Congo orders telecoms shutdown during presidential vote

Photo©ReutersCongo Republic's government has ordered the country's two largest telecommunications providers to block all communications during a presidential election on Sunday and again on Monday, a government source said on Saturday.

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Zimbabwe creates fund for technology innovation

Information Technology minister Supa Mandiwanzira. Photo©ScreenShotZimbabwe has set up a $25 million fund supported by all registered telecommunications companies to promote technological innovation.

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Chad Country Profile 2015: All in the family

altElectoral preparations will dominate the political debate in Chad in 2015 and into 2016.

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Rwanda Country Profile 2015: Political and security rifts

altAlthough the government will try to keep the spotlight on Rwanda's economic advances, it will become increasingly difficult to disguise the political rifts within the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).

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Democratic Republic of Congo: The Kabila legacy

Photos© Stephane de Sakutin/AFPWith little more than a year left before President Kabila is due to step down, The Africa Report looks into where he has kept his promises and where they have fallen down. One issue remains unclear: whether he will strengthen Congolese democracy or join the ranks of presidents seeking to stay in power at all costs

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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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Ghana: Digital migration deadline to be missed

Photo©ReutersGhana says it will not be able to meet International Telecommunications Union (ITU) June 17 to migrate its broadcasting systems from analogue to digital due to lack of money.

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South Africa's Telkom to cut jobs, close some shops

South Africa's biggest landline provider Telkom SA said on Monday it was laying off an unspecified number of staff, denying union claims that it may slash as many as 55 percent of its 18,000-strong workforce in a major restructuring.

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Cote d'Ivoire to cut mobile operators to improve service

The number of mobile operators in Cote d'Ivoire will be reduced as a government plan to check the quality of mobile phone services begins.

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Innovation: We don't sell technology, we sell the application - Bob Collymore

Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom. Photo©Bruno Levy for JACall them old-fashioned, but Kenyans are still using their mobile phones for talking. The head of Safaricom, Bob Collymore, however, has other plans.

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Ghana's mobile voice subscription soars, Vodafone customers drop

Photo©ReutersSubscriber numbers for Vodafone Ghana fell in the period ending August 2014, but Ghana's mobile voice subscription climbed marginally by 162,251.

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Kenya: Safaricom and Airtel bid for Essar/Yu assets near end

File photo©ReutersKenya's regulator said on Wednesday it had given preliminary approval to a joint bid by Safaricom and Airtel for the mobile assets of Essar Kenya and the final nod could be given next month.

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Ethiopia set for bond market debut amid favourable ratings

Ethiopia aims to make its first foray into the international bond markets by early January, the Finance Ministry spokesman said on Monday, plans that will be closely watched by investors who have snapped up other African debt.

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Zimbabwe's telecoms giant to diversify into construction

Douglas Mboweni CEO of Econet says Zimbabwe is sitting on fibre network of approximately 7 200 kilometres, and poor road network is preventing telecoms development. Photo©EconetZimbabwe telecommunications giant, Econet Wireless, is diversifying into road construction, as it seeks to bail out government on its ambitious economic plan, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Social Transformation (ZimAsset).

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South Africa: Suspended Telkom CFO repays loan

Jacques Schindehutte, former SA Telkoms CFOThe suspended chief financial officer of South Africa's Telkom SA has repaid a $548,000 loan that a government watchdog said violated South African company law, the fixed-line operator said on Monday.

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Telecoms: Zimbabwe's Econet injects $1.2million into economy

Photo©ReutersZimbabwe's largest telecommunications company, Econet Wireless says it has injected $1,2 billion in the country's economy in the last 15 years.

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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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South Africa and Nigeria cement political and economic ties

Jonathan is on his first official State visit to South Africa since he took office in 2011/Photo©ReutersNigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma have met in a move to strengthen relations between Africa's two economic giants.

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Ericsson to broaden ICT connectivity in Ghana

Photo©ReutersEricsson, the world's largest maker of equipment for building mobile telecommunications networks, has announced plans to broaden information, communication and technology (ICT) connectivity to the rural communities in Ghana.

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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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