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Content posted in March 2017
MTN Trials Next Gen Mobile Network
Ray Le Maistre  
3/29/2017   Post a comment
Operator has been working with Huawei and Qualcomm on the use of next-generation antenna technology that can boost mobile broadband throughout.
Joburg In Line to Host OpenLab
Ray Le Maistre  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
Telecoms technology giant Huawei is setting up an OpenLab in Cape Town to foster industry collaboration.
Propelling Connectivity in East Africa & Beyond
Amy Turner  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
OFS is one of the specialist technology suppliers helping Africa's network operators to build out their next-generation fiber networks.
Feeding the Data Demand in East Africa
Amy Turner  
3/24/2017   Post a comment
How can East Africa's mobile operators address the transport network capacity crunch they all face as data service usage grows? Airtel Tanzania's Barnabas Bwali has some answers.
17% Rise in Number of African Tech Startups Funded in 2016 – Report
Connecting Africa News  
3/22/2017   1 comment
There was a significant rise in the number of African technology startups funded last year, according to a new report from Disrupt Africa.
Spreading ICT to the Underserved & Unserved in Kenya
Amy Turner  
3/21/2017   Post a comment
There are signs of encouraging growth in the East African ICT and telecom sector but there's still much to be done to address the digital divide.
Orange Expands Its Brand but Faces Challenges
Ray Le Maistre  
3/17/2017   Post a comment
Orange rebrands its acquired business in Burkina Faso but faces a tough task to meet its financial objectives in Africa.
Driving Access to Mobile Health Services – AfricaCom Interview With Dr Michael Mol
Amy Turner  
3/16/2017   Post a comment
Technology has a key role to play in tackling Africa's healthcare plight.
The Changing Face of the African International Bandwidth Market
Guy Zibi  
3/15/2017   Post a comment
In terms of international subsea network connectivity, Africa has never had it so good. But that doesn't mean there aren't significant challenges in the wholesale bandwidth market, explains Guy Zibi.
Public and Private Collaboration Spearheading ICT Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Amy Turner  
3/14/2017   1 comment
There's plenty of cause for optimism in Africa's Tech and telecom sectors.
Hurricane Electric Expands IP Backbone in Africa, Middle East
Connecting Africa News  
3/13/2017   1 comment
IP backbone operator is extending its network into Djibouti, Nairobi and Dubai.
Making MTN Great Again
Guy Zibi  
3/10/2017   1 comment
The new team running MTN has some tough decisions to take but there are a number of key steps that can help get the pan-African operator back on track, notes Xalam Analytics Principal Guy Zibi.
WiFi's Role in Bridging the Digital Divide
Amy Turner  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Internet.org's sustainable economic model is making Africa more open and connected, with its Express WiFi initiative a prime example.
MTN's South Africa CEO Jumps Ship
Ray Le Maistre  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Mteto Nyati's abrupt departure provides incoming group CEO Rob Shuter with an early challenge.
Safaricom, mSurvey Peer Into Spending Trends With Consumer Wallet
Connecting Africa News  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator and mobile research specialist seek to identify spending habits of cash-dependent consumers.
The Timing Is Right for Orange Egypt's 4G
Ray Le Maistre  
3/7/2017   Post a comment
Mobile operator deploys synchronization system to ensure quality LTE services as Egypt's 4G market prepares for take-off.
One Global Pitches Mobile Finance App at Africa, Middle East
Ray Le Maistre  
3/6/2017   Post a comment
The PayIt platform has a new name as One Global tries to become a major player in the mobile money market across Africa and the Middle East.
Lighting Opportunities in Africa
Amy Turner  
3/3/2017   1 comment
Highlights from Thione Niang's keynote address at AfricaCom, where he spoke about igniting change on the continent.
Expresso Telecom Puts Towers Up for Sale
Iain Morris  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
Expresso Telecom, the west African mobile subsidiary of Sudanese incumbent Sudatel, is looking to sell its towers to reduce operating costs and help it focus on new service opportunities.
Empowering Citizens in the Digital Age
Amy Turner  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
Dr Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa's Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, didn't hold back at AfricaCom 2016.
HYLA, Facebook Fuel Smartphone Uptake With Refurb Project
Tim Skinner  
3/1/2017   Post a comment
Facebook's 'Smart Restart' project is targeting the next billion mobile users.
MWC 2017: Africa Features in Ovum's Highlights
Connecting Africa News  
3/1/2017   1 comment
The analyst team from Ovum are at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and have some interesting insights related to the African market.




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