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SA telecoms minister punished for breaking COVID-19 lockdown rules
Paula Gilbert  
4/8/2020   Post a comment
Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been put on special leave for two months for breaking South Africa's COVID-19 lockdown rules.
SA releases emergency spectrum for COVID-19 broadband demand
Paula Gilbert  
4/7/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's telecoms regulator is releasing emergency spectrum to meet the spike in broadband services demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gist Mobile unveils mobile service for African diaspora
Paula Gilbert  
4/6/2020   Post a comment
Gist Mobile has launched a new mobile calling and messaging app for the African diaspora.
Cell C's free data promise disappoints
Paula Gilbert  
4/3/2020   Post a comment
Cell C is offering its customers a quarter of 1MB of free data per day, and some free SMSs.
Vodacom, Discovery launch free online COVID-19 screening platform
Paula Gilbert  
4/2/2020   Post a comment
Discovery and Vodacom have together launched an online healthcare platform to help South Africans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Safaricom CEO takes the helm
Paula Gilbert  
4/1/2020   Post a comment
Peter Ndegwa officially took over as Safaricom CEO on April 1, 2020.
How much MTN execs get paid
Paula Gilbert  
4/1/2020   Post a comment
MTN's Group CEO Rob Shuter made $3.3 million in 2019 while Group CFO Ralph Mupita took home $3.7 million.
WACS cable break slows SA Internet, again
Paula Gilbert  
3/31/2020   Post a comment
South Africa is once again experiencing slow Internet as the West Africa Cable System (WACS) suffered its third major fault in 2020.
Sub-Saharan Africa adds 50M mobile money accounts in 2019
Paula Gilbert  
3/30/2020   Post a comment
Sub-Saharan Africa added 50 million new mobile money accounts in 2019, and global mobile money accounts surpassed 1 billion for the first time.
Telkom SA to cut IP Connect pricing
Paula Gilbert  
3/26/2020   1 comment
Telkom has come to an agreement with the SA Competition Commission to address concerns over IP Connect pricing and reducing the digital divide.
Cell C planning to give customers free 'lifeline' data
Paula Gilbert  
3/24/2020   1 comment
Cell C's CEO says the telco is planning to give its customers a 'lifeline package' of free data, in response to the South African Competition Commissions call for operators to do so.
Cell C narrows loss, but loses customers
Paula Gilbert  
3/23/2020   Post a comment
South African telecom operator Cell C managed to reduce net losses in 2019 and is seeing some success from a turnaround strategy introduced from March 2019 onwards.
MTN to give SA users 20MB free data every day
Paula Gilbert  
3/20/2020   Post a comment
MTN SA has promised to reduce its smaller data bundle prices by between 25% and 50% and is offering 20MB daily free data to users.
Huawei's path forward without Google
Paula Gilbert  
3/19/2020   Post a comment
Huawei's CTO in SA speaks to Connecting Africa about what consumers can expect from a Huawei phone without Google apps.
What African operators are doing to help during COVID-19 outbreak
Paula Gilbert  
3/18/2020   Post a comment
African operators are stepping up to help during the COVID-19 outbreak which is now affecting at least 30 African nations.
COVID-19 to slow East African smartphone shipments
Paula Gilbert  
3/17/2020   Post a comment
East Africa can expect a slowdown in its smartphone market over the coming quarters as the global COVID-19 outbreak continues to severely impact economies and supply chains worldwide, according to IDC.
Telkom job cuts to cost $90M
Paula Gilbert  
3/16/2020   Post a comment
Telkom's plan to shed around 3,000 jobs is going to cost the telecoms operator about R1.5 billion (US$90 million) and will have a negative impact on its earnings for the 2020 financial year.
SA tech stock bloodbath
Paula Gilbert  
3/13/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's tech and telecoms stocks plummeted on Thursday as worries over the spread of the coronavirus caused massive equity sell-offs.
MTN prepared for coronavirus supply chain woes
Paula Gilbert  
3/12/2020   Post a comment
MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter says the company is prepared for possible supply chain issues as a result of the spreading coronavirus.
Nigeria, Ghana shine for MTN but SA struggles
Paula Gilbert  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
Strong performances in Nigeria and Ghana helped push up MTN's profitability in 2019 as the South African business struggled to grow.
Rob Shuter to step down as MTN CEO in 2021
Paula Gilbert  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
MTN Group President and CEO Rob Shuter will be leaving the telco when his contract ends at the end of March 2021.
Vodacom to slash SA data prices by 30%
Paula Gilbert  
3/10/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom has promised to reduce its data bundle prices by between 30% and 40% and is launching a range of other free data services for South Africans.
Telkom selling 53 properties in SA
Paula Gilbert  
3/6/2020   Post a comment
The operator is auctioning off 53 properties in South Africa as it moves forward with plans to modernize its network and improve efficiency.
Sub-Saharan Africa still struggling with mobile gender gap
Paula Gilbert  
3/5/2020   Post a comment
Sub-Saharan Africa remains the second-worst region in the world when it comes to the mobile gender gap, according to a new GSMA report.
BICS commits to free roaming initiative in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Global communications enabler BICS has joined the Smart Africa Alliance, which is working to reduce roaming charges among the 30 participating African countries.
MTN Nigeria's data customer base grows 35%
Paula Gilbert  
3/2/2020   Post a comment
MTN Nigeria added 6.5 million new active data users in 2019.
Cell C is being courted by multiple suitors
Paula Gilbert  
3/2/2020   Post a comment
Cell C's CFO, Zaf Mahomed, has confirmed that the group has received multiple offers to sell the business.
Blue Label turns the corner after Cell C write-off
Paula Gilbert  
2/28/2020   Post a comment
Blue Label Telecoms is back in the black after two tough years, including writing off its investment in troubled mobile operator Cell C.
Bank cards still beat mobile payments in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
2/28/2020   Post a comment
A new research report from Omdia and OpenWay has found that consumer demand for debit and credit cards still outweighs that for mobile money, according to African banks.
Safaricom pens cloud deal with AWS
Paula Gilbert  
2/27/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom will become both a customer and a reseller of Amazon Web Services cloud services in East Africa.
Econet throws hat in ring for Ethiopia license – report
Paula Gilbert  
2/25/2020   Post a comment
Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa's company is reportedly looking into a telecom license in Ethiopia.
Vodacom facing trouble in Lesotho
Paula Gilbert  
2/20/2020   Post a comment
The Lesotho Communications Authority is not happy with Vodacom and has fined it $549,000 – and is threatening to revoke its license.
Etisalat tests open RAN in Africa through Parallel Wireless
Paula Gilbert  
2/19/2020   Post a comment
Telecoms giant Etisalat is set to trial open RAN solutions across its markets in Africa using technology from Parallel Wireless.
Africa remains growth driver for Orange
Paula Gilbert  
2/13/2020   Post a comment
Orange CEO Stéphane Richard says that once again in 2019, the Africa & Middle East region was a main growth driver for the Group.
MWC 2020 officially canceled
Paula Gilbert  
2/13/2020   Post a comment
The GSMA has pulled the plug on this year's Mobile World Congress due to the impact of reactions to the coronavirus outbreak.
MTN expects big earnings jump
Paula Gilbert  
2/12/2020   Post a comment
MTN expects its headline earnings per share for the 2019 financial year to be as much as 50% higher than the year before.
Connecting Africa joins MWC exodus
Paula Gilbert  
2/12/2020   Post a comment
Connecting Africa believes it will be easier and more efficient to report on the industry's developments without traveling to Barcelona.
Vodacom to take over Vodafone Ghana
Paula Gilbert  
2/11/2020   Post a comment
The management of Vodafone Ghana will soon transfer from Vodafone Europe to South African subsidiary, Vodacom.
Women in Tech Interview: Vodacom financial services chief Mariam Cassim
Paula Gilbert  
2/10/2020   Post a comment
Mariam Cassim spoke to Connecting Africa about how she turned Vodacom's financial services division into a profit maker in just three years, as well as the trials and tribulations of being a successful working mom.
Vodacom to launch 5G services in SA in 2020
Paula Gilbert  
2/4/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom says it expects to be able to launch 5G services in South Africa this year, with the help of a recent roaming agreement with Liquid Telecom.
Vodacom reports strong end to 2019
Paula Gilbert  
2/4/2020   Post a comment
Mobile operator giant's quarterly revenues grow 6.6% year-on-year in the final three months of 2019.
SA operators given more time to cut data prices
Paula Gilbert  
2/3/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's Competition Commission has given mobile operators a one-month extension on a demand to drop data prices.
MTN Mobile Money returns to SA
Paula Gilbert  
1/31/2020   Post a comment
MTN has relaunched its Mobile Money offering in South Africa after previously pulling the service due to poor performance.
MTN promises $1.6B Nigeria investment, legal woes over
Paula Gilbert  
1/30/2020   Post a comment
MTN has committed to invest $1.6 billion in Nigeria over the next three years, while its $2 billion tax-related court battle has been resolved.
Ericsson Predicts 5G Take-Up for MEA in 2020
Paula Gilbert  
1/29/2020   Post a comment
After a successful 2019 when it comes to 5G deals, Ericsson is predicting more 5G growth for the Middle East and Africa in 2020.
Airtel Africa Boasts Strong 9-Month Growth
Paula Gilbert  
1/28/2020   Post a comment
Airtel Africa gained 9.2 million new customers during the past year and its revenue increased by 9.9% for the nine months of its fiscal year to December 31, 2019.
New Telecoms Licensing Regime in Uganda
Paula Gilbert  
1/27/2020   1 comment
Ugandan telecoms operators only have until a January 30 to meet the Uganda Communications Commission's deadline for a new licensing regime in the country.
Samsung Is Ready for 5G in SA
Paula Gilbert  
1/24/2020   Post a comment
Samsung says it will bring 5G handsets and other 5G devices to South Africa as soon as regulation allows.
Tanzania Cracks Down on Unregistered SIMs
Paula Gilbert  
1/22/2020   Post a comment
Tanzania's telecoms regulator has blocked access for over 650,000 mobile users who did not register their SIM cards biometrically, according to local media.
MTN Appoints New South Sudan CEO, Cameroon CEO Resigns
Paula Gilbert  
1/17/2020   Post a comment
MTN has appointed industry veteran Gordian Kyomukama as CEO in South Sudan but says Cameroon CEO Hendrik Kasteel has handed in his notice.
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