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Saudi Telecom to Buy Vodafone Egypt for $2.4B
Iain Morris  
1/29/2020   Post a comment
Saudi incumbent could land one of the region's fastest-growing operators as it looks to keep expanding its international presence.
M-Pesa Continues to Buoy Safaricom
Iain Morris  
11/1/2019   Post a comment
The Kenyan operator reports growth in sales and profit thanks again to growth in revenues from its mobile money service.
South African Investment Fund Eyes Stake in Liquid Telecom – Report
Iain Morris  
9/27/2019   Post a comment
PIC will reportedly guarantee a loan by Deutsche Telekom and acquire stock at a discount during a potential forthcoming IPO, said Bloomberg's sources.
Safaricom Teaches Old Dogs New Tricks
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9/17/2019   Post a comment
The Kenyan operator is trying to equip in-house staff with the skills it will need to thrive in a digital age.
Safaricom Sets Out Objections to Airtel-Telkom Merger
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9/4/2019   Post a comment
The Kenyan market leader wants to see debts repaid and spectrum rebalanced before the regulator approves a merger between its rivals.
Orange in Talks to Enter Ethiopia
Iain Morris  
6/24/2019   1 comment
French telecom incumbent may expand its African footprint by acquiring a stake in Ethio Telecom or snapping up a new license, says company's CFO.
Orange Keeps MEA Sales Growth Target at 5% as Focus Shifts
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6/21/2019   Post a comment
French operator is pushing into new data, money and business opportunities as the mainstream voice business shows signs of exhaustion.
Sea Change for Africa With Liquid's Fiber Link?
Iain Morris  
10/1/2018   Post a comment
A new fiber connection between Cape Town and Cairo could halve latency and bring new connectivity services into African markets.
Orange Boosted by Data Demand
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7/26/2018   Post a comment
Orange reports strong growth in sales and earnings, thanks to consumer appetite for mobile data services.
MTN Turns to Huawei Tech to Address Spectrum Crunch
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5/23/2018   Post a comment
South African operator becomes the latest emerging-markets customer of Huawei's CloudAIR technology.
Ex-Vivendi Chairman Held By French Police Investigating Bribery Allegations
Iain Morris  
4/25/2018   1 comment
Vincent Bolloré is detained by police in France over allegations that one of his companies bribed African officials.
Price Controls Would Harm Kenya Telecom Market, Says Think Tank
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4/5/2018   Post a comment
Institute of Economic Affairs slams regulator's proposals as a 'major policy reversal' that could damage the market.
Cambridge Analytica Fallout Could Hit Facebook in Africa
Iain Morris  
4/4/2018   Post a comment
The social network's task of bringing African users online may just have become even harder.
Orange Expands Into African Energy Sector With Big Solar Plans
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3/27/2018   Post a comment
French operator will start providing solar kits in five new African markets this year and hopes to sell hundreds of thousands of units in the next five years.
Orange Hails Africa Recovery, Expects Margin Growth
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2/21/2018   Post a comment
Orange CEO says 'mutualization' efforts in Africa are likely to buoy earnings this year.
Kenyan Authorities Drop Plans to Break Up Safaricom – Report
Iain Morris  
1/3/2018   1 comment
A proposal to curb the dominance of Safaricom by breaking it up has been jettisoned in a new regulatory report.
Airtel Snaps Up Tigo Rwanda
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12/19/2017   Post a comment
Bharti Airtel to merge its Rwandan network with that of local rival Millicom.
Liquid Telecom Partners Zambian Startup Hub
Iain Morris  
12/15/2017   Post a comment
The operator will provide Internet connectivity and cloud services to technology players in Zambia.
Airtel Downplays Africa Exit Talk – Report
Iain Morris  
12/12/2017   1 comment
Indian operator denies it has talked about quitting African markets but says it remains open to merger possibilities.
Liquid Telecom Revamps Data Centers in Major Cloud Expansion
Iain Morris  
11/22/2017   1 comment
The pan-African operator has already made a name for itself in the continent's fiber markets. Its new focus is the cloud.
Vodacom: Future Telcos Will Be Invisible to Consumers
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11/9/2017   Post a comment
Vodacom executive foresees a radical overhaul of the business model for mobile network operators in the next five years.
Automation Anxiety Grips Africa
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11/9/2017   Post a comment
Automation in the workplace is a worrying prospect in a region with an acute skills shortage.
Safaricom CIO: I'm a Terrible Capitalist, Not a Greedy Coward
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11/8/2017   Post a comment
Senior executive at Kenyan operator accepts some of the blame for Africa's affordability crisis.
Liquid Strikes Microsoft Deal, Targets Cloud Dominance in Africa
Iain Morris  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
The African fiber operator has just signed a new deal with Microsoft and has grand ambitions in Africa's cloud services market.
Orange Botswana on Long Trek to 5G
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11/7/2017   Post a comment
Orange subsidiary in Botswana is already thinking about 5G, but it will have to overcome numerous obstacles before it can deploy the technology.
Mugabe's Man Bashes US & Asian Tech Firms
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11/7/2017   Post a comment
Zimbabwean minister of communications wants his country to become a software leader. There seems little chance it will happen.
Ericsson Forecasts Lackluster 5G Take-Up in Africa
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11/7/2017   Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor unveils research that suggests 5G technology will not take off quickly in Africa.
Huawei, Telcos Clash With Policymakers in Cape Town
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11/7/2017   Post a comment
Private sector players continue to complain that shortsighted regulation is hindering the rollout and take-up of telecom services in Africa.
Safaricom to Create Another 300 Customer Care Jobs
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9/17/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator says investments in customer care will reduce call-waiting times and take pressure off an existing facility.
Kenya's Safaricom Eyes African Expansion
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9/7/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator eyes launch of e-commerce services in east and west African markets.
Safaricom Preps Major M-Pesa Upgrade
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9/4/2017   Post a comment
Overnight upgrade will take service offline for its 26 million users but will enable additional services and capabilities.
Latest TIP Product? A Basestation That Looks Good for Africa
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6/23/2017   Post a comment
The latest innovation from Facebook's TIP is a low-cost basestation aimed at small communities that have been left off the cellular map.
Orange Disappointed by Africa Biz in Q1
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5/2/2017   Post a comment
The sales performance in what is supposed to be a high-growth market has missed expectations.
Botswana's BTC Gets 4G Wooden Spoon
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4/10/2017   Post a comment
Botswana's telecom incumbent finally joins its two rivals in the 4G market.
Sudatel Joins Zain in Sudan's 4G Market
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Sudanese incumbent gets into the 4G business about a year after its biggest rival turns on the country's first 4G service.
Expresso Telecom Puts Towers Up for Sale
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3/2/2017   Post a comment
Expresso Telecom, the west African mobile subsidiary of Sudanese incumbent Sudatel, is looking to sell its towers to reduce operating costs and help it focus on new service opportunities.




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