Telecom

Aug 20, 2019  |  MTN Shuts Down 53 Cellphone Masts In South Africa Due To Theft

The continuous theft of cellphone tower batteries has forced the mobile telecommunications giant MTN to shut down 53 of its towers in Gauteng, South Africa. The company said that it was losing millions because of the theft and vandalism of ...


Aug 20, 2019  |  Axed Telkom Kenya Staff To Re-Apply Under Merger Deal With Airtel

Fired Telkom Kenya staff now have the opportunity to try to get back to work after the telco announced that it would advertise and interview the employees as first preference for positions in the merged entity. In a statement, Telkom ...


Aug 19, 2019  |  MTN Set To Rollout $20 Smartphone

MTN has announced plans to launch a $20 smartphone across Africa to provide low-cost mobile internet access to young Africans. MTN's Group President and CEO Rob Shuter showcased the new smartphone, designed by South African Company Mobicel, at MTN's recent ...


Aug 19, 2019  |  MTN Nigeria Receives Mobile Money Licence

MTN Nigeria Communications PLC has been granted the authorisation to offer mobile money services by the country's central bank in Abuja. Nigeria revealed last year that it would allow telecom operators to offer banking services, which would give Nigerians without bank ...


MTN To Focus On Music Streaming Business And FinTech

MTN has revealed that it will prioritise its FinTech operation, 4G coverage, mobile money, recovery of prepaid, MusicTime and Ayoba as the primary part of its business objectives for the second half of 2019. The operator announced the plans for ...

Ex-Airtel Employees Oppose Airtel-Telkom Merger In Kenya

Fifty-two ex-Airtel employees have written to the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) to challenge the merger of Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya which, according to the staff-members, would decrease the chances of their pending case being concluded. The ex-employees are ...

Nigeria: ALTON Condemns Regulatory Breaches By National IT Development Agency

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has condemned regulatory violations by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) which border on communications matters within the regulatory scope of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). In a letter addressed ...

Airtel To Introduce Its Mobile Money Service In Nigeria

Airtel Africa has announced that it will soon be introducing its mobile money business in Nigeria. The Chief Executive Officer of Airtel, Raghunath Mandava, said that the growth in revenue could be attributed to the double-digit growth across all the ...

Nigeria's Telcos Uncertain About 5G Rollout

Nigeria's ICT sector and telecoms industry are in a cloud of uncertainty as far as the rollout of 5G technology is concerned, with operators not revealing their specific plans. In July 2019, the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission ...

NCC Plans To Demolish 693 Telecom Masts In Nigeria

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has marked 693 abandoned telecom towers and masts throughout the country for demolition, according to the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr Henry Nkemadu.  The NCC gave the owners of the towers 90 days grace to ...

New Chairman, Ernest Ndukwe, To Bring Fresh Vibe To MTN Nigeria

The placement of Ernest Ndukwe, a telecom technocrat as the chairman of MTN Nigeria Plc, is an excellent match for his experience and skills, according to industry insiders.  Ndukwe, who is recognised by most as the father of modern telecommunications ...

Zimbabwe's Down And Out Telcos Increase Data Bundle Tariffs

As more consumers push for data roll-over in Zimbabwe, the country's mobile communication service providers have increased data bundle tariffs in the midst of continued economic pressure. Econet, Telecel and NetOne have confirmed an increase in operational costs caused by, ...

Internetwork Issues Disrupt Nigeria's Telecoms Sector

Last week Nigeria's telecoms internetwork connectivity was affected by regulatory and financial issues to a point where the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) was forced to intervene. According to the industry regulator, MTN disconnected calls from its rival Globacom over a ...

Zim Telcos Struggle With Ongoing Powercuts

Zimbabwean telcos are thinking about shifting to solar energy amid the country's ongoing power outages, but say the costs are quite high.The issue has prompted the Zim government to consider giving out incentives to attract the import of solar equipment, ...


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