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Content posted in March 2020
WACS cable break slows SA Internet, again
Paula Gilbert  
3/31/2020   Post a comment
South Africa is once again experiencing slow Internet as the West Africa Cable System (WACS) suffered its third major fault in 2020.
Sub-Saharan Africa adds 50M mobile money accounts in 2019
Paula Gilbert  
3/30/2020   Post a comment
Sub-Saharan Africa added 50 million new mobile money accounts in 2019, and global mobile money accounts surpassed 1 billion for the first time.
Hot startup of the month: Mini-Internet network provider NodeOne
Connecting Africa News  
3/27/2020   Post a comment
Rwandan-founded NodeOne has developed a hardware and software package that enables anyone, anywhere to create small, affordable Internet networks.
Telkom SA to cut IP Connect pricing
Paula Gilbert  
3/26/2020   1 comment
Telkom has come to an agreement with the SA Competition Commission to address concerns over IP Connect pricing and reducing the digital divide.
Cell C planning to give customers free 'lifeline' data
Paula Gilbert  
3/24/2020   1 comment
Cell C's CEO says the telco is planning to give its customers a 'lifeline package' of free data, in response to the South African Competition Commissions call for operators to do so.
Cell C narrows loss, but loses customers
Paula Gilbert  
3/23/2020   Post a comment
South African telecom operator Cell C managed to reduce net losses in 2019 and is seeing some success from a turnaround strategy introduced from March 2019 onwards.
MTN to give SA users 20MB free data every day
Paula Gilbert  
3/20/2020   1 comment
MTN SA has promised to reduce its smaller data bundle prices by between 25% and 50% and is offering 20MB daily free data to users.
Huawei's path forward without Google
Paula Gilbert  
3/19/2020   Post a comment
Huawei's CTO in SA speaks to Connecting Africa about what consumers can expect from a Huawei phone without Google apps.
What African operators are doing to help during COVID-19 outbreak
Paula Gilbert  
3/18/2020   Post a comment
African operators are stepping up to help during the COVID-19 outbreak which is now affecting at least 30 African nations.
COVID-19 to slow East African smartphone shipments
Paula Gilbert  
3/17/2020   Post a comment
East Africa can expect a slowdown in its smartphone market over the coming quarters as the global COVID-19 outbreak continues to severely impact economies and supply chains worldwide, according to IDC.
MTN's MusicTime expands African footprint
Connecting Africa News  
3/16/2020   Post a comment
MusicTime has reached over 500,000 downloads and is now available in six African countries.
Telkom job cuts to cost $90M
Paula Gilbert  
3/16/2020   Post a comment
Telkom's plan to shed around 3,000 jobs is going to cost the telecoms operator about R1.5 billion (US$90 million) and will have a negative impact on its earnings for the 2020 financial year.
SA tech stock bloodbath
Paula Gilbert  
3/13/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's tech and telecoms stocks plummeted on Thursday as worries over the spread of the coronavirus caused massive equity sell-offs.
MTN prepared for coronavirus supply chain woes
Paula Gilbert  
3/12/2020   Post a comment
MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter says the company is prepared for possible supply chain issues as a result of the spreading coronavirus.
Nigeria, Ghana shine for MTN but SA struggles
Paula Gilbert  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
Strong performances in Nigeria and Ghana helped push up MTN's profitability in 2019 as the South African business struggled to grow.
Rob Shuter to step down as MTN CEO in 2021
Paula Gilbert  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
MTN Group President and CEO Rob Shuter will be leaving the telco when his contract ends at the end of March 2021.
Vodacom to slash SA data prices by 30%
Paula Gilbert  
3/10/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom has promised to reduce its data bundle prices by between 30% and 40% and is launching a range of other free data services for South Africans.
Africell to become Angola's fourth telecoms operator – reports
Connecting Africa News  
3/9/2020   Post a comment
Lebanon-headquartered Africell looks likely to get a telecoms license in Angola, according to local media reports.
Telkom selling 53 properties in SA
Paula Gilbert  
3/6/2020   Post a comment
The operator is auctioning off 53 properties in South Africa as it moves forward with plans to modernize its network and improve efficiency.
Sub-Saharan Africa still struggling with mobile gender gap
Paula Gilbert  
3/5/2020   Post a comment
Sub-Saharan Africa remains the second-worst region in the world when it comes to the mobile gender gap, according to a new GSMA report.
MTN battles battery theft in SA
Connecting Africa News  
3/4/2020   Post a comment
MTN South Africa says it is making progress in its battle against battery theft syndicates.
BICS commits to free roaming initiative in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Global communications enabler BICS has joined the Smart Africa Alliance, which is working to reduce roaming charges among the 30 participating African countries.
MTN Nigeria's data customer base grows 35%
Paula Gilbert  
3/2/2020   Post a comment
MTN Nigeria added 6.5 million new active data users in 2019.
Cell C is being courted by multiple suitors
Paula Gilbert  
3/2/2020   Post a comment
Cell C's CFO, Zaf Mahomed, has confirmed that the group has received multiple offers to sell the business.




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