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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
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   1 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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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%
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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
Ray Le Maistre  
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   1 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.
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