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Content posted in February 2019
Safaricom Deploys 400G Optical Transport Tech
  • Connecting Africa News
Safaricom has deployed 400 Gbit/s optical transport technology from Huawei that will enable it to cope better with increasing volumes of video and data traffic.
MTN's Ugandan Woes Deepen
  • Wei Shi
The mobile operator's CEO is the latest to be deported from the eastern African country.
Are Africa's Mobile Operators Getting Shortchanged by MWC?
  • Connecting Africa News
It is the biggest annual event for the mobile industry in the world, but is the GSMA's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, with its heay focus on 5G, neglecting the world's fastest growing telecoms continent? It looks that way.
Telkom, Airtel finally get engaged
  • Ray Le Maistre
At the second time of asking, Kenya's second- and third-largest mobile operators agree a merger deal to create a stronger rival to Safaricom.
Why MTN Will Want a Jumia IPO
  • Wei Shi
The operator would improve its financial position if Nigerian digital e-commerce giant Jumia lists its shares on the New York exchange.
Africa Honors Safer Internet Day
  • Wei Shi
Telcos, Web services giants, NGOs and governments joined hands to honor Safer Internet Day, which this year had a focus on children and the young netizens and the slogan 'Together for a better internet.'


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