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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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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.
5 in Line to Acquire Nigeria's 9Mobile
Ray Le Maistre  
1/2/2018   Post a comment
Decision on sale process of troubled mobile operator delayed to January 16.
TE SubCom Starts Work on DARE Subsea Cable
Ray Le Maistre  
12/29/2017   Post a comment
Submarine network construction specialist has started building the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) network.
Tunisie Telecom to Test Cryptocurrency for Mobile Finance
Ray Le Maistre  
12/12/2017   Post a comment
Tunisian operator is engaging with cryptocurrency startup Telcoin to check out a new way to offer mobile remittance services.
Kenya Hits 1 Million 4G Users
Ray Le Maistre  
12/11/2017   Post a comment
There were 1 million active 4G users in Kenya for the first time during November and that number is only set to grow in 2018.
MTN Nigeria Turns to Nokia's Machine Learning Tech to Improve Customer Experience
Ray Le Maistre  
12/5/2017   Post a comment
Nigerian mobile operator aims to identify and rectify service quality issues quicker with Nokia software systems and ultimately improve customer experience.
NTT Com Joins South Africa's Data Center Services Club
Ray Le Maistre  
12/1/2017   Post a comment
Global giant NTT Communications is bringing its Nexcenter data center service offering to South Africa through a partnership with Internet Solutions.
Sub-Saharan Africa to Have 310 Million 4G Users by 2023 – Ericsson
Ray Le Maistre  
11/28/2017   Post a comment
Mobile network equipment vendor's annual Mobility Report suggests 4G subscription numbers will grow from just 30 million this year to 310 million within six years.
Econet Preps London IPO, Plans More M&A
Ray Le Maistre  
11/27/2017   Post a comment
With multiple acquisitions already under its belt, Econet is now planning to raise money by listing its shares on the London and possibly also Johannesburg stock exchanges as it eyes up further expansion.
Safaricom Opens Its Digital Market
Ray Le Maistre  
11/21/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator launches e-commerce platform, Masoko.
Bidders Line Up for Nigeria's 9Mobile: Reports
Ray Le Maistre  
11/20/2017   1 comment
Nigerian mobile operator has attracted multiple bidders keen to play a role in one of Africa's biggest markets, according to local media reports.
Vodafone in Firing Line Over African Growth Strategy
Ray Le Maistre  
11/14/2017   Post a comment
Investigation into Vodafone's growth across Africa suggests that deals were not as ethical and transparent as they could have been and have lined the pockets of the continent's political elite.
Vodacom Boasts Growth as Data Revenues Overtake Voice in South Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
11/13/2017   Post a comment
Mobile operator registered growth in revenues, customer numbers and net profit during the first half of its fiscal year, during which data revenues outstripped voice revenues for the first time in its core market of South Africa.
Safaricom Ramps H1 Revenues, Profits, Subs
Ray Le Maistre  
11/5/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator's metrics are on the rise…
Orange Builds On Its Brand in Sierra Leone
Ray Le Maistre  
10/18/2017   Post a comment
Following network expansion and improvements, Orange has introduced its brand in Sierra Leone.
Hurricane Electric PoPs Into Nairobi
Ray Le Maistre  
10/17/2017   1 comment
International IP network operator opens its third African point of presence (PoP), setting up in Nairobi's East Africa Data Centre, and plans further expansion across the continent.
South African Operator Eyes Radical Approach to Network Management
Ray Le Maistre  
10/12/2017   1 comment
IBM is engaging with a major telecoms operator in South Africa on a potential leap to next-generation network management capabilities.
Safaricom Rolls Out FTTH, Eyes Smart Home Opportunity
Ray Le Maistre  
10/10/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator has plans to deliver smart home services once high-speed connections are in place.
Africa Set for 100 4G Networks by Year End
Ray Le Maistre  
10/5/2017   Post a comment
Africa is in line to have more than 100 commercial 4G LTE networks by the end of 2017 and about 40 million 4G users, according to Xalam Analytics data shared during a Connecting Africa webinar.
Level 3 Adds to Africa's Cloud Service Options
Ray Le Maistre  
10/2/2017   Post a comment
International operator extends its cloud-based Adaptive Network Security into Africa.
Mauritius Telecom to be Anchor Tenant for IOX Subsea Cable
Ray Le Maistre  
9/25/2017   Post a comment
National operator is to use the subsea network linking Mauritius, La Reunion and Rodrigues Island to South Africa and India that's due to start operations in 2019.
Africa Still Trailing in Internet Access, Finds ITU Report
Ray Le Maistre  
9/20/2017   Post a comment
With Internet User Penetration at just 21.8%, Africa is still trailing the rest of the world, according to a new ITU State of Broadband report.
GE, HPE Team for Digital Solutions Push in AME
Ray Le Maistre  
9/14/2017   Post a comment
Tech giants team up to offer a range of digital solutions to enterprises in Africa, the Middle East and Turkey, with an initial focus on cybersecurity.
Safaricom Spark Fund Backs AgriTech Startup
Ray Le Maistre  
9/12/2017   Post a comment
The Safaricom Spark Fund has announced its sixth investment, with AgriTech startup iProcure gaining the funding.
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