NuRAN adds Fouladi to board

01 May 2019

NuRAN Wireless, the mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions provider, has added industry veteran Babak Fouladi to its board of directors, replacing the outgoing Francis Létourneau.

Fouladi, who is currently chief technology and digital officer at Dutch landline and mobile telecommunications company KPN, has joined as an independent and non-executive director. He will assist NuRAN with both the technical and business challenges of rural and remote connectivity.

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MTN Group announces divestment plan

01 May 2019

MTN Group has announced a USD1billion divestment programme over the next three years that will slim down the continent’s biggest mobile phone operator and refocus it on high-growth markets in Africa and the Middle East.

Chief executive Rob Shuter, who joined MTN from Vodafone in 2017, has drawn up a turnaround plan that includes shedding loss-making e-commerce assets and exiting countries where MTN has little or no prospect of reaching second position by market share. Shuter is also pushing the company into different avenues, such as mobile financial services, music streaming and mobile gaming.

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Dos Santos clings on…for now

30 April 2019

Isabel dos Santos, known to the media as Africa’s richest woman, has been re-elected to the board of Angolan telecom giant Unitel.

The decision came after speculation that dos Santos could have been cast aside in a shareholder dispute at the company that dominates Angola’s telecoms market.

 

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Aurecon chooses Orange to manage global communications

26 April 2019

Engineering and infrastructure advisory giant Aurecon has chosen Orange Business Services (Orange) to manage its global communications infrastructure, including SD-WAN and cybersecurity services, as part of a USD25m five-year network transformation agreement.

The French telecom giant said the deal will affect 60 sites across more than twenty countries, including African nations such as Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria and South Africa.

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