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Content posted in June 2017
Nigerian WiFi Services Startup Raises $2.1M
Ray Le Maistre  
6/30/2017   1 comment
Tizeti, a.k.a. Wifi.com.ng, has raised more than $2 million in seed funding that will enable it to expand its network of solar-powered WiFi towers in Lagos and beyond.
Blue Label to Buy 3G Mobile for 1.9B Rand
Ray Le Maistre  
6/29/2017   2 comments
South African m-commerce and pre-paid voice specialist is buying mobile device distributor 3G Mobile as a bolt on to its existing business and that of its impending mobile operator business, Cell C.
Africa Gets Another Subsea Link as AAE-1 Goes Live
Ray Le Maistre  
6/28/2017   Post a comment
Submarine network AAE-1, which connects Europe, Africa and Asia, is now in service.
The Evolution of the West African Telco Partnership: West Africa Com Interview with Robert Aouad
Amy Turner  
6/28/2017   1 comment
Connecting Africa talks to Robert Aouad, CEO at Benin ISP and data services specialist Isocel.
Liquid Telecom to Raise $700M
Ray Le Maistre  
6/26/2017   2 comments
Ambitious network operator to refinance debt and fund further growth following Neotel acquisition.
Network Investments Paying Off, Boasts Tigo Tanzania
Ray Le Maistre  
6/26/2017   Post a comment
Recent investments in backbone, core and mobile broadband access infrastructure has helped growth in data users and traffic volumes.
Latest TIP Product? A Basestation That Looks Good for Africa
Iain Morris  
6/23/2017   Post a comment
The latest innovation from Facebook's TIP is a low-cost basestation aimed at small communities that have been left off the cellular map.
Africa's Mobile Phone Market Suffers Sequential Slump in Q1 – IDC
Ray Le Maistre  
6/23/2017   Post a comment
Research firm notes a 'drastic' quarter-on-quarter dip in shipments during the first three months of 2017.
Expanding Ecosystem Partnerships: An Interview with Africa Open Innovation's Mactar Sy
Amy Turner  
6/21/2017   Post a comment
West Africa Com talks to Mactar Sy, the CEO of Africa Open Innovation, who will be speaking at the upcoming event in Dakar, Senegal.
Cloud Gaining Traction in Nigeria: Rack Centre MD
Ray Le Maistre  
6/20/2017   Post a comment
Managing director of Nigeria's Rack Centre says demand is growing for cloud services and believes uptake on 4G will exceed expectations.
Orange Launches €50M Fund for Startups Focused on Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
6/19/2017   Post a comment
Orange Digital Ventures has developed a new €50 million investment initiative devoted to investing in startups focused on dealing with modern challenges in Africa.
Vodafone Foundation to Benefit More Than 5 Million Children
Connecting Africa News  
6/15/2017   Post a comment
Vodafone Foundation announces plans to provide free primary and secondary education to five million children across Africa.
Africa Heading for 1 Billion Mobile Subs – Ericsson Mobility Report
Ray Le Maistre  
6/14/2017   Post a comment
Africa had 985 million mobile subscriptions in the first quarter of 2017, according to statistics from the latest Ericsson Mobility report.
Cameroon, Egypt & Kenya Feature in Connecting Africa Country Guide Part 1
Ray Le Maistre  
6/13/2017   Post a comment
First part of our country guide features three key mobile markets.
Tigo Rwanda Undergoes IT Transformation With Ericsson
Ray Le Maistre  
6/12/2017   Post a comment
Rwandan operator has transformed its BSS operations and is using Ericsson's 'as-a-service' option for charging, billing and more.
Nokia Talks Up IoT Opportunities in Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
6/9/2017   Post a comment
Enterprises in Africa and the Middle East can tap into the potential of IoT to boost their businesses and cut costs, according to Nokia exec.
Intelsat, Eutelsat Boost Their Satellite Credentials Across Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
6/9/2017   1 comment
As Intelsat lands a new customer, Eutelsat's Konnect Africa operation launches services in multiple countries.
Forget Orange Kenya – Now It's Telkom
Ray Le Maistre  
6/7/2017   Post a comment
Brand change reflects new ownership and renewed effort to build mobile market share in a market dominated by Safaricom.
Developing the Digital Economy Takes Center Stage at West Africa Com 2017
Amy Turner  
6/6/2017   Post a comment
The West Africa Com agenda is packed with great topics, speakers and panels that highlight the potential of partnership development in an increasingly digital world.
Mobile, ICT Services Fuel Telkom's Growth
Ray Le Maistre  
6/5/2017   Post a comment
Share price gains 1.6% as full-year results show hike in revenues and earnings.
Safaricom Boasts Enhanced 4G Service With LTE-A Deployments
Ray Le Maistre  
6/2/2017   1 comment
Kenyan operator says it has upgraded its 4G network in major urban areas to offer ultra-broadband mobile services.
Fintech Specialist MFS Africa Bolsters Team
Connecting Africa News  
6/1/2017   Post a comment
Former MoneyGram exec joins mobile money aggregator as Head of Risk and Compliance.




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