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Ethiopia's ECA cuts mobile termination rates
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has cut mobile termination rates (MTR) for the next five years to encourage more competition in the nation's telecommunications industry.
Omdia View: March 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
The failure of four out of the five submarine cables deployed on the western shore of Africa in March 2024 led to a massive Internet outage across several countries. The outage fueled demand for satellite broadband, with SpaceX's Starlink becoming increasingly popular - that and more 5G and streaming news in the latest Omdia View.
Algérie Télécom to distribute Thuraya skyphone
  • Matshepo Sehloho
UAE satellite operator Yahsat has partnered with Algérie Télécom Satellite to become the authorized distributor of Thuraya direct-to-device (D2D) satellite smartphone in Algeria.
Hormuud Telecom launches 5G in Somalia
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Somali telecommunications operator Hormuud Telecom has launched its fifth-generation (5G) network in key locations in the East African country.
Omdia View: February 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO.
MWC 2024: African telco deals
  • Paula Gilbert
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of all the major deals that African operators announced at MWC 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.
Intelsat, AMN expand rural connectivity in Madagascar
  • Paula Gilbert
Satellite operator Intelsat and Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) are working to connect 500 sites in rural Madagascar, while Intelsat has also announced it will modernize more than 900 sites for Openserve in South Africa.
Omdia View: January 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.
Telkom SA moving forward with towers sale
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa is making progress on its plans to sell its masts and towers subsidiary Swiftnet to an undisclosed bidder. The operator intends to make an announcement by early April 2024.
Interview: Orange's Brelotte Ba on digital inclusion
  • Sponsored Video
Orange's Middle East and Africa Deputy CEO, Brelotte Ba, spoke to Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about the operator's work across Africa to improve digital inclusion. He shared how Orange is focused on expanding beyond just connectivity solutions, to provide digital services that are relevant to the communities it serves, including key areas like mobile money and energy services. #sponsored
Interview: Huawei's Chang Yong on connectivity, cloud & sustainability
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Chang Yong, CMO of Huawei sub-Saharan Africa sat down with Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 to talk about Huawei's strategy to support digital transformation across the continent, focusing on three core areas: connectivity, cloud computing, and sustainable development. #sponsored
Satellite key for African connectivity in 2024 – Hughes
  • Paula Gilbert
Vaibhav Magow, VP of the international division at Hughes Network Systems, spoke to Connecting Africa about the satellite trends Africa can expect in 2024 and how service providers aim to connect more underserved regions.
Vodafone Ghana to rebrand to Telecel
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telecommunication operator Telecel Group has announced that Vodafone Ghana will fully rebrand to Telecel by the end of February 2024.
Telecom Egypt secures 5G license
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telecom Egypt has secured the first fifth-generation (5G) license in the country from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) for US$150 million.
Togocom lands $60M IFC loan
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Togocom signed a financing agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for around US$60 million towards upgrading its infrastructure and expanding its 4G network.
ATF 2023: ACT CEO Nomvuyiso Batyi on telecom collaboration
  • Connecting Africa Video
Nomvuyiso Batyi, CEO of South Africa's Association of Comms and Technology (ACT), sat down with Connecting Africa Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at Africa Tech Festival to talk about the organization's work with South Africa's telecommunications industry.
ATF 2023: Vodacom SA CEO Sitho Mdlalose on 5G, fintech & fiber
  • Connecting Africa Video
Vodacom South Africa CEO Sitho Mdlalose spoke to Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about the telecoms market in South Africa and Vodacom's strategy for growth in 5G, fintech and fiber.
Qualcomm launches 2024 Africa startup mentorship program
  • Paula Gilbert
Qualcomm Technologies has completed the first year of its Make in Africa Startup Mentorship Program and is opening applications for 2024, adding on new features like intellectual property rights training and a patent filing incentive fund.
Ooredoo, Zain combine tower assets in MENA
  • Paula Gilbert
Telecoms operators Ooredoo and Zain are joining forces with independent tower company TASC Towers to create what they claim will be the largest tower company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Intelsat, AMN expand rural coverage across Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Satellite operator Intelsat and off-grid tower provider Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) have now deployed more than 3,000 rural base satellite antennas across Africa, with plans for more deployments in 2024.
Vodacom eyes direct-to-market satellite potential
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Vodacom Group Chief Technology Officer, Dejan Kastelic, believes that direct-to-mobile satellite connectivity will go a long way in connecting underserved communities in South Africa and on the continent.
Telkom SA in talks to sell towers portfolio
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa has entered into exclusive negotiations with an unnamed bidder for the potential sale of its masts and towers subsidiary Swiftnet.
MWC Kigali: Rosemary Kimaku on Ericsson's fintech business
  • Connecting Africa Video
Rosemary Kimaku, business development manager for mobile financial services (MFS) at Ericsson spoke to Connecting Africa at MWC Kigali 2023 about Ericsson's MFS business and how fintech is aiding financial and digital inclusion.
MWC Kigali: GSMA's Mats Granryd on Africa's mobile economy
  • Connecting Africa Video
GSMA Director General Mats Granryd sat down with Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at MWC Kigali 2023 to talk about the growth of Africa's mobile economy and the major trends making waves in the industry.
MWC Kigali: Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa on connectivity in Kenya
  • Connecting Africa Video
Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at MWC Kigali 2023 for a video interview about the telecoms market in Kenya – the growth of 4G and 5G, M-Pesa and the telco's venture into Ethiopia.
Orange eyes more African 5G launches in 2024
  • Paula Gilbert
Orange Middle East and Africa CEO, Jérôme Hénique, told Connecting Africa that the group plans to launch 5G services in most of its African operations by the end of 2024, with Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire first in line.
Ghana signs infrastructure & roaming deals
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ghanaian operator AT has signed a joint venture agreement with Hannam Investments to invest in the country's telecoms market, while the country's regulator has signed a roaming deal with Togo.
Omdia View: September 2023
  • Guest Perspectives
Highlights in September 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included more 5G spectrum licenses, vendor and operator strategies, and partnerships – that and more in this month's Omdia View.
MWC Kigali 2023: Closing the mobile usage gap – GSMA
  • Paula Gilbert
In sub-Saharan Africa 59% of people who are covered by a mobile network are still not using the mobile Internet – GSMA execs at MWC Kigali 2023 discussed the barriers holding back adoption and why it's important to close this usage gap.
Interview: Pedro Rabacal on building Safaricom's network in Ethiopia
  • Connecting Africa Video
Pedro Rabacal, ex-CTIO of Safaricom Ethiopia, spoke to Connecting Africa Editor, Paula Gilbert, at the NOVACOM Digital Transformation Strategy Summit in Franschhoek, South Africa about how he and his team built Safaricom's greenfield network in Ethiopia.
Omdia View: August 2023
  • Guest Perspectives
Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.
Congo warns Airtel, MTN over low SIM registrations
  • Matshepo Sehloho
L'Agence de Regulation des Postes et des Communications Electroniques (ARPCE), has issued a warning to Airtel and MTN over the failure to register an adequate rate of SIM cards to subscribers.
Malawi, ITU launch mobile network quality project
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have launched a project to deal with concerns about the declining quality of service (QoS) in mobile services in the country.
MTN invests in Cameroon, signs 5G enterprise deal in Nigeria
  • Matshepo Sehloho
MTN Group has committed to invest US$225 million over three years in Cameroon in a bid to rectify a legal dispute, while MTN Nigeria is set to deploy 5G services to facilitate business optimization to Seplat Energy.
Senegal's national roaming live
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Senegal's Regulation Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (ARTP) has welcomed the implementation of roaming arrangements between the country's mobile network operators.
Safaricom Ethiopia closes $257M IFC deal
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom Ethiopia has closed a deal with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) which includes an equity investment of $157.4 million and a $100 million loan.
Emtel launches 5G in Mauritius
  • Paula Gilbert
Telecoms operator Emtel has become the second operator to launch 5G services in the island nation of Mauritius.
5G launches in Uganda, Zambia
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN and Airtel have both launched 5G services in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, and Airtel has begun rolling out 5G in Zambian capital Lusaka.
Axian to buy controlling stake in Free Senegal
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Axian Telecom has signed a deal to acquire a further 40% stake in Senegalese operator Free, taking its total ownership up to 80% shareholding in the operator.
MTN, Airtel launch 4G in Rwanda
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telecommunications operators MTN and Airtel have launched 4G networks in Rwanda after both telcos' operating licenses were amended to allow them to roll out 4G technology in the country.
Sonatel gets 5G license in Senegal
  • Paula Gilbert
Senegal's telecoms regulator has granted a 'provisional' 5G license to Sonatel (Orange Senegal) as it outbid the competition.
Airtel launches 5G in Kenya
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Airtel Kenya has become the second telecom operator to launch a fifth-generation (5G) network in the East African country.
Ethiopia launches tender for telco license
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has launched a second international telecom license tender. Interested parties have until September 15, 2023, to submit their bids.
Uganda to give refugees free Internet
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Ugandan government has partnered with the World Bank to launch the Universal Digital Acceleration Program that will provide Internet connection to refugee camps.
Safaricom Ethiopia CEO to step down
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Safaricom Ethiopia has announced that its first-ever CEO, Anwar Soussa, will be leaving the company once his secondment comes to an end on July 31, 2023.
Ericsson: Sub-Saharan Africa will have 1B mobile subs by 2028
  • Paula Gilbert
Sub-Saharan Africa's mobile subscriptions are expected to reach over 1 billion by 2028, according to the June 2023 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, which also showed great potential for 5G growth in Africa over the next few years.
Telkom SA reports flat revenue
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa recorded revenue growth of less than 1% as unprecedented levels of load shedding, constrained consumer spending and a sluggish economy bit into earnings.
Senegal shuts down mobile Internet
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Senegal's Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications and Digital Economy said mobile Internet was cut off because of what it calls 'deadly rioting'.
Ghana disconnects unregistered SIMs
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ghana has disconnected all services to unregistered SIM cards and only given users access to numbers linked to SIM registration.


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