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Tanzania’s Halotel to offer free internet access to 450 schools

Tanzania’s Halotel to offer free internet access to 450 schools

Vietnamese-based Viettel recently launched mobile and internet services in Tanzania under the brand name of Halotel and has now promised to give free internet connections to 450 schools over the next three years.

Nokia-Alcatel acquisition deal passes China’s antitrust process

China has graced Nokia’s proposed deal to acquire French telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion ($17.6 billion), following some set legislation control trust process. According to the East Asian country’s ministry of Commerce, some terms were laid down that Nokia had to meet by early December before the acquisition could be approved, including the use


Facebook teams up with Eutelsat to bring internet connectivity to Africa using satellite tech

Facebook has announced it’ll be partnering Eutelsat, a French Communication firm on a new initiative to make Internet connectivity available in Africa using satellite technologies. Eutelsat and Facebook will be utilizing the “entire broadband payload” on the future AMOS-6 satellite to build a dedicated system that’ll supply connectivity to 14 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The


Google expands Project Link to Ghana

Google, a US-based multinational technology company has announced it has expanded Project Link to Ghana as it seeks to provide faster and more reliable Internet access to the populace. Google, through Project Link, builds fibre-optic networks, making it possible for local providers to connect more people to the Internet and each other. In Ghana, the

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Bharti Airtel, Liquid Telecom signs fibre deal

Bharti Airtel, a leading multinational telecommunications company has announced it has signed a fibre deal with Liquid Telecom, an independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. The fibre deal enables Airtel Africa operations to leverage Liquid Telecom’s existing 20,000km-long fibre network across eastern, central and southern Africa, as well as


MTN set to launch fibre-to-the-home in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

MTN Group, a Johannesburg-based multinational telecommunication company has announced it plans to launch fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in La Lucia, an affluent suburb in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The fibre-to-the-home project, which will deliver Internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps, will connect about 439 homes to MTN’s high speed fibre network before the end of October when


Smile Telecoms raises US$365million in Funding Round to Finance Debt, Expand Coverage in Africa

Smile Telecoms Holdings Limited, a Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) broadband provider company which owns and operates 4G LTE broadband networks in the 800MHz band in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, has raised US$365million for debt and equity financing. Smile Telecoms will use the funds raised to complete a “multi-protocol label switching” network, establish a


HeroTel to partner wireless ISPs for faster broadband speeds in South Africa

HeroTel, a new entrant into the Wi-Fi delivery business, is planning on partnering with Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISP) around the country in a bid to offer consumers access to faster wireless broadband at lower prices. To achieve its aims, HeroTel is calling on Wireless IPs in the country to join its Hero Alliance, thereby


Kenya’s solar-powered internet service provider, Mawingu Networks receives US$4million from OPIC

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s finance institution, is investing in Kenya’s Mawingu Networks in a reported US$4 million deal. The move is to help Mawingu, which means ‘cloud’ in Swahili, connect millions of Kenyans to the internet for the first time, and to further expand its use of TV White Spaces

Nigeria’s telecoms tower provider, Helios Towers re-brands to HTN Towers

Helios Towers, a leading independent telecoms tower facility provider in Nigeria has re-branded to HTN Towers, which according to CEO Inder Bajaj, “heralds a new phase in the company’s growth and reflects our pan-African expansion ambitions.” The company, which provides co-location services for mobile and data carriers, sets up new towers, which is build-to-suit (BTS),


SWIFT Networks Acquires Chromecom, Plans 1,000 Additional 4G LTE Base Stations in Lagos

SWIFT Networks Limited, Nigeria’s leading provider of high-speed broadband and data services to enterprise and consumer customers has completed the acquisition of the spectrum of Chromecom (subsidiary of Monarch Communications Limited), another licensed operator.

Axxess, Vox Telecom and Internet Solutions rated top ISPs in South Africa – survey

Latest broadband survey results show that Axxess, Vox Telecom, and Internet Solutions are rated as the top ISPs in South Africa, according to MyBroadband. The survey was completed by 2,668 South African ADSL, VDSL, and fibre subscribers, who rated their service provider on value for money, network quality, and billing and support. Responders included IT professionals


Yahsat Offers Its Satellite Broadband Internet Service For Free In Select African Markets

Yahsat is offering a free satellite modem and dish for new YahClick subscribers to selected service plans as part of its commitment to deliver affordable, reliable and high speed internet connectivity in select African markets including Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan. As part of the promotion and depending on the market, new YahClick subscribers can

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How Tizeti Is Bringing Affordable Uncapped WiFi Internet To Nigeria

For more than three years, Tizeti, a Lagos-based Information Communications Technology (ICT) provider has been deploying uncapped high-speed internet access to estates, offices, multi-tenant buildings, malls, etc using a next generation WiFi technology.