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Content posted in July 2017
Millicom Signs New Sales Deal for Tigo Senegal
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7/31/2017   Post a comment
Millicom has torn up an agreement with Wari Group and is instead pursuing one with Xavier Niel.
Becoming the Global Leader We Need Africa to Be AfricaCom Interview With Rapelang Rabana
Amy Turner  
7/31/2017   Post a comment
Rapelang Rabana believes the gap between tech innovation and execution in Africa needs to be bridged if that innovation is going to bring real economic progress.
MTN Predicts Return to Profit for H1 2017
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
South African operator expects to return to profitability but still has much to prove.
Orange Trumpets Africa Boost in Q2
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7/27/2017   Post a comment
French telco sees better growth at its Africa business in the second quarter but is still in danger of missing earlier targets.
Airtel Africa Provides Some Solace for Bharti in Q1
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
A steady performance in Africa gave India's Bharti Airtel something to be happy about when reporting its first-quarter results.
African Smartphone Demand to Boost Growth in MEA in 2017 GfK
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
Smartphone markets in the Middle East and Africa have been sluggish, but the outlook remains bright in parts of Africa.
Virgin Mobile, Vodacom Emerge as Potential 9mobile Investors – Reports
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7/24/2017   Post a comment
Several potential buyers have emerged for 9mobile since it was first reported to be looking for new investors.
Nigeria's 9mobile Open to New Investors
Ray Le Maistre  
7/20/2017   Post a comment
Troubled mobile operator issues an invite to potential acquirers, investors.
Somalia's Subsea Link Finally Repaired
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7/19/2017   Post a comment
After an outage lasting weeks, central and southern Somalia is back online following the repair of the country's subsea cable connection.
African Data Centers & the Power Supply Challenge
Guy Zibi  
7/19/2017   Post a comment
Power supply challenges are such that a reliable, uninterrupted power supply is a critical selling point in the African data center market, but there have been marked improvements across the board in recent times, notes Guy Zibi of Xalam Analytics.
What's Next for Nigeria's Mobile Market?
Ray Le Maistre  
7/19/2017   2 comments
As the 9mobile brand replaces Etisalat Nigeria, speculation links Airtel to a possible market consolidation move.
Vumatel Snaps Up FTTH Assets
Ray Le Maistre  
7/18/2017   Post a comment
South African FTTH network builder is acquiring a large chunk of Link Africa's fiber access business.
AfricaCom to Add Technology Arena as it Turns 20
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the giant annual conference and exhibition is adding a Technology Arena to highlight technology innovation.
Etisalat Nigeria to Become 9Mobile
Ray Le Maistre  
7/14/2017   1 comment
Troubled operator decides on a new name as it seeks to start afresh.
AWS Looks Set to Follow Microsoft With SA Data Center
Ray Le Maistre  
7/13/2017   Post a comment
Amazon Web Services is planning to follow in the footsteps of rival Microsoft by opening a data center in South Africa, according to local reports.
Sub-Saharan Mobile Economy Worth $110B GSMA
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7/13/2017   Post a comment
Mobile technologies and services generated $110 billion of economic value in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, according to a new report from the GSM Association.
South African IT Spending to Grow 2.4% in 2017 – Gartner
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7/12/2017   Post a comment
Total IT spending in South Africa to reach 266 billion Rand this year, a year-on-year increase of 2.4%, according to Gartner forecasts.
Angola Cables Adds Euro Connections
Ray Le Maistre  
7/12/2017   Post a comment
Wholesale operator has hooked up to three Interxion facilities in Europe.
Intelsat Offers 2G Service for Remote Areas
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7/12/2017   Post a comment
Satellite operator and partners launch a service that enables mobile operators to extend their 2G coverage into remote areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
Huawei, WorldRemit Team on Mobile Money in Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
New partnership adds international remittances to Huawei's mobile money service platform.
Etisalat Sets Brand Deadline for Nigeria Operator
Ray Le Maistre  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
Nigeria's number four operator may be forced to change its name as part of its restructuring program.
Somalia Counts Cost of Subsea Cable Cut
Ray Le Maistre  
7/10/2017   Post a comment
Economy hit to the tune of $10 million per day while submarine cable remains out of action.
The Future of Public Service Broadcasting in Africa
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7/7/2017   Post a comment
Slowly but surely, a sub-Saharan Africa public service broadcast (PSB) network is taking root, reports Adrian Pennington.
Kenya's Mobile Cash Market Hits Sh627B in Q1
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7/6/2017   Post a comment
The value of payments made through mobile money platforms in Kenya reached 627.4 billion shillings during the first three months of 2017, according to data from the country's regulator.
Safaricom Digs In Its Heels Over Deployment of 'Snooping' Device
Ray Le Maistre  
7/5/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator is resisting attempts by the country's regulator to install a device management system on its network.
Telkom Broadens Its Broadband Options With Trial
Ray Le Maistre  
7/4/2017   Post a comment
Openserve, the wholesale division of South Africa's Telkom, and Nokia have successfully tested broadband technology in Cape Town.
Orange, Vodafone Eye Stake in Etisalat Nigeria Report
Ray Le Maistre  
7/3/2017   4 comments
The restructuring of debt-laden mobile operator Etisalat Nigeria may lead to a takeover by a major international player, according to local reports.

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