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The East African Community (EAC), consisting of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan, has been ‘digitally transformed’ amid COVID-19 with connectivity and collaboration tools, according to Liquid Telecom. The pan-African telecommunications group said the EAC has leveraged its connectivity and digital solutions across its backbone to ensure close-to-normal operations. This was in response...

Pan-African telecommunications company, Airtel Africa has reported a 9.9% increase in its revenue to US$2, 522-million for the nine-month period ended 31 December 2019, coming off the back of strong performance in Nigeria and its East Africa operations. The company, which operates in 14 African countries, including Zambia, DRC, Malawi and Tanzania, said in a...

Telecom companies such as Djibouti Telecom, Somtel, Telkom Kenya and SubCom have announced that the deployment of the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) submarine cable system should be completed in March 2020. January 20, 2020 , the four companies revealed that the very high speed telecoms infrastructure has already landed at La Siesta Beach...

The recently announced PEACE cable adds another international link to Africa that is actually being built rather than being just at the planning stage. Russell Southwood looks at whose behind the cable and what it will offer. In July this year I wrote of the plans by OTT companies Google and Facebook to build a...

Airtel Africa Limited has appointed Mr Ian Ferrao as the Regional Director of its East Africa business, a newly created position. Mr Ferrao has more than 12 years’ experience in senior management of telecommunications firms across Africa. Prior to his appointment, he served in numerous positions including as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodacom...

East Africa’s mobile telephony market is set for more mergers and acquisition as stiff competition puts the revenues of the existing operators under pressure. Global consultancy firm McKinsey&Company Ltd says regional mobile phone markets are ripe for consolidation to reduce costs, lower investment requirements and allow weaker firms to survive. “Consolidation and new types of...