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Chart of the Week: Kenya Money Transactions by Operator 4Q 2015 - 4Q 2017
Kenya Money Transactions by Operator 4Q 2015 - 4Q 2017

Source: CA of K Copyright: Blycroft 2018

FREE BRIEFING: "Airtel's African operations have been the most targeted by government procedures, slightly ahead of MTN's. In terms of fine value, MTN is the largest target of African telco fines, even excluding the USD 5.2 billion Nigeria fine": Guy Zibi, Principal Analyst, Xalam Analytics.
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A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Gulf States Mobile Network Subscriber Statistics: 3Q 2017
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
Blycroft's Mobile Network Subscriber Statistics for the Gulf States cover 10 states and 261.01 million subscribers at the end of September 2017, up from 253.51 million at the end of June 2017, representing... More

AFRICA: Better broadband promised by Arabsat
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
The Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (Arabsat) has announced that Arabsat-6A will be launched by the end of 2018. The satellite has being assembled by Lockheed Martin, and will strengthen... More

AFRICA: Bundles pave the way to post-OTT MNO revenues
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
African mobile voice telephony usage has remained stable and the situation is likely to persist at least until the end of 2018 despite growing adoption of Over the Top (OTT) applications according ... More

AFRICA: Tata works with DTTech on IoT offering
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
Tata Communications is working with South Africa-based IT services firm Dreamtime Technologies to roll out an African IoT-supporting network.The two will construct and distribute a new cloud... More

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ALGERIA: ATM has largest base and 3G share end-2017
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018

The mobile market grew from 45.817 million subscribers in 2016 to 45.845 million subscribers in 2017, an increase of 27,819 subscribers (+ 0.06 percent). The Chairman of the Autorite de... More

ANGOLA: Second satellite contracted to replace earlier effort
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018

Roscosmos has been contracted to build Angola's second satellite, AngoSat-2, Jornal de Angola reported, citing Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Jose Carvalho Da Rocha. ... More

NIGERIA: NCC recovers underused numbers 
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has withdrawn some 41.09 million numbers assigned largely to CDMA operators, the New Telegraph has reported. The numbers were withdrawn in ... More

SAUDI ARABIA: Improving picture for Mobily in Q1
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
Mobily has seen its quarterly losses decreased in the first quarter of 2018 by 49 percent to SAR 93 million (USD 24.8 million) compared to SAR 182 million (USD 48.5 million) in the fourth quarter ... More

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COTE D'IVOIRE: MainOne licensed to improve connectivity
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018

A licence has been awarded to MainOne to expand national and international connectivity services. The C1B licence will allow MainOne to land its trans-Atlantic submarine cable and build transmissio... More

EGYPT: TE keeps Vodafone stake cards to its chest
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018

Telecom Egypt will only sell its 45 per cent stake in Vodafone Egypt if it is able to reach 'critical mass' in the mobile market. Bloomberg reported the state-owned operator is looking to grow its ... More

NIGERIA: Globacom court challenge on Blackberry solution payment
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
Globacom has been indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for an alleged USD 6.7 million fraud in the Lagos State Special Offences Court. Globacom's Chief Marketing Officer ... More

NIGERIA: Infracos told to build networks within a year of licensing
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered infrastructure companies (Infracos) to roll out a visible network within a year after their licence has been issued, or else lose the licence... More

NIGERIA: Globacom gentle glides into third place in February
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) reports says active mobile subscribers rose to 148 million in February 2018, up from the 147 million recorded in January, representing an increase of ... More

GHANA: Eastern Corridor fibre link formally completed
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
Minister of Communications Ersula Owusu Ekuful has said that completion of the 165km Accra-Ho portion of the Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Backbone extension project will boost services to deprived ... More

KENYA: Liquid adds data centre capacity 
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
Liquid Telecom subsidiary Africa Data Centres has fitted out another floor in its facility in Nairobi. The East Africa Data Centre (EADC) has added 500 square metres (5,382 sq ft) of white space, ... More

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KENYA: Court quashes counterfeit device monitoring plan
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
A plan for dealing with counterfeit devices which was to have be rolled out in February 2017, and would have integrated the Device Management System (DMS) of Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom and consequently... More

LEBANON: Biometric Visa card launched by Areeba 
Published in issue 00814 of 26 Apr 2018
Lebanon-based FinTech solutions provider Areeba is to offer Gemalto's biometric Visa card to its clients in the Middle East. At the start of 2018 that Visa and Gemalto announced they would trial ... More


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