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Jury's Out on 5G Efforts: Poll Result
Ray Le Maistre  
8/7/2019   Post a comment
We asked you if you thought it was too early to put time and effort into 5G in Africa — and the slight majority believe Africa needs to be involved in 5G right now.
Safaricom Pumps Up Its FTTH Plans
Ray Le Maistre  
8/5/2019   Post a comment
Uptake for Safaricom's fiber broadband service has been impressive, but the company is still looking to attract new customers and has outlined a short-term discount to tempt new customers.
Africa & Middle East the Key 'Growth Driver' for Orange
Ray Le Maistre  
7/25/2019   Post a comment
Major telco's second quarter growth driven by ongoing success across Africa and the Middle East.
African Towers Company Eaton Sells for $1.85B
Ray Le Maistre  
5/31/2019   Post a comment
Having postponed plans for an IPO last year, Eaton Towers has agreed a sale to American Tower in a deal valued at $1.85 billion.
Collymore Extends His Stay at Safaricom
Ray Le Maistre  
5/23/2019   Post a comment
CEO signs up for another year.
MTN Lists & Leaps in Nigeria
Ray Le Maistre  
5/17/2019   Post a comment
Long-awaited IPO finally executed, with dramatic effect.
Orange Boasts Strong Q1 in Africa, Middle East
Ray Le Maistre  
4/30/2019   Post a comment
While customer numbers remain flat, revenues are up and 4G uptake is significant.
Safaricom Set for New CEO – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
4/30/2019   Post a comment
Operator reacts to Reuters story about CEO Bob Collymore's impending departure but fails to confirm any plans.
Nigeria's 9mobile Still Mired in Scandal
Ray Le Maistre  
4/5/2019   Post a comment
Uncertainty abounds as Nigerian operator appeals against a court ruling that some believe nullifies its sale to Teleology.
Rwanda Takes Minor Stake in Satellite Hopeful OneWeb
Ray Le Maistre  
3/19/2019   Post a comment
The Government of Rwanda is one of multiple organizations to have participated in a US$1.25 billion funding round in satellite communications startup OneWeb.
Ericsson Begins Search for New MEA Chief
Ray Le Maistre  
3/13/2019   Post a comment
Mobile networking giant is on the hunt for a new head of its Middle East and Africa (MEA) unit as Rafiah Ibrahim takes one step towards the exit door at Ericsson.
Africa's Smartphone Market Back in Growth Mode: IDC
Ray Le Maistre  
3/12/2019   Post a comment
Market research firm IDC says Africa's smartphone market grew in 2018 for the first time in three years.
Rain Boasts 5G Network Launch in South Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
2/28/2019   Post a comment
Alternative data-only operator has built out initial 5G network using technology from Huawei Technologies and Nokia.
Huawei Unveils RuralStar Lite for Rural Connectivity
Ray Le Maistre  
2/22/2019   Post a comment
Chinese vendor has developed a smaller, slimmer version of its remote area, solar-powered base station.
Telkom, Airtel Finally Get Engaged
Ray Le Maistre  
2/11/2019   Post a comment
At the second time of asking, Kenya's second- and third-largest mobile operators agree a merger deal to create a stronger rival to Safaricom.
Berkshire Partners Takes Control of Data Center Specialist Teraco
Ray Le Maistre  
2/2/2019   Post a comment
Investment firm Berkshire Partners LLC has acquired a majority stake in Teraco Data Environments, a major provider of colocation data center infrastructure in South Africa.
Airtel Africa Gets Another Cash Injection, Adds Customers
Ray Le Maistre  
2/1/2019   Post a comment
Qatar Investment Authority is to invest US$200 million in Airtel's Africa operations, becoming the latest external investor to pump money into the regional operation.
Africa's 4G Experience Varies Wildly, Finds OpenSignal
Ray Le Maistre  
1/22/2019   Post a comment
Study by OpenSignal of mobile broadband connectivity across Africa finds that availability and connectivity varies considerably from country to country.
WorldRemit Sets Up Shop in South Africa, Eyes IPO
Ray Le Maistre  
1/17/2019   Post a comment
Digital money transfer specialist now has license to make money transfers from South Africa and has opened an office in Johannesburg as it seeks further funding and aims for an IPO.
Who Might Buy Millicom's African Assets?
Ray Le Maistre  
1/16/2019   Post a comment
With Liberty Latin America in talks to acquire Millicom, what will become of the latter's African assets?
Microsoft Delays Data Center Launch
Ray Le Maistre  
1/9/2019   Post a comment
Microsoft needs more time and investment before it can open its planned data centers in South Africa, reports ITWeb.
Tigo Senegal Plans Network Boost with Ericsson
Ray Le Maistre  
12/20/2018   Post a comment
Three-year network modernization program will see Ericsson's radio access network gear deployed at more than 1,000 sites.
Liquid Telecom Commits to $400M Investment in Egypt
Ray Le Maistre  
12/10/2018   Post a comment
In an effort to cement its position as the gateway between Egypt and the rest of Africa, Liquid Telecom plans significant data center and network investments in the country during the next three years.
Safaricom Trials TubeStar Base Station
Ray Le Maistre  
12/6/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan operator is putting a new base station design to the test.
Orange Eyes 5G Launches in Africa, Middle East
Ray Le Maistre  
11/26/2018   1 comment
There are still many challenges to overcome to make 5G network deployments efficient but Orange is confident that 5G will be coming to Africa and the Middle East from 2020.
Safaricom Reports Strong Growth in Fiscal First Half
Ray Le Maistre  
11/2/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan market leader continues to add customers and grow its revenues, earnings and network coverage but there are clouds on the horizon.
AWS Plans Further Cloud Investments in South Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
10/29/2018   Post a comment
Cloud services giant is set to boost its data center presence in South Africa in the coming few years.
Millicom's Mobile Ops Still Growing
Ray Le Maistre  
10/26/2018   Post a comment
Millicom may not be focused on its African mobile operations and more but what it still owns continued to add customers during the third quarter.
Six Investors to Pump $1.25B into Airtel Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
10/25/2018   Post a comment
Singtel and SoftBank among the companies taking a stake in Airtel Africa ahead of its IPO.
MTN Goes to Court Over $10B Demands in Nigeria
Ray Le Maistre  
10/11/2018   Post a comment
Frustrated with at times contradictory financial demands from the Nigerian authorities that run to US$10.1 billion, MTN has taken the issues to court.
SAEx Preps East-West Subsea Cable With Alcatel Submarine Networks
Ray Le Maistre  
10/4/2018   Post a comment
The South Atlantic Express (SAEx) project, which aims to connect the Americas and Asia via South Africa, has reached the study, survey and permission phase, with Alcatel Submarine Networks looking into the details.
MTN Ghana Boasts IPO Success
Ray Le Maistre  
8/31/2018   Post a comment
But MTN didn't raise as much as hoped.
MTN Hits Back at Repatriation Funds Claims
Ray Le Maistre  
8/31/2018   Post a comment
MTN says it has done nothing wrong as the Central Bank of Nigeria demands that US$8.1 billion be 'refunded.'
Will Vodacom Strike Roaming Deal With Telkom?
Ray Le Maistre  
8/29/2018   Post a comment
With Cell C now roaming buddies with MTN, will Vodacom strike a deal with Telkom?
Vodacom Boasts Africa's First 5G Service
Ray Le Maistre  
8/28/2018   Post a comment
Don't get too excited… the operator has connected just two customers in Lesotho.
Cell C Boosts Subs & Sales but Not Everyone's Happy
Ray Le Maistre  
8/22/2018   Post a comment
South African mobile operator is growing its revenues and subscriber numbers but investors of its main shareholder, Blue Label Telecoms, are not happy.
Liquid Telecom Plans Expansive IoT Coverage in Kenya With Sigfox
Ray Le Maistre  
8/20/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom will add about 800 Sigfox IoT base stations to its existing data network in Kenya to achieve speedy coverage of 85% of Kenya's population and create a foundation for many potential services.
Most African Countries Have Some 4G Service: Report
Ray Le Maistre  
8/16/2018   1 comment
More than three quarters of Africa's nations will have some 4G mobile services by the end of this year, according to research house GlobalData.
Alibaba Founder Launches $10M African Entrepreneur Fund
Ray Le Maistre  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has launched the Netpreneur Prize, which will allocate US$10 million to African entrepreneurs in the coming years.
Is South Africa Close to a 4G Spectrum Breakthrough?
Ray Le Maistre  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
The uncertainty is crushing the market…
Mixed Bag for MTN in H1
Ray Le Maistre  
8/8/2018   Post a comment
The operator added subscribers and improved margins but its debts and challenges in Iran and other markets are making investors nervous.
Millicom May Be Smaller, but It's Growing
Ray Le Maistre  
8/3/2018   Post a comment
Millicom is now only active in two markets in Africa, but that approach is paying off.
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
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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
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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.
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