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Content posted in October 2019
MTN Group Grows, SA Struggles
  • Paula Gilbert
While the MTN Group added 3.5 million new subscribers in the third quarter the SA business lost another 300,000 users.
Orange Opens Digital Center in Senegal
  • Connecting Africa News
French operator Orange has opened its second Digital Center in Africa and the Middle East with plans for three more by the end of this year.
Airtel Africa Gains 10M Customers
  • Paula Gilbert
Airtel Africa added almost 10 million new customers in the past year while its data customer base increased 17.7% year-on-year.
Vodacom Data Traffic Soars as Costs Drop
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom says the effective cost of data on its network has halved in the first six months of the financial year, while traffic has increased by 70%.
Connecting Africa Country Profile: Nigeria
  • Paula Gilbert
This country guide offers a snapshot of the mobile market in Nigeria and takes a look at the key network operators active in the West African nation.
MTN SA in Search of a New CFO
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN South Africa CFO Sandile Ntsele is being transferred to the MTN Group, leaving his job up for grabs.
MTN Cote d'Ivoire Has a New CEO
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN Group says Djibril Ouattara will move from his role as CEO of MTN Congo Brazzaville to take up the leadership spot in Cote d'Ivoire.
SA Minister Pledges Support for Fiber Industry
  • Paula Gilbert
Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, says all South Africans should have access to fiber and has promised to support industry players to help make this happen.
Vodafone Brings OpenRAN to DRC & Mozambique
  • Connecting Africa News
Vodafone is trialing OpenRAN technology in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique to broaden its base of suppliers and extend rural Internet access.
eSIM Tech Trending Upward in Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
According to analysts the adoption of eSIM technology is slowly rising in Africa, and South Africa is the front runner in the region.


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