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SA's Cell C migrating customers to roam on competitor networks

Cell C has begun migrating its customers to roam on Vodacom and MTN's networks as part of a new strategy to stop spending money on infrastructure.

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Kenya's mobile penetration increases to over 125%

Kenya's mobile market has grown as demand for ICT services continued to rise in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MTN was South Africa's best network in 2020 – report

MTN has been ranked as South Africa's best network for 2020 for speed and network quality, according to the MyBroadband Insights 2020 Mobile Network Quality Report.

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Vodacom, MTN towers burnt in SA by alleged 5G conspiracy theorists

A number of Vodacom and MTN towers have been vandalized and set on fire after conspiracy theories linking COVID-19 to 5G have resurfaced in South Africa.

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Space-based mobile network coming to equatorial Africa in 2023

Mobile users in equatorial Africa could be tapping into AST SpaceMobile's space-based mobile network by 2023.

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Six companies want South African spectrum

South Africa's telecoms regulator has revealed that six companies are interested in an upcoming spectrum auction, with Telkom both applying and trying to oppose the auction in court.

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5G will grow but 3G will dominate SSA in 2026 – Ericsson

The newest Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that 5G will make up about 5% of sub-Saharan Africa's mobile subscriptions by 2026, but the region's dominant mobile technology will still be 3G at over 40%.

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Nokia announced 5G deals in Kenya, Togo

Nokia has announced two separate 5G deals with African operators in Kenya and Togo.

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SA telcos must start paying for COVID temporary spectrum

The Independent Communications Authority says local operators will have to start paying for temporary spectrum given to them for free during the pandemic.

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Vodafone still holding out for Egypt sale

Vodafone still wants to offload its 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt, despite decent half-year results in the North African nation.

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Data demand boosts Vodacom H1 revenue

The COVID-19 pandemic didn't dampen Vodacom's interim revenue growth by much as the SA-based telco saw a big surge in data traffic and growth in data and financial services customers.

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Telkom prepares for spectrum battle with SA regulator

Telkom's CEO has voiced concern about the way the South African regulator is handling an upcoming spectrum auction and how it will impact competition.

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Hot startup of the month: Ghana's Sumundi

Sumundi, a Ghana-based startup, has developed an online and offline based retail management and point-of-sale platform for physical retailers.

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Hot startup of the month: SA's FlexClub

South African startup FlexClub has launched a managed marketplace that helps independent drivers on digital platforms become vehicle owners.

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AfricaCom Interview: Onica Makwakwa on closing the digital gender gap

The Alliance for Affordable Internet's head of Africa, Onica Makwakwa, shares her views on how to narrow the digital gender gap and the challenges keeping women offline on the continent.

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AfricaCom Interview: Tunde Fafunwa on how the ACIP is fighting COVID-19

Tunde Fafunwa from the UN Economic Commission for Africa explains how the Africa Communication and Information Platform (ACIP) is helping Africa's battle against COVID-19.

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AfricaCom Interview: Temidayo Oniosun on Africa's space and satellite industry

Space in Africa founder, Temidayo Oniosun, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities in the African space and satellite industry.

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