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Rolling Blackouts Hurting SA Operators & Customers
Paula Gilbert  
12/10/2019   Post a comment
Ongoing power blackouts across South Africa are putting pressure on the country's mobile networks and impacting services for users.
CompCom Data War Could Backfire on Smaller Players
Paula Gilbert  
12/6/2019   Post a comment
Analysts say that forcing Vodacom and MTN to drop prices could actually make it harder for Cell C and Telkom to retain customers.
Africa Key to Orange 2025 Strategy
Paula Gilbert  
12/5/2019   Post a comment
French operator Orange has unveiled its new strategic plan, Engage2025, and Africa has an important place in it.
MTN & Vodacom Hit Back at Data Pricing Report
Paula Gilbert  
12/4/2019   Post a comment
MTN and Vodacom continue to blame high data prices on a lack of spectrum.
Free Data for All: SA Competition Watchdog
Paula Gilbert  
12/3/2019   1 comment
The Competition Commission is trying to enforce sweeping changes to South Africa's mobile data pricing, including free daily mobile data for all citizens.
SA Competition Commission Forcing MTN & Vodacom to Cut Data Prices
Paula Gilbert  
12/2/2019   Post a comment
South Africa's Competition Commission says MTN and Vodacom must reduce mobile data prices immediately or face prosecution.
The Best of the AI Summit at AfricaCom 2019: Videos
Paula Gilbert  
11/29/2019   Post a comment
Five of the most interesting videos concerning artificial intelligence from the recent AI Summit Cape Town at AfricaCom 2019.
Cell C Sends Telkom Packing
Paula Gilbert  
11/29/2019   Post a comment
South African operator Cell C has rejected Telkom's takeover offer.
Vodacom Loses Second Exec in a Week
Paula Gilbert  
11/28/2019   Post a comment
South African operator Vodacom is experiencing an executive exodus with both its group CFO and CTO resigning this week.
West & Central Africa Get on 5G Train
Paula Gilbert  
11/27/2019   Post a comment
Nigeria and Gabon have both begun trialing 5G technology.
4G to Dominate MEA in 2025
Paula Gilbert  
11/26/2019   Post a comment
By 2025 LTE (4G) will be the dominant mobile access technology in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).
Africa Lags in Ericsson's 5G Forecasts
Paula Gilbert  
11/25/2019   Post a comment
Ericsson expects 5G to account for 2.6 billion subscriptions by 2025, but only about 30 million of those will be in Sub-Saharan Africa.
SA Companies Back Away From Public Cloud
Paula Gilbert  
11/25/2019   Post a comment
South African companies have outranked the global and EMEA averages in moving applications out of the public cloud and back onto premises-based infrastructure, according to a new study.
Safaricom IoT Solution Is Keeping Kenya's Beers Cold
Paula Gilbert  
11/22/2019   Post a comment
Telecoms operator Safaricom is partnering with Kenya Breweries to connect and enhance its coolers using Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
Telkom Is Gaining Mobile Subs but Suffering ARPU Erosion
Paula Gilbert  
11/21/2019   Post a comment
South African mobile operator Telkom may be gaining mobile customers by the truckload, but it is generating less money from each of them than a year ago.
SA Regulator Pours Cold Water on MTN & Cell C Roaming Deal
Paula Gilbert  
11/20/2019   Post a comment
The Independent Communications Authority of SA wants MTN and Cell C to clarify details of their recently announced national roaming agreement.
Vodacom Is 5G-Ready but Still Focusing on 4G
Paula Gilbert  
11/19/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom is focusing heavily on continuing 4G rollout across its five operations in Africa while preparing for the launch of 5G in South Africa.
Telkom Confirms Cell C Courtship
Paula Gilbert  
11/18/2019   Post a comment
SA's Telkom has finally confirmed it is in discussions with Cell C regarding a potential acquisition.
More Smart Feature Phones Drop at AfricaCom
Paula Gilbert  
11/15/2019   Post a comment
Africell and Orange both launched new KaiOS-powered smart feature phones for markets like The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Botswana.
AfricaCom: Liquid Telecom Connects East to West Africa via DRC
Paula Gilbert  
11/14/2019   Post a comment
The pan-African telecoms group has announced a direct land-based fiber link connecting East to West Africa through the Democratic Republic of Congo.
AfricaCom: MTN Commits to Rural Coverage Using OpenRAN Technology
Paula Gilbert  
11/13/2019   Post a comment
MTN is set to deploy 5,000 OpenRAN sites across its operations in Africa and the Middle East.
AfricaCom: MTN Wants Ayoba to Be a 'Super-App'
Paula Gilbert  
11/13/2019   Post a comment
MTN's messaging platform has reached over 1.2 million active users and CEO Rob Shuter's vision for Ayoba is to become a 'super-app.'
African Mobile Broadband Connections to Boom by 2024 – Ovum
Paula Gilbert  
11/11/2019   Post a comment
Ovum's Africa Digital Outlook 2020 report forecasts that there will be 1.08 billion mobile broadband connections in Africa by 2024.
Vodacom Half-Year Profit Jumps 19%
Paula Gilbert  
11/11/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom has seen strong half-year profits due to sustained growth in the international operations and an improved second-quarter performance in South Africa.
SA Spectrum Licensing: What You Need to Know
Paula Gilbert  
11/7/2019   Post a comment
South Africa's spectrum licensing process looks like it will finally move forward, with plans for both 4G and 5G spectrum licensing set out by the communications authority.
Blue Label Gets Real About Cell C
Paula Gilbert  
11/1/2019   Post a comment
The board and management of Blue Label Telecoms are 'extremely disappointed in the performance of Cell C.'
MTN Group Grows, SA Struggles
Paula Gilbert  
10/31/2019   Post a comment
While the MTN Group added 3.5 million new subscribers in the third quarter the SA business lost another 300,000 users.
Liquid Telecom SA's Massive Network Upgrade
Paula Gilbert  
10/30/2019   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom SA has announced a network refresh and advanced core network enhancements to offer better bandwidth capacity to customers.
Africa & Middle East Push Up Orange Revenues
Paula Gilbert  
10/29/2019   Post a comment
Orange revenues in Africa and the Middle East rose 7.6% in the third quarter of 2019, boosting the group total.
Airtel Africa Gains 10M Customers
Paula Gilbert  
10/25/2019   Post a comment
Airtel Africa added almost 10 million new customers in the past year while its data customer base increased 17.7% year-on-year.
Vodacom Data Traffic Soars as Costs Drop
Paula Gilbert  
10/24/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom says the effective cost of data on its network has halved in the first six months of the financial year, while traffic has increased by 70%.
Vodacom Launches 4G Smart Feature Phone
Paula Gilbert  
10/23/2019   Post a comment
As smart feature phones become more popular across Africa, Vodacom has unveiled its new Vibe 4G phone.
Broadband for All Africans Will Cost $100B – World Bank
Paula Gilbert  
10/23/2019   Post a comment
The World Bank believes that achieving broadband access for everyone living in Africa by 2030 will come with a US$100 billion price tag.
Connecting Africa Country Profile: Nigeria
Paula Gilbert  
10/22/2019   Post a comment
This country guide offers a snapshot of the mobile market in Nigeria and takes a look at the key network operators active in the West African nation.
Voice Still Key for FNB Connect Users
Paula Gilbert  
10/18/2019   Post a comment
South African MVNO FNB Connect says voice calls still account for between 30% to 40% of its customers' typical spend.
'Made in Africa' Mara Smartphones to be Manufactured in SA
Paula Gilbert  
10/17/2019   Post a comment
The Mara Group has expanded the production of its African made smartphones, opening a high-tech manufacturing plant in South Africa.
Kenya Leads Africa in Mobile Financial Services Opportunities – Mazars
Paula Gilbert  
10/16/2019   Post a comment
The Mazars Mobile Payments Index ranks Kenya highest out of four African countries according to the mobile financial services opportunities in the country, while South Africa ranks lowest.
EOH Goes After Corrupt Employees & Business Partners
Paula Gilbert  
10/15/2019   Post a comment
South African IT services firm EOH has blacklisted 50 enterprise development business partners implicated in suspect payments.
M-Pesa One of 10 Most Influential Projects of Last 50 Years, Says PMI
Paula Gilbert  
10/11/2019   Post a comment
The Kenyan mobile money service has been ranked the ninth most influential project in the world over the last five decades by the Project Management Institute.
Bolt's Big African Expansion Plans
Paula Gilbert  
10/10/2019   Post a comment
Ride-hailing app Bolt plans to increase its reach from over 40 African cities to 75 by the end of 2019.
Jury Still Out on Viability of Rural Fiber
Paula Gilbert  
10/9/2019   Post a comment
Frogfoot Networks CEO Abraham van der Merwe questions how financially viable it is to rollout fiber to townships and rural areas in South Africa.
SA Minister Pledges Support for Fiber Industry
Paula Gilbert  
10/8/2019   Post a comment
Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, says all South Africans should have access to fiber and has promised to support industry players to help make this happen.
Women in Tech Interview: Microsoft SA's Lillian Barnard
Paula Gilbert  
10/4/2019   Post a comment
Microsoft SA managing director Lillian Barnard spoke to Connecting Africa about the rise of cloud in Africa and how she feels flying the flag for women in ICT.
eSIM Tech Trending Upward in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
10/3/2019   Post a comment
According to analysts the adoption of eSIM technology is slowly rising in Africa, and South Africa is the front runner in the region.
Africans Suffer Poor Voice App Experience
Paula Gilbert  
10/2/2019   Post a comment
A new report from Opensignal shows that Africa is trailing when it comes to voice app call quality of experience.
Safaricom Is Losing Market Share to Airtel
Paula Gilbert  
10/1/2019   Post a comment
Safaricom's slice of the Kenyan market is slowly declining and has dropped to levels last seen in 2012.
Safaricom Finds Success With Affordable Smartphone
Paula Gilbert  
9/25/2019   1 comment
Kenya's Safaricom has sold more than 600,000 of its low-cost Neon smartphones in 2019.
GSMA Calls for End to Spectrum Cash Cows
Paula Gilbert  
9/19/2019   Post a comment
High spectrum prices are having negative impacts on consumers, according to a new report from the GSM Association.
Africa to Embrace Hybrid Cloud
Paula Gilbert  
9/16/2019   Post a comment
Cloud services in Africa will run on both public and private cloud platforms and be provided by a mix of global players and local or regional players, finds industry analyst.
Cloud Services a Game Changer for Digital Transformation
Paula Gilbert  
9/13/2019   Post a comment
Connecting Africa's 'Cloud Evolution in Africa' webinar revealed that cloud services are a game changer for Africa and without adequate access to these services, digital transformation loses some of its depth and meaning.
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Analysts say that forcing Vodacom and MTN to drop prices could actually make it harder for Cell C and Telkom to retain customers.
French operator Orange has unveiled its new strategic plan, Engage2025, and Africa has an important place in it.
MTN and Vodacom continue to blame high data prices on a lack of spectrum.
The Competition Commission is trying to enforce sweeping changes to South Africa's mobile data pricing, including free daily mobile data for all citizens.
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