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IHS raises US$522-million to build more cellphone towers
Vimpelcom set to sells sub-Saharan assets
Mobile Money generates more than than 11 000 jobs in Kenya
Zambia’s Africonnect budgets US$7-million in under-served areas
East African banks hard hit by cyber crimes
Zimbabwe telecoms disrupted in run-up to election
Ethiopia signs first half of major network expansion deal
Nigeria’s Borno state blacked out in wake of Boko Haram attacks
Rwandans take to e-tax platform despite problems… (more)

  • Liquid Telecom signs with Ekinops for network expansion
  • Etisalat to increase its investment in Tanzania
  • Zambia sues mobile phone companies over “poor service”
  • PPP to boost rural Nigerian network
  • Power shortages “hamper development of ICT”
  • Kenya to put third digital-signal licence out to tender
  • Morocco to invite bids for 4G service licences
  • New satellite will bring broadband to rural Africa
  • Ghana’s mobile data subscriptions drop over “poor service”… (more)
  • Econet’s Liquid Telecom buys Rwandatel
  • Namibia gets low-cost satellite Internet access
  • Consortium set up to roll out LTE 4G across Kenya
  • Vodacom launches M-Pesa in Mozambique
  • Smartphone revolution sparked by falling costs
  • Licence snag holds up Gambian voice services via ACE
  • Sony unveils expansion plans for Africa
  • Nigeria “needs one million cyber security experts”
  • Tanzania borrows US$403-million for next phase of ICT backbone… (more)
  • Angola inaugurates network supervision centre
  • AccessKenya begins its network upgrade
  • EriTel privatisation seen as first step towards market liberalisation
  • Kenya’s Yu mobile cancels call rate increase.
  • Alcatel-Lucent to build 1000 base stations for Etisalat Nigeria
  • Libtelco launches fibre-optic cable service
  • Maroc Telecom to invest $1,2-billion in broadband network
  • Phone users top 5,6-millionin Rwanda
  • Vodacom Tanzania trials high-speed LTE technology
  • China pledges more investment in Zambia
  • Zimbabwe’s Liquid Telecom claims cross-border fibre top spot… (more)
  • Alcatel-Lucent builds Airtel’s network backbone
  • Ericsson and MTN roll out commercial LTE
  • Two killed attempting to bomb Airtel, MTN
  • France Telecom-Orange launches ACE submarine cable service
  • Ethiopia’s mobile subscribers now over 18-million
  • Kenya prioritises network security
  • Cellcom first to deploy fibre-optic network in Liberia
  • Somalia gets 3G mobile service
  • Tanzania: Airtel offers hefty tariff review
  • Econet takes over Zimbabwe’s TN Bank… (more)

Broadband linked to millennium development goals; Africa set to miss 2015 digital migration deadline; Tanzania sets aside US$30-million for rural telecoms project;  ZTE and Huawei win major Ethiopian contract; Mobile phone growth sets new records; MTN, Warid hit by Ugandan cyber fraud; Safaricom is top tax payer in Kenya; State monopoly shares blame for Morocco’s digital divide; Zambia looking to welcome fourth mobile operator; Zimbabwe: Potraz to build 54 base stations… (more)

UN promotes food-voucher system for Africa
Illegal optical-fibre network discovered in Cameroon
Egyptian firm seeks to shut down Google over “offensive” film
Kenya switches off 1,9-million counterfeit phones
New Nigerian broadband strategy due within three months
Ghana tops African broadband penetration log
Good and bad news for China’s Huawei Technologies
Ethio Telecom warned that “world class” ambition threatened
Airtel inaugurates solar-powered towers in Tanzania… (more)

  • Study highlights development potential of mobile comms
  • Madagascar launches online research network
  • Airtel offers faster internet in Malawi, Madagascar and Rwanda
  • East Africa seeks joint approach to combat cyber crimes
  • Kenya’s mobile money monopoly unfair World Bank
  • Wifi hotspot convenience for Windhoek’s mobile web users
  • Nigerian senator threatens GSM firms with the boot
  • Tanzania’s ICT backbone reaches all border posts
  • Zimbabwe’s second city gets three new base stations… (more)


Ghana tops, SA lags in broadband download speed; Nigeria seizes bank equipment from Benin; Kenya acts to contain damage from fibre cuts; Namibia’s new licences set to change telecoms landscape; Rwanda gets third telecoms operator; Tunisiana wins tender for 3G and landline licence; Warid to invest another US$25-milion in Uganda; Africonnect launches “fastest” internet service in Zambia; MTN gets extended licences in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire; 231 Tanzanian villages to get telecoms links… (more)

Record earnings for Bharti Airtel
MTN Ghana commissions sub-marine cable system
Safaricom’s revenue rise allays price-war fears
Malawi regulator grants fourth mobile operating licence
Nigeria’s Starcomms invests US$9-million in network expansion
Rwanda government set to roll out third ICT plan
Major public-private venture to extend Tanzania’s ICT backbone
Ethiopia building US412-million oil data repository
Angolan mobile internet users approach 2-million… (more)

Snippets of telecoms news from Africa:  Fixed network digital system inaugurated in Angola’s Kwanza Sul Province;  Analysts urge government to sell large share of Telecom Namibia; Bharti Airtel to pay US$62-million for Telecom Seychelles; Zain Kenya accuses Safaricom of price war “sabotage”; Nigerian Environmental Agency shuts two MTN base stations; Price war spurs growth in Rwanda’s mobile market; Tanzanian firm to build, manage Telecoms Towers; Ugandan operators compete with new data and internet services… (more)

The latest snippets from around Africa: 2015 deadline for digital broadcasting transition unlikely to be met; Gabon invites bids for 3G licence; Ethiopia’s TPLF banned from satellite service due to illegal jamming; Cisco to finance and supply echnology, services for nine East African countries; G Mobile wins judicial review over Malawi regulator’s US$6,95-million fine; MainOne cable to deliver ten-fold speed increase; Vodacom in talks with Congo’s Kabila; Ghana tops African download speed log; Uganda parliament investigates alleged internet-project corruption; Minister casts doubt on completion of Zambian fibre-optic project… (more)

Snippets from around Africa:  Angola’s Unitel approves US$800-million investment plan;  Probe ordered into MTN-Uganda’s “exploitation” of subscribers; World Bank provides additional US$44,7-million for Ghana project; World Bank gives Sierra Leone US$5-million for connectivity; Econet Zimbabwe threatened with closure over alleged support for MDC; EASSy cable switch-on will reduce dependency on Seacom; France Telecom settles US$325-million dispute over Telkom Kenya; Three shortlisted for Mozambique’s third mobile phone licence; Bharti Airtel earmarks US$600-million for Nigerian projects… (more)

Iona Press Services provides summaries of telecoms updates from the World Bank: Africa region,  Kenya, Rwanda, Liberia, Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe… (more)

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