Vodacom Lesotho and Facebook form new partnership

06 March 2019

The operator hopes the partnership will help more people become “first time users of the internet” in a part of the world with limited connectivity

The operator hopes the partnership will help more people become “first time users of the internet” in a part of the world with limited connectivity



Vodacom Lesotho has joined forces with Facebook to launch a free connectivity service that both companies claim will enable “hundreds of thousands of Basotho” to follow news and stay connected. 

Facebook Flex will allow Vodacom Lesotho customers to switch seamlessly between free and data modes, making it possible for them to chat, post, comment, like or share content for free with family and friends. 

The mobile network operator said it hoped the alliance would help more people access Facebook and become “first-time users of the internet” in a part of the world with limited connectivity. 

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Regional connections and usage will continue to boom

21 May 2018

Mobile penetration in East Africa as at 4Q17. (1) Eritrea; (2) Djibouti; (3) Ethiopia; (4) South Sudan; (5) Uganda; (6) Kenya; (7) Rwanda; (8) Burundi; (9) Tanzania. SOURCE: OVUM FORECASTER

Mobile penetration in East Africa as at 4Q17. (1) Eritrea; (2) Djibouti; (3) Ethiopia; (4) South Sudan; (5) Uganda; (6) Kenya; (7) Rwanda; (8) Burundi; (9) Tanzania. SOURCE: OVUM FORECASTER

East Africa will have 186m mobile broadband connections by 2022, according to Ovum. 

In a report published in mid-May, the analyst said mobile data will be the key growth driver for the East African telecoms market in the next five years to 2022.

The forecast for mobile broadband (MBB) in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda is 112m subscriptions at end-2022, while the forecast for MBB in all nine East Africa countries is 186m subscriptions at end-2022.

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Cenerva to boost regulatory training in emerging markets

02 May 2018

Telecoms consultancy Cenerva has acquired the Interconnect Communications Telecoms Regulatory Master Class (TRMC) training assets from InterConnect Communications.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. 

InterConnect Communications was a wholly owned subsidiary of Telcordia Technologies. 

According to Cenerva, the deal will give its clients the opportunity to access courses on global best practices on a wide array of regulatory topics such as spectrum management, IoT, internet governance, etc.

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Partners go OTT to deliver streaming video content

30 June 2017

Media Nucleus will use FMH’s Q-Flow technology to enable customers to experience high quality video streaming.

Media Nucleus will use FMH’s Q-Flow technology to enable customers to experience high quality video streaming.

Falcon Media House (FMH) has joined forces with Media Nucleus and Quiptel to offer an OTT service to millions of users in Africa and Asia.

The partnership enables FMH – a UK-based global digital media group – to offer an OTT platform to medium and large sized broadcasters, as well as parts of its content portfolio to local content service providers. 

Media Nucleus specialises in broadcast and pay TV solutions, and its clients include East African satellite broadcaster Zuku TV.

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