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MTN 5G goes live in South Africa
Paula Gilbert  
6/30/2020   Post a comment
MTN has launched 5G across 100 sites in South Africa and made some big promises about its future rollout if it gets access to the spectrum it needs.
South Africans want free mobile data as COVID-19 ups Internet use
Paula Gilbert  
6/25/2020   Post a comment
SA operators are experiencing increased traffic and demand for free data as the COVID-19 pandemic drives users online, according to data from Upstream's Zero-D.
African operators reinstate mobile money fees
Paula Gilbert  
6/24/2020   Post a comment
Some operators have started to reinstate mobile money transfer fees that were waived three months ago when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the continent.
Africa set for mobile data traffic boom
Paula Gilbert  
6/23/2020   Post a comment
Mobile data traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to multiply by 12 by 2025, according to the June 2020 Ericsson Mobility Report.
Telkom SA's profit falls despite mobile success
Paula Gilbert  
6/22/2020   Post a comment
Despite strong growth in its mobile business, the South African operator saw a major drop in group earnings over the past year.
Cell C may lay off 40% of its staff
Paula Gilbert  
6/19/2020   Post a comment
Financially strained South African mobile operator Cell C says it may cut 960 junior management and semi-skilled staff.
Amazon is creating 3,000 new jobs in SA
Paula Gilbert  
6/19/2020   Post a comment
The e-commerce giant is adding 3,000 full-time positions in customer service, bringing its total permanent workforce in South Africa to 7,000.
Liquid Telecom SA CEO calls it quits
Paula Gilbert  
6/18/2020   Post a comment
Reshaad Sha is leaving his role as CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa at the end of August.
Orange sets sights on expansion into Nigeria and SA
Paula Gilbert  
6/17/2020   Post a comment
French mobile operator Orange is eyeing expansion opportunities in Nigeria and South Africa, CEO Stéphane Richard told French newspaper Les Echos.
MTN has zero-rated 120M MoMo transactions during COVID-19 outbreak
Paula Gilbert  
6/12/2020   Post a comment
MTN believes COVID-19 has triggered acceleration toward cashless, digital economies in Africa.
Safaricom is looking for a new CFO
Paula Gilbert  
6/10/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom's Sateesh Kamath is leaving the Kenyan telco to join Vodafone Business as CFO.
COVID-19 puts major dent in Africa's smartphone market
Paula Gilbert  
6/10/2020   1 comment
Africa's first-quarter smartphone shipments saw one of the largest dips in five years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nigeria's 1GB data price has dropped 75% over five years
Paula Gilbert  
6/5/2020   Post a comment
According to 1GB comparison data from Research ICT Africa, Nigeria's average price of 1GB of mobile data has dropped from $11.15 in mid-2014 to $2.78 at the end of 2019.
SA smartphone numbers jump, but fixed broadband subs drop
Paula Gilbert  
6/4/2020   Post a comment
A report from South Africa's telecoms regulator shows that smartphone subscriptions in the country are now at over 90%, while a drop in DSL subscriptions saw fixed broadband subscriptions decrease by almost 20% in 2019.
Africa is a big growth market for Cloud Credential Council certification programs
Paula Gilbert  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
Cloud Credential Council MD Mark O'Loughlin spoke to Connecting Africa about the growth it is seeing with its vendor-neutral certification programs in Africa.
Vodacom zero-rating what3words to help South Africans in emergencies
Paula Gilbert  
5/28/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom is zero-rating the what3words 'find me' website in South Africa to help emergency services locate people even if they don't have an official address.
Ethiopia telecoms liberalization moves forward despite COVID-19
Paula Gilbert  
5/25/2020   Post a comment
Ethiopia's communications regulator is going ahead with plans to issue two new telecoms licenses in the country, despite the current COVID-19 crisis.
Vodacom plots fintech path with nano-loans
Paula Gilbert  
5/21/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom wants to extend successes with its nano-lending products in Kenya and Tanzania to its other markets.
EXCLUSIVE: MTN Zambia and Vanu to provide off-grid connectivity
Paula Gilbert  
5/19/2020   Post a comment
Vanu has been selected by MTN to extend mobile connectivity to Zambia's off-grid communities.
African smartphone users could help find COVID-19 treatment while sleeping
Paula Gilbert  
5/18/2020   Post a comment
Smartphone users in Ghana, Lesotho and South Africa can now help scientists speed up COVID-19 research by letting the DreamLab app run on their smartphones while they sleep.
5G in Africa is inevitable, but not imminent – GSMA
Paula Gilbert  
5/15/2020   Post a comment
GSMA Africa Head, Akinwale Goodluck, believes Africa needs to get a few more things right before 5G can significantly roll out on the continent.
MTN cuts spending plans as COVID-19 crisis bites
Paula Gilbert  
5/14/2020   Post a comment
MTN has revised down its capex plans for 2020, from about $1.5 billion to $1.1 billion, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads uncertainty throughout African markets.
Loon brings balloon-powered Internet to Mozambique
Paula Gilbert  
5/13/2020   Post a comment
Alphabet's balloon Internet project, Loon, has partnered with operator Vodacom to bring Internet connectivity to Mozambique's hard-to-reach areas.
Vodafone Egypt rakes in revenue ahead of sale
Paula Gilbert  
5/12/2020   Post a comment
Vodafone Egypt saw a major revenue spike in the past financial year, while its parent group goes ahead with a planned sale to Saudi Telecom.
African operations boost Vodacom revenue
Paula Gilbert  
5/11/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom's operations outside of SA continued to show strong growth over the past financial year, while the domestic market recovered in the second half.
Telkom SA delays retrenchments, postpones results due to COVID-19
Paula Gilbert  
5/6/2020   Post a comment
Telkom South Africa is postponing the planned shedding of around 3,000 jobs and pushing back its full-year results publication due to COVID-19.
MTN Ghana boasts double-digit Q1 growth
Paula Gilbert  
5/5/2020   Post a comment
MTN Ghana saw Q1 service revenue jump 20%, buoyed by double-digit growth in its voice, data and Mobile Money revenue.
Vodacom launches 5G in South Africa
Paula Gilbert  
5/4/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom has launched a live 5G network in three South African cities, supporting both mobile and fixed wireless services.
MTN extends dominance in Nigeria
Paula Gilbert  
4/30/2020   Post a comment
MTN has extended its dominance in Nigeria, adding more than 4 million subscribers in the past quarter.
M-Pesa still a cash cow for Safaricom, but COVID-19 impact looms
Paula Gilbert  
4/29/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom's M-Pesa continues to be a strong revenue driver for the operator, but it is anticipating a negative short-term impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.
ZTE's African growth plans
Paula Gilbert  
4/28/2020   Post a comment
ZTE has been actively trialing 5G technology in Africa but still sees 3G and 4G as big growth areas for its business on the continent.
Huawei warns of Africa impact to US chip-making restrictions
Paula Gilbert  
4/24/2020   Post a comment
Huawei has warned that proposed US restrictions on chip-making equipment will likely hurt Africa.
AWS Cape Town data centers officially live
Paula Gilbert  
4/22/2020   Post a comment
Amazon Web Services has officially launched its new AWS Africa Region in Cape Town.
MTN, Etisalat rated top telco brands in Africa and Middle East
Paula Gilbert  
4/17/2020   Post a comment
Brand Finance has ranked MTN as the most valuable and strongest telecoms brand in Africa, while Etisalat was the leader in the MEA region.
SA telcos pledge big in COVID-19 battle
Paula Gilbert  
4/16/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's mobile operators are making sizable pledges toward the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as spending on improving network capacity.
Vodacom CEO pledges a third of salary to COVID-19 battle
Paula Gilbert  
4/14/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom Group's CEO, Shameel Joosub, is donating a third of his salary for the next three months to the fight against COVID-19 in South Africa.
MTN dominates market share in over half its operations
Paula Gilbert  
4/9/2020   3 comments
MTN has the biggest market share in 13 out of the 21 countries where it operates mobile networks in Africa and the Middle East.
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   1 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   1 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.
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