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ITU plans to bridge smartphone access gap
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The ITU and UNESCO's Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development have published a report that proposes solutions to the global lack of Internet access.
SA bank Capitec launches MVNO with data that never expires
  • Paula Gilbert
South African bank, Capitec, has launched its own mobile virtual network operator service, called Capitec Connect, promising mobile data prices that are considerably less than its competitors and data that doesn't expire.
SA regulator extends spectrum feedback deadline
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African regulator ICASA has extended the deadline for public comment on the second phase of the country's spectrum licensing process to September 30, 2022.
MTN Nigeria launches commercial 5G
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Nigeria has officially launched its commercial 5G network, after testing the technology across seven cities last month.
Liquid, Eutelsat to connect SMEs in East Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Eutelsat Communications have signed an agreement to provide high-speed Internet to small businesses in Uganda, South Sudan and the eastern regions of the DRC.
3G sunset too soon for SA, operators say
  • Paula Gilbert
A 2025 deadline set by South Africa's government to shut down 3G networks is too soon for some local operators who think more discussions are needed between the public and private sector.
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SA government proposes spectrum trading & sharing
  • Paula Gilbert
The South African government is proposing spectrum trading and even "subletting" as options to better manage the country's spectrum resources and help SMMEs join the telecoms sector.
TikTok pilots 50 free Wi-Fi hotspots in SA
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Short-video social media platform, TikTok, has partnered with Wi-Fi provider ThinkWiFi to pilot 50 free Wi-Fi hotspots in disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
Should SA switch off 2G & 3G?
  • Paula Gilbert
Plans for South Africa to shut down its 2G and 3G networks over the next three years have met with mixed reactions from local analysts.
SA telcos use fintech to tap into lending market
  • Paula Gilbert
Growing fintech trends have seen several South African telecoms operators launching lending solutions that range from nano loans to large cash advanced for small business owners.
Uber SA adds audio-recording safety feature
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ride-sharing platform Uber has launched an audio recording feature in South Africa allowing riders and drivers to record trips in case of emergencies.
MTN Nigeria signs BSS tech deal with Tecnotree
  • Matshepo Sehloho
MTN Nigeria has signed a deal with Finnish global provider of digital transformation solutions Tecnotree for the deployment of 5G-ready digital BSS solutions.
SA's Cell C has a new CFO
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operator Cell C's CFO Zaf Mahomed has resigned and is being replaced by Lerato Pule.
SA minister votes against male-dominated Telkom board
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has raised concerns over the lack of female representation on Telkom SA's board, voting against the appointment of several male directors at the operator's AGM.
SA regulator appoints acting CEO
  • Connecting Africa News
SA's regulator, ICASA, says Nkhetheleni Norman Gidi will step in as acting CEO when outgoing CEO Willington Ngwepe moves to MTN next month.
Nokia and Safaricom complete 5G slicing trial
  • Industry Announcements
Nokia and Safaricom have completed Africa's first fixed wireless access network slicing deployment on a live 4G and 5G commercial network. #pressrelease
African Data Centres begins $83M SA expansion
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Africa Data Centres has drawn the first US$83 million tranche from a US$300 million investment it plans to use to build data centers in ten of Africa's largest economic capitals.
Malawi telco TNM increases tariffs by 20%
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has increased the prices of its voice and data services by 20% due to the rising cost of doing business in the country.
Omdia View: July 2022
  • Guest Perspectives
Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.
Togo and UN to build cybersecurity centre
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Republic of Togo and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa have signed an agreement to jointly establish the African Centre for Coordination and Research in Cybersecurity.
SA telco alliance aims to bolster collaboration
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The newly-launched Association of Communications and Technology aims to facilitate seamless collaboration between South Africa's telcos on non-competitive industry matters.
Nigerian broadband penetration increases to 44.5%
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Nigerian Communications Commission said the country is on its way to reach its 70% broadband penetration target by 2025, after a 4% increase from February to July.
Telecom Egypt's mobile users grow 44%
  • Paula Gilbert
Telecom Egypt's mobile customers grew 44% year-on-year, according to the group's interim results for the six months ended June 30, 2022.
Buyout offers Rain down on Telkom SA
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African data-only network, Rain, has set its sights on a merger with Telkom SA – which is already a takeover target for MTN.
MTN offered $35M for Afghanistan operation
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN group has received a binding offer for 100% of MTN Afghanistan as it continues with plans to completely exit the Middle East and focus on its pan-African footprint.
Google's Equiano subsea cable lands on SA shores
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Google’s Equiano subsea cable, which seeks to connect Europe to Africa via the ocean, has made its final stop landing in Melkbosstrand, Western Cape, South Africa.
SA government launches app to tackle potholes
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African transport minister Fikile Mbalula in partnership with the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has launched an app to get rid of potholes.
Zambia's regulator revises 5G spectrum roadmap
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has updated the issuing of 5G spectrum in the country to improve competition in the ICT sector.
Major data boom for MTN Ghana
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has seen huge data growth from its customers in Ghana with data traffic up 52% in the first six months of the year and data revenue almost 50% higher than last year.
MTN Nigeria to launch 5G by September
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN says it is on track to launch 5G services across Nigeria by the end of the third quarter of 2022, as it reports strong half-year earnings.
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.
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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.
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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