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Africell receives USD 35 mln investment

July 29, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) revealed that it will invest USD 35 million in telecom operator Africell. According to the IFC, the investment is intended to support the expansion and upgrade of mobile networks in Gambia, the DRC, Sierra Leone and Uganda. IFC’s investment is part of a syndicated loan of USD 150 million, arranged [&hellip...

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South Africa: Vodacom CFO quits

July 27, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

South African mobile network, Vodacom, has revealed that its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ivan Dittrich has resigned from the company. According to Vodacom, Dittrich, who was also an executive director at Vodacom, is set to “pursue his own interests.”...

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Sentech announces opening for DTT expert

July 24, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

SENTECH is a Schedule 3B State Owned Company (SOC) operating in the broadcasting signal distribution and telecommunications sector in terms of the SENTECH Act No 63 of 1996 (“SENTECH Act”) and the Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005. The company’s...

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Kenya’s TV white spaces network to be expanded

July 24, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution, has signed a mandate letter to begin financing discussions with Mawingu Networks, a provider of solar-powered wireless Internet across rural Kenya....

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Global mobile data levels set to reach 173 million TB in 2018

July 23, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Global mobile data traffic is set to reach 52 million terabytes (TB) in 2015, an increase of 59 per cent from 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. The rapid growth is set to continue through 2018, when mobile data levels are estimated to reach 173 million TB....

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Telcos go to war in Africa

July 23, 2015 • Features, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

African telecommunication companies have hit the headlines hard this week as MTN Nigeria and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are set to face Etisalat in a Federal High Court battle in Lagos. The battle commenced after Etisalat claimed that the...

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Huawei revenues up 30% to USD 28 bln in H1 results

July 22, 2015 • Company News, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Huawei has revealed its business results for the first half of 2015 on 20 July 2015. In the first six months of this year, Huawei generated sales revenue of CNY175.9 billion (USD 28 billion), an increase of 30% year-on-year. Meanwhile, the company’s...

Based in Accra, Hashem will report to Alpin Verlet, head of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in the West and Central Africa region.

Nigeria: Alcatel-Lucent showcases the benefits of ultra-broadband

July 21, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Alcatel-Lucent Technology Week took place at a three-day event in both Lagos and Abuja in early July 2015. The event was well attended by over a hundred professionals from Nigeria ICT ecosystem. Communications service providers, with the support of the...

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MTN rolls out Hynet LTE in Lagos

July 20, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN Business has rolled out its enhanced broadband Internet service, MTN Hynet LTE, across Lagos. According to a report via vanguardngr.com, MTN Hynet LTE was designed to drive greater efficiency, improving the way you live, work and play. “Our...

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South Africa: Study reveals best telco for prepaid consumers

July 20, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

A new analysis of South Africa’s prepaid mobile market found that Telkom offers more high value plans for consumers than any other operator in the country. The study was conducted by Tarifica, a leading using the Tarifica Score. The Tarifica Score is a...

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Zim Govt. to buy Telecel Zimbabwe

July 17, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report via financialgazette.co.zw, the Zimbabwean government is set to buy the entire shareholding of Telecel Zimbabwe as it moves to increase its influence in the telecommunications sector. ICT, Postal and Courier Services minister Supa...

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Ghana: USD 15 mln Ethernet expansion set for Accra

July 17, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Internet solutions, has unveiled a metro-fibre Ethernet network infrastructure expansion project in the capital city of Ghana, Accra. According to Internet Solutions, the USD 15 million project is intended to meet the growing demand for data and provide...

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Nigeria: NCC approves online SIM replacements

July 17, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved Online SIM Replacement (OSR) in the new draft of its SIM Replacement Guidelines, this is according to a report via The Vanguard. The report reveals that Head of Legal Services at the Commission,...

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Are South Africans ready to give up their wallets?

July 16, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

After years of hype the mobile commerce bandwagon may have just rolled into town. And if projections are anything to go by, the days of the traditional wallet might be numbered. The global mobile wallet market is projected to grow at an annual compounded...

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Nigeria: Airtel unveils 3-in-1 SIM card

July 15, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

With the announcement of a new application challenge for startup developers by Bharti Airtel, Airtel Nigeria has now unveiled a 3-in-1 SIM card. According to Airtel Nigeria, the 3-in-1 SIM card is intended to give smartphone users the freedom to switch...

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Paytoo offers remittance solution for 29 African countries

July 15, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Paytoo has entered into an agreement with Infenix in order to offer a remittance solution to more than 79 million subscribers in 29 African countries. The partnership which combines Paytoo’s mobile wallet services solution with Infenix’s...