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Safaricom launches Kenya’s first telecommunications lab

Safaricom launches Kenya’s first telecommunications lab

Kenya’s largest integrated telecommunications outfit, Safaricom has launched the country’s first ever telecommunications lab for fast tracking the deployment of new technology and solutions. Located at the firm’s headquarters in Nairobi, the lab replicates Safaricom’s entire networking – billing platform and application servers such as M-PESA, 4G networks, Safaricom’s cloud, microwave, et al – in

Orange Liberia begin operations

One of the world’s leading telecommunications operator, Orange has announced its Liberian subsidiary, Orange Liberia has commenced operations in the country as it looks to provide superior telecom services to its over 1.6 million customers. Orange entered into the country, which has a population of 4.6 million people and relatively low mobile penetration rate (70%

MTN Rwanda fined US$8.5 million for breaching its license

Rwanda’s telecommunications industry regulator, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has fined MTN Rwanda US$8.5 million over breach of its license. This report by The Times of India states that MTN Rwanda operated its IT services from outside the country, which breaches its license. The biggest telco in the country hosted its IT services hub in

UK’s Vodafone transfers stake in Safaricom to Vodacom

UK’s multinational telecommunications operator, Vodafone Group Plc, or simply Vodafone, has transferred its stake in Kenya’s Safaricom to Vodacom, its sub-Saharan African subsidiary. The deal sees Vodafone transfer its 35% stake in the Kenyan telecommunications outfit to South Africa-headquartered Vodacom, which increases its stake in the company to over 70%. Vodafone will continue to hold

MTN Nigeria sacks 280 staff

The biggest telecommunications operator in the country, MTN Nigeria has sacked 280 workers as it looks to offer complete Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and digital services, according to a report quoting sources familiar with the matter. The report stated the company had informed the workers beforehand of the impending sack, and went on to

Airtel Nigeria set to launch 4G LTE across the country

It’s a case of better late than never for Airtel Nigeria as the leading telecommunications service provider in Nigeria has finally announced plans to launch its 4G LTE service across the country. According to this report, the telecom service provider has partnered Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment/systems company, ZTE for the rollout of the service. “This

Broadband Internet not affordable in Nigeria, says report

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a global coalition working hard to make Internet affordable for everyone, has released its 2017 Affordability Report and it shows broadband Internet is not affordable in Nigeria. The A4AI had defined what counts as affordable Internet – that’s the “1 for 2” affordability target, meaning 1GB of mobile broadband

Safaricom partners Kwesé TV to offer Kenyans premium video content

Kenya’s largest integrated telecommunications outfit, Safaricom has partnered Econet Media’s multi-platform Pay TV network, Kwesé TV to offer Kenyan consumers premium video content. The video distribution partnership will allow Safaricom’s subscribers, leveraging its superfast 4G network, stream Kwesé’s content on their connected devices through innovative data bundles. The content includes the best Sports and Entertainment, including

Tigo Tanzania launches new Call Centre to offer customers world-class service

Tigo, Tanzania’s leading Digital Lifestyle company has announced launch of a new state of the art Call Centre as it looks to offer its customers dedicated world-class service. First of its kind in the country, the Call Centre boasts the latest technology with capabilities to serve 55,000 customers daily on a 24 hour basis. The

NCC Fine: MTN Nigeria makes part payment of ₦30 billion

MTN Nigeria, the biggest telecommunications operator in the country has reportedly paid part of the fine the country’s telecoms industry regulator, NCC, slapped it with over breach of SIM registration rules. The operator was fined a total sum of ₦1.04 trillion (about US$5 billion) for failing to disconnect over five million unregistered subscribers on its network

Orange launches in Burkina Faso

Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunication operator, has launched in Burkina Faso months after receiving approval and completing the acquisition of Airtel Burkina Faso. The acquisition, as with other acquisitions, was aimed at strengthening the Group’s positions on the African continent. The launch in Burkina Faso will see Orange provide the benefits of the digital

Facebook’s Express Wifi goes live in Nairobi

Facebook has partnered local Internet service provider (ISP), Surf to launch Express Wifi in parts of Nairobi, Kenya, thereby bringing affordable and fast Internet connectivity to several people. Express Wifi is a Facebook initiative to bring Internet connectivity to underserved locations around the world, has gone live in parts of Nairobi, Kenya. Express Wifi partners local

3 banks to take over Etisalat Nigeria

Etisalat, Nigeria’s most innovative and customer friendly telecommunications company, will be taken over by Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank and Zenith Bank, and a consortium of foreign banks, over unpaid loan, according to reports. The telco got a loan totalling US$1.72 billion (about N541.8 billion) from the banks in 2015 for a major network rehabilitation

Swift Networks launches dual band LTE modem

Swift Networks Limited, a facilities-based high speed broadband Internet service provider based in Nigeria, has announced the launch of a dual band LTE modem. Describing it as a first in Nigeria’s broadband industry, the SWIFT Dual Band LTE modem is head and shoulders above all the other LTE modems, most especially those that can only connect to

Millicom, Bharti Airtel merge operations in Ghana

Millicom International and Bharti Airtel have announced an agreement to merge their subsidiaries in Ghana – Tigo Ghana Limited and Airtel Ghana Limited respectively – , thereby creating one of the largest communications companies in the country. The new telecommunications company – there’s no name for it yet – would serve nearly 10 million customers,

Safaricom opens applications for 2017 internship programme

Kenya’s largest integrated telecommunications outfit, Safaricom has announced applications for its 2017 internship programme are now open The programme, which will now be known as the Safaricom Technology Academy, will see 63 university students selected, with at least 40 being females, and four persons living with disabilities. The selected students will take courses on IP

Safaricom launches ‘fibre for business’ in Kisii town

Kenya’s leading telecommunications company, Safaricom has launched its high-speed Internet service, dubbed Fibre ‘fibre for business’, in Kisii, a town in south-western Kenya. Targeted at Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), the service, delivered through fibre, has unlimited bandwidth capabilities and offers the fastest high-speed data connectivity. The launch means SMEs in Kisii town can now