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Kenya acquires full control of Telkom Kenya

Kenya acquires full control of Telkom Kenya

The Kenyan government regained full control over Telkom Kenya after forking out KES6.09 billion (US$50.3m) for the 60% majority stake held by British investment firm Helios Investment Partners, reported Ecofin Agency.

MTN planning greener HQ in South Africa

MTN planning greener HQ in South Africa

MTN is accelerating its goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040 with the launch of a request for proposal (RFP) to convert its South African headquarters into a ‘green’ office.

Guinean operator ETI upgrades BSS with help from Alepo

Guinean operator ETI upgrades BSS with help from Alepo

In response to what it describes as growing demand for high-quality data services, Guinean operator ETI SA is implementing digital enablement expert Alepo’s BSS Transformation. Alepo says that the advanced platform will modernize the operator’s existing FTTH services, as well as provide support

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South Africa’s Cell C says recapitalisation complete

South Africa’s Cell C says recapitalisation complete

The recapitalisation of South African mobile operator Cell C has finally been completed after years of negotiation. That’s the news from Blue Label Telecoms, the largest shareholder in Cell C, which sells innovative technology for mobile commerce to emerging markets in South Africa and

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Cassava announces more deals for its Liquid businesses

Cassava announces more deals for its Liquid businesses

Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, has had a busy week in which it has announced a satcoms deal with Eutelsat Communications for its Liquid Intelligent Technologies business and a partnership with AWS for its Liquid Cloud division.

Safaricom expands network pilot

Safaricom expands network pilot

Safaricom expanded its network pilot to the Oromia region, as the operator continues plans to deploy its commercial network in stages with the aim of connecting 25 locations by April next year.

South Africa’s Vodacom brings cash advances to apps

South Africa’s Vodacom brings cash advances to apps

The telecoms-led financial revolution is continuing in Africa. This time it’s South Africa’s Vodacom Financial Services that has extended the scope of digital finance with VodaLend Cash Advance, described as a product that gives customers quick and secure access to money when they need it

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Safaricom begins Ethiopian network pilot

Safaricom begins Ethiopian network pilot

Safaricom Ethiopia has met its latest deadline for the beginning of its network rollout with a phased city-by-city customer network pilot beginning in Dire Dawa City in eastern Ethiopia. The pilot comes four months after the company missed its first operational launch date.

Zambian operators set up lobby group 

Zambian operators set up lobby group 

Three Zambian mobile operators, MTN Zambia, Airtel Networks Zambia and Zamtel, have reportedly set up an industry lobby group called The Global System for Mobile Association of Zambia (GSMAZ).

Malawi to award third operator licence to Malcel

Malawi to award third operator licence to Malcel

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) said it is close to awarding new company Malcel a licence, enabling it to become the country’s third mobile operator, a move it hopes will bring competition against Airtel and Telekom Networks Malawi. 

More spectrum to be licensed in South Africa

More spectrum to be licensed in South Africa

It’s being widely reported in the South African press that telecom regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is planning to license additional radio frequency spectrum for mobile networks, although whether via auction or some other process is not clear.

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