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Content posted in April 2021
Airtel Africa has a new CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
Segun Ogunsanya has been appointed as the new CEO of Airtel Africa, replacing long-serving leader Raghunath Mandava, who is retiring.
Orange MEA sees biggest Q1 growth in 10 years
  • Paula Gilbert
Orange's Africa and Middle East business recorded its best first quarterly performance in 10 years - driven by growth in mobile data, mobile money and fixed broadband.
SA's Cell C reports $386M full-year loss
  • Paula Gilbert
Struggling South African mobile operator, Cell C, has reported a yearly loss of R5.5 billion ($386 million), but says its turnaround strategy is bearing fruit.
Vodacom extends lending offering in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom SA has extended its lending offering in South Africa, with a new voucher offering where customers can get new appliances or food and pay later.
Kenya Internet usage lags mobile penetration
  • Paula Gilbert
DataReportal's Digital 2021 Kenya report shows that almost 109% of the population has a mobile connection and 73% have a mobile money account, but only 40% use the Internet.
Sub-Saharan Africa has world's most expensive data prices
  • Paula Gilbert
Sub-Saharan Africa has six out of the ten most expensive countries in the world for 1GB of mobile data, including the most expensive, Equatorial Guinea, according to the Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing 2021 report from Cable.co.uk.
Omdia View: March 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis to the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during March 2021.
Guinea digitizing telecoms regulation
  • Paula Gilbert
Guinea is joining the list of African countries implementing RegTech solutions in the communications sector, signing a five-year deal with Global Voice Group.
Nigerians get more time to register SIMs
  • Paula Gilbert
Nigerian mobile users have been given one extra month to link valid National Identification Numbers to their mobile numbers, or risk being blocked from operators.


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