Angola picks Africell as fourth telecoms operator

30 June 2020

Angola handed the licence for its fourth telecoms network to Lebanese giant Africell, as sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest oil producer continues to open other economic sectors to foreign competition.

The south-western nation had awarded the licence last year to a domestic start-up called Telstar but president João Lourenço annulled the decision, saying the company failed to meet the bidding requirements.vAfricell is already present in four African countries - Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Uganda. Angola’s mobile phone market, with almost 14 million users, is currently dominated by two privately held companies – Unitel and Movicel. A third operator, Angola Telecom, offers fixed and internet access but currently has no mobile services.

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Airtel Africa sales boost as more sign up for phone services

29 June 2020

Airtel Africa posted revenue and profit growth for the full year, as more customers signed up for its mobile and data services and on stronger activity in its biggest market Nigeria.

The company went public last year with a London listing and has benefited from a steady demand in emerging markets, while some of its European peers have been teaming-up to navigate challenges posed by saturated markets. Revenue for the year-ended March rose 11.2% to US$3.42bn, boosted by a 24.1% rise in revenue from Nigeria. The country accounts for 40% of the company’s overall revenue.

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Orange could launch in South Africa ‘within months’

15 June 2020

Orange, France’s largest telecom group,is considering entering South Africa, its chief executive officer (CEO) told media. 

Stéphane Richard was asked whether Orange would consider taking a stake in MTN - a partner in a consortium that will build Africa's largest undersea internet cable - but he declined to answer.

“It could make sense to be in economies such as Nigeria and South Africa,” Richard said. “If one considers there are things to do, the time frame I am considering is rather a few months than a few years.”

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Network operators "will play a pivotal role in the creation of new revenue services from edge computing"

05 June 2020

Vertiv, the provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions and technology analyst firm Omdia have released a new report on the implications of the shift to edge computing for telecom operators and the best tactics and strategies for capitalising on edge growth.

Telcos and edge computing: opportunity, threat or distraction? found that growth in edge computing could generate new revenue opportunities for operators. Omdia, formerly Ovum, says specifically that mobile and wireline operators can build a platform for the development of edge services while saving massively on costs by combining existing cell tower networks with central offices and aggregation points such as edge data centres.

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