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Telkom Kenya Strikes Commercial Service Deal With Google's Loon
Ray Le Maistre  
7/20/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan operator will work with Google's Loon to launch a 4G mobile broadband service in rural and suburban areas starting next year.
Is M-Pesa Heading to Ethiopia?
Ray Le Maistre  
7/18/2018   Post a comment
Speculation suggests Safaricom is about to strike a deal with Ethiopia's government to help introduce the M-Pesa mobile money and banking service to the country's 100 million-plus population and compete with existing player M-BIRR.
Liquid Telecom, Telecom Egypt to Complete 'One Africa' Network
Ray Le Maistre  
7/16/2018   Post a comment
An interconnection between the networks of the two operators will complete a 60,000-km data network that runs from Cairo to Cape Town.
Namibia's MTC Helps Polar Power Switch On Its Africa Operation
Ray Le Maistre  
7/12/2018   Post a comment
Polar Power has launched operations in Africa and has a deal to provide power and cooling products to Namibia's leading mobile operator.
Orange Money Offers Ivory Coast Users a Payment Card
Ray Le Maistre  
7/11/2018   Post a comment
Orange Money Ivory Coast has teamed with Visa and Banque Atlantique to offer its users a payment card.
Vodacom Joins Race to Prove 5G's Value
Ray Le Maistre  
7/9/2018   Post a comment
South African operator used 5G and virtual reality technology at the 2018 Vodacom Durban July horse race over the weekend.
Sudatel Checks Out 5G, FTTH With Nokia
Ray Le Maistre  
7/3/2018   Post a comment
Sudanese operator is to trial enhanced 4G, 5G and fixed fiber broadband access technologies as it considers services evolution.
MTN, Ericsson Take 5G on the Road
Ray Le Maistre  
6/29/2018   Post a comment
MTN South Africa has teamed up with Ericsson on the first automotive use case demonstrating 5G mobility in Africa.
Another Tower Operator Shelves IPO
Ray Le Maistre  
6/27/2018   Post a comment
Now three planned mobile tower operator IPOs have been abandoned this year as IHS Towers mothballs its plan, according to reports.
Vodacom, Microsoft Launch Azure Cloud Services
Ray Le Maistre  
6/21/2018   Post a comment
South African operator teams up with Microsoft to launch a range of Azure cloud services to enterprise users.
Amazon Brings Its CDN to Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
6/15/2018   1 comment
CloudFront, Amazon's content delivery network (CDN), now has a point of presence in Johannesburg.
Google to Open AI Lab in Ghana
Ray Le Maistre  
6/15/2018   1 comment
Google says it will open a facility dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) research and its applications in Accra, Ghana, later this year.
Huawei Helps Telecom Egypt Secure a $200M Loan to Fund 4G Rollout
Ray Le Maistre  
5/30/2018   1 comment
Chinese vendor Huawei has facilitated a US$200 million loan deal from Chinese financial institutions to help fund Telecom Egypt's 4G network rollout, including core and transport network technology deployments.
MTN Ghana Launches IPO Process
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5/29/2018   Post a comment
Mobile operator begins process that values the company at more than US$2.1 billion.
Africa Let Down by Mobile Network Tech R&D: Orange Exec
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5/16/2018   Post a comment
Mobile network technology has been developed for developed nations, leaving a lack of affordable mobile coverage solutions for countries with different needs, including those in Africa, argues the director of Orange Labs Networks.
Digital Payments Specialist Cellulant Raises $47.5M
Ray Le Maistre  
5/15/2018   1 comment
The digital payment specialist's C round of investment was led by The Rise Fund.
Vodacom Boosts Annual Revenues by 6.3%
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5/14/2018   Post a comment
Operator adds 7 million customers, mostly in South Africa, as it gears up for further network investments.
Safaricom Reports Profit Rise as CEO Returns
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5/9/2018   Post a comment
Kenya's dominant operator reports better-than-expected full fiscal year numbers as its CEO makes an appearance after seven months of medical leave.
MTN Takes Its 5G Tests Outdoors
Ray Le Maistre  
5/9/2018   1 comment
Latest 5G tests with Huawei take MTN out of the lab and into the field.
Nigeria, Ghana Fuel MTN's Q1 Growth Ahead of IPOs
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5/3/2018   Post a comment
Mobile giant MTN reported good first quarter growth in Ghana and Nigeria, where IPOs are planned in the near future.
Orange's AME Recovery Continues in Q1
Ray Le Maistre  
4/27/2018   Post a comment
Revenue and customer numbers continue to climb as Orange invests in 4G.
Africa's Talking Raises $8.6M From IFC & Others
Ray Le Maistre  
4/27/2018   Post a comment
Distributor of mobile communication and payment APIs to developers raises significant funding from the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC), Orange Digital Ventures and Social Capital.
Africa the Bright Spot for Bharti Airtel
Ray Le Maistre  
4/25/2018   1 comment
While Indian operator faces major challenges in its domestic market, its operations in Africa continued to grow and thrive during the first three months of this year, underpinned by investments in mobile broadband.
Is Safaricom's Dominance in Kenya Under Threat?
Ray Le Maistre  
4/19/2018   Post a comment
There's talk of a complex merger in Kenya between Safaricom's two main rivals but warning bells should sound for the regulator.
Vodacom Preps Azure Cloud Services Launch
Ray Le Maistre  
4/18/2018   Post a comment
South African operator has teamed up with Microsoft to offer the tech giant's Azure cloud services starting in June.
MFS Africa Raises $4.5M Series B Round
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4/18/2018   Post a comment
Fintech startup is the first African fintech company to attract investment from a Chinese venture capital firm.
Four African Operators Gain GSMA Mobile Money Certification
Ray Le Maistre  
4/13/2018   Post a comment
GSMA launches global mobile money certification scheme and four of the first five operators to be certified are from Africa.
MTN Ghana Heads for IPO
Ray Le Maistre  
3/23/2018   Post a comment
MTN is closing in on the local listing of its operation in Ghana in order to meet the terms of its 4G license.
Teleology Closes In on 9mobile Acquisition
Ray Le Maistre  
3/22/2018   Post a comment
Pays $50 million deposit and prepares for full ownership of Nigeria's fourth mobile operator within 90 days.
Sale of Nigeria's 9mobile in Turmoil
Ray Le Maistre  
3/20/2018   1 comment
Media reports of a lack of due process in the sale of 9mobile spell bad news for the Nigerian mobile operator.
Helios Towers Abandons IPO Plan
Ray Le Maistre  
3/19/2018   Post a comment
Mobile towers company kills plan to float about 25% of the company's stock as speculation emerges of a potential M&A move.
Lower Smartphone Prices Drive Nigeria's Mobile Penetration – Report
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3/19/2018   Post a comment
Smartphone prices have dropped dramatically in Nigeria during the past few years, helping to fuel a surge in mobile user numbers, according to a new market report from e-commerce company Jumia.
Rain Readies for a Mobile Data Launch
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3/14/2018   Post a comment
South Africa's mobile data challenger Rain is preparing to launch its 4G services with a focus on making things simple for customers, notes the operator's CIO.
MTN Predicts Strong Growth Following Network Investments
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3/8/2018   Post a comment
MTN expects Nigeria and South Africa to be the engines of growth for the next few years as it reports favorable full year financials.
Orange Upgrades 4G With Nokia
Ray Le Maistre  
3/7/2018   Post a comment
Operator is investing in a major upgrade of its radio access network infrastructure in seven countries using technology from Nokia.
Helios Towers Plans IPO
Ray Le Maistre  
3/2/2018   Post a comment
Tower infrastructure company plans to list 25% of its shares on the London and Johannesburg exchanges in a move that should value the company at more than $2 billion.
MTN Teams Up With ZTE for 5G
Ray Le Maistre  
2/28/2018   Post a comment
Operator will collaborate with ZTE on 5G architectures for its networks in Africa and the Middle East.
Is South Africa About to Award 4G Spectrum and Incentivize Fiber Rollouts?
Ray Le Maistre  
2/22/2018   Post a comment
Budget review suggests an end to the delays in spectrum licensing and a reduction in the tax burden on network cable investments.
Is There an Appetite for an African Mobile IPO?
Ray Le Maistre  
2/19/2018   Post a comment
Bharti Airtel is considering an IPO of its Africa operations, but might investors be as keen as the operator?
9mobile Loses More Market Share as it Awaits New Owner
Ray Le Maistre  
2/12/2018   Post a comment
Nigeria's mobile market is growing but 9mobile's customers base is shrinking, according to the latest statistics from the country's telecoms watchdog.
Why Africa's Mobile Operators Are In a Fine Mess
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2/7/2018   Post a comment
More and more of Africa's mobile operators are being hit with fines and financial penalties, finds a new report.
Vodacom Reports Revenues Hike of 6.7%
Ray Le Maistre  
2/1/2018   1 comment
For the quarter ended December 31, 2017, Vodacom reported group revenues up by 6.7% to R22.6 billion.
Ericsson's Sales, Staff Numbers Shrink
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1/31/2018   Post a comment
As telecoms vendor giant Ericsson continues to report losses and execute a turnaround strategy, its revenues and staff numbers dipped in the Middle East and Africa during 2017.
Ghana, Kenya Boost Africa's Broadband Stats
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1/30/2018   Post a comment
The African fixed broadband market grew by 5% during the third quarter of 2017 thanks mostly to uptake of services in Ghana and Kenya, according to statistics from analyst house Point Topic.
Africa Stars in Airtel’s Q3 Results
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1/19/2018   Post a comment
While the Indian market proves tough for Bharti Airtel, revenues from its African operations are up by more than 5% in the fiscal third quarter that ended December 31, 2017.
9Mobile Ownership Decision Still in Balance
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1/15/2018   Post a comment
Regulatory process means identity of Nigerian operator's new owner will not be announced imminently.
A Kick in the Wallet for Operators in Kenya, Chad
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1/12/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan operators fined for poor quality of service while tax rates have been hiked for mobile operators in Chad.
Pay-TV Subs to Grow 74% by 2023
Ray Le Maistre  
1/9/2018   Post a comment
The number of pay-TV subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa will grow by 74% between 2017 and 2023, according to a new forecast from Digital TV Research.
MTN Hits 20 Gbit/s in 5G Trial but Needs Spectrum
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1/8/2018   Post a comment
South African operator has been conducting 5G trials with partner Ericsson but knows it will need more spectrum to make 5G a reality.
PEACE Subsea Cable Set for Late 2019 Launch
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1/3/2018   Post a comment
A new subsea cable linking East Africa and Asia is set for launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to the company building the network.
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