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Content posted in August 2017
What Mobile Technology Suits Africa Right Now?
  • Bradley Shaw
More mobile network coverage is needed across Africa, but some mobile network technologies are more suitable than others if the unconnected are to be reached quickly and efficiently, argues Bradley Shaw.
Wholesale Open Access Mobile Networks Don't Work – GSMA
  • Connecting Africa News
Report from the GSM Association (GSMA) concludes that single wholesale network (SWN) and wholesale open access network (WOAN) plans don't work, citing Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa as examples.
Subsea Link to Brazil Takes Shape
  • Connecting Africa News
The installation of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) that will run from Angola to Brazil has begun.
iflix Raises $133M as It Expands in Africa
  • Ray Le Maistre
Subscription video-on-demand (VoD) specialist iflix has raised a further $133 million in funding as it furthers its plans to launch across Africa.
Sudan Weighs on Zain's H1 Financials
  • Ray Le Maistre
The operator's customer base in Sudan is still growing but currency devaluation affects reported financial results for the first half of 2017.
MTN Returns to Profit in H1 2017
  • Connecting Africa News
African operator sees growth in sales from data and digital services but sees declines in other parts of its business.


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