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South Africa’s Cell C says recapitalisation complete

South Africa’s Cell C says recapitalisation complete

The recapitalisation of South African mobile operator Cell C has finally been completed after years of negotiation. That’s the news from Blue Label Telecoms, the largest shareholder in Cell C, which sells innovative technology for mobile commerce to emerging markets in South Africa and

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Cassava announces more deals for its Liquid businesses

Cassava announces more deals for its Liquid businesses

Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, has had a busy week in which it has announced a satcoms deal with Eutelsat Communications for its Liquid Intelligent Technologies business and a partnership with AWS for its Liquid Cloud division.

Safaricom expands network pilot

Safaricom expands network pilot

Safaricom expanded its network pilot to the Oromia region, as the operator continues plans to deploy its commercial network in stages with the aim of connecting 25 locations by April next year.

South Africa’s Vodacom brings cash advances to apps

South Africa’s Vodacom brings cash advances to apps

The telecoms-led financial revolution is continuing in Africa. This time it’s South Africa’s Vodacom Financial Services that has extended the scope of digital finance with VodaLend Cash Advance, described as a product that gives customers quick and secure access to money when they need it

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Safaricom begins Ethiopian network pilot

Safaricom begins Ethiopian network pilot

Safaricom Ethiopia has met its latest deadline for the beginning of its network rollout with a phased city-by-city customer network pilot beginning in Dire Dawa City in eastern Ethiopia. The pilot comes four months after the company missed its first operational launch date.

Zambian operators set up lobby group 

Zambian operators set up lobby group 

Three Zambian mobile operators, MTN Zambia, Airtel Networks Zambia and Zamtel, have reportedly set up an industry lobby group called The Global System for Mobile Association of Zambia (GSMAZ).

Malawi to award third operator licence to Malcel

Malawi to award third operator licence to Malcel

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) said it is close to awarding new company Malcel a licence, enabling it to become the country’s third mobile operator, a move it hopes will bring competition against Airtel and Telekom Networks Malawi. 

More spectrum to be licensed in South Africa

More spectrum to be licensed in South Africa

It’s being widely reported in the South African press that telecom regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is planning to license additional radio frequency spectrum for mobile networks, although whether via auction or some other process is not clear.

Rain reins in South African merger claim

Rain reins in South African merger claim

Following news that the South African government is unhappy with mobile-data-only network operator Rain suggesting a potential merger between it and rival Telkom, Rain has, in effect, reined in its claim.

MTN secures Afghan unit sale for $35m

MTN secures Afghan unit sale for $35m

MTN Group accepted a US$35 million offer for its Afghanistan operation to finalise its exit from Middle Eastern markets, as it reported revenue growth in its latest financial results.

Ethio Telecom unveils financial services

Ethio Telecom preps financial services

State-owned Ethio Telecom released three new mobile financial services, a move to remain competitive against Safaricom which recently set up a base in the formerly closed-off Ethiopian market.

Botswana revenue service signs product-tracking deal

Botswana revenue service signs product-tracking deal

The Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) has signed a ten-year contract with authentication solutions company Authentix, under the terms of which Authentix will provide a marketplace governance programme to BURS for the digital marking and tracking of tobacco and alcohol products.

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