China pulls funding for NetOne expansion

08 November 2019

China has indefinitely suspended funding for NetOne’s US$71m expansion project, according to the Zimbabwean media.

The measure is said to have been introduced after the government seized the investment capital, deposited in an escrow account, to obtain foreign currency.

These funds have been converted into a local unit through the Zimbabwe Reserve Bank (RBZ).

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Tigo rebrands to Free Senegal

08 November 2019

Mamadou Mbengue, general manager of Free Senegal – photo: linkedin

Mamadou Mbengue, general manager of Free Senegal – photo: linkedin

Tigo, the second largest telephone operator in Senegal with 25% of market share has been rebranded as Free Senegal.

The launch of the Free brand had been anticipated since the acquisition in 2018 of Tigo Senegal, owned by the Luxembourg telecommunications company Millicom, by Saga Africa Holdings, a consortium of French billionaire businessman Xavier Niel, the Senegalese multimillionaire Yérim Habib Sow and Madagascan businessman Hassanein Hiridjee.

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Ugandan authority denies claims of corruption and mismanagement

08 November 2019

The National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U) has hit back at claims that it has been wasting public funds with its roll-out of a national backbone network.

Recent press reports in the east African country have accused NITA officials of both corruption and mismanaging the deployment.

NITA-U responded with a statement, in which it said originators of the fake news were clearly determined to downplay Uganda’s progress in achieving widespread connectivity, which has significantly lowered bandwidth costs for customers over the last decade.

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AirtelTigo and Nokia join forces

08 November 2019

AirtelTigo has joined forces with Finnish giant Nokia to roll out a smartphone offer with free data and voice package for 12 months.

The operator’s acting chief executive officer Murthy Chaganti, said the partnership with Nokia would give new and existing customers of AirtelTigo a free SIM card, minutes to call AirtelTigo numbers and data to browse the internet for the purchase of any Nokia in AirtelTigo shops or through Nokia authorised distributor Alliance Marketing Group.

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