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  • Internet services “could contribute 10% of Africa’s GDP by 2025”
  • MTN to sell its towers in Zambia and Rwanda
  • Nigeria opens wholesale broadband spectrum licence to bidders
  • Kenyan telcos fail compliance test
  • Cellcom claims delivery of 4G technology to rural Liberia
  • Zimbabwe banks push for mobile banking policy
  • Somali optical fibre installation halted after disagreement
  • Fast economic growth to boost Ugandan telecoms competition
  • Looming digital switchover creates headaches for Cameroon… (more)
  • Internet contributes US$18-billion to Africa’s GDP
  • Rwanda summit adopts “Smart Africa” manifesto
  • Angola sets goal of at least 12-million mobile phone users by 2017
  • Investment in ICT will reduce Africa’s poverty, says ITU boss
  • Ethiopian customs to confiscate US$13-million of equipment from Huawei
  • Malawi’s digital network will be ready by end November, says govt
  • Telecom Namibia connects to German platform
  • Nigeria sets tone for African telecoms regulators
  • MTN Zambia boosts internet speed… (more)
  • Sub-Saharan mobile broadband connections set for fast growth
  • MTN launches global virtual private network
  • Liquid Telecom opens “largest data centre in East Africa”
  • Bharti Airtel to enhance African connectivity
  • Forbes sees Ghana becoming tech-friendly hub for innovation
  • Nigeria set to auction unused mobile broadband spectrum next year
  • Telecom Namibia to deploy Zhone solution for advanced broadband
  • Koreans to provide Rwanda with systems integration and IT services… (more)
  • African mobile telecom market growing at over 21% pa
  • Asian firms develop satellite technology
  • Seacom, France-IX partner to interconnect African internet firms
  • Ethiopia signs US $1,6-billon deal with Chinese “spy” firms
  • Second phase of Kenyan digital project to start soon
  • Simbanet deploys GPON fibre technology in Dar es Salaam
  • Zimbabwe regulator slammed for ordering Econet tariff increase
  • Satellite link takes connectivity to remote parts of South Sudan
  • Uganda sets up high-tech unit to fight cyber crime
  • Satellite and digital broadcasting a boost for Nigeria’s economy… (more)

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)
  • Solar-powered internet school penetrates rural areas
  • Egypt to reconsider ban on private satellite channels
  • Tanzania halts next phase in digital migration
  • Ethiopian government uses tax funds to spy on political rivals
  • Kenya to get secure online transaction system
  • Rwanda gets US$8-million loan for telecoms in private sector
  • Namibia to get own PoPs for WACS connection
  • Nigerian experiences stampede from CDMA to GSM
  • Zimbabwe internet firm to roll out 4G LTE technology… (more)

Telecoms boom leaves rural Africa behind
Kenya launches National ICT Master Plan 2017
Tanzania migrates to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting
Etisalat offers low-cost access to social media
Rwanda launches ICT system to promote government efficiency
Nigeria fines MTN, Glo, Airtel and Etisalat N22-million over promotions
Alcatel dips deep to fund East African expansion
Zimbabwe to issue converging licences
Telecom Namibia signs ground-breaking deal with New Telco SA
Mobile termination rate drops… (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)

Sierra Leone signs US$15-million Chinese loan to complete cable link; Nigeria’s National Rural Telephony Project comes to grief; Zimbabwe’s Telecel spends US$70-million to expand network; Namibia expands infrastructure to reduce telecoms costs; Tanzania’s IT-backbone drives down internet costs; Uganda announces plan to construct undersea cable; Airtel spends US$10m to expand Zambian network; More people have access to mobile phones than to clean water; ITU promotes broadband internet in Africa’s poorest countries… (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)


  • West Africa seeks to bridge digital divide through broadband
  • MTN raises US$200-million to improve Ghana network
  • Egyptian engineer’s antenna wins African Innovation Prize
  • 4G improves internet speed in Namibia
  • Uganda’s MPs want cable sub-contractors named and shamed
  • Rwandan schools to get e-libraries
  • Fines prompt GSM firms to invest in network upgrades
  • Cellphone subscribers benefit from tariff cuts
  • Kenya gets second World Bank loan for ICT projects… (more)


-Lack of infrastructure, skills causes Africa to lag in ICT readiness
-Angola’s Movicel launches fourth-generation network
-UBA grants Benin US$50-million for telecoms, power projects
-Kenya Telkom’s LION2 submarine cable goes live
-Liberia prepares for faster, more affordable internet
-Government cronies lobby for NITEL assets
-Local government in Rwanda set to step up ICT use
-China’s Huawei seeking to build landline system in South Sudan
-Tanzania signs US$6,7-million internet capacity deal with Rwanda
-Uganda’s “not closing down” UTL … (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)

  • Ericsson wins contract to modernise Bharti Airtel’s networks
  • New optical-fibre line set to boost Angola’s telecoms
  • France Telecom looks to buy Congo China Telecom
  • Sweden’s Ericsson part of new bid to acquire Nitel
  • Airtel Tanzania expands further into rural areas
  • Namibia climbs to eighth place in Africa in cellphone affordability
  • Rwandatel to be sold to pay creditors
  • Inquiry into Uganda’s national internet project begins
  • Ghana local council closes firm’s offices over tax claim

Kenya’s mobile phone call rates set to fall again… (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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