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Safaricom is considered more and more dominant by senators. In order to restrict its hold, they are considering separating its telecoms and mobile payment activities. They also want to know from the telecoms regulator the measures taken to guarantee healthy competition. The Kenyan Senate Committee on Information and Communication Technologies is again threatening to separate the telecoms...

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Safaricom has announced a number of changes to its executive team which includes the merge of its information technology and network departments. According to a memo sent to staff by Peter Ndegwa, the telco’s current CEO, Morten Bangsgaard will head the new department. Bangsgaard’s appointment takes effect on January 1, 2021. He has more than...

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, in collaboration with the Econet Group, is preparing to launch a new high-speed broadband technology service based on laser beam technology rather than fibre optic infrastructure. Roll out is scheduled for 2021 in Zimbabwe, with plans to extend the service to other Sub-Saharan countries. In a statement, Econet said the new...

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Togo’s Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, ARCEP) has reportedly cited the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) Togo Cellulaire (Togocel) and Atlantique Telecom Togo (Moov) for obstructing competition in the local market. Togo First writes that the watchdog has called on the pair to stop ‘price...

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Access to satellite Internet will surge in remote areas of Africa by the end of the year. The Eutelsat Konnect satellite entered service on November 16, 2020. Expected by several Internet connectivity providers, it will help make 2021 a turning point in fixed broadband. On November 16, 2020, the satellite telecom operator Eutelsat Communications announced the...

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Vodacom South Africa is building a platform to support mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and expects to launch this soon after the conclusion of the spectrum auction next March. Supporting MVNOs – these are companies that use other networks’ infrastructure to launch their own-branded mobile offerings – is a requirement of the invitation to apply for...

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TechCentral reported on Tuesday that Pick n Pay was set to become the first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on MTN’s network. The companies have now published details about the PnP Mobile initiative. PnP Mobile will be closely tied to Pick n Pay’s Smart Shopper loyalty programme, with shoppers set to get “instant data rewards” based on spend...

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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub believes there could be other issues surrounding Telkom’s complaint to the Competition Tribunal over the legality of his company’s roaming agreements with SA’s mobile data-only network Rain. Telkom wants anti-trust authorities to make a call that the arrangements constitute a notifiable merger and should be subjected to scrutiny by the competition...