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Content posted in May 2021
Safaricom consortium gets Ethiopia license
  • Paula Gilbert
A consortium of Safaricom, Vodacom and Vodafone has been awarded a telecoms license in Ethiopia, ahead of fellow bidder MTN, with plans to launch services in 2022.
Telkom SA's mobile customers pass 15M
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom SA's mobile business has surpassed 15 million subscribers for the first time while COVID-19 impacted its fixed line revenues and saw a slowdown from enterprise customers.
East Africa Com 2021: Ethiopia deep dive
  • Connecting Africa Video
A fireside chat at East Africa Com 2021 revealed some key details about Ethiopia's telecoms liberalization and the issuing of two new licenses in the country.
East Africa Com 2021: Beyond the 4IR buzz
  • Connecting Africa Video
A panel discussion at East Africa Com 2021 about what kind of value the fourth industrial revolution is bringing East Africa and what more can be done.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Illuminum Greenhouses
  • Tom Jackson
Kenyan IoT startup Illuminum Greenhouses builds smart greenhouses equipped with intelligent irrigation and fertigation systems, which help eliminate guesswork from farming and increase yields by using solar-powered sensors.
Ethiopia would have liked Orange & Etisalat to bid for licenses
  • Paula Gilbert
A senior advisor to the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance told East Africa Com that it had expected four companies to bid for new licenses in the country, Orange and Etisalat being the operators that did not and MTN and a Safaricom consortium the ones that did.
Omdia View: April 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
This month, Omdia's analysts provide context around Ethiopia's telecoms licensing process, Millicom's plans to exit Tanzania and Ghana, and Airtel Africa's successful capital raise.


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