Sub-Saharan Africa

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Rwanda cuts KTRN monopoly on 4G spectrum

Rwanda cuts KTRN monopoly on 4G spectrum

Rwanda has moved to cut short Korea Telecom Rwanda Networks’ (KTRN) 25-year exclusive rights over the country’s 4G spectrum, to enable other operators to roll out their own 4G services and provide competition.
MTN tax bill withdrawn in Ghana

MTN tax bill withdrawn in Ghana

MTN Group successfully argued against a massive GHS8.2 billion (US$665 billion) tax bill from the Ghana government, which withdrew the bill after accusing the operator of under-declaring revenue for four years.  

Africa Data Centres expands presence in Nairobi

Africa Data Centres, a business of pan-African technology group Cassava Technologies, says it has officially broken ground on an additional data centre facility in Nairobi. The new build will see the existing facility on the adjacent piece of land expanded up to an extra 15MW of IT...
Madagascar blames anomalies for 5G delay

Madagascar blames anomalies for 5G delay

Madagascar’s Agency for Regulation of Technology and Communication (Autorite de Regulation des Technologies de Communications, ARTEC), revealed technical challenges are preventing operators from launching 5G services but stated commercial launches are on the horizon.  
Ghana approves Vodafone Ghana shares sale to Telecel

Ghana approves Vodafone Ghana shares sale to Telecel

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) gave Vodafone Group the green light to sell its majority 70% stake in its Ghana unit to Telecom Group, a move that progresses the European operator’s divestment strategy to focus on core markets.
Telkom and Rain talks are over – for now

Telkom and Rain talks are over – for now

South Africa's Telkom and Rain appear to have abandoned plans for the country’s third-biggest operator to buy the major name in fixed wireless access (FWA) service provision. But what could this mean for other potential mergers or acquisitions in the telecoms space?
Safaricom concerned about MTR losses and potential tax demands

Safaricom concerned about MTR losses and potential tax demands

There’s been some slightly disconcerting financial news for operator Safaricom in the past few days. The Kenyan giant expects to sustain losses from mobile termination rate (MTR) cuts and, possibly, to be hit with tax demands if plans to split mobile money service M-Pesa from its main business...
No price competition plans, Safaricom Ethiopia says

No price competition plans, Safaricom Ethiopia says

Regional media outlets are reporting that newly launched operator Safaricom Ethiopia has apparently claimed that price competition in the market will not be part of its strategy to win customers from state-owned operator Ethio Telecom.
Safaricom chairman quits

Safaricom chairman quits

Safaricom chairman John Ngumi resigned to explore opportunities in the sustainability sector after less than a year into the job, reported Reuters.
South African regulator proposes freeing up spectrum for Wi-Fi

South African regulator proposes freeing up spectrum for Wi-Fi

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the official regulator of the South African communications, broadcasting and postal services sectors, has suggested making additional radio frequency spectrum available for Wi-Fi broadband through a proposed amendment to...
Namibia calls for private sector telecoms boost

Namibia calls for private sector telecoms boost

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia’s (CRAN) CEO Emilia Nghikembua called for more private sector investments to boost the country’s telecoms sector, pointing out several regions are still underserved, reported CommsUpdate.
2Africa cable lands on South African soil

2Africa cable lands on South African soil

Operator MTN South Africa and pan-African infrastructure services company MTN GlobalConnect, in partnership with the 2Africa consortium, has announced the landing of the 45,000km 2Africa cable in coastal sites Yzerfontein and Duynefontein, South Africa.

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