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Content posted in November 2019
Vodacom Loses Second Exec in a Week
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operator Vodacom is experiencing an executive exodus with both its group CFO and CTO resigning this week.
Ericsson, 5G & Africa: The AfricaCom Interview
  • Sponsored Video
At the recent AfricaCom event in Cape Town we spoke to Chafic Traboulsi, head of networks for Ericsson, Middle East and Africa, about the challenges and opportunities associated with the rollout of 5G across the African continent.
4G to Dominate MEA in 2025
  • Paula Gilbert
By 2025 LTE (4G) will be the dominant mobile access technology in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).
Vodacom CTO Resigns
  • Connecting Africa News
Andries Delport is leaving Vodacom after 23 years.
Africa Lags in Ericsson's 5G Forecasts
  • Paula Gilbert
Ericsson expects 5G to account for 2.6 billion subscriptions by 2025, but only about 30 million of those will be in Sub-Saharan Africa.
SA Companies Back Away From Public Cloud
  • Paula Gilbert
South African companies have outranked the global and EMEA averages in moving applications out of the public cloud and back onto premises-based infrastructure, according to a new study.
AfricaCom 2019: Key Takeaways From the Week
  • Connecting Africa Video
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaCom 2019 and a summary of the conference in general, including how Africa is embracing the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' and the rise of smart feature phones in Africa.
AfricaCom 2019 Day 2: Key Takeaways
  • Connecting Africa Video
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert chats about key topics from day two at AfricaCom 2019, including 4G vs. 5G, Liquid Telecom's new fiber link between East and West Africa, and the rise of the super-app.
AfricaCom 2019 Day 1: Key Takeaways
  • Connecting Africa Video
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide their insights into topics such as spectrum availability and digital inclusion from the first day of AfricaCom 2019.
Is Telkom About to Snap Up Cell C?
  • Ray Le Maistre
South African operator warns shareholders of potential acquisition as it announces a dip in profits for the first half of its fiscal year.
Vodacom Half-Year Profit Jumps 19%
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom has seen strong half-year profits due to sustained growth in the international operations and an improved second-quarter performance in South Africa.
SA Spectrum Licensing: What You Need to Know
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's spectrum licensing process looks like it will finally move forward, with plans for both 4G and 5G spectrum licensing set out by the communications authority.
How Transnet Puts IoT to Work
  • Ray Le Maistre
Major South African freight logistics company Transnet has been improving efficiency and maximizing resource potential using Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
M-Pesa Continues to Buoy Safaricom
  • Iain Morris
The Kenyan operator reports growth in sales and profit thanks again to growth in revenues from its mobile money service.
Blue Label Gets Real About Cell C
  • Paula Gilbert
The board and management of Blue Label Telecoms are 'extremely disappointed in the performance of Cell C.'


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