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Vodafone to sell Ghana unit to Telecel

Vodafone purchased a 70% stake in the Ghana business in 2008 for $900 million Vodafone Group is selling its majority shareholding in its Ghana business to Africa-focused telecoms service and technology provider Telecel Group. Vodafone first teased the deal in 2021, according to Bloomberg, which...

Ethio Telecom launches 5G in Ethiopia’s capital

Ethio Telecom CEO says to expect 150 cell sites over the next year Ethiopia’s Ethio Telecom launched a pre-commercial 5G network across six mobile stations in the capital city of Addis Ababa this week. The launch, said the company, is an important milestone in its...

Safaricom secures 2600 MHz spectrum for 5G rollout

Safaricom began its 5G trials in March 2021 in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii and Kakamega The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has reportedly allocated 60 megahertz of spectrum in the 2600 MHz band to Safaricom for its 5G network in Kenya. The decision is notable as...

Vodacom Group to acquire a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt

The deal in Egypt marks Vodacom's first extension into North Africa South Africa’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Vodacom Group, revealed plans buy a $2.74 billion stake in Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications. The deal, which marks Vodacom’s first expansion into North Africa, will result in the...

Vodacom migrates VSAT-based 2G network to 3G in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Vodacom is working with ST Engineering iDirect and Gilat Telecom to upgrade its VSAT network Vodacom Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is migrating its very-small-aperture terminal (VSAT)-based 2G network to 3G with the help of ST Engineering iDirect and Gilat Telecom. Together, the companies...

MTN names Open RAN partners for network expansion in Africa

With partners in tow, MTN aims to roll out the Open RAN by the end of 2021 In January of 2020, the GSMA claimed that while South Africa is still several years away from widespread 5G adoption, the country is leading the rest of sub-Saharan...

Orange launches Djoliba, the first pan-West African fiber network

Djoliba is based on a terrestrial fiber optic network coupled with undersea cables In an effort to address growing connectivity needs in West Africa, Orange and its subsidiaries have announced the commercial launch of Djoliba, a fiber backbone consisting of more than 10,000 km of...

Telma launches 5G in Madagascar, cites eMBB and FWA as key use cases

Ericsson worked with Telma to upgrade its core and radio network A few days ago, Telma Madagascar switched on the country’s first 5G commercial network in multiple cities with the help of Ericsson. Specifically, the Swedish vendor was selected by the operator last October to...

Vodacom, Loon bring internet balloons to rural Mozambique

The internet balloons will provide a 4G service that supports Data, Voice, SMS and USSD As part of a new Loon and Vodacom deal, the companies will use Loon’s balloon-based internet solution to expand the Vodacom network in Mozambique so that it can service un-served...

South Africa is still several years away from mass 5G adoption

GSMA: "South Africa will lead the increase in 5G activity expected in sub-Saharan Africa" According to a recent GSMA trade association survey report, the increase in 5G activity expected in sub-Saharan Africa will be led by South Africa, “the most advanced market in the region.”...

Liquid Telecom plans South African 5G wholesale launch for early 2020

Liquid Telecom has 56 megahertz worth of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band African wholesale operator Liquid Telecom is adding a 5G wireless network to its existing fiber offering, and plans to launch a 5G wholesale network in all major South African cities in early...

BRCK provides free, public Wi-Fi on Kenyan ride-hail buses

BRCK says Africa’s internet challenge is no longer one of availability, but one of affordability BRCK, a Nairobi-based internet hardware and service startup, is working with Egyptian ride-hail venture Swvl to install its routers on Swvl buses in Kenya. The routers will run BRCK’s Moja service, which offers free public Wi-Fi....

Generation Z: The Age of Wireless (Reader Forum)

  When I was 13, I wanted a phone in my room, so I could talk to friends in my own space instead of sitting on the basement stairs or pacing back and forth in the kitchen and ultimately knotting the curly cord like a...

LatAm: The future of mobile apps

Latin America is decidedly mobile-first with people younger than 35 comprising 60% of all digital users in the region. This scenario holds significant promise for the future adoption of mobile apps. In a video interview with RCR Wireless News, Maren Lau, CMO of marketing and...

Ericsson upgrading mobile networks in Kenya

Partners with mobile operator Safaricom to enhance 3G services Networking equipment and services provider Ericsson has signed a multiyear deal with Safaricom, the largest mobile operator in Kenya, to expand and upgrade its telecommunications network. The goal is to deploy Wi-Fi technology and enhance microwave transmission...

EMEA: Microsoft brings white space networks to Africa

When Microsoft and Spectra Wireless announced the first commercial Internet service network in Africa to use TV white spaces, university students in Ghana saw an immediate cost savings. But not everyone is cheering. Apparently, the U.S. software giant's interest in Africa is making many carriers on...

EMEA: Africa’s LTE niche

Despite significant regulatory and economic challenges in Africa, several carriers are pushing ahead with LTE deployments and finding ways to reach customers eager for the high-speed mobile technology. In Africa, only 26 operators have commercially launched LTE in just 12 of Africa's 54 countries. The...

EMEA Perspectives: Africa innovation

The last couple of weeks I’ve focused primarily on Europe news, so in fairness, it’s time to focus on other parts of EMEA. Today we will focus on Africa. Highlights from last week’s news for the region show new offers and new challenges being...

EMEA: Innovation, Africa-style

As an industry we seem to focus on higher bandwidth enabling us to go fast to consume more. More bandwidth, more content, more data ... more, more, more. But, what about areas that have less and need to do less. Africa is a place...

MWC 2012: Bharti Airtel lags behind in climate leadership in Africa

Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel lacks green agenda in its investments in Africa, Greenpeace Tuesday stated in its briefing paper on International Green Telecom Leadership.

British Telecom to expand in high-growth regions

British Telecommunications Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at doubling its business across Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.

Verizon expands its global enterprise network platform

Verizon has expanded its global enterprise network platform, enabling multinational corporations to take advantage of Verizon's Private IP service in six additional African countries, and Bahrain and Qatar in the Middle East.

Nokia unveils two cheap phones for emerging markets

Reuters | August 25, 2011 | Duncan Miriri Ailing Nokia Oyj unveiled two cheap cellphone models inspired by consumer needs in Africa, aiming to strengthen its position against low-cost Asian rivals. Read the full article here via Reuters

Nokia smartphones get free traffic service

MyBroadband | August 11, 2011 A live traffic service is coming to South African Nokia smartphone users with the latest Nokia Maps update Read the full article here via MyBroadband

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