobile money service usage.
Partech Ventures Launches $120M Africa Tech Fund
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1/23/2018   Post a comment
VC firm launches Partech Africa, a $120 million fund dedicated to raising capital for investment in African tech startups.
Kenya Launches Mobile Money Interoperability Trial
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1/22/2018   Post a comment
The Communications Authority of Kenya announces the launch of a mobile financial services trial, setting stage for lower cross networks transactions costs.
9Mobile Bids: And Then There Were Two
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1/22/2018   Post a comment
It's a two-horse race to become the new majority shareholder in Nigerian mobile operator 9Mobile, according to local reports.
South Africa's IT Market Grew 5.3% in 2017: Report
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1/22/2018   Post a comment
South Africa's IT market grew by 5.3% in 2017 according to estimates by research firm BMIT and will grow at a faster pace during the next four years.
Africa Stars in Airtel’s Q3 Results
Ray Le Maistre  
1/19/2018   Post a comment
While the Indian market proves tough for Bharti Airtel, revenues from its African operations are up by more than 5% in the fiscal third quarter that ended December 31, 2017.
Bango Teams Up with MTN Ghana to Launch Mobile Money Wallet in Google Play
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1/19/2018   Post a comment
This is the first use of the MTN Mobile Money wallet to fund app store purchases, according to the partners.
Cell C On the Acquisition Trail
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1/18/2018   Post a comment
South African operator is looking to make a couple of acquisitions to bolster its service portfolio, CEO tells Bloomberg.
Satellite Hopeful Plans Free Internet Access for Africa
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1/17/2018   Post a comment
Quika plans to offer free connectivity to consumers, low-cost satellite broadband to SMEs.
Samsung Targets Africa Growth: Report
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1/16/2018   Post a comment
Mobile phone and electronics giant aims to boost its sales in Africa and generate 20% of its total revenues from the continent within five years, according to Reuters.
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.
Huawei Pumps $100M Into South Africa Campus
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1/12/2018   Post a comment
Chinese technology giant is investing in a substantial campus facility in Johannesburg.
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.
Cote d’Ivoire Imposes Tax on Mobile Money Transfers
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1/11/2018   Post a comment
This could fray some nerves in the mobile commerce community.
CETel to Connect Sites in Africa via SES's MEO Fleet
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1/10/2018   Post a comment
CETel has signed a five-year deal with SES Networks to connect new exploration and production sites in Africa via SES's medium earth orbit (MEO) O3b satellite constellation.
Analyzing South Africa's Controversial 4G Wholesale Plan
Guy Zibi  
1/10/2018   3 comments
Guy Zibi from Xalam Analytics takes stock of South Africa's proposed 4G wholesale experiment and how it could impact multiple markets.
Pay-TV Subs to Grow 74% by 2023
Ray Le Maistre  
1/9/2018   Post a comment
The number of pay-TV subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa will grow by 74% between 2017 and 2023, according to a new forecast from Digital TV Research.
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.
Zimbabwe's NetOne Strikes Loan Deal for Rural Expansion
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1/4/2018   Post a comment
Zimbabwe mobile operator has agreed a vendor financing deal with China's Huawei to help fund its network expansion in rural areas, according to local media reports.
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.
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