President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's inner circle played a key role in his 11 March decision not to run for a fifth term amidst vast national protests calling for the end of this presidency and the system that has kept him in place.
Telecoms: Vodafone, Afrimax to launch data services in Zambia
The companies plan to provide high-speed 4G data services under the Vodafone Zambia brand and will also open retail stores in Africa’s second largest copper producer.
Telecoms and Internet companies are expanding in Africa to take advantage of the growing demand for data-heavy services as more affordable smartphones encourage consumers to browse the internet, stream videos and download applications.
Vodafone, the world’s second-largest mobile operator, has a presence in several countries in Africa, while Netherlands-based Afrimax had previously said it had raised $120 million to fund the expansion of a high-speed broadband network in Africa.
Vodafone also partnered with Afrimax in 2014 to launch data services in Uganda as part of an agreement by the two firms to jointly expand their businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.