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Vodacom KZN to invest $53M into network improvement, rural sites

Vodacom KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) will invest over R1 billion (US$53 million) this financial year into its network to increase capacity and resilience and accelerate connectivity, particularly in rural areas of the SA province.

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Omdia View: August 2023

Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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MTN Nigeria adds more spectrum to network arsenal

MTN Nigeria has acquired spectrum in the 2.6GHz band from OpenSkys to enhance capacity and customer experience on its Nigerian network.

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Ethio Telecom launches commercial 5G in Ethiopia

Ethiopian state-owned telecom operator Ethio Telecom has launched commercial 5G services.

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Congo warns Airtel, MTN over low SIM registrations

L'Agence de Regulation des Postes et des Communications Electroniques (ARPCE), has issued a warning to Airtel and MTN over the failure to register an adequate rate of SIM cards to subscribers.

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MTN Nigeria terminates tower deal with IHS, picks ATC

Telecom operator MTN is changing its tower supplier in Nigeria, ending a deal with IHS Nigeria and signing with American Tower Corporation (ATC) from 2025 onward.

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Bayobab gets national long-distance operator license in Nigeria

Bayobab Group, formerly MTN GlobalConnect, has been granted a national long-distance operator license by the regulatory authorities in Nigeria.

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Vodafone, Amazon's Project Kuiper to extend 4G/5G reach

Vodafone and Project Kuiper, Amazon's low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications initiative, have collaborated to extend the reach of 4G/5G services to its customers in Africa and Europe.

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Telkom Kenya's towers shut down by ATC due to non-payment of fees

American Towers Corporation (ATC) has disconnected Telkom Kenya from its tower infrastructure for failing to pay site leasing fees.

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Malawi, ITU launch mobile network quality project

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have launched a project to deal with concerns about the declining quality of service (QoS) in mobile services in the country.

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MTN invests in Cameroon, signs 5G enterprise deal in Nigeria

MTN Group has committed to invest US$225 million over three years in Cameroon in a bid to rectify a legal dispute, while MTN Nigeria is set to deploy 5G services to facilitate business optimization to Seplat Energy.

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Ghana to establish neutral shared infrastructure for 5G

Ghana will establish a neutral shared infrastructure company to deliver nationwide 4G and 5G services, according to Communications and Digitalisation Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.

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InDrive enters Zimbabwe's Bulawayo

Ride-sharing platform InDrive is expanding its services to Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo after successfully introducing its services in the capital of Harare in May this year.

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Five African healthtech startups to watch

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of five African healthtech startups that have been making an impact in the lives of the communities they serve and are worth keeping an eye on in 2023.

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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.

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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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Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers

A new survey reveals that COVID-19, the cost-of-living crisis, skills shortages and a lack of mentorship have negatively affected women's career development over the past two years.

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Omdia View: August 2023

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: February 2023

By Omdia Analysts

In February 2023 key events in the Middle East and Africa included a major Internet project for Africa's underserved by Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Microsoft as well as a 5G launch in Tanzania – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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