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Loon to Land Third Ground Station in Kenya
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2/14/2019   Post a comment
Working with Telkom Kenya, Alphabet subsidiary Loon is to add another ground station to expand its coverage.
Safaricom Turns to Allot to Shore Up Security, Boost QoE
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2/13/2019   Post a comment
Kenya's leading mobile operator is deploying technology from Israeli vendor Allot to make its network more secure and enhance the quality of experience (QoE) it can deliver to its customers.
Why MTN Will Want a Jumia IPO
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2/11/2019   Post a comment
The operator would improve its financial position if Nigerian digital e-commerce giant Jumia lists its shares on the New York exchange.
WACS Subsea Cable Upgrade Completed by Huawei Marine
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2/6/2019   Post a comment
Huawei Marine has finished the upgrade of the world's longest 100G undersea cable, which links West Africa with Europe.
Africa Honors Safer Internet Day
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2/6/2019   Post a comment
Telcos, Web services giants, NGOs and governments joined hands to honor Safer Internet Day, which this year had a focus on children and the young netizens and the slogan 'Together for a better internet.'
A Strong Position in Africa is Ever Critical for Huawei
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1/29/2019   Post a comment
As it comes under fire in many other markets, it's never been more important for the Chinese vendor to have a strong foothold in Africa.
MTN's Nigeria IPO Looks to Be Back On Track
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1/25/2019   Post a comment
The CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is optimistic the public listing will go ahead now that MTN has sorted out its differences with the Nigerian authorities.
Vodacom Reports Growth Despite Tough SA Market
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1/24/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom reported a decline in revenues in its home market of South Africa during the final three months of 2018 but its other operations helped it post a 1.5% growth in sales.
Tmcel: The New Name in Mozambique's Comms Market
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1/23/2019   Post a comment
The merger of two loss-making network operators has created a new, state-owned, integrated communications service provider.
Helios Towers Boosts Its South African Plans with Strategic Acquisition
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1/21/2019   Post a comment
Only days after forming a joint venture in South Africa, Helios Towers has acquired a controlling stake in SA Towers to support its growth plans.
Orange Brings 4G to Burkina Faso
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1/18/2019   Post a comment
The Orange subsidiary announced that it has secured a 4G licence as well as having renewed its 2G and 3G licences.
Zimbabweans Blocked From Social Media, Public Internet
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1/16/2019   1 comment
Amidst anti-government protests and riots, the country's telecom operators and ISPs followed directives to shut down social media and went even further, blocking Internet access for 24 hours.
Helios Towers Teams With Vulatel to Expand into South Africa
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1/15/2019   Post a comment
Entering into the most advanced telecom market on the African continent may also help the company's ambition to go public.
Airtel & Telkom Rekindle Kenyan Merger Talks – Reports
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1/14/2019   Post a comment
The prospect of a merger between Kenya's second- and third-largest mobile operators appears to have been revived.
Liquid Telecom Appoints Ex-Orange Exec to Lead Push into West Africa
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1/11/2019   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom has appointed industry veteran Mohamed Abdel Bassit, most recently at Orange, to lead its expansion into some of the fastest growing markets on the continent.
Nigeria's 9mobile Suffers Further Turmoil
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1/9/2019   Post a comment
Reports suggest that Teleology, the new owner, has decided to withdraw, but the situation is far from clear.
Sub-Saharan African OTT Market to Top $1B by 2024 – Report
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1/8/2019   Post a comment
Value of OTT video content will grow almost five-fold during next six years, according to Digital TV Research.
Nigeria's Mobile Market Continues to Grow, as Do 9mobile's Woes
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1/7/2019   Post a comment
The Nigerian mobile market may be growing, but 9mobile's customer base is still shrinking.
EIB Commits €495M to Developing Africa's Infrastructure
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12/21/2018   Post a comment
The European Investment Bank commits €495 million to three mega projects in Africa to improve broadband access, public transport, and access to electricity.
Kenyan Government Steps In to Standardize Mobile Money Services
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12/18/2018   Post a comment
Kenya's Communications Authority is working with the Central Bank to develop a common platform to support interoperability between mobile money solutions.
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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Working with Telkom Kenya, Alphabet subsidiary Loon is to add another ground station to expand its coverage.
Kenya's leading mobile operator is deploying technology from Israeli vendor Allot to make its network more secure and enhance the quality of experience (QoE) it can deliver to its customers.
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.
The operator would improve its financial position if Nigerian digital e-commerce giant Jumia lists its shares on the New York exchange.
Huawei Marine has finished the upgrade of the world's longest 100G undersea cable, which links West Africa with Europe.
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