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Safaricom surpasses Airtel in Kenyan 5G sites

Kenyan operator Safaricom has now overtaken Airtel Kenya in the number of active 5G sites it has in the East African country.

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Zambia's prolonged power blackouts negatively impacting telcos

The Global System for Mobile Association of Zambia (GSMAZ) has complained that prolonged power cuts have negatively impacted Zambia's telecommunications sector.

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UPDATE: Ghana regulator instructs ATC to reconnect Telecel

The National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana has instructed network tower provider American Tower Corporation (ATC) to reconnect the power supply to the network equipment of operator Telecel Ghana.

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ATC, Telecel Ghana at loggerheads over payment disputes

Network tower provider American Tower Corporation Ghana (ATC Ghana) has suspended power supply to Telecel Ghana's power network equipment due to the latter not fulfilling its payment obligations.

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Tunisia calls for tenders to provide 5G

The Tunisian Ministry of Communication Technologies has called for tenders to award 5G operating licenses in the North African country.

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MWC Shanghai 2024: Embracing the mobile AI era

Huawei's David Wang believes that 2024 marks the beginning of the mobile artificial intelligence (AI) era, spurred by the commercial launch of 5G-Advanced (5G-A) technology which will be key to making intelligent services universal.

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Omdia View: May 2024

May 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included African 5G subscriptions surpassing 5 million, growth from SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink, and a major fiber partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Telkom SA now has over 20M mobile subs

Telkom South Africa grew its mobile subscriber total by 11.9% to 20.4 million over the past year while the fiber business has also grown, passing more than 1.2 million South African homes.

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Kenya allocates $125.3M toward ICT sector

The Kenyan government has allocated $125.3 million to support several information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives for the 2024/2025 financial year.

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Standard Bank launches MVNO collaboration with MTN in SA

Standard Bank has announced a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) collaboration with MTN in South Africa and is changing its MVNO's name from Standard Bank Mobile to Standard Bank Connect.

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Safaricom Ethiopia opens operations in Tigray

Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia has launched commercial operations in the Tigray region.

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ACT speaks out against SA's 2G, 3G shutdown deadlines

South Africa's Association of Comms and Technology (ACT) is not in favor of new deadlines issued by the government for the sunset of 2G and 3G networks, calling rather for an industry-led approach to phase the technologies out.

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Illara Health aims to improve quality of care in Kenya

Kenyan healthtech startup Illara Health aspires to improve the quality of care in the country's clinics by providing equipment financing and digitizing facilities with its software.


Orange opens digital center in Guinea-Bissau

Pan-African operator Orange has opened an Orange Digital Center (ODC) in Guinea-Bissau.

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Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.


The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.


Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

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Leadership Lessons: The importance of mentorship for career growth

By Nollie Maoto

Nollie Maoto, First Rand Group's compliance chief data and analytics officer and Africa Tech Festival Leadership Council member, reflects on the importance of mentorship for career growth for African women in data analytics.


Omdia View: May 2024

By Omdia Analysts

May 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included African 5G subscriptions surpassing 5 million, growth from SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink, and a major fiber partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.

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