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Now let’s build broadband, says Namibia

Now let’s build broadband, says Namibia

According to recent reports in the southern African press, Namibia's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) last week launched its National Broadband Policy together with what it calls an Implementation Action Plan.

Safaricom joins the race to bring 5G to Africa

Safaricom joins the race to bring 5G to Africa

News reports from Kenya indicate that the country is edging closer to 5G rollout. The early indications are that leading operator Safaricom, pioneer of mobile money and the dominant force in the market, with close to two thirds of all subscribers, will be the first company to launch 5G.

Launch of new Zambian operator delayed again

Launch of new Zambian operator delayed again

According to local press reports, UZI Zambia Mobile, the latest operator entrant in the Zambian mobile market, is still not up and running, despite acquiring a concession to operate in Zambia as long ago as April 2018.

Vodafone Group looking good in Africa

Vodafone Group looking good in Africa

Recent third quarter 2019 results from the Vodafone Group highlighted a good performance in Africa for Vodacom, while efforts are continuing to simplify the group to two differentiated, scaled geographic regions: Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

Vodacom campaign boosts customer numbers

Vodacom campaign boosts customer numbers

Hard on the heels of its recent 5G announcement comes more good news for Vodacom in the form of recently published results for the company that indicate impressive growth, especially in South Africa.

Nigeria announces new broadband plan

Nigeria announces new broadband plan

According to Nigerian news reports, the country’s federal government has released a new five-year National Broadband Plan (NBP) to cover 2020-2025. Its aim is to boost broadband penetration from its present coverage of 37.8 percent to over 70 percent in the next five years.

Orange sells up in Niger

Orange sells up in Niger

Orange Group is selling its entire 95.5% holding in its Niger operation to Zamani Com after getting the green light from Niger’s telecom authorities.

Nokia and Tizeti announce Nigerian launches

Nokia and Tizeti announce Nigerian launches

Spectranet and Nokia are to provide 100+ Mbps ultra-broadband services with FttH to home and business users in Nigeria. Meanwhile, also in Nigeria, solar-based internet service provider (ISP) Tizeti has launched a 4G LTE network.

AfricaCom 2019 Awards

The AfricaCom Awards, one of the global technology and telecommunications industry’s most respected awards, has announced the shortlist of nominees.