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5G Will Roll Out in Nigeria by 2020, Says Regulator
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12/4/2018   1 comment
The Nigerian Communications Commission says the country will be ready to launch next-generation cellular networks in 2020, despite low current 4G penetration.
MTN Set to Cover 90% of South African Population With 4G
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11/29/2018   1 comment
More than 50 million South Africans will be covered by 4G by the end of 2018, according to MTN, making it the first operator in the country to hit that mark.
MTN, Orange Forge Mobile Money Interop Deal
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11/23/2018   Post a comment
Two leading mobile operators in Africa are to set up a joint venture called Mowali to enable mobile money service interoperability across sub-Saharan Africa.
AfricaCom 2018 Day 3: Problems or Solutions? – That Is the Question
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11/15/2018   Post a comment
The blockchain debate was fierce on Day 3 at AfricaCom, but more pressing is the need to find ways to connect the unconnected.
AfricaCom 2018 Day 2: From the Cloud to the Lunch Table, AI Covers It All
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11/14/2018   Post a comment
Huawei brought its public cloud to sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on AI capabilities. But what realistic AI opportunities are there for Africa?
AfricaCom 2018 Day 1: The Roads, the Chase & a Monoblock Phone
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11/13/2018   Post a comment
Africa's largest telecom trade show, the 21st iteration of AfricaCom, opened today in Cape Town. Connecting Africa is reporting the most eye-catching stories from the show.
MTN Edges Out Vodacom to Claim SA's Mobile Video Quality Crown
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11/13/2018   Post a comment
Mobile video users in South Africa can enjoy a good experience, better than in some advanced European countries, despite constrained download speeds, according to a report by OpenSignal.
Africa's Digital Future Looks Bright: Ovum
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11/8/2018   Post a comment
The newly published Africa Digital Outlook 2019 report identifies mobile broadband access, mobile money, digital services and 5G as the growth sectors.
Africa's 4G User Base Doubling Every Year — Report
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10/29/2018   Post a comment
There will be more 4G users than 3G users in Africa by 2021, according to a new industry forecast from research firm Xalam Analytics.
MTN Vows to Connect the Unconnected With Facebook-Inspired TIP Tech
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10/18/2018   Post a comment
By banking on initiatives from the Facebook-backed Telcom Infra Project (TIP) to disaggregate cellular networks, MTN and other operators are recruiting startup vendors to help deliver data connections to the under-served.
Uganda Telecom Finally Found a Buyer
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10/16/2018   Post a comment
The Nigerian company Teleology has acquired a majority share in struggling UTL for US$71 million.
Spectrum Hope for SA's Mobile Operators
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9/27/2018   Post a comment
Following a legal settlement, South Africa's planned spectrum auction will be called off while the minister withdraws legal action against the regulator, but a new agreement is in the works.
Senegal's Fintech Startup Sudpay Is Playing the Taxman
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9/25/2018   1 comment
Sudpay will help the local tax authorities track and collect taxes to finance local public services, in exchange for a commission.
Kenya's President Ups Internet, Voice Calls Tax
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9/20/2018   Post a comment
To compensate his reduction of tax on petroleum products, Uhuru Kenyatta is bumping up tax on phone calls and internet use.
Bharti Airtel's Africa IPO Plan Gathers Pace
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9/18/2018   1 comment
Major Indian telco is believed to have appointed banks to coordinate the IPO of its African business.
Mozambique Refarming TV White Spaces to Provide Internet Connectivity
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9/17/2018   Post a comment
Using WiMax to connect sparse populations in rural areas could be an efficient route to providing Internet access for other markets too.
Huawei Marine Completes SAIL Subsea Network Build
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9/11/2018   Post a comment
The new undersea South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) fiber connection, built by Huawei Marine, is the first of its kind to directly connect Africa and Latin America across the south Atlantic.
Comsol & Samsung Turn On 5G Pilot in South Africa
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9/11/2018   Post a comment
The pilot network delivered a download speed of 1.7 Gbit/s.
Fintech Startup Yoco Turns Smartphones Into POS Terminals
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9/10/2018   Post a comment
The South African fintech startup's solution enables 20,000 merchants to receive card payments.
Ugandan Fintech Startup Targets Payments Broker Role
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9/4/2018   Post a comment
While retail is moving more and more cashless, Uganda's OlyCash is helping the 'unbanked.'
Cash for Data: Fintech Startup Playing a Long Game
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8/27/2018   Post a comment
Nigeria's Thank U Cash has a different approach for its loyalty program.
Mobile Number Portability Is Finally Coming to Côte d'Ivoire – Hopefully
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8/21/2018   Post a comment
Ivorian mobile users will be able to switch operators without losing their numbers from September.
Congolese Minister Eyes 5G Opportunity
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8/3/2018   Post a comment
A partnership between Spanish technology company Applus+ and the Congolese telecom incumbent could provide a spur to 5G in the central African country.
Google & Partners Are Connecting Nigeria to Free WiFi Hotspots
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8/2/2018   Post a comment
Google is to offer free Internet connectivity in Nigeria, and not as part of its Project Loon service.
DR Congo: Is Reaganomics Coming to the Rescue?
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7/31/2018   Post a comment
The GSMA has recommended the Democratic Republic of Congo lower taxes on the mobile industry to provide a boost for the industry as well as the government's coffers.
Most of Sub-Saharan Africa Will Be on Mobile Grid by 2025: GSMA
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7/25/2018   Post a comment
New GSMA report predicts that 52% of the sub-Saharan population will be connected to mobile networks by 2025.
GSMA on the Impact of Spectrum License Fees: Is It Really That Simple?
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7/24/2018   Post a comment
The GSMA believes high spectrum prices are responsible for the low adoption of mobile communication, in particular mobile data usage, in developing countries, but we think there's more to it than that.
MTN Could Exit 3 West African Markets – Report
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7/19/2018   Post a comment
Mobile operator MTN may be considering pulling out of Liberia, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, but may enter long coveted Angola and Ethiopia.
Chad to Auction New Mobile License
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7/17/2018   Post a comment
The telecom regulator of Chad has issued an invitation for tender to auction out a new mobile licence covering 2G, 3G and 4G.




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