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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.
Telkom Planning Major Job Cuts
Paula Gilbert  
1/16/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's Telkom could cut up to 3,000 jobs across a number of business units.
Is Vodacom Making a Play for Cell C Customers?
Paula Gilbert  
1/15/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom is rumored to be looking to take over some of struggling rival Cell C's contract customers, according to a Bloomberg report.
Internet Shutdowns Cost Africa $2B in 2019 – Report
Paula Gilbert  
1/14/2020   Post a comment
Major Internet blackouts in 2019 cost African economies a combined $2.36 billion, according to a report from
Nigeria's Attorney General Gives Up on $2B MTN Tax Battle
Paula Gilbert  
1/13/2020   Post a comment
Some good news for MTN Nigeria – the country's attorney general has withdrawn a US$2 billion tax demand that has been hanging over the telco for more than a year.
Video: Why SA Is Uniquely Positioned to Benefit From 4IR
Paula Gilbert  
12/30/2019   Post a comment
Unathi Mtya, chief technology officer at Grindrod Bank, explains why South Africa is positioned to take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution.
Video: The Next Industries Facing Disruption
Paula Gilbert  
12/27/2019   Post a comment
Future Advisory CEO Herman Singh told AfricaCom TV which industries he believes will be the most disrupted by startup players.
Women in Tech Interview: MTN Liberia CEO Uche Ofodile
Paula Gilbert  
12/20/2019   Post a comment
Uche Ofodile spoke to Connecting Africa about the role leaders should play in empowering more women in Africa, and much more.
The Most Expensive Data Prices in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
12/18/2019   Post a comment
According to stats from Research ICT Africa, eSwatini has the most expensive data prices in Africa and Egypt has the cheapest.
The Top Things Africans Googled in 2019
Paula Gilbert  
12/12/2019   Post a comment
Google's 2019 Year in Search has revealed the top searches in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa during the past year.
Vodacom to Launch Savings & Investment Product
Paula Gilbert  
12/11/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom's financial services department is planning to expand into savings and investments and has a multi-purpose'super-app' in the works.
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.
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