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Nokia and NASA have joined forces to deploy the first-ever LTE network on the moon - a major step towards a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. The end-to-end LTE network - pioneered by Nokia Bell Labs’ - is expected to be ready in late 2022. Nokia is partnering with...
Airtel Zambia and Ericsson have partnered to launch the ‘Product Take-Back’ programme - an initiative that aims to minimize the potential impact of eWaste on the environment. eWaste, not recycled properly, is said to be an under-acknowledged environmental hazard around the world. The Product Take-Back programme is part of Ericsson’s...
MTN Group has been named the 'Most Valuable African Brand' by Brand Finance Africa. The ranking ascribes a brand value of $3,3 billion to MTN. Brand value is said to be the net economic benefit that a brand owner would achieve by licensing the brand in the open market. In...
Telkom has approached the Competition Tribunal to declare the suite of spectrum arrangements between Vodacom and Rain as a merger - something that it believes should have been notifiable in terms of the Competition Act. The Telco says that the merger is notifiable because "the multiple agreements between Vodacom and Rain...
Rain has announced the appointment of Brandon Leigh as its newest CEO - effective from 1 March 2021. Leigh will be taking over from the telco's current CEO, Willem Roos, who will move to a non-executive role from 1 March 2021. “Willem joined rain in January 2018 and played a...
Liquid Telecom has appointed Deon Geyser as its new CEO - effective 1 January 2021. Geyser holds a master’s degree in engineering management as well as bachelor’s degrees in Electronic Engineering and IT from the University of Johannesburg. Prior to joining LTSA, and in his 18-year career, he has held senior...
MTN has appointed Rahul De - current CMO of MTN Nigeria - to CEO of its operations in Liberia - starting 1 November. replaces Uche Ofodile who departed Lonestar Cell MTN in July to become the CEO of MTN Benin. With 23 years of experience in the telco space, ranging...
MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa, according to findings from the Q3 2020 Mobile Network Quality Report. The report, from MyBroadband Insights, shows that South Africans had an average mobile download speed of 29.16Mbps and an average upload speed of 11.46Mbps. To determine the best mobile network in...
Cell C and Facebook have partnered with the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) in the Western Cape of South Africa to launch express public access hotspots - part of a plan to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots across the country. The move is said to be part of an ongoing initiative by Cell...
Vodacom has revealed that the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) could revoke its license to operate in the country. According to TechCentral, the LCA has imposed a R134-million fine for 'allegedly flouting its licence conditions and for allegedly being in breach of local legislation governing companies'. In an official response, Vodacom says...
Airtel has partnered with Ericsson to modernize its 4G network in Kenya. The telco signed a deal in August 2020 to enhance the quality of voice and data - this is expected to be done by leveraging Ericsson’s Radio System and Packet Core solutions. According to TechWeez, this project is...
MTN Group has teamed up with the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to support the evolution of its communication transport infrastructure - something the telco hopes will become a platform for 'future revenue growth and profitability'. “Our partnership with TIP will drive the specific requirements of our network to meet our...
Lonestar Cell MTN has introduced a mobile voice and data surcharge - these charges are expected to abide by government regulations and directives.  In an official statement, the telco says it "wishes to notify the public that in accordance with LTA-Order 0016-02-25-19 issued by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), a...
Mobile money transaction company, Pegasus technologies has suffered a major data breach resulting in the loss of billions of Ugandan Shillings - according to PLM Daily. The breach is said to have impacted telcos, Airtel and MTN Uganda, as well as Stanbic Bank, Uganda’s largest bank. “Stanbic Bank Uganda, MTN...
GSMA has revealed that it will host MWC Africa in Kigali, Rwanda in 2021 - this comes after MWC 2020 was scrapped in the wake of numerous wireless tech heavyweights deciding to pull out from the conference citing the coronavirus outbreak. MWC21 Africa is expected to bring together the leading...
Red Hat and Samsung have partnered to deliver 5G network solutions, built on Red Hat OpenShift, across 5G core, edge computing, IoT and machine learning. According to the companies, it is important for telecommunications service providers to adopt a consistent horizontal cloud-native platform hardened for their environments. A recent Red Hat-sponsored report...
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