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Content posted in March 2019
Vodacom Eyes Link With Rain, Liquid Telecom to Offer 5G FWA
Wei Shi  
3/29/2019   Post a comment
South African operator could forge partnership with Rain and Liquid Telecom to roll out fixed wireless broadband services.
Liquid Telecom Deploys Nokia Optical Gear in East Africa
Connecting Africa News  
3/28/2019   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom is deploying Nokia's 100G DWDM/OTN network equipment in East Africa to support its expanding broadband services.
Telecom Playing Critical Role in Aftermath of Cyclone Idai
Wei Shi  
3/28/2019   Post a comment
Getting communications systems up and running is vital if the human impact of Cyclone Idai is to be minimized.
MTN Uses AI to Offer Top-Up App via WhatsApp
Wei Shi  
3/27/2019   Post a comment
As mobile operator plans launch of its own messaging application, it is offering useful top-up functions via WhatsApp.
Vodafone Expands Its Partnership Programme to Angola
Connecting Africa News  
3/27/2019   Post a comment
Vodafone and Movicel Angola have struck a strategic consultancy agreement as part of Vodafone’s Partner Markets programme in Africa.
SIM Boxing Hitting Mobile Operators, Says Consultant
Connecting Africa News  
3/26/2019   Post a comment
Ugandan operators are estimated to have lost $60 million due to SIM Boxing, the illegal redirection of international calls traffic, in 2016.
Clickatell Helps MTN South Africa Launch MTN Chat
Connecting Africa News  
3/26/2019   Post a comment
MTN South Africa has teamed up with global customer engagement company Clickatell to launch its new MTN Chat application, which is available via WhatsApp.
TSF Connects Aid Workers in Cyclone-Stricken Mozambique
Wei Shi  
3/22/2019   Post a comment
Emergency comms NGO Télécoms Sans Frontières is providing support to aid workers in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.
Safaricom Hits 30 Million Customer Milestone
Connecting Africa News  
3/21/2019   Post a comment
Kenyan market leader now has 30 million customers.
Unitel to Chair GSMA's Africa Fraud and Security Group
Connecting Africa News  
3/20/2019   Post a comment
Unitel's Director of Risk, Fraud and Security, José Carlos Sobreira Martins, will head up the GSMA's Africa Fraud and Security Group.
PEG Africa Raises $25M to Fuel Expansion in West Africa
Connecting Africa News  
3/20/2019   Post a comment
PEG Africa, a West Africa-based pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar company, has raised US$25 million, taking its total funding to $50 million.
Seacom Offers Kenya a Route to South Africa's Cloud
Wei Shi  
3/20/2019   Post a comment
The subsea cable operator is offering Kenyan companies the chance to hook up to Microsoft's new data centers in South Africa.
Rwanda Takes Minor Stake in Satellite Hopeful OneWeb
Ray Le Maistre  
3/19/2019   Post a comment
The Government of Rwanda is one of multiple organizations to have participated in a US$1.25 billion funding round in satellite communications startup OneWeb.
Dimension Data Heading for Regional MBO – Reports
Wei Shi  
3/18/2019   Post a comment
Local media reports suggest the Africa and Middle East operations of Dimension Data could be subject to a management buyout.
Seacom Acquires South Africa's FibreCo
Connecting Africa News  
3/17/2019   Post a comment
Following approval from the Competition Commission, Seacom has completed the acquisition of South African fiber network operator FibreCo Telecommunications.
The Battle for the African Cloud
Guy Zibi  
3/15/2019   Post a comment
In the African market for hyperscale cloud providers, it's still all to play for as Huawei pitches up against AWS, Azure and others.
Maroc Telecom Expands into Chad with Tigo Acquisition
Wei Shi  
3/15/2019   Post a comment
Moroccan operator further expands its expire as Millicom sheds part of its African operation.
South African Businesses Ready to Embrace Cloud Service
Wei Shi  
3/14/2019   Post a comment
Demand for cloud service use is high, but varies depending on the sector.
Ericsson Begins Search for New MEA Chief
Ray Le Maistre  
3/13/2019   Post a comment
Mobile networking giant is on the hunt for a new head of its Middle East and Africa (MEA) unit as Rafiah Ibrahim takes one step towards the exit door at Ericsson.
Safaricom, Ant Financial Enable Alibaba Trading Using M-PESA
Wei Shi  
3/13/2019   Post a comment
Kenyan businesses can now use M-PESA to pay overseas suppliers, particularly those in China, trading through the Alibaba e-commerce platform.
Africa's Smartphone Market Back in Growth Mode: IDC
Ray Le Maistre  
3/12/2019   Post a comment
Market research firm IDC says Africa's smartphone market grew in 2018 for the first time in three years.
Vodacom Launches OneNumber
Connecting Africa News  
3/12/2019   Post a comment
Mobile operator launches Vodacom OneNumber, partners with Samsung to unveil South Africa's first eSIM wearable.
MTN Raises Targets After a Tough Year
Wei Shi  
3/7/2019   Post a comment
Despite many challenges, MTN reported promising financials for the full year 2018 and has raised its mid-term targets.
MTN Adds Advertising to its Monetization Portfolio
Wei Shi  
3/6/2019   Post a comment
The mobile operator has hired advertising company Out There Media to develop a multi-country mobile advertising business, starting with South Africa.
Microsoft Opens Data Center Doors in South Africa
Connecting Africa News  
3/6/2019   Post a comment
Microsoft has opened its first datacentres in Africa, offering Azure cloud services from its new 'cloud regions' in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
New Twist to the Airtel/Telkom Merger Saga in Kenya
Wei Shi  
3/5/2019   Post a comment
Kenya's parliamentary committee called the deal a scandal and is demanding for clarifications on remaining issues.
Bringing PEACE to Africa's Comms Ecosystem
Connecting Africa News  
3/4/2019   Post a comment
Subsea network connectivity, provided by initiatives such as PEACE, is of vital importance to the digital development of Africa and global operators such as Orange are playing an important role in highlighting the advances being made in Africa's international connectivity, as well as the many challenges that remain.
Ericsson Wallet to Power MTN Mobile Money for Five More Years
Wei Shi  
3/1/2019   Post a comment
Existing mobile money relationship is extended and expanded.
Airtel's African Turnaround
Guy Zibi  
3/1/2019   Post a comment
Nobody saw that coming... so how has Airtel done it?




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