Vodacom has appointed Raisibe Morathi as its new Group chief financial officer (CFO), effective from 1 November 2020. Morathi joins the telco after resigning from her position as Nedbank CFO - a role that she has held since 2009. Morathi is also expected to be appointed to the Vodacom Group...
MTN has introduced a new range of 'town-specific' data-bundles that aim to give prepaid customers data that will suit their needs and budgets. “At MTN we are committed to offering our customers increasingly personalised, and relevant, products and services. We understand that everyone is different, with vastly different circumstances, particularly...
In May, the Ethiopian Telecommunication Authority (ECA) issued a statement announcing that the country would now be open to selling a 40% stake in the state-owned company, Ethio Telecom. In response to this announcement, Safaricom and, its parent company, Vodacom both expressed their interest. However, it looks as though this...
Airtel Africa has partnered with MoneyGram - an international money transfer company - to allow its 19 million customers to quickly and conveniently receive transfers directly into their mobile wallets. Once Airtel Money customers receive the funds, they can be accessed immediately and used to pay utility bills, goods and...
MTN has appointed Ralph Mupita as the new group CEO, effective from 1 September 2020. He succeeds Rob Shuter who is due to step down on 31 August. Mupita is currently the telco's chief financial officer, and there is no word just yet on who is due to take up...
Safaricom is reportedly testing a new web app feature that allows users to track their airtime and data usage, according to TechWeez. Users who want to test out this feature will need to log on to the web app via their smartphone, Safaricom will then verify the users by sending...
Emergency temporary spectrum and the promise of permanent spectrum by the end of the year may have given a glimmer of hope to mobile network operators wanting to roll out next-generation 5G services, but spectrum pricing may well prove to be a barrier to the future. This is a key...
MTN has announced that it is focusing its strategy on the African markets. “As part of our ongoing portfolio review, we believe the group is best served to focus in the future on our pan-African strategy," says MTN Group CEO, Rob Shuter. "We will, therefore, be exiting the Middle East...
Smile Nigeria has unveiled its first entry-level dual-SIM smartphone with 4G and LTE capabilities. The telco says that it hopes this will give consumers access to their network at a more affordable rate. The Vanguard reports that the SmileVoLTE dual SIM smartphone is "Google approved and manufactured in partnership with...
Lonestar Cell MTN has announced that Mobile Money customers in Liberia can receive money from their family and friends anywhere in the world directly to their MoMo accounts, free of charge with the launch of International Remittances. “Many Liberians rely on international financial remittances from abroad. Most people endure long...
Spacecom and Gilat Telecom have announced that they are collaborating to develop a "faster, more reliable and more cost-effective satellite service for organisations of all sizes" across Africa. The service uses Spacecom’s AMOS-17 fully digital and advanced High Throughput Satellite (HTS) on both C and Ku band and Gilat Telecom’s...
Safaricom has appointed Michael Joseph (the telco's former CEO) as new board chairman, he succeeds Nicholas Ng'ang'a who has retired. Joseph will take up this position effective 1 August 2020. "Mr Ng'ang'a took up the leadership reins at a time when the government was starting the process of offering 25...
The new normal is digital, and digital is the only direction we can expect consumers to go in the foreseeable future! Meeting this challenge will mean optimizing the efficiency of ICT networks – a digital transformation. Success in this transformation to digital depends upon service providers being able to...
MTN expects an increase in earnings per share (EPS) of at least 345 cents or 140%, according to a trading statement. Headline earnings per share (“HEPS”) is expected to be at least 195 cents or 100% higher, representing HEPS of greater than 390 cents for the six months ended 30...
One of Somalia’s largest telecommunications providers, Hormuud Telecoms has announced that it's aiming to reach 100% of the Somali population with mobile money financial services. Telecommunications have grown substantially in Somalia over the past 10 years. With over 11 different providers now present in the market, the average costs of...
Telkom has announced that it is transitioning its South African customers from copper-based internet to new-generation fibre technology in all fibre-ready regions. The telecommunications provider says that it is currently hard at work upgrading its customers from copper ADSL internet to fibre-based internet. This migration applies to all customers residing...
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