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South Africa to invest in satcoms and broadband expansion

South Africa to invest in satcoms and broadband expansion

Among five major projects mentioned in a government presentation at the launch earlier this week of the Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (a virtual event this year) were two important telecommunications initiatives in satellite communications and broadband.

Orange Botswana launches enhanced 4G services

Orange Botswana launches enhanced 4G services

Orange Botswana has announced the launch of LTE-A services, increasing data transfer rates on its 4G network. The upgrades are being branded 4G+ and have already rolled out in Greater Gaborone (which houses about 10 per cent of the country’s population) and Francistown, the country’s

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Zimbabwe frees up spectrum but data costs rise

Zimbabwe frees up spectrum but data costs rise

Following the example of its neighbour South Africa, where MTN Group, Vodacom, Telkom, Liquid Telecom and Rain Networks have all been granted temporary additional spectrum, Zimbabwe has also announced plans to free up spectrum for emergency use.

Senegal-Cape Verde cable now under way

Senegal-Cape Verde cable now under way

Work on the Senegal Horn of Africa Regional Express (SHARE) cable is under way. Huawei Marine Networks (HMN), a provider of a submarine-network solutions this week announced the start of work on the SHARE cable, which will extend from West Africa far into the Atlantic Ocean.

Safaricom and Visa in new payment partnership

Safaricom and Visa in new payment partnership

Another tie-up between a mobile operator – in this case Safaricom – and a major digital payments company may not be much of a surprise, but it certainly confirms a growing interest from major names across the cashless payment sector in Africa’s mobile money market.