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Safaricom’s M-Pesa Africa has appointed Sitoyo Lopokoiyit as its new Managing Director. He is a “mobile financial services expert who has directly managed mobile money in two of the largest markets in the world – Kenya and Tanzania,” reveals MyBroadBand. Lopokoiyit joined Safaricom in 2011 as head of M-Pesa strategy and business development. He then went...

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A new submarine cable that connects Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya is now active after more than 5 years of work. 4,900 km long, it is equipped with the latest generation of optical fiber. The consortium behind the project brings together Djibouti Telecom, Somtel, Hormuud Telecom and Telkom Kenya. They have invested a total amount of over 81...

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On Tuesday, 16th February at 19:16 UTC, the WIOCC Network Operation Centre (NOC) observed interruption to a significant number of client services between Djibouti and Marseille, France on the SeaMeWe5 submarine cable, affecting voice, data and internet services in multiple countries across eastern and southern Africa. Once it was determined that fault repair would require a subsea...

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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...