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Content posted in January 2022
MTN Nigeria earnings soar in 2021
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Nigeria's profit-after-tax rose over 45% in 2021, despite the telco losing 8 million subscribers due to regulatory restrictions on SIM sales.
Research Bites: Lack of 4IR knowledge a cause for concern
  • Guest Perspectives
This article – published in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the levels of knowledge of South African citizens about the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
SA President orders investigation into Telkom
  • Paula Gilbert
President Cyril Ramaphosa has directed South Africa's Special Investigating Unit to probe allegations of maladministration to do with Telkom SA's failed forays into Nigeria and Mauritius.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Wowzi
  • Tom Jackson
Kenya's Wowzi is an online marketplace for social media users and influencers to connect with big brands and make money by amplifying their messages or products.
SA operators band together to fight crime
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's telecom operators have joined forces to establish a new non-profit organization, COMRiC, which aims to tackle crime impacting the industry.
Omdia View: December 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
This is the December 2021 edition of the Middle East and Africa News Digest series from Omdia, which provides analysis of major trends and events in the region.
World Mobile brings Wi-Fi hotspots to Zanzibar
  • Connecting Africa News
Blockchain operator World Mobile is partnering with the Zanzibar eGovernment Agency to launch free Wi-Fi hotspots at public facing government institutions.
SA operators pick sides in spectrum court battle
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's mobile operators have picked sides in the recent court battle over a planned spectrum auction in the country, with the majority siding with the telecoms regulator.
Charles Molapisi is new MTN SA CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
Former MTN Group CTIO, Charles Molapisi, is now the CEO of MTN SA, replacing Godfrey Motsa who stepped down on January 1, 2022.


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Omdia View: April 2024

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April 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included a license for Starlink in Ghana, new mobile termination rates in Ethiopia, and 6G trials in Bahrain – that and more in the latest Omdia View.

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