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TMCEL has partnered with Ericsson in a five-year deal which aims to expand and modernize its network and digital services ecosystem in Mozambique. This collaboration will see the telco adopt Ericsson's Business Support Systems (BSS) and Mobile Money software innovations, features and services. As a result of the agreement, TMCEL...
Nokia and Airtel Kenya have joined forces in a three-year deal to modernize Nairobi with high speed 4G and 5G-ready hardware. Deployment, which began in June, will cover hundreds of sites and include upgrading existing 2G, 3G and 4G radio access network (RAN) coverage in urban, semi-urban, highways, tourist spots...
Mobile technology has seen a massive explosion of innovation both in terms of hardware and software, leading to the increased accessibility of the latest tech to humans across diverse geographies and industries. The mobile-first approach has touched the lives of everyone across the demographic elevating the need to have...
The UK is expected to ban the installation of Huawei's 5G equipment in September 2021, according to Bloomberg. "The restriction is part of a 250 million-pound ($333 million) package of measures brought in to diversify Britain’s wireless supply chain announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport." "The stricter...
Safaricom could reduce M-Pesa transaction fees, according to Business Daily who also suggested that the telco is considering this move in an effort to "retain the higher business volumes that followed the imposition of free M-Pesa for deals of up to Sh1,000". Safaricom CEO, Peter Ndegwa confirmed this, saying “We...
Telkom has officially unveiled its Black Friday deals - from 00:01 on 27 November 2020, available online up until midnight on 4 December 2020. In keeping up with the times and customer needs, Telkom is focusing on two areas this year: 1) accommodating those who’ve become more comfortable with online...
Liquid Telecom has revealed that it is activating 82 km of fibre in a cross-border network into Botswana. This expansion connects the Lobatse Border to Gaborone with intent to create efficient mobility and connectivity in Botswana. “At Liquid Telecom, we have a proven track record of investing in and deploying technology...
MTN South Africa has officially lined up its Black Friday deals which run from 20 November until 9 December 2020.    “We understand that what people need now, perhaps more than ever before, are true money-saving bargains that could offer some relief, and a better way to stay connected to...
Senators in Kenya believe that Safaricom should split into two firms - Mobile Services and M-PESA. According to The Star, a split would see the mobile telephony service is regulated by the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) and the M-Pesa division regulated by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). A recent report...
Pick n Pay has officially launched PnP Mobile - South Africa's newest Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). The service will use MTN’s mobile network infrastructure to offer customers prepaid, SIM-based access to services including airtime, data, and SMS. Smart Shoppers will earn data rewards in addition to loyalty points when...
Safaricom has announced a number of changes to its executive team which includes the merge of its information technology and network departments. According to a memo sent to staff by Peter Ndegwa, the telco's current CEO, Morten Bangsgaard will head the new department. Bangsgaard’s appointment takes effect on January 1,...
Liquid Telecoms has partnered with Zayo, a global communications infrastructure provider. The companies are expected to expand network operations in North America and Europe in addition to their African operations. "We have long been committed to building Africa's digital future, and know that for African companies to be competitive, they...
Huawei and Ghana's Ministry of Communications have launched the Rural Telephony Project which aims to provide voice and data services for over 3.4 million people in underserved and unserved communities. This initiative, in partnership with China National Technical, is expected to save the government up to 70% of the cost of...
Econet has teamed up with X’s Project Taara - Alphabet's moonshot factory (formerly known as Google ) - to expand and enhance affordable, high-speed connectivity to communities across Sub-Saharan Africa. This makes it the first roll-out of Taara’s wireless optical communication technology in Africa. Taara’s links offer fibre-like speed internet...
MTN South Africa has partnered with Ozow to make loading funds simpler for Mobile Money (MoMo) users. “We see this partnership as one more step in our efforts at displacing cash and enabling greater digital and financial inclusion for all South Africans. The rapid growth of mobile money services this...
Telkom South Africa has revealed its interim results for the six months ending 30 September 2020. The telco was driven by a 19% increase in mobile subscribers - reaching 13.7 million - to claim the position of South Africa's third mobile operator. Telkom delivered solid EBITDA growth despite a slight...