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Content posted in October 2022
Safaricom launches commercial 5G in Kenya
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Kenya's largest telecommunications company Safaricom has launched commercial 5G high-speed Internet service in the East African country.
Orange Africa growth on course to hit target
  • Matshepo Sehloho
French operator Orange's operations in Africa and the Middle East grew slightly in the third quarter and will likely meet its annual growth target of around 6%.
Malawi grants Starlink license to operate
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has granted Elon Musk's satellite Internet service Starlink a license to operate.
Hot startup of the month: South Africa's iiDENTIFii
  • Matshepo Sehloho
This month's hot startup is South African-based digital identity startup iiDENTIFii, which has developed a remote biometric identity authentication app to stop identity theft.
MTN SA 'crowd sourcing' electricity for network
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN South Africa has launched a new program to crowd-source additional generator capacity from small businesses to help bolster its network resilience as daily power cuts continue.
Kenya stands firm on SIM registration deadline
  • Paula Gilbert
The Communications Authority of Kenya says it won't extend a deadline that passed last weekend for all SIM cards to be properly registered, blocking users who did not comply.
Telecel Zimbabwe set for corporate rescue
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Communication and Allied Service Workers Union of Zimbabwe has asked the country's High Court to place Telecel under corporate rescue.
Tanzania rakes in US$187.5M from spectrum auction
  • Paula Gilbert
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority confirmed that four operators will pay a combined US$187.5 million for spectrum after a successful auction was concluded this week.
TV white spaces can help connect SA's underserved – CSIR
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal researcher, Dr. Luzango Mfupe, talks to Connecting Africa about how TV white spaces could better connect SA's unserved and underserved communities.
Airtel Kenya spins off mobile money unit
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Airtel Kenya has separated its mobile money unit from its core telecoms business in compliance with regulations set by the Central Bank of Kenya.
Glo eyes share in Nigeria's mobile money pie
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Nigerian telco Globacom (Glo) has announced the official launch of its MoneyMaster Payment Service Bank joining its counterparts MTN MoMo and Airtel SmartCash.
40 Kenyan digital lenders audited for data breaches
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The audit comes at a time when the Kenyan government, through the Central Bank of Kenya, is on a mission to clean up the digital lending industry to get rid of illegal operators.
Safaricom network goes live in Addis Ababa
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom Ethiopia has officially switched on its mobile network and services in the capital, Addis Ababa, with plans to be in 25 cities by April 2023.
13 African states join ITU council, Zimbabwe in key role
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Thirteen African countries have made it onto the 48-member council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), while Zimbabwe won the seat for the Director of Telecommunications Development Bureau.

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Omdia View: February 2024

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