Elon Musk's satellite network - Starlink - is reportedly on track to deliver broadband internet everywhere on Earth except for its two poles by August of this year. The Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) launched more than 1,500 satellites so far and is running Starlink operations in about a dozen...
Ethio Telecom is partnering with Ericsson to expand its 4G services into the South West region of Ethiopia during 2021. A decisive move that correlates with Ethiopia's plans into introducing international investors and partners into their monopoly-laden and virtually untapped telecoms space. The service provider will use Ericsson Radio System...
The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese tech giant Huawei that will see African countries and organizations build capacity for ICT transformation. Under the agreement, Huawei will provide training on skills development, including reskilling and upskilling for ATU members. The MoU will also see...
Today Zamtel, a government-owned telecommunication service provider in Zambia, and Mastercard have announced a strategic partnership that will enable Zamtel Mobile Money customers – even those without bank accounts - to make safe and seamless digital payments on the Mastercard network including international e-commerce transactions. This is expected to drive...
MTN Nigeria plans to invest 640-billion naira (approximately US$1.5 billion) over the next three years to expand broadband access across the continent’s most populous country, in line with the federal government’s 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan and in support of MTN Group’s Ambition 2025 strategy. "Nigeria is one of our most...
Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company, Ericsson projects that 5G mobile subscriptions will exceed 580-million by the end of 2021, driven by an estimated one million new 5G mobile subscriptions every day. The forecast, which features in the twentieth edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, enhances the expectation that 5G...
To a large extent, enhancing the customer experience (CX) has been a game of catch-up for most organisations in Ghana, until the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which significantly accelerated the uptake of digital channels by enterprises last year. As the pandemic drove consumers to avoid traditional physical interaction with...
MTN Group is leveraging its expansive footprint across Africa to test and ultimately deploy OpenRAN – an innovative technology that will enable it to launch new services more quickly, cost-effectively and seamlessly, supporting future strategies in line with the company's Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress. MTN plans...
The Ethiopian government has announced a new tender process to begin the sale of a 40% stake in the state-owned telecommunications company, Ethio Telecom. The sale is still in its very early stages with the selection of a successful bidder expected only at the end of a significantly lengthy process. According...
MTN Uganda and several members of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) have signed an agreement that will advance network automation in the country and abroad using TIP’s Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG). This first of its kind network deployment in Africa will see MTN evolve its Transport Network and turn...
Hakan Ekmen, CEO of Telecommunications at umlaut - an international, full-service, cross-industry, end-to-end company that offers advisory and fulfilment services to clients all over the world - chats with ITNA about umlaut's recently published telecommunications report in Nigeria and the company's future plans in Africa. Here's what transpired: umlaut is well...
The much-rumoured eSIMs developed by Safaricom have officially been released in Kenya. https://twitter.com/SafaricomPLC/status/1402226881525698560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1402226881525698560%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftechweez.com%2F2021%2F06%2F08%2Fsafaricom-esim-launched-in-kenya%2F What is an eSIM? eSIM or embedded SIM is built into your phone. It is a tiny device, much smaller than even the smallest available micro SIMs. The smallest "nano" SIM is 8.8 mm by 12.3 mm, whereas an...
With the advent of 4G technology and the promising 5G technology, smartphones have offered people a gateway to enter the digital economy and get socio-economic benefits. According to Statista, in 2020 global smartphone unit sales for end-users were 1.38 billion. This shows a strong demand for smartphones, which is largely...
A Vodacom investment of R100-million ($73,137.60) has been injected into the KwaZulu-Natal region in South Africa and has led to the deployment of 84 brand new base station sites. This comes as part of the telco's KwaZulu-Natal Region drive. The new sites were rolled out in 9 District municipalities and...
Worldwide electronics conglomerate Samsung has launched a "door to door" repair service in South Africa as part of an effort to facilitate the repairs of their customers' smartphones (and other devices) and "provide another option to visiting a customer care centre". Samsung refers to the service as "seamless" and it...
Digital solutions provider Liquid Intelligent Technologies achieves the 100,000 km fibre network milestone, positioning the organisation as the largest independent fibre network provider in emerging markets globally. Liquid has been manoeuvring steadily through Africa, investing in increasing its reach, which it has successfully done, moving the dial from 89,989 km...