Telecoms: Making way for Data, the future king

Photos© Michael Zumstein/Agence VuData consumption is rising rapidly in Africa, and companies are now focusing on a new generation of telecoms networks to increase speed and capacity. While voice is not dead, analysts predict slower growth in the years ahead

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Death of Ghana's Telecoms Regulation

Poor policy framework and an inquisitor type administration model will not be the solution to Ghana's growth.

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Technology: Kenya's Safaricom to expand its mobile and fibre optic network

Safaricom's Chief Executive Bob Collymore. Photo©Bruno Levy for JAKenya's Safaricom Ltd plans to expand its mobile and fibre optic network and will launch a home broadband service to boost growth after posting a 17 percent rise in annual earnings.

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Technology: Kenya's Safaricom to drive Internet usage with 4G, TV decoders

Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom. Photo©Bruno Levy for TARKenya's Safaricom sees mobile financial services and Internet access as the next big areas of growth after calls as it builds up its 3G and 4G networks, its chief executive said.

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Tanzanian mobile phone subscribers jump by 16 pct in 2014

Photo©ReutersThe number of mobile phone subscribers in Tanzania rose by 16 percent in 2014 to 31.86 million, the telecoms regulator said, marking further growth in the communications sector already ranked as the fastest expanding in the economy.

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Telecoms: Cameroon to renew MTN mobile licence and approve 3G

Photo©ReutersCameroon will renew the operating licence of South African mobile communication group MTN and give the group a third generation (3G) licence for $125 million, industry sources said on Tuesday.

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Ghana: Surfline gets $30 million for 4G LTE data network expansion

Photo©ReutersVantage Mezzanine, Africa's leading mezzanine debt provider, has announced it has concluded a transaction with Surfline Communications to provide $30 million of expansion capital to the company together with a fund co-investor.

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Ericsson bets on 3G in fast-growing Africa telecoms

The world's top mobile infrastructure supplier Ericsson is betting that the fast-growing African mobile broadband market will remain dominated by 3G services over the next years as the newest 4G smartphones remain too expensive for local consumers.

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Africa's Internet divide

Photo©ReutersCustomers in Africa often pay ten times more than those in Europe for broadband access, the ITU says.

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China's Huawei to roll out 4G service in Ethiopian capital

Photo©ReutersEthiopia's state-run Ethio Telecom said on Thursday it had picked Huawei Technologies Co Ltd , the world's second largest telecom equipment maker, to roll out a high-speed 4G network across the capital Addis Ababa.

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Ethiopia signs $800 mln mobile network deal with China's ZTE

Photo©ReutersEthiopia signed an $800 million deal with China's ZTE on Sunday to expand mobile phone infrastructure and introduce a high-speed 4G broadband network in the capital Addis Ababa and a 3G service throughout the rest of the country.

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Ethiopia signs 3G & 4G deals with Chinese telecoms giants

The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa has one of the highest smart-phone penetration rates on the continent/Photo©ReutersEthiopia's State telecommunications company, Ethio-telecom has moved to sign a deal worth $1.6bn with one of two Chinese firms expected to share a major network expansion project.

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Affordable smartphones for the African market

New mobile operating systems = smartphones for less. We compare handsets for under $100.

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Ethio-telecom to scrap 3G for LTE

Photo©ReutersEthiopian state-owned telecommunications firm, Ethio-telecom is planning to upgrade its current telecommunications infrastructure to LTE (long term evolution) from the current 3G network.

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Airtel to provide fastest mobile Internet speeds with 3.75G launch in Malawi

AirtelMinister of Information Moses Kunkuyu described the upgrade as a revolution to mobile internet users. Malawi’s leading Mobile phone giant , Airtel  on Wednesday announced the introduction of the fastest speed and most widely covered mobile Internet with the launch of its 3.75G platform in the country. This is an upgrade from the current 3G data service to a 3.75G network – , a third generation mobile network which offers fastest information transfer.


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