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Content posted in January 2018
Ericsson's Sales, Staff Numbers Shrink
  • Ray Le Maistre
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.
Ghana, Kenya Boost Africa's Broadband Stats
  • Ray Le Maistre
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
  • Connecting Africa News
Not surprisingly, the highest bidder has been identified as the favorite to take control of Nigeria's fourth mobile operator, according to local reports.
9Mobile Bids: And Then There Were Two
  • Connecting Africa News
It's a two-horse race to become the new majority shareholder in Nigerian mobile operator 9Mobile, according to local reports.
Africa Stars in Airtel’s Q3 Results
  • Ray Le Maistre
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.
Cell C On the Acquisition Trail
  • Connecting Africa News
South African operator is looking to make a couple of acquisitions to bolster its service portfolio, CEO tells Bloomberg.
Samsung Targets Africa Growth: Report
  • Connecting Africa News
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.
Pay-TV Subs to Grow 74% by 2023
  • Ray Le Maistre
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.


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