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Content posted in April 2019
Orange Boasts Strong Q1 in Africa, Middle East
Ray Le Maistre  
4/30/2019   Post a comment
While customer numbers remain flat, revenues are up and 4G uptake is significant.
Safaricom Set for New CEO – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
4/30/2019   Post a comment
Operator reacts to Reuters story about CEO Bob Collymore's impending departure but fails to confirm any plans.
Tunisia Eyes 5G in 2021
Wei Shi  
4/29/2019   Post a comment
Feasibility study is already underway and the country's telecoms minister has Suggested licenses could be awarded as soon as 2021.
Safaricom & Equity Group Strike Agreement
Connecting Africa News  
4/29/2019   Post a comment
The partnership will see both organizations work towards creating more opportunities to empower Kenyans using a mix of technology and financial solutions.
New Effort to Separate M-Pesa from Safaricom
Wei Shi  
4/26/2019   Post a comment
Kenya's dominant operator might once again find itself fighting to hang on to its popular mobile finance operation.
It's Official — South Africa Data Prices Are Too High
Wei Shi  
4/25/2019   Post a comment
Competition Commission concludes what everyone already knew.
'Orange Digital Center' Launches in Tunisia
Connecting Africa News  
4/25/2019   Post a comment
Orange has launched its first 'Orange Digital Centre' in Tunisia.
Telstar's License Revoked by Angolan President
Wei Shi  
4/24/2019   Post a comment
The head of the republic intervened when the new licensee had been judged to be failing to meet the requirements of the bidding process.
Kenya's Telecom Regulator Forced to Clarify Its SIM Disconnection Policy
Wei Shi  
4/23/2019   Post a comment
Contrary to some media reports, Kenya's Communication Authority will not disconnect improperly registered SIMs on May 18.
Mobile Ecosystem Boosts GDP, Jobs in West Africa – GSMA
Wei Shi  
4/18/2019   Post a comment
The mobile sector is responsible for 8.7% of West Africa's GDP, according to industry body the GSMA.
Ghana Lands Africa's First Google AI Lab
Wei Shi  
4/17/2019   1 comment
Google’s first AI lab was officially opened in Accra.
Telstar Is the New Kid on Angola's Comms Services Block
Wei Shi  
4/15/2019   Post a comment
The local company beat off plenty of competition to land the country's fourth multiservice license.
More Than 600,000 SIMs Deactivated in Kenya
Wei Shi  
4/12/2019   Post a comment
An initiative to gain more accurate insights into the mobile market in Kenya has led to the deactivation of hundreds of thousands of SIM cards, mainly by Airtel.
DSA Stresses Need for Alternative Spectrum Access
Connecting Africa News  
4/12/2019   Post a comment
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance has emphasized the need for dynamic spectrum access in order to connect millions of people in Africa to the Internet.
Facebook Creates Detailed Population Density Map of Africa
Connecting Africa News  
4/11/2019   Post a comment
New AI-powered, high-res maps to help humanitarian aid and relief agencies better assist people in need.
MTN Tests 5G at Sports Arena
Wei Shi  
4/10/2019   Post a comment
The South Africa mobile operator has trialed 5G technology in a motorbike racing circuit.
Cisco Opens Incubators in Kenya, SA
Wei Shi  
4/9/2019   Post a comment
Networking giant confirms its commitment to Africa's tech sector by opening incubators in Kenya and South Africa.
Vodafone Egypt Deploys Red Hat Tech to Boost Customer Experience
Connecting Africa News  
4/9/2019   Post a comment
For enhanced customer experience, Vodafone Egypt has rebuilt its website with microservices architecture to help bring new products and services more swiftly to market and improve internal productivity.
Facebook to Build Subsea Cable Around Africa – Report
Wei Shi  
4/8/2019   Post a comment
The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is planning to build a subsea network that would wrap around Africa with multiple landing points.
Nigeria's 9mobile Still Mired in Scandal
Ray Le Maistre  
4/5/2019   Post a comment
Uncertainty abounds as Nigerian operator appeals against a court ruling that some believe nullifies its sale to Teleology.
Jamii Telecom Lands Full 4G Licence in Kenya
Wei Shi  
4/5/2019   Post a comment
Kenya has a new, official licensed 4G mobile player in the form of Jamii Telecom.
South Africa Close to Spectrum Clarity
Wei Shi  
4/4/2019   Post a comment
South Africa could publish its final policy on spectrum allocation by end of April.
Liquid Telecom Banks $180M Investment
Connecting Africa News  
4/3/2019   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom has received the planned investment of US$180 million from CDC Group.
Mobile Still Growing in Kenya, But So Is Fraud
Wei Shi  
4/2/2019   Post a comment
Kenya is starting to display many characteristics of a mature market.
South Africa's 4G Coverage Hits Near 86%: ICASA
Connecting Africa News  
4/1/2019   Post a comment
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)'s annual State of ICT report finds 4G coverage growing, but finds the cost of access to any broadband service is still too high.




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