Sub-Saharan Africa

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Africa Data Centres expands presence in Nairobi

Africa Data Centres, a business of pan-African technology group Cassava Technologies, says it has officially broken ground on an additional data centre facility in Nairobi. The new build will see the existing facility on the adjacent piece of land expanded up to an extra 15MW of IT...
Madagascar blames anomalies for 5G delay

Madagascar blames anomalies for 5G delay

Madagascar’s Agency for Regulation of Technology and Communication (Autorite de Regulation des Technologies de Communications, ARTEC), revealed technical challenges are preventing operators from launching 5G services but stated commercial launches are on the horizon.  
Ghana approves Vodafone Ghana shares sale to Telecel

Ghana approves Vodafone Ghana shares sale to Telecel

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) gave Vodafone Group the green light to sell its majority 70% stake in its Ghana unit to Telecom Group, a move that progresses the European operator’s divestment strategy to focus on core markets.
Telkom and Rain talks are over – for now

Telkom and Rain talks are over – for now

South Africa's Telkom and Rain appear to have abandoned plans for the country’s third-biggest operator to buy the major name in fixed wireless access (FWA) service provision. But what could this mean for other potential mergers or acquisitions in the telecoms space?
Safaricom concerned about MTR losses and potential tax demands

Safaricom concerned about MTR losses and potential tax demands

There’s been some slightly disconcerting financial news for operator Safaricom in the past few days. The Kenyan giant expects to sustain losses from mobile termination rate (MTR) cuts and, possibly, to be hit with tax demands if plans to split mobile money service M-Pesa from its main business...
No price competition plans, Safaricom Ethiopia says

No price competition plans, Safaricom Ethiopia says

Regional media outlets are reporting that newly launched operator Safaricom Ethiopia has apparently claimed that price competition in the market will not be part of its strategy to win customers from state-owned operator Ethio Telecom.
Safaricom chairman quits

Safaricom chairman quits

Safaricom chairman John Ngumi resigned to explore opportunities in the sustainability sector after less than a year into the job, reported Reuters.
South African regulator proposes freeing up spectrum for Wi-Fi

South African regulator proposes freeing up spectrum for Wi-Fi

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the official regulator of the South African communications, broadcasting and postal services sectors, has suggested making additional radio frequency spectrum available for Wi-Fi broadband through a proposed amendment to...
Namibia calls for private sector telecoms boost

Namibia calls for private sector telecoms boost

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia’s (CRAN) CEO Emilia Nghikembua called for more private sector investments to boost the country’s telecoms sector, pointing out several regions are still underserved, reported CommsUpdate.
2Africa cable lands on South African soil

2Africa cable lands on South African soil

Operator MTN South Africa and pan-African infrastructure services company MTN GlobalConnect, in partnership with the 2Africa consortium, has announced the landing of the 45,000km 2Africa cable in coastal sites Yzerfontein and Duynefontein, South Africa.
MTN Guinea begins 4G pilot

MTN Guinea begins 4G pilot

Operator MTN Guinea has launched the pilot phase of its 4G mobile network. The company’s initial aim is to deploy 36 sites in the greater Conakry area, allowing it to serve a potential 13% of the population.
MTN SA turns to Teoco for 5G network planning

MTN SA turns to Teoco for 5G network planning

MTN South Africa has selected the ASSET 5G planning solution from TEOCO, a provider of analytics, assurance and optimization solutions to over 300 communication service providers (CSPs) worldwide, to deliver 5G services to its 34.5 million subscribers.
Airtel Africa is sole 5G bidder in Nigeria

Airtel Africa is sole 5G bidder in Nigeria

Airtel Africa was the only operator to bid in the second round of Nigeria’s 3.5GHz spectrum auction, with its rivals refraining from registering interest or paying an intention to bid deposit.
Zain commits US$800m to Sudan upgrade

Zain commits US$800m to Sudan upgrade

Kuwaiti operator group Zain pledged to invest US$800 million into its Sudanese unit over the next five years, with plans to deploy new and upgrade infrastructure to remain competitive in Sudan.

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