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.
MTN Group is has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer for MTN Liberia Lonestar Cell.
Sunline and Huawei have jointly released the Digital Loan One Box Solution, a global contactless solution for financial services.
World Bank confirms economic downturn in Sub-Saharan Africa, outlines key polices needed for recovery
Driven by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 global pandemic, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to fall to -3.3 percent in 2020, pushing the region into its first recession in 25 years, according World Bank's latest regional economic analysis.
Airtel Africa has expanded its strategic partnership with Ericsson to enable 4G coverage in Kenya.
Pan African telecommunication company MTN has unveiled YelloBucks, a new loyalty points currency that is set to heap more benefits and value on MTN customers.
Subscriptions to broadband or high-speed Internet services in Nigeria have increased significantly to a peak of 82.7 million as at the end of August, 2020, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission.
The regulatory action taken by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to facilitate the listing of MTN Nigeria on the country’s stock exchange market has continued to bring economic gains to Nigeria.
Airtel Tanzania has collaborated with WorldRemit, the global payments company to enable Airtel Money customers to send and receive money directly into their Airtel Money wallets from abroad.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has considered lifting the suspended Spectrum Trading Guidelines (STG), 2018, pending conclusion of the ongoing review of the Guidelines.
Mukuru and WorldRemit announced a deepening of their existing partnership, with the aim to expand their collaboration for cash remittances into Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi and Botswana.
Vodacom Group has become a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative.
Azam TV has completed the migration of its video platform from the EUTELSAT 7B to EUTELSAT 7C satellite, with a multi-year extension of the existing contract and an incremental capacity commitment.
Crown Agents Bank has collaborated with VODACASH SA in the innovating project of enabling international mobile payments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through the M-Pesa brand.
Orange launched Sanza touch, an exclusive Orange smartphone and the most affordable 4G Android (Go edition) device globally supported by Google.
The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) has signed a collaboration agreement with tech-firm Huawei-Kenya that seeks to deepen financial inclusion in the banking sector through further deployment of technology and building fintech capacity.
Rack Centre, carrier neutral data centre operator in West Africa, announced an expansion programme that will increase capacity to a total net lettable white space of 6000 square metres and allow for 13MW of IT power capacity in its Lagos campus.
Orange Egypt signed a cooperation agreement with Elsewedy Technical Academy to provide students with a set of educational scholarships, integrated educational and training program over a 3-year period.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has embarked on a cost-based study to set the new pricing regime for mobile international termination rate (ITR) for inbound international voice calls in the country.
Lonestar Cell MTN Liberia has partnered with WorldRemit to make it possible for Mobile Money customers to now receive international remittances straight to their Lonestar Cell MTN Mobile Money accounts.
Liquid Telecom has concluded a six-week long online training for over 100 teachers in Western Kenya, as part of efforts to provide complimentary training to enhance remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ambassador Selby Pillay, High Commissioner of Seychelles accredited to India, signed a MoU with Telecommunications Consultants India for the e-VidyaBharti (e-education) and e-ArogyaBharti (tele-medicine) project (e-VBAB).
Trust Payments, the global unified payments group for global pay-in, pay-out and customer journey technologies, has partnered with social network, messaging and e-commerce startup Wakanda Messenger.
Orange announced the successful launch of its inaugural Sustainability Bond for a total amount of €500 million to finance projects that fully reflect the Group’s ambitions in both the green and social fields.
Vodacom Group and the SADC Banking Association have signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow the Vodacom Group to join the South African Development Community’s Transactions Cleared on an Immediate Basis (TCIB) payment scheme.
The national Department of Health (DoH) launched a COVID Alert SA App in partnership with Discovery, to strengthen the existing contact tracing methods to help break the transmission of COVID-19.
Liquid Telecom, the leading pan-African telecommunications group, unveiled its Cyber Security unit which offers end-to-end managed services for digital security solutions.
Banks in Africa must provide mobile payments and other digital services to remain competitive as well as to unlock new business opportunities across sectors such as energy, health care, education and transportation, according to a new report by BCG.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) have launched a cooperative project to enhance the digital ecosystem and build digital skills for women in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Safaricom Foundation’s Ndoto Zetu initiative has supported six groups in Kwale and Kilifi with economic empowerment projects worth KES 800,000 impacting close to 4,000 people in the two counties.
The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across Africa has seen a surge in digital payments and e-commerce transactions as financial institutions scramble to offer businesses and consumers contact-less ways of spending.
Local ICT leader joins the Group executive team to support the company’s growth and evolution.
Global music and entertainment streaming platform, TIDAL, and leading ICT Company, MTN Nigeria have announced a partnership that enables MTN subscribers to receive free 30-day access to TIDAL.
MTN has announced changes to the board of directors of MTN Group, as well as to the board of major subsidiary MTN South Africa.
Vodacom is introducing the VodaBucks Rewards Programme as a single platform that rewards customers for their loyalty to Vodacom.
With over 40 million Video Play purchases in 2019, Vodacom’s Video Play is certainly carving out its place in the Video on Demand landscape in South Africa.
The Africa Telecommunication Union (ATU) launched the ATU Africa Innovations Challenge 2020, a competition designed to identify and support young African innovators who have developed useful mobile applications.
APM Terminals Apapa is the latest terminal in the company’s rollout of public 4G LTE networks at its facilities in Nigeria.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a €1.4 million contribution from the European Union (EU) to support 94,000 vulnerable Swazi households for 12 Months.
Major mobile network operators in the country recorded 9,077 cases of service outages on their networks in the second quarter of the year, resulting in unexpected disruptions to operators’ network quality of service.
Huawei Kenya launched their new initiative UniTech Talk a regular lecture series for University lecturers, students and tech enthusiasts to share the latest technologies, industry trends, development policies and insights.
MoneyGram International announced a partnership with Thunes, which will enable MoneyGram's customers to seamlessly send money directly to mobile wallets and bank accounts globally through the MoneyGram platform.
Vodacom Group has announced Raisibe Morathi as its new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has announced the deployment of its Azure Stack Hub in Nairobi, Kenya.
Equity has rolled out a universal number for all outbound communication to its customers and other external stakeholders. Moving forward, customers will be contacted by one outgoing number from Equity, 0763 000 000.
Airtel Africa, MoneyGram partner to enable Airtel customers receive money directly into mobile wallets
MoneyGram International announced a new partnership with Airtel Africa to enable Airtel Money’s 19 million customers to quickly and conveniently receive MoneyGram transfers directly into their mobile wallets.
YeboYethu Limited, Vodacom Group’s Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) scheme is sitting with more than R73 million, approximately $4.2 million in its bank accounts in unclaimed dividends belonging to over 12000 shareholders.
AdcareIT selects Telco Systems and Clavister for rollout of NFV-based secure SD-WAN services in Kenya
Telco Systems, Clavister and AdcareIT jointly announced they have entered into a multiyear engagement for AdcareIT to deploy managed secure SD-WAN services using an integrated NFV edge solution from Telco Systems and Clavister.
Voxox, innovator in cloud communication solutions and operator for business communications systems for small businesses and Passage Telecom have partnered roll out cloud phone to empower small businesses in Nigeria.
MTN Group announced that the current group CFO of MTN Group, Ralph Mupita, has been appointed as the new Group President and CEO, effective 1 September 2020.
IFC announced a loan to the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) to help the telecoms infrastructure provider expand and improve affordable internet connectivity as it continues to serve over 30 countries in Africa.
[South Africa] Vodacom’s base station sites in Soweto under siege from organised cellphone battery syndicates
Vodacom base stations in Soweto are increasingly being targeted for theft and vandalism by organised crime syndicates, with over one hundred cases of vandalism since the start of 2020.
Vodacom Eastern Cape Region is planning to invest just over R200 million, approximately $$ 1.9 million, into the network across the province during the 2020/2021 financial year.
Standard Chartered Bank and Airtel Africa have announced a strategic collaboration to drive financial inclusion across key markets in Africa by providing customers with increased access to mobile financial services.
Cassava Fintech International (CFI) and the Liquid Telecom Group (LTG) have announced the launch of Sasai Wi-Fi Finder, a potential game-changer in driving digital and financial inclusion in Africa.
Mondia Pay, Mondia’s digital payment entity, announced it recently onboarded a series of new clients and is fast becoming the preferred digital payment solutions provider for telecom operators across Africa.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) and three other agencies have continued to implement people-oriented projects to advance the digital economy agenda.
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will conduct a trial to the first ever digital census to be conducted in the country.
ACI Worldwide announced that Altech Card Solutions is utilizing ACI’s UP Retail Payments to better serve its large multi-national retail customers in South Africa and across the African continent.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in furtherance of its mandate to protect the interests of consumers and support a robust telecommunications sector, has revised its Determination on USSD pricing.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said that commercial banks in the country are owing telecommunications companies over N17 billion following the regulator’s suspension of its Determination on USSD pricing last year.
Telkom South Africa recently launched Telkom Financial Services, which includes a life insurance business that will initially sell funeral insurance, written out of a Guardrisk Life cell captive.
Liquid Telecom South Africa in 2018, had embarked on a journey to adapt its operating model as the company began the transition towards becoming Africa’s leading digital services provider.
Spacecom and Gilat Telecom have announced that they are co-operating to develop a faster, more reliable and more cost-effective satellite service for organisations of all sizes across Africa.
Eutelsat Communications and Strong Roots Ethiopia Broadcasting Service PLC have concluded a Master Service Agreement for a Ku capacity on a 36 MHz transponder on Eutelsat’s EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite.
MTN is extending its digital strategy with the launch of a new pan-African API marketplace called Chenosis.
Over 5,500 frontline healthcare workers in Kenya will continue receiving monthly communication bundles following Safaricom’s move to extend the communication support that was provided for three months from April 2020.
Global leader in mission-critical communications, Motorola Solutions has launched a new two-way radio device specially designed for small and medium businesses in Sub Saharan Africa.
Fugro has begun its shallow water campaign for the ''2Africa'' subsea fibre-optic cable project which, once installed, will connect 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Safaricom board has appointed Michael Joseph as the next Chairman of Safaricom’s Board of Directors following the retirement of current chairman Mr. Nicholas Nganga after serving for 16 years on the Board.
Orange and Google Cloud announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the transformation of Orange’s IT infrastructure and the development of future cloud services, in particular edge computing.
Clydestone Ghana, a leading payments system and fintech solutions provider has partnered with Thales, a global leader in digital identities and security to provide TheOne authentication as a service platform.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Visa have announced a strategic partnership that aims to jointly support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the economies where the EBRD operates.
Tizeti, West Africa’s pioneer solar-based internet service provider announced the successful upgrade of its core network infrastructure capacity to 100Gbps, in line with its focus on accelerating access to affordable broadband connectivity.
Safaricom customers can now access a brand new 4G-enabled smartphone by paying as low as Kshs.20 daily for the devices.
IHS Netherlands Holdco B.V. affiliates INT Towers Limited, IHS Nigeria Limited and IHS Towers NG Limited have reached agreement with MTN Nigeria to expand the scope of the current service contract.
Infinera announced that Orange deployed spectrum capacity with Infinera’s submarine solution on its MainOne submarine cable, a new network built to provide large-scale international capacity.
Airtel Africa, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services in 14 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, is scaling up its operations with WorldRemit, the global digital money transfer service.
Vodacom has collaborated with Google to offer a worry-free experience for its Android smartphone subscribers when accessing the Google Play Store.
Temenos, the banking software company, announced that Orange Bank Africa has gone live with cloud-native Temenos Transact delivered as SaaS.
Orange, a major telecoms provider in Africa and the Middle East, and NSIA, a player in bancassurance, have launched Orange Bank Africa in Abidjan and Côte d'Ivoire.
The Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC) has reiterated its committed to the creation of an enabling environment for competition among operators in the industry:
Vodacom Business Africa has extended its footprint by providing connectivity to partners and clients in 12 new countries in the Middle East region.