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Content posted in July 2018
DR Congo: Is Reaganomics Coming to the Rescue?
  • Wei Shi
The GSMA has recommended the Democratic Republic of Congo lower taxes on the mobile industry to provide a boost for the industry as well as the government's coffers.
Orange Boosted by Data Demand
  • Iain Morris
Orange reports strong growth in sales and earnings, thanks to consumer appetite for mobile data services.
Smart Cities, 5G & IoT Take Center Stage at AfricaCom 2018
  • Amy Turner
Africa's digerati are set to converge on the annual AfricaCom event in Cape Town once again to figure out the continent's connected future, analyse the potential of 5G, identify how IoT and smart cities could play a role in Africa's digital development… and much more.
Is M-Pesa Heading to Ethiopia?
  • Ray Le Maistre
Speculation suggests Safaricom is about to strike a deal with Ethiopia's government to help introduce the M-Pesa mobile money and banking service to the country's 100 million-plus population and compete with existing player M-BIRR.
Chad to Auction New Mobile License
  • Wei Shi
The telecom regulator of Chad has issued an invitation for tender to auction out a new mobile licence covering 2G, 3G and 4G.
Nigeria Courts US Media, Tech Investment
  • Connecting Africa News
Representatives of the US media, tech and investment sectors have been meeting in Silicon Valley with Nigerian government ministers about potential business and investment opportunities.
Sudatel Checks Out 5G, FTTH With Nokia
  • Ray Le Maistre
Sudanese operator is to trial enhanced 4G, 5G and fixed fiber broadband access technologies as it considers services evolution.


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