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Content posted in July 2022
Orange eyes expansion into Nigeria
  • Matshepo Sehloho
International telecom operator, Orange, wants to play a part in the Nigeria's telecoms sector and has vowed to invest in the country's mobile, data, fixed and fintech services.
Airtel pays $40M for Kenyan spectrum
  • Paula Gilbert
Airtel Africa is paying US$40 million for a 15-year spectrum license in Kenya, to expand its 4G network and rollout 5G in the future.
Omdia View: June 2022
  • Guest Perspectives
5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in Réunion and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.
Vodacom reports 'resilient' quarterly growth
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom Group has reported solid quarterly revenue growth on the back of a resilient performance in South Africa and good data revenue growth in its international markets.
Why MTN wants to buy Telkom SA – analysts
  • Paula Gilbert
Analysts weigh in on MTN's hopes of buying Telkom South Africa – what it would mean for the SA market and whether the deal has a chance with the competition authorities.
Breaking: MTN wants to buy Telkom SA
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Group is looking to buy Telkom South Africa, in a deal that would see consolidation of the second- and third-biggest mobile operators in SA.
SA competition watchdog questions Google's dominance
  • Paula Gilbert
The Competition Commission's online platforms market inquiry in South Africa has found that Google Search's preferential placement of its own specialist search units is distorting competition in its favor.
ITA rebrands as Paratus Angola
  • Matshepo Sehloho
As part of an extensive rebranding strategy, Internet Technologies Angola will now be called Paratus Angola.
5G is lighting up the future of North Africa
  • Partner Perspectives
Huawei's Chris Meng discusses the future of 5G in North Africa and how supportive policies, especially on spectrum, can help facilitate accelerated 5G deployment in the region.
MTN is SA's fastest network – report
  • Matshepo Sehloho
MTN has been ranked as South Africa's best network for speed and network quality, according to the MyBroadband Insights Q2 2022 Mobile Network Quality Report.
Namibian mobile users urged to register SIMs
  • Paula Gilbert
Namibia has kicked off a SIM card registration drive and the country's biggest operator, MTC, is urging users to register ahead of the January 2023 deadline.
Airtel Kenya has a new MD
  • Connecting Africa News
Airtel Kenya has announced that Ashish Malhotra will take over as managing director.
Botswana's BTC sees revenue decline
  • Paula Gilbert
Botswana Telecommunications Corporation's revenue for the past financial year dropped 2%, as growth in its data business failed to offset declining voice revenue.
Pesapal gets green light to operate in Uganda
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Kenyan digital payments startup Pesapal, has been granted an operating license in Uganda to provide mobile cashless transactions in the East African country.


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