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MTN and Huawei deploy connected driver IoT solution in SA

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MTN Business has launched a connected driver, usage-based insurance (UBI) solution in partnership with Huawei. MTN will be the first mobile operator in South Africa to commercially deploy a connected driver solution, which uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and assess driver behaviour and motivate better driving. Connected driver solution in car insurance […]


Angola Cables and WACREN expand connectivity for academic institutions

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Angola Cables has announced an agreement with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), the regional research and education network (REN) that facilitates interconnections between national RENs in West and Central Africa. The agreement will support the growing connectivity among academic communities across West and Central Africa, including services that foster collaboration […]


Safaricom enhances customer experience with voice biometrics

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Safaricom has introduced a dynamic voice biometrics system that will enable customers to access services through a quicker and less intrusive vetting process. Safaricom’s Voice Biometrics system, known as Jitambulishe, allows customers to use their voices for authentication before accessing assisted services such as resetting M-PESA PIN, and PUK requests, significantly cutting down the steps […]


MainOne is Nigeria’s Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connectivity partner

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MainOne, West Africa’s leading communications services company and operator of the premier Tier III data centre, has announced its official listing by Microsoft as an ExpressRoute connectivity provider for Nigeria. The listing follows MainOne’s launch of its Cloud Connect product and successful delivery of the Microsoft ExpressRoute service which connects large enterprises in Nigeria to […]


Africa’s telcos should invest in tech to counter stalled revenue growth

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Although Africa’s largest telco operators are generally showing growth in their customer bases, revenue growth has somewhat stalled to as little as 1% year-on-year, says Mariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Lead at SAP Africa. This means that despite attracting an increased number of customers, the amount each of these customers spend is decreasing. “In the wake […]


Telcos must walk the digital transformation walk

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Article by Santiago Madruga, Head of EMEA Telco & ICT at Red Hat Many companies are exploring how they can take advantage of disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobile and big data analytics to drive a new wave of end user experiences. Communications service providers (CSPs) find themselves at the heart of the digital value […]


Airtel Nigeria partners with Ericsson for core network upgrade

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Airtel Nigeria has signed a three-year contract with Ericsson to modernise and expand its packet core network, paving the way for even faster mobile broadband services and enhanced user experience for its subscribers. The Ericsson Evolved Packet Core and other range of solutions delivered, will provide increased reliability and scalability to the Airtel network making […]


Paratus to disrupt enterprise telecom market in Botswana

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Paratus has announced that it intends to disrupt the telecoms market and bring quality, reliable enterprise telecommunication services to Botswana. The operator sees a tremendous amount of potential in the market and is committed to providing its signature, innovative solutions as a fresh approach in Botswana. Paratus Botswana Managing Director Shawn Bruwer says Paratus is […]


New Nokia security software helps combat growing ransomware threat

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Nokia has announced its next-generation NetGuard Security Management Center software, designed to bolster service providers’ ability to proactively detect, predict and combat the growing threat from ransomware and other types of malware. The volume, velocity and variety of security data today is overwhelming security teams. Companies typically receive hundreds of thousands of security alerts per […]


Liquid Telecom and Huawei to deliver 100G links across South Africa

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Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has partnered with Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, to deliver 100G upgrades to its network in South Africa. The upgrade to 100G wavelengths will take advantage of the latest DWDM technology from Huawei, enabling Liquid Telecom to offer additional […]


An open access wireless network for South Africa? Who will manage it?

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Article by Eckart Zollner, Head of Business Development, Jasco Group An open access wholesale-only wireless (3G and 4G/LTE) network (OAWN) can, within just a few years, connect the 40% of people in South Africa who still do not have Internet access. This can provide an exponential boost to South Africa’s ailing economy. What will it […]


Orange improves connectivity with two new IP and IPX PoP in Africa

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Orange has opened two very large-capacity IP and IPX Points of Presence (PoP) in South Africa. The facilities, which are located in Cape Town and Johannesburg are now operational and will enhance Internet and mobile connectivity in the region by offering faster connection speeds and improved reliability for wholesale customers. IP and IPX Points of […]


ETELM showcases the latest solutions required for safe cities in Africa

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ETELM, a leading manufacturer of advanced mission critical communications infrastructures, is using this week’s Mission Critical Africa to discuss how its 4GLinked solution is meeting the growing demand for safe cities across Africa and beyond. ETELM’s 4GLinked solution has been designed with mission critical users in mind, allowing a balance between cost, service, and coverage. […]


Nokia and Vodacom collaborate to shape the future of 5G in South Africa

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Nokia has a 5G portfolio that will allow operators to gain an early-to-market advantage in the delivery of ultra-fast mobile broadband services that leverage multi-gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency. Working with Vodacom in a series of workshops and trials, Nokia will share its latest 5G innovations including massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas, AirScale Radio Access, AirGile […]


Angola Cables announced South Africa presence expansion

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To further expand its network reach and peering capabilities, Angola Cables has announced that it expects to establish a point of presence (PoP) in Cape Town before the end of the year. After almost a year of operations in South Africa, the company has seen exponential growth in its customer base. Currently with a PoP […]


Africa’s digital inclusivity requires connectivity and accessibility

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The Africa Telecommunications Union (ATU) highlighted the importance of connecting rural and remote areas in Africa to economic opportunities at AfricaCom, saying that connectivity, affordability and accessibility are the key areas of focus for Africa’s digital inclusivity and rural network coverage. Speaking at the ICT Africa forum during the premier event, the Secretary General of […]


Spacecom’s AMOS-17 satellite completes Critical Design Review

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Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that its AMOS-17 communication satellite has successfully completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) and entered full production. Specifically designed for the African continent and scheduled for launch in early 2019, AMOS-17 will operate from 17°E to expand and strengthen Spacecom’s coverage in Africa, the Middle East […]


Angola Cables and Microsoft to drive digital transformation in Africa

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Angola Cables has announced that it has become a Microsoft ExpressRoute partner to meet the needs of Africa-based organisations migrating business applications and IT infrastructures to the cloud and accelerating digital transformation on the continent. Taking advantage of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, Angola Cables has created ACloud Connect to provide dedicated, high-quality connections to […]


NewTelco SA launches local IaaS offering for international Telcos

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South Africa’s telecoms market is still growing strongly, making it attractive to international telcos and service providers that are looking to grow their client base. To facilitate their entry into this market, Jasco is launching an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering through NewTelco SA, its carrier-neutral data centre solutions provider and joint venture with […]


Intelsat and Gilat add 4G broadband to Mobile Reach Solar offering

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Intelsat SA, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, have announced the availability of a joint managed services solution. The offering to mobile network operators (MNOs) consists of a simple solution that adds 4G […]