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Content posted in October 2020
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MTN has withdrawn a court case in Ghana related to its market dominance, and is trying to find an amicable resolution with the National Communications Authority.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Vodacom's license in Lesotho has been revoked by the Lesotho Communications Authority for failing to pay a hefty fine, but the telco will fight the decision in court.
Airtel, Samsung in smartphone financing deal
  • Paula Gilbert
Airtel Africa is partnering with Mastercard, Samsung and Asante Financial Services to launch a smartphone financing project as a way to entice users to upgrade from feature phones to smartphones.
COVID-19 exposes West Africa's digital education divide
  • Paula Gilbert
Africa Web Services CEO Dr. Momar Dieng told West Africa Com that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the education system and highlighted the region's digital divide when it comes to learning.
MTN Zambia signs fiber deal with ZTE
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN Zambia and ZTE have signed a partnership to construct a cross-border optical transmission network backbone, promising better connectivity and lower data costs for Zambians.
US-Africa Tech Challenge to take place in 2021
  • Connecting Africa Video
David Bray, inaugural director of the GeoTech Center at The Atlantic Council, spoke at East Africa Com, giving more details about the US-Africa Tech Challenge.


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