Vodacom has become the first telco globally to zero-rate the lifesaving addressing technology, what3words, for its more than 43 million subscribers across South Africa. @Vodacom has become the first telco globally to zero-rate the lifesaving addressing technology, @what3words, for its more than 43 million subscribers across #SouthAfrica.Click To Tweet The UN estimates that 75% of […]

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Vodacom is The First Telco to Zero-Rate what3words

MTN has again been ranked as the ‘Most Admired African Brand’ based on spontaneous consumer responses in Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands 2020 survey. The survey, which was released on Monday, shows that MTN is also the only African brand in the rankings of the ‘Most Admired Brands in Africa’. #MTN has again been […]

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MTN Ranked as the Most Admired African Brand

Uganda will begin manufacturing its first smartphones through SIMI – a brand of smartphone makers that are said to have the average customer specifically in mind. The phones currently focus on one major aspect, battery life. The ‘regular’ non-smartphones can last up to at least two weeks and can charge via Solar power too. The […]

Continue Reading Uganda Starts Mass Production of its First Smartphone

Uganda Starts Mass Production of its First Smartphone

The COVID-19 lockdown has forced many schools, colleges and educational institutions to rapidly switch to online learning.  Although there are many advanced online learning platforms available, the one critical factor that still remains is reliable connectivity to online learning platforms. The reality is that only a small percentage of homes in South Africa are covered […]

Continue Reading Why Getting Students Online Poses a Major Challenge

Why Getting Students Online Poses a Major Challenge

The UK’s National Cybersecurity Agency is expected to conclude that US sanctions against Huawei will make it impossible to use the Chinese company’s technology as planned for implementation of 5G throughout the country. Announced on Sunday, this emergency review is designed to pave the way for the country’s government to push for the total elimination […]

Continue Reading UK Cybersecurity Review May Mean the End for Huawei 5G Deal

UK Cybersecurity Review May Mean the End for Huawei 5G Deal

As many companies in South Africa scramble to keep their employees working from home, the reality of connectivity costs, control and flexibility is becoming more important than ever. In the traditional office environment, managing connectivity and data use was not such a serious issue for IT managers, as data costs were essentially a part of […]

Continue Reading Mobile Connectivity: Staying Flexible is Key During Uncertain Times

Mobile Connectivity: Staying Flexible is Key During Uncertain Times

Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, is offering its services to the South African authorities to help them manage the COVID-19 health crisis. Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, is offering its services to the South African authorities to help them manage the COVID-19 health crisis.Click To Tweet The communications company says that […]

Continue Reading Konnect Africa Offers Free Internet to Clinics in South Africa during Pandemic

Konnect Africa Offers Free Internet to Clinics in South Africa during Pandemic

The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic has had and could continue to have long-lasting devastating effects on all social and economic sectors. For Nigeria, the pandemic can be seen as an eye-opener and a rude awakening to a new normal-knowledge economy. Apart from certain ingenious initiatives in Lagos and a few other states, Nigeria’s overall response to […]

Continue Reading How Telecoms Can Rebuild Nigeria in the Wake of COVID-19

How Telecoms Can Rebuild Nigeria in the Wake of COVID-19

The Global System for Mobile Telecommunications Association (GSMA) has stated that about 28-million devices in Sub-Saharan Africa – representing a total of 2.7% of total mobile connections – will be connected to a 5G network by 2025. Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa for the GSMA said this during a Huawei online interview. He explained […]

Continue Reading 5G Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa will Reach 28-Million by 2025, Says GSMA

5G Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa will Reach 28-Million by 2025, Says GSMA

Nigeria’s lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the usage of SMSs – the quintessential short message service used all across the world – as subscribers were discovered to have sent over 1-billion messages within the last month. Though this mass of messages was largely free, checks on some operators revealed the rate of […]

Continue Reading Over 1 Billion SMSs Sent since the Beginning of Lockdown in Nigeria

Over 1 Billion SMSs Sent since the Beginning of Lockdown in Nigeria

MTN Zambia has announced that it will be investing $9.8 million to boost network capacity and enable high-speed data services on 337 3G and 4G (LTE) network sites across Zambia. #MTNZambia has announced that it will be investing $9.8 million to boost #network capacity and enable high-speed data services across #Zambia.Click To Tweet The site-by-site […]

Continue Reading MTN Zambia Invests $9.8 Million in Network Upgrade Operation

MTN Zambia Invests $9.8 Million in Network Upgrade Operation

Since the onset of COVID-19 and the consequential lockdown, reliable and fast Internet connectivity has become a vital requirement for businesses and individuals working and learning from home. Expansion in the digital economy and the resultant exponential growth in demand for connectivity is driving the laying of underground fibre-optic cable to feed internet-hungry homes and […]

Continue Reading Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa Prepare for Massive Demand in Data Services

Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa Prepare for Massive Demand in Data Services

Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, STC, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC have all partnered to build 2Africa – said to be the most comprehensive subsea cable to serve the African continent and Middle East region ever. The companies have appointed Alcatel Submarine Networks (“ASN”) to build the cable in a fully funded project which will greatly […]

Continue Reading 2Africa: The New Subsea Cable Connecting Africa to Europe

2Africa: The New Subsea Cable Connecting Africa to Europe

In response to the increased demand for home connectivity during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa, Telkom has reduced prices and removed caps on its copper-based DSL broadband portfolio to new customers. Telkom’s new promotional prices start from R199 ($10.72) for an initial 6-month period for a 4 Mbps line, with the company hoping to […]

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Telkom Cuts Uncapped Data Prices

Alphabet’s Loon and Vodacom have signed a deal to use Loon’s balloon-powered Internet solution to expand the Vodacom network in Mozambique. In terms of the agreement, Loon will help Vodacom provide service to under-served parts of the country with a network of floating cellphone towers that operate 20 kilometres above Earth. Using the Loon solution, […]

Continue Reading Loon and Vodacom Increase Internet Access in Mozambique

Loon and Vodacom Increase Internet Access in Mozambique

MTN Business has announced that it will donate 5 000 smartphones, each preloaded with 3GB of data, to the Limpopo Provincial Department of Health. These devices are to be distributed to field workers for the conducting of tests, screening of citizens and tracing of people that may have come into contact with patients that have […]

Continue Reading MTN Donates 5000 Smartphones to COVID-19 Field Workers

MTN Donates 5000 Smartphones to COVID-19 Field Workers

Engineers in the field of electronics have thrown their weight behind the need for Nigeria to deploy 5G technology. This comes after the country’s communication commission announced that, despite news on social media, it had not given out any licenses for network operators to begin to deploy 5G technologies. These engineers, under the umbrella of […]

Continue Reading 5G Critical to Nigeria’s Development, Claim Engineers

5G Critical to Nigeria’s Development, Claim Engineers

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is adamant that it has not yet issued 5G licenses to any of the countries operators – despite rumours spread via social media platforms that claim the local telecoms industry would switch on 5G networks in Lagos this week. In an official statement, the NCC says that these rumours couldn’t […]

Continue Reading NCC says No 5G Licenses have been Issued to Network Operators in Nigeria

NCC says No 5G Licenses have been Issued to Network Operators in Nigeria

South African network provider, Cell C says that it’s reevaluating some of the jobs at executive and management level – this process could deem certain positions redundant and ultimately result in job cuts. .@CellC says that it’s reevaluating some of the jobs at executive and management level – this process could deem certain positions redundant […]

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Cell C Faces Potential Job Cuts

Ghanaian telecom operator, AirtelTigo has announced its partnership with popular mobile web browser Opera Mini to offer free data and browsing on the Opera Mini browser and Opera News App for three months. Through the partnership, both new and existing AirtelTigo customers will automatically receive free 50MB data every day to access the latest local […]

Continue Reading AirtelTigo and Opera Offer Free Data and Browsing in Ghana

AirtelTigo and Opera Offer Free Data and Browsing in Ghana

With the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in full effect, Vodacom has put numerous measures in place to protect customers and employees. These include measures that have seen frontline agents now working from home as well as stepping up its reliance on TOBi – Vodacom’s chatbot. Using the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, TOBi was created and […]

Continue Reading Vodacom’s Chatbot Answers up to 20 000 Customer Queries per day

Vodacom’s Chatbot Answers up to 20 000 Customer Queries per day

As South Africa’s economy slowly starts regaining traction, MTN has announced that all of its 410 stores across the country would reopen. Around eighty per cent of MTN’s stores already began trading on May 1. Limited trading hours, a strictly controlled shift system, 2m social distancing barrier markings, and regular health-checks are among the key proactive […]

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MTN Plans to Re-open Stores across South Africa

Safaricom Kenya has just announced new plans to improve communication support for COVID-19 pandemic response teams. After a request from the Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary of Health, the mobile operator will be providing more resources meant to make operations easier for the various health personnel around the country. #Safaricom will be providing more resources meant […]

Continue Reading Safaricom Offers Free Data for Frontline Health Workers in Kenya

Safaricom Offers Free Data for Frontline Health Workers in Kenya

Vodacom has switched on its 5G mobile network in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town, after being assigned temporary spectrum by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA). ICASA had allowed Vodacom and other telecoms emergency access to high-demand radio frequencies last month, which included frequency allocations that operators have been desperately asking for in order […]

Continue Reading Vodacom is Offering 5G – Here’s What it will Cost You

Vodacom is Offering 5G – Here’s What it will Cost You

Vodacom has switched on Africa’s first live 5G mobile network in three cities – Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town – with further rollouts planned to other parts of South Africa. This network will support both mobile and fixed wireless services and is currently available on twenty-live 5G sites, 18 of which are in Gauteng and […]

Continue Reading Vodacom Launches Africa’s First Live 5G Mobile Network

Vodacom Launches Africa’s First Live 5G Mobile Network

Open-access fibre-connectivity provider, DFA has become the first telecommunications provider in 10 years to be granted an operating licence by the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ). The awarding of the Internet Access Provider Class B licence follows a successful launch and proof of concept phase for DFA’s Zimbabwe operations. The licence paves […]

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DFA Granted Licence to Operate in Zimbabwe

MTN Zambia announced that it has made access to online learning platforms free for university students so that they can adapt to learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. MTN Zambia announced that it has made access to online learning platforms free for university students so that they can adapt to learning from home during […]

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MTN Zambia Grants Free Access to e-learning Platforms

Shifts in data traffic have changed drastically as COVID-19 continues to separate many of us from our normal lives. But how are networks adapting? With dozens of countries on lockdown, and millions working from home, there has been significant pressure on the infrastructure of many cities across the world. Healthcare systems, school systems, and businesses are […]

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How Mobile Networks are Adapting to the New Normal

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) recently released its Economic Survey 2020 report, giving new insights into the country’s economy. Kenya’s ICT sector remains an important piece of the economy, and within this sector rests Kenya’s telecom industry, and the industry is booming. According to a survey by the KNBS for March 2020, the […]

Continue Reading Safaricom Makes Colossal 86% of Total Telecom Revenue in Kenya

Safaricom Makes Colossal 86% of Total Telecom Revenue in Kenya

MTN South Africa announced that it has officially finalised an agreement with the Competition Commission on a wide array of price adjustments – implemented 15 April. This agreement follows the Commission’s Data Service Market Inquiry in December 2019 and subsequent negotiations between the Commission and industry. “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with […]

Continue Reading MTN and Competition Commission Finally Agree on Reduced Data Prices

MTN and Competition Commission Finally Agree on Reduced Data Prices

The demand for affordable broadband connectivity has significantly grown during the COVID-19 pandemic as consumers rely on having a consistent and reliable Internet connection. With this in mind, Openserve, South Africa’s largest telecommunications infrastructure provider, is set to wholesale its copper broadband access network through its new suite of Openserve Pure Connect products across multiple […]

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Openserve to Transform Broadband Access in South Africa

With the release of Safaricom’s 2019/2020 FY results, there are new details about the massive telecom’s userbase and revenue. Service revenue grew by +4.8% year on year to $2.3-billion (KES 251.2-billion) from the $2.2-billion (KES 239.8-billion) recorded revenue of the previous financial year. The profile for the service’s revenue reveals that the majority of the […]

Continue Reading Safaricom Customers Use 1GB of Data Per Month on Average

Safaricom Customers Use 1GB of Data Per Month on Average

South African network provider, Telkom has announced that qualifying Fibre and DSL Internet customers will realise improved network experience, free of charge, from 1 May 2020 – the same day that the country expects to enter stage 4 of the national COVID-19 lockdown. This additional bandwidth is to provide uninterrupted online connectivity and to support […]

Continue Reading Telkom to Support Faster Fibre for Free during Stage 4 Lockdown

Telkom to Support Faster Fibre for Free during Stage 4 Lockdown

South African network infrastructure provider, Openserve is upgrading data speeds for fibre and DSL customers – effective 1 May 2020 and lasting for three months. This is in response to market changes as a result of COVID-19. With social distancing and self-isolation practices becoming the norm, communities, businesses and governments have had to embrace the centrality […]

Continue Reading Openserve Upgrades Broadband Speed during Pandemic

Openserve Upgrades Broadband Speed during Pandemic

A larger fleet of Loon balloons is heading to Kenya after successful launches from Loon’s launch site in Puerto Rico. These balloons will join the eight balloons that are already active and part of a network integration exercise in Kenyan airspace. Upon arrival, these balloons will continue network integration testing with its local partner, Telkom […]

Continue Reading Telkom Kenya Invests in Additional Project Loon Balloons

Telkom Kenya Invests in Additional Project Loon Balloons

MTN Zambia, in partnership with Simfy Africa, has officially launched the free instant messaging app ‘Ayoba’ which is available for Android devices downloadable from the Google play store. Ayoba users can securely send and receive text messages, voice messages, videos, images, audio and other files with any of their contacts, regardless of whether they have […]

Continue Reading MTN Zambia Launches Instant Messaging App

MTN Zambia Launches Instant Messaging App

Liquid Telecom has announced that it will be supporting its Hai home fibre customers (Hai powered by Liquid Telecom) with unlimited high capacity broadband – this comes at a time where more people are forced to work and learn from home or remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The network provider is offering this […]

Continue Reading Liquid Telecom offers Unlimited High Capacity Broadband across East Africa

Liquid Telecom offers Unlimited High Capacity Broadband across East Africa

MTN has been ranked as the most valuable telecom brand in Africa in a recent annual report by Brand Finance, an independent brand valuation consultancy. The report stated that MTN’s brand value was boosted by a solid overall performance for the year, despite challenging economic conditions and regulatory challenges in some markets. Brand finance recognised […]

Continue Reading MTN Ranked as Africa’s Top Telecoms Brand, Report Shows

MTN Ranked as Africa’s Top Telecoms Brand, Report Shows

With the nationwide lockdown extended until the end of April 2020, Cell C has announced that it is committed to helping its customers stay connected, informed and safe during this time. To that end, Cell C’s All-In-One Double Data Bundle (30MB, 120MB and 300MB) offers, through which customers can buy 50% more data with their […]

Continue Reading Cell C Extends 50% More Data Deals

Cell C Extends 50% More Data Deals

Liquid Telecom has appointed Mark Townsend as new CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia. He will be directly responsible for the leadership and strategic management of Liquid Telecom’s business operations across the country.  Raised in Zambia, Mark has more than a decade of senior leadership experience with a long-standing career working across the ICT sector. His background […]

Continue Reading Liquid Telecoms Zambia Appoints New CEO

Liquid Telecoms Zambia Appoints New CEO

Over 50 cell towers in the UK were vandalized over the weekend, reports PC Mag. Major UK telecom companies Vodafone, EE, and BT are blaming the fraudulent conspiracy theory that suggests 5G connectivity is the cause of coronavirus. Major UK telecom companies are blaming the fraudulent conspiracy theory that suggests 5G connectivity is the cause […]

Continue Reading Over 50 Cell Towers Vandalized Due to 5G COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

Over 50 Cell Towers Vandalized Due to 5G COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

Many companies have scrambled to get their employees ready to work from home following the announcement by South African President Ramphosa of a lockdown for all non-essential businesses in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.  While some sectors were already used to partial home working, for many others it is a first. – […]

Continue Reading Remote Working Connectivity: The New Challenge for IT Managers

Remote Working Connectivity: The New Challenge for IT Managers

MTN Group has announced the details of its $13.3 million relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Operating across 21 markets, the network provider says that it has recognised its responsibility to contribute both in its home market, South Africa, as well as in other markets facing enormous challenges. The relief effort comprises of […]

Continue Reading MTN Pledges $13.3 Million Relief Package to Tackle COVID-19

MTN Pledges $13.3 Million Relief Package to Tackle COVID-19

Telecommunications service provider Airtel Nigeria has announced a commitment of over $4.9-million towards the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria, reports The Guardian Nigeria. In a breakdown of the pledged sum, Airtel says that about $500-thousand will go towards the provision of an isolation centre or any required medical facility as deemed appropriate with the health […]

Continue Reading Airtel Nigeria Commits $4.9-million to Curb Virus Spread

Airtel Nigeria Commits $4.9-million to Curb Virus Spread

MTN Zambia says that it recognises how COVID-19 is changing people’s lifestyles and has led to the need to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus. To make spending time at home a little easier, the mobile network provider has partnered with Opera Mini to offer customers free browsing on Opera Mini […]

Continue Reading MTN Zambia offers Limited Free Browsing during COVID-19 Pandemic

MTN Zambia offers Limited Free Browsing during COVID-19 Pandemic

Vodacom and Safaricom have successfully acquired mobile money payment service, M-PESA, reports TechWeez. Safaricom’s late CEO, Bob Collymore believed that the $13.4 million deal would let “both purchasers make significant savings in royalties paid to Vodafone and expand the service to new African markets”. By taking ownership of M-PESA’s brand and intellectual property, Vodacom and Safaricom […]

Continue Reading Vodacom and Safaricom have Successfully Acquired M-PESA

Vodacom and Safaricom have Successfully Acquired M-PESA

MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa – according to the Mobile Network Quality report by MyBroadband Insights. The report is based on 310,868 speed tests which were performed by thousands of MyBroadband Speed Test App users across South Africa between 1 January and 31 March 2020. The research shows that South Africa […]

Continue Reading Best Mobile Network in South Africa Revealed

Best Mobile Network in South Africa Revealed

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has revealed, via a survey, that Kenyans spend most of their income on airtime. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has revealed that Kenyans spend most of their income on airtime.Click To Tweet The survey, published in the KNBS Consumer Price Index (CPI) for March 2020, showed […]

Continue Reading Kenyans Spend Most of their Income on Airtime, Report says

Kenyans Spend Most of their Income on Airtime, Report says

Peter Ndegwa has officially taken over as the new CEO of Safaricom – making him the first-ever Kenyan to do so. 51-year-old Ndegwa succeeds Bob Collymore, who passed away in 2019 after a two-year battle with cancer. His appointment comes at an unusual time where Kenya is getting to grips with the global COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Continue Reading Safaricom’s First Kenyan CEO Takes Over

Safaricom’s First Kenyan CEO Takes Over

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted traditional working and schooling in South Africa, leaving thousands of people practising social distancing amidst the nationwide lockdown in order to curb the spread across Africa. To make spending all this extra time at home a little more bearable and financially viable, Cell C South Africa is doubling the data […]

Continue Reading Cell C Doubles Data on All-In-One Bundles during Lockdown

Cell C Doubles Data on All-In-One Bundles during Lockdown