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Content posted in September 2019
AI & Automation Key to Telecom's Progress
  • Connecting Africa News
The introduction of automated processes and artificial intelligence looks set to transform the operations of telecom operators of all sizes and in all markets.
Cell C Puts Brave Face on Massive Loss
  • Connecting Africa News
South African operator reports a massive loss for its full financial year but insists it's set up for long-term success.
Rain Brings 5G FWA to South Africa
  • Ray Le Maistre
Competitive South African operator has launched a commercial 5G-based fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband service in Johannesburg and Tshwane, with further locations to follow.
Africa to Embrace Hybrid Cloud
  • Paula Gilbert
Cloud services in Africa will run on both public and private cloud platforms and be provided by a mix of global players and local or regional players, finds industry analyst.
Cloud Services a Game Changer for Digital Transformation
  • Paula Gilbert
Connecting Africa's 'Cloud Evolution in Africa' webinar revealed that cloud services are a game changer for Africa and without adequate access to these services, digital transformation loses some of its depth and meaning.
Helios Towers Reignites IPO Plans, Eyes Expansion
  • Ray Le Maistre
With mobile tower valuations making global headlines, African operator Helios Towers dusts off its IPO papers with a planned listing on the London Stock exchange and talk of expansion.
MTN SA Heading to Court to Fight R5M Fine
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN South Africa plans to head to the High Court to fight a R5 million ($340,000) penalty from ICASA for raising the price of a WhatsApp bundle without the proper regulatory approval.
SA Minister Calls for Universal Broadband
  • Paula Gilbert
South African finance minister Tito Mboweni says economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurial activity are inextricably linked to broadband access.


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