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Content posted in March 2017
MTN Trials Next Gen Mobile Network
  • Ray Le Maistre
Operator has been working with Huawei and Qualcomm on the use of next-generation antenna technology that can boost mobile broadband throughout.
Joburg In Line to Host OpenLab
  • Ray Le Maistre
Telecoms technology giant Huawei is setting up an OpenLab in Cape Town to foster industry collaboration.
Feeding the Data Demand in East Africa
  • Amy Turner
How can East Africa's mobile operators address the transport network capacity crunch they all face as data service usage grows? Airtel Tanzania's Barnabas Bwali has some answers.
Making MTN Great Again
  • Guy Zibi
The new team running MTN has some tough decisions to take but there are a number of key steps that can help get the pan-African operator back on track, notes Xalam Analytics Principal Guy Zibi.
Lighting Opportunities in Africa
  • Amy Turner
Highlights from Thione Niang's keynote address at AfricaCom, where he spoke about igniting change on the continent.
Expresso Telecom Puts Towers Up for Sale
  • Iain Morris
Expresso Telecom, the west African mobile subsidiary of Sudanese incumbent Sudatel, is looking to sell its towers to reduce operating costs and help it focus on new service opportunities.


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