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Content posted in March 2018
Senegal's New ISPs Launch Services
  • Connecting Africa News
Newly licensed ISPs Waw, Africa Access and Arc Informatique have all launched commercial services, bringing additional broadband opportunities to Senegal.
Safaricom Unveils Marathon IoT Effort
  • Connecting Africa News
Mobile operator is working with Vodafone on an IoT solution that could help Kenyan athletes to complete a marathon in less than two hours.
MTN Ghana Heads for IPO
  • Ray Le Maistre
MTN is closing in on the local listing of its operation in Ghana in order to meet the terms of its 4G license.
Making Water Infrastructure Intelligent
  • Connecting Africa News
Major innovations will be needed to overcome water crises as the Fourth Industrial Revolution takes place, writes Sabine Dall'Omo, CEO for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.
Helios Towers Abandons IPO Plan
  • Ray Le Maistre
Mobile towers company kills plan to float about 25% of the company's stock as speculation emerges of a potential M&A move.
Rain Readies for a Mobile Data Launch
  • Ray Le Maistre
South Africa's mobile data challenger Rain is preparing to launch its 4G services with a focus on making things simple for customers, notes the operator's CIO.
IOX Cable, Angola Cables Team Up
  • Connecting Africa News
IOX Cable and Angola Cables sign agreement to expand their reach across Africa, the Americas and Asia.
Orange Upgrades 4G With Nokia
  • Ray Le Maistre
Operator is investing in a major upgrade of its radio access network infrastructure in seven countries using technology from Nokia.
Vodafone Uganda Files for Bankruptcy
  • Connecting Africa News
Mobile data service provider has appointed an administrator after suffering financial, administrative and service delivery failures in a crowded market.
Helios Towers Plans IPO
  • Ray Le Maistre
Tower infrastructure company plans to list 25% of its shares on the London and Johannesburg exchanges in a move that should value the company at more than $2 billion.


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