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Content posted in November 2017
Angola to Get New Operator, Part Privatize Incumbent
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11/29/2017   Post a comment
Angolan government is set to award a license for a new mobile, fixed line and TV services operator and part privatize fixed line incumbent Angola Telecom.
Sub-Saharan Africa to Have 310 Million 4G Users by 2023 – Ericsson
Ray Le Maistre  
11/28/2017   Post a comment
Mobile network equipment vendor's annual Mobility Report suggests 4G subscription numbers will grow from just 30 million this year to 310 million within six years.
Econet Preps London IPO, Plans More M&A
Ray Le Maistre  
11/27/2017   Post a comment
With multiple acquisitions already under its belt, Econet is now planning to raise money by listing its shares on the London and possibly also Johannesburg stock exchanges as it eyes up further expansion.
Egyptian Operators Settle Their Differences
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11/24/2017   Post a comment
Telecom Egypt and Orange Egypt have settled their numerous disputes related to network interconnection.
Liquid Telecom Revamps Data Centers in Major Cloud Expansion
Iain Morris  
11/22/2017   1 comment
The pan-African operator has already made a name for itself in the continent's fiber markets. Its new focus is the cloud.
Kontron on SDN in Developing Markets
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11/22/2017   Post a comment
SPONSORED VIDEO: Kontron’s Luc-Yves Pagal Vinette discusses software-defined networking (SDN) in developing markets and how Kontron is facilitating a fast transformation to SDN/NFV for service providers in Africa.
AfricaCom Day Two: The Technology Paradox
Connecting Africa News  
11/22/2017   Post a comment
From satellite to balloon connectivity – how African governments and tech giants are bridging the digital divide.
Safaricom Opens Its Digital Market
Ray Le Maistre  
11/21/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator launches e-commerce platform, Masoko.
Bidders Line Up for Nigeria's 9Mobile: Reports
Ray Le Maistre  
11/20/2017   1 comment
Nigerian mobile operator has attracted multiple bidders keen to play a role in one of Africa's biggest markets, according to local media reports.
Fintech Innovation a Key Trend as Africa's Economy Rebounds: Report
Connecting Africa News  
11/17/2017   Post a comment
Ecobank Group Research provides a positive outlook for Africa's economy and cites fintech innovation as a key trend.
Bharti Airtel, Millicom Combine Operations in Ghana
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11/15/2017   Post a comment
Bharti Airtel and Millicom, which operates under the Tigo brand, have combined their operations in Ghana to form the country's second largest operator.
MTN to Trial 5G in South Africa with Ericsson
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11/15/2017   Post a comment
Mobile operator starts exploring the next generation of mobile broadband technology with Swedish vendor.
Connecting Africa Through Satellite Communications
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11/15/2017   Post a comment
At AfricaCom 2017, South Africa's Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams highlighted the role that satellite communications can play in bridging the digital divide.
Vodafone in Firing Line Over African Growth Strategy
Ray Le Maistre  
11/14/2017   Post a comment
Investigation into Vodafone's growth across Africa suggests that deals were not as ethical and transparent as they could have been and have lined the pockets of the continent's political elite.
Vodacom Boasts Growth as Data Revenues Overtake Voice in South Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
11/13/2017   Post a comment
Mobile operator registered growth in revenues, customer numbers and net profit during the first half of its fiscal year, during which data revenues outstripped voice revenues for the first time in its core market of South Africa.
Vodacom: Future Telcos Will Be Invisible to Consumers
Iain Morris  
11/9/2017   Post a comment
Vodacom executive foresees a radical overhaul of the business model for mobile network operators in the next five years.
Automation Anxiety Grips Africa
Iain Morris  
11/9/2017   Post a comment
Automation in the workplace is a worrying prospect in a region with an acute skills shortage.
Safaricom CIO: I'm a Terrible Capitalist, Not a Greedy Coward
Iain Morris  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
Senior executive at Kenyan operator accepts some of the blame for Africa's affordability crisis.
AfricaCom Awards Winners for 2017 Announced
Connecting Africa News  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
Who won what in Cape Town.
Liquid Strikes Microsoft Deal, Targets Cloud Dominance in Africa
Iain Morris  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
The African fiber operator has just signed a new deal with Microsoft and has grand ambitions in Africa's cloud services market.
AfricaCom Day 1 Overview
Connecting Africa News  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
The opening day of AfricaCom in Cape Town saw the emergence of several key themes.
Orange Botswana on Long Trek to 5G
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Orange subsidiary in Botswana is already thinking about 5G, but it will have to overcome numerous obstacles before it can deploy the technology.
Mugabe's Man Bashes US & Asian Tech Firms
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Zimbabwean minister of communications wants his country to become a software leader. There seems little chance it will happen.
Ericsson Forecasts Lackluster 5G Take-Up in Africa
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor unveils research that suggests 5G technology will not take off quickly in Africa.
Huawei, Telcos Clash With Policymakers in Cape Town
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Private sector players continue to complain that shortsighted regulation is hindering the rollout and take-up of telecom services in Africa.
Safaricom Ramps H1 Revenues, Profits, Subs
Ray Le Maistre  
11/5/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator's metrics are on the rise…
E-Health Emerges as Prominent Topic at AfricaCom 2017
Connecting Africa News  
11/3/2017   Post a comment
A new digital health conference stream has been added to this year's AfricaCom agenda, while fintech is also a key topic.
The Future of the Connected TV Space: AfricaCom Interview With NAGRA's Guillaume Hallez
Amy Turner  
11/2/2017   Post a comment
Ahead of AfricaCom, Connecting Africa spoke with NAGRA's Guillaume Hallez, to hear his thoughts on the future of the pay-TV market in Africa and more.
AfricaCom Awards Shortlists Highlight Innovation
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11/1/2017   Post a comment
The extensive shortlists for this year's AfricaCom Awards highlights the broad range of innovation underway across the continent's communications and ICT market.

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