The innovation targets schools, landlords, utilities and other businesses with repeat payments, offering a platform where they can present and receive pending payments from customers, and issue electronic receipts.
3G and 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) deployment in Nigeria has increased from 30,000 to 53,460. This is according data reeled out by the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission.
Alphabet has announced that it is shutting down its balloon-powered mobile Internet service, Loon in Kenya. Loon is also winding down as a company for lack of sustainability.
As part of its ongoing commitment to prevent Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Vodacom has zero-rated its Bright Sky SA app, which was launched in November last year.
MIGA issues $25.6m in guarantees to Escotel Mauritius for solar power generation in Sierra Leone and Liberia
MIGA, a member of the World Bank Group, issued guarantees of up to $25.6 million to Escotel Mauritius covering its investments in solar power generation in Sierra Leone and Liberia for a period of up to ten years.
Kenya’s ICT sector has seen a 10.8% average annual growth since 2016, making it one of the fastest-growing tech environments on the continent.
[South Africa] Customers demand greater digital engagement from Communication Service Providers, survey
The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the move to digital, as large proportions of the population have continued to work, learn and be entertained remotely.
Nexans has strengthened its industrial presence in Morocco with the inauguration of a new plant for the Telecom Systems Business Unit.
ayoba, the African messaging app, has reiterated its focus on protecting their users’ privacy and security.
Telecom Egypt and the Ministry of Social Solidarity sign agreement to support social protection programmes
Telecom Egypt and the Ministry of Social Solidarity have signed an agreement to provide telecommunications services to the Ministry and the beneficiaries of social protection programs, namely the "Takaful and Karama" programmes.
Orange International Carriers, the wholesale arm of Orange Group, is partnering with Côte Ouest Audiovisuel to supply network access and content delivery services in West Africa using its Media Delivery Boost (MDB) solution.
Tizeti West Africa’s pioneer solar-based internet service provider is rolling out its 4G LTE network in Edo State, with monthly fixed broadband costs pegged at four thousand Naira ($8)
Namibia’s premier digital enabler, MTC, has introduced the use of biometrics and artificial intelligence, powered by the use of biometric authentication and cybersecurity systems.
Orange has announced that its venture capital arm, Orange Ventures has become a separate legal entity with an increased allocation of 350 million euros.
eSite Power Systems receives new order for its x10 telecom site power supply system for rollout in eastern Africa.
eSite Power Systems' eSite x10 telecom site power supply system has received another order to deploy in the network of a mobile operator in eastern Africa.
Kenya leading telco Safaricom has put its plans to launch the fifth-generation (5G) mobile internet service in the country on hold.
Inspired Evolution led a $35 million equity investment by its Evolution II Fund and coinvestors, Norfund and Sagemcom, to establish and finance ESCOTEL, an energy services company currently focused on Sub-Saharan Africa countries.
Ooredoo Group and Ericsson have signed a global frame agreement for the supply of 5G radio, core and transport products and solutions, as well as related implementation and integration services.
Telecom Egypt has signed an agreement with Google to provide Google with the first of its kind layer three meshed solution on multiple Telecom Egypt’s redundant and resilient Egypt crossing network infrastructure.
[Nigeria] Ministry of Communications launches Improved National Identification Number slip and mobile app
Nigeria’s Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has approved the development and release of an improved National Identity Number (NIN) slip and a Mobile App.
[Nigeria] Government extends deadline for Telcos to block SIMs without National Identification Number
The Federal Government of Nigeria has extended the deadline for registration of SIMs with National Identification Number, (NIN) as well as the cancellation of USSD and Verification Fees.
MTN South Africa has today launched MoMo International Airtime, a new service that will allow users to purchase airtime for recipients in other countries.
[South Africa] Inspired Evolution and partners launch energy service company for African mobile operators
Inspired Evolution that specialises in clean and renewable energy has entered into a new partnership with Norfund and Sagemcom to raise $35 million by its Evolution II Fund to launch Ecotel.
Airtel Uganda, a subsidiary of telecommunications and mobile money services provider Airtel Africa has been issued a National Telecom Operator licence by the East African country.
AST SpaceMobile, in partnership with Vodafone, unveiled plans to launch the first phase of its space-based commercial mobile communications service in 2023.
Parallel Wireless, Inc. has been selected by Hotspot Network Limited to deliver 2G, 3G and 4G coverage across planned 2,000 villages in Nigeria.
The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has approved investments this quarter totaling more than $2.1 billion to advance development in emerging markets in Africa, Eastern Europe, Indo-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East.
2020 has been a transformative moment for many businesses and the digital economy - which has proven instrumental in the battle against the pandemic.
African startup StarNews Mobile, specialized in the field of mobile video, achieved its first fundraising with Investisseurs & Partenaires, a pioneering impact investing group dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The November 2020 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that mobile data traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to grow by almost 6.5 times the current figures.
Vodacom KwaZulu-Natal Region announced it is rolling-out the fastest and latest, fifth generation (5G) network in key municipal districts in KwaZulu-Natal province.
SEACOM has appointed Oliver Fortuin as the new Group CEO, effective January 4, 2021.
Vodacom Business Africa has partnered with Crayon Africa to deliver seamless and improved cloud solutions to businesses in Africa as they embark on their cloud adoption journey.
Pan-African fintech platform MFS Africa has partnered with Xoom, a PayPal service, to offer secure and convenient mobile money transfers to seven countries across Africa.
Leep Africa, a Johannesburg-based South African company, has developed the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) mobile hotspot network.
TMCEL customers in Mozambique are to benefit from the financial empowerment of Ericsson’s mobile money solutions under a new five-year deal to expand and modernize its network and digital services ecosystem.
The partnership will help rapidly enhance Indosat’s customer first marketing capabilities through Comviva’s AI based advanced analytics and marketing automation solution.
Huawei held an online IP Gala conference with its industry partners to introduce the Key Architecture Index (KAI) and share its applications.
MTN has completed a comprehensive review of the Group strategy with a focus on accelerating growth, deleveraging the holding company debt and unlocking value.
[South Africa] Vodacom partners with GSMA to drive the digital inclusion of persons with disabilities
GSMA Assistive Tech has launched the ‘Principles for driving digital inclusion of people with disabilities,’ a framework for action aimed at increasing the digital inclusion of people with disabilities.
Telkom South Africa launched Telkom Pay, a digital wallet service that runs through WhatsApp, and customers of any mobile networks can use Telkom Pay without having to subscribe to Telkom.
To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, GSMA launched the ‘Principles for Driving the Digital Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities’ to further inspire the mobile industry to help close the mobile disability gap.
Vodacom Central Region unveiled a new 4G base station in Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa, to deliver fast internet connectivity and connect the unconnected particularly in deep rural areas.
Africa's overall mobile phone market shipments declined 6.0% year on year (YoY) in Q3 2020, according to the latest insights from global technology research and consulting firm International Data Corporation (IDC).
Website builder BaseKit is set to partner with Liquid Telecom to provide a website and eCommerce builder to customers of the African communications provider.
LaLiga signs Mondia as strategic technology, commercial partner for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific
LaLiga has signed mobile technology company Mondia group as its technology and commercial partner for the creation of LaLiga Xtra, its first ever subscription-based mobile platform, to offer exclusive content and experiences to sports fans.
CSG has announced that its long-standing partnership with Airtel Africa has been extended. As part of the enhanced agreement, CSG will provide Airtel Africa with managed services, including customer relationship management.
Nokia announced it has been selected by African mobile operator, Togocom in a three-year deal to deploy 5G in Togo.
Nokia has announced that it has been selected by African mobile operator, Airtel Kenya in a three-year deal to modernize Nairobi with high speed 4G and 5G-ready hardware from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio.
MainOne, West Africa’s communications services company for business, has become the first Microsoft Azure Peering Services partner for West Africa, providing enterprises using Microsoft Cloud services.
Driven to secure financial inclusion across its markets, MTN Group continues to grow the number of MTN Mobile Money (MoMo) users on its network, a trend that has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom, is activating 82 km of fibre in a cross-border network into Botswana, to give more people access to Liquid Telecom’s footprint of more than 73,000km of Pan African fibre.
[Kenya] M-PESA becomes first African fintech platform to join United for Wildlife financial taskforce
M-PESA has become the first mobile money provider in Africa to join the Financial Taskforce established by United for Wildlife, a coalition of charities that works to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.
Telekom Networks Malawi selects Globe Teleservices as exclusive partner for International Voice and Messaging
Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the telecom operator of Malawi, has chosen Globe Teleservices exclusive partner for International Voice and A2P messaging aggregation in the country.
Cash Crusaders and KaiOS Technologies announced the DIXON XK1, the first open market KaiOS device in South Africa, now available from the Cash Crusaders stores across the country.
A series of contracts in Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar and Benin, among others, highlight Ericsson’s growing footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa as communications service providers move to strengthen their networks.
Eutelsat’s survey confirms 7/8° West neighborhood as predominant broadcast position for Egyptian TV homes
Eutelsat Communications revealed the findings of a new Egyptian television market survey, confirming its 7/8° West hotspot as the most powerful neighborhood for satellite television for the country.
O-CITY, the automated fare collection provider by BPC, announced its initiative to drive contactless payments across bus services in Nairobi, Kenya.
Liquid Telecom, the pan-African communications service provider has successfully connected 152 schools to website domains as part of a broader effort to enhance schools abilities to deliver online learning.
African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), Africa’s infrastructure-focused private equity fund managers, has acquired a minority equity stake in MetroFibre Networx, a South African open access fibre network operator.
Pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom, has announced their partnership with Zayo Group Holdings, Inc., a global leader of Communications Infrastructure.
Eutelsat Communications announced the successful entry into service of its new-generation EUTELSAT KONNECT High Throughput Satellite at the 7° East orbital position.
Technology is getting us through the pandemic, and technology can also drive our continent’s recovery in the post-pandemic era, writes Chen Lei, President of Huawei Southern Africa.
There are significant business opportunities in the mobile broadband space in building an ecosystem of affordable mobile devices to support user migration to 4G and 5G cellular network technology.
Huawei has officially launched the Rural Telephony Project in Ghana in partnership with the Ministry of Communications through Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC).
Orange Egypt, the provider of integrated telecommunications services, announced an exclusive partnership with Deezer, the global audio streaming service.
Orange and its subsidiaries announced the commissioning and commercial launch of Djoliba, the first pan-African backbone based on a terrestrial fibre optic network, coupled with undersea cables, offering secure connectivity abroad from West Africa.
Telecom Egypt has announced that the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has accepted and approved its financial and technical offer for additional spectrum.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Norwegian Government and the Government of Ghana will sign agreements to support the Digital Transformation Centres (DTC) Initiative in Ghana.
Telkom has today with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to launch a new streaming channel, TelkomONE.
Kenyan private bank Prime Bank, has partnered with London-based fintech SimbaPay, to launch an instant international money transfer service via the bank’s digital platform PrimeMobi.
Safaricom has today announced plans to provide 100% 4G network coverage across the country by end of this year as part of its growth strategy
For many companies today, maintaining a robust IT-infrastructure that includes terabytes of data to protect on SAP HANA, while balancing the need to reduce costs and simplify IT-management, can be challenging
Safaricom has rolled out new phone number prefixes starting with 0112, 0113, 0114 and 0115 to meet increasing demand for Safaricom lines.
Safaricom has announced the launch of a new Skiza Advertising platform that aims to provide SMEs the opportunity to advertise their services.
Telkom South Africa has selected the country’s third-largest fibre-to-the-home provider Frogfoot, as its third party fibre network operator as of 2 November 2020.
Nokia enhances 5G services for Vodacom South Africa customers with 5G radio, core and fixed wireless access
Nokia has announced that it is enabling ultra-fast 5G services for Vodacom South Africa’s customers by deploying its 5G radio, core and fixed network solutions across Vodacom’s network.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted approval for two mobile network operators, MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile, to carry out trial on the workability of embedded Subscriber Identification Modules (e-SIM) Service in Nigeria.
CEQUENS, an Egyptian company by origin and a Communications-Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS) provider globally, announced a deal with WhatsApp to become a Solution Provider for WhatsApp Business.
The Telecom Namibia Board of Directors has appointed the company's new CEO.
Raxio Group has officially secured land at the ICT Park, in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, through its fully-owned subsidiary, Raxio Ethiopia, to construct country’s first private uptime certified Tier III colocation data centre.
Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s integrated telecom operator and subsea cables operators in the region is building Egypt's largest international data center facility.
Orange partners with Smart Africa, announces new investments to improve quality of service, data security for end-users
Orange, a platinum member of the Smart Africa Alliance, supports the One Africa Network (OAN) project which has the aim of reducing the cost of communication and keeping the traffic generated and destined for Africa within Africa.
Organised crime syndicates are increasingly targeting Vodacom base stations in KwaZulu Natal region for theft and vandalism, with over 70 incidents of vandalism reported on a monthly basis.
CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor announced an additional $40 million equity investment into Liquid Telecom, Africa’s independent fibre, data centre and cloud technology provider.
Ericsson has launched its 2020 edition of the Graduate Program in Africa. The program aims to grow the technical skills of the graduates, train them in the Ericsson technology, solutions and their delivery.
On the evening of 23 March, South Africans gathered around their television sets to listen to arguably the most important announcement of this year. At the time, the nation was on edge.
MTN Group announced two new appointments of Chief Executive Officer of major subsidiary MTN Nigeria Communications and that of MTN Group Chief Risk Officer, a new group executive committee (exco) position, effective 1 March 2021.
Comtech receives $1m satellite ground station equipment order from Mobile Network Operator in Africa
Comtech announced that during its first quarter of fiscal 2021, its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., received a $1 million order for satellite ground station equipment from a Mobile Network Operator in Africa.
The National Bank of Angola (BNA) has granted a Payment Service Provider license to Unitel Serviços Financeiros Móveis (SU), SA, at the request of this operator.
Africa’s technology communications company Vodacom Group is partnering with AFI under the global network’s public-private dialogue (PPD) platform to advance financial inclusion in Africa.
Moroccan telecommunications operator Maroc Telecom achieved a turnover of more than MAD 27.49 billion ($2.99 billion) during the first nine months of 2020, up 0.7%.
The number of mobile phone users decreased to 25.5 million in the second quarter ended 30 June from 28.4 million in the first quarter, according the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).
Airtel Networks Zambia has partnered with Ericsson on a ‘Product Take-Back’ program to minimize the potential environmental impact associated with the disposal of decommissioned electrical equipment.
As the covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate economies and take a toll on businesses, Kenya’s telecommunication giant Safaricom has reiterated its commitment to work with SMEs who have borne the greatest brunt of the virus.
[South Africa] Vodacom KwaZulu Natal Region invests over R320 million to accelerate broadband connectivity in rural areas
Vodacom KwaZulu Natal Region will invest just over R320 million into the network across the province during the 2020/2021 financial year.
MTN Group has been named the most valuable African brand in the Brand Finance Africa 150 2020 ranking, which ascribes a brand value of $3.3 billion to MTN.
Safaricom has announced that it will work with partners and regulators to support the informal sector in e-waste management.
ZTE Corporation has signed a partnership with MTN Zambia to construct a cross-border Optical Transmission Network backbone in Zambia.
Liquid Telecom South Africa has announced that Deon Geyser has been appointed as its new CEO, effective from January 1st 2021.