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The telecoms business in Ethiopia, a country with a population of more than 100 million people and one of the region’s biggest economies, is considered lucrative and is expected to draw significant investor interest. ADDIS ABABA: France’s telecom firmOrange has submitted an expression of interest to participate in the ongoing partial privatisation of Ethiopia’s Ethio Telecom firm, Ethiopia’s ambassador...

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South African capital investment and revenue spikes from increased lockdown-related data usage add to Vodacom’s earnings. South African cellular giant Vodacom recorded an 8.3% rise in group revenue in the financial year to March 2021, driven by an 8.2 million rise in its continental subscriber base, as increased data usage for work and entertainment enforced...

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Although the mobile penetration rate is very high in Gabon, the telecom coverage rate, meanwhile, remains to be improved. A challenge that Moov Africa Gabon Telecom wants to take up with regard to its impact on both its finances and national growth. The mobile telephone operator Moov Africa Gabon Telecom announced, Friday July 16, an investment...

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Nigeria expects to start auctioning spectrum for next generation 5G network in the fourth quarter of this year, the head of the country’s communications commission said. Umar Garba Danbatta said Nigeria had undertaken 5G trials in selected locations with one mobile operator but did not share details of the results. 5G networks will rely on denser...

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Vodacom Mozambique has reached an agreement with state-owned Mozambique Telecom (Tmcel) over the ongoing 60-million meticais (about US$10-million) interconnection debt dispute. In June Vodacom threatened to cancel its interconnection agreement with Tmcel which would have prevented Tmcel customers from being able to call Vodacom numbers. Vodacom said Tmcel had failed to settle the debt and...

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Cameroon and Gabon have deployed and officially launched a 22km interconnected fibre optic network. This means telecommunication exchanges between the two countries will be direct and not facilitated through international sub-marine cables, thereby reducing cost. The network infrastructure was launched on 15 July in Meyo-Kye, Gabon by Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom...