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Chart of the Week: Vodacom Mobile Money Subscribes by Operation 1Q 2017 - 1Q 2019
Vodacom Mobile Money Subscribes by Operation 1Q 2017 - 1Q 2019
Source: mtn c. Blycroft 2019
another fine mess for african telecoms

A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: East Mediterranean States Mobile Network Subscriber Statistics: 3Q 2018
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
At the end of 3Q 2018 Cellcom Israel had approximately 2.825 million mobile subscribers. In this quarter Cellcom's counting mechanism of M2M (machine to machine) subscribers was changed, so as that... More

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: Data and smartphones propel Vodafone emerging markets in Q1
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
Vodafone Group has reported to a full-year loss and cut its payout to shareholders for the first time in the 2018-19 financial year.However the Group said it continues to see significant growth... More

ANGOLA: Airbus awarded satellite deal
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
President Joao Lourenco has signed a presidential decree to award Airbus the contract for the construction and implementation of its earth observation satellite, AngoSat-3, ... More

ANGOLA: Rural Internet satellite solution signed-off 
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
OneWeb has agreed to expand Internet access across remote rural areas by 2021, following a meeting with the country's president Joao Lourenco, Agence Ecofin reported.The project will address... More

ANGOLA: Unitel sets date for AGM
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
Unitel is to elect a new Chairman at a General Meeting now set for 19 June, following a process initiated in December 2017, when the terms of office of the corporate bodies expired, and may see the... More

COTE D'IVOIRE: Orange awards data centre maintenance contract 
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
The Engie Group will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Orange Services Group data center in Abidjan from June 2019, Digital Business Africa reported. The contract is for five-... More

EGYPT: First quarter TE revenues rise 27%
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
Telecom Egypt (TE) has reported a 27 percent year-on-year increase in consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2019, with the operator's CEO Adel Hamed stating that in the period under review... More

GHANA: Consumer group calls for rigorous AIM registration
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
The National Communications Authority (NCA) and the mobile network operators are facing a legal challenge mounted by the Consumer Advocacy Centre (CAC) Ghana over unregistered SIM cards, ... More

GHANA: Counterfeit cellphones to be cut off
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has been directed by the government to work with mobile network operators and other relevant state agencies to determine the level of risk posed by the ... More

ISRAEL: Searchlight strengthens BCom bid
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
US-based private investment firm Searchlight Capital Partners is reported to be closer to taking control of fixed line incumbent Bezeq, having submitted a revised bid offering a total equity ... More 

KENYA: Local Azure Stack launched by Liquid
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
A Microsoft Cloud service has been launched by Liquid Telecom Kenya in East Africa offering cybersecurity for sensitive databases. The Azure Stack service will allow companies to run a ... More

KENYA: CA executives charged with procurement issues
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
The Standard has reported that six senior officers of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) have been arrested over procurement irregularities. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)... More

NIGERIA: MTN shares listed on local bourse
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
Mobile network operator MTN Nigeria launched on the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) on 16 May 2019 after it received approval from the Nigerian stock exchange on 15 May 2019, ... More

NIGERIA: MTN case clears first hurdle
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
The Federal High Court in Lagos has rejected a preliminary objection filed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, seeking to dismiss the NGN 3 billion (USD 8.3 million) ... More

NIGERIA: MTN completes eighth loan facility 
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has signed a new 7-year NGN 200 billion (USD 552 million) Medium Term Facility with a consortium of seven local banks. The loan facility is to be used to fund what it... More

NIGERIA: 9mobile looses Internet subscribers in March
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
The Nigerian Communications Commission has reported some 43,807 net additions to the active subscriber base in March 2019, with the total increasing from 173.67 million in February to 173.71 million... More

QATAR: Nokia to provide Ooredoo 5G cloud network
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
Nokia is to build a 5G cloud native core network to support delivery of enhanced mobile broadband services for Ooredoo Qatar.The gear will be deployed in Ooredoo's data centres in Doha. The ... More

RWANDA: Strategic partnership for Mara Phones
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
Wari and Mara Phones have announced the signing of a strategic partnership to give users of Mara Phones devices the opportunity to benefit from financial and commercial services provided by Wari. ... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Cool Ideas signs for Fortaleza facilities
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
ISP Cool Ideas has contracted with Angola Cables to take up colocation services at the newly inaugurated data centre in Fortaleza, Brazil. Set-up in 2011, Cool Ideas offers home and business fibre ... More

SOUTH AFRICA: Vodacom acquires IoT.nxt stake
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
On 13 May 2019 mobile network operator Vodacom announced it had signed a deal with IoT.nxt, the provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, for the acquisition majority of its capital.... More 

SOUTH AFRICA: Pansmart stake acquired by Huge 
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
On 13 May 2019 Huge Group, the parent of Huge Telecom Proprietary Limited, announced the acquisition of a stake in Pansmart, a supplier of telecom equipment and authorized distributor of voice, ... More

SOUTH AFRICA: BLT acquisition of Hyve Mobile stake confirmed
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
The Competition Commission (CC) has approved the proposed acquisition of a stake in Hyve Mobile by Blue Label Telecoms (BLT). JSE-listed Blue Label is acquiring 50 percent of the business and the ... More

SUDAN: Arabsat 6A launch observed by Sudatel
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
Sudatel, via its subsidiary Sudasat, and Hajar Group, in partnership with Canar Telecom, have concluded the launch of Arabsat 6A satellite. The satellite will allow Sudatel-owned Sudasat to provide... More

UGANDA: Formal launch for Data Backbone Infrastructure 4th phase 
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
The fourth phase four of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure (NBI/ EGI) project in the West Nile and Karamoja regions was launched on 11 May 2019 ... More

UGANDA: MTN wins National Assembly tender
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
Mobile phone operator MTN Uganda has won a contract to provide Internet access and over-the-top services (OTT) to the 460 deputies of the National Assembly. The contract is estimated to be worth some... More

ZIMBABWE: New focus on OneMoney offerings
Published in issue 00865 of 23 May 2019
Mobile network operator NetOne is to introduce a variety of packages for its OneMoney mobile financial services platform, ZimTechReview has reported. NetOne marketing, public relations and customer... More

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