Safaricom and Ethio to share tower power in Ethiopia

13 June 2022

Kenya’s Safaricom will share mobile telecommunication towers and relevant power with state-controlled rival Ethio Telecom in Ethiopia, after the companies reached consensus on interconnection and capacity lease agreements in the Horn of Africa nation.

The Ethiopia Communications Authority (ECA) held a joint mediation meeting with both operators and said that “agreement had been reached on all pending issues” such as sharing of tower infrastructure.

“The ongoing negotiations on tower and power sharing, transmission capacity lease and interconnection between Ethio Telecom and Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia Plc has been concluded in good faith,” the regulator said.

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Airtel, MTN launch mobile banking in Nigeria

13 June 2022

Airtel Africa and MTN Nigeria have launched their respective mobile banking services in Nigeria, both companies said.

The former made the announcement via a stock market filing and said its services are currently available via selected retail locations but will be extended across the country over the next few months.

Airtel Africa chief executive officer (CEO) Segun Ogunsanya said that the licence would allow the operator to deliver a full suite of mobile money services. He added they would improve the lives of “millions of Nigerians who do not currently have access to financial services by delivering current and savings accounts, payment and remittance services, debit and prepayment cards and more sophisticated services”.

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MTN entrusts Tecnotree with the digital transformation of Ghana activities

13 June 2022

Padma Ravichander

Padma Ravichander

South African telecom giant MTN announced it has entrusted Tecnotree with the digital transformation of its operations in Ghana.

The Finnish company, which specialises in providing business support systems to telecommunications companies, will provide MTN with the tools necessary to successfully complete its “journey to the new era of digital services”.

As part of the project, Tecnotree will use its “Digital Transformation Suite 5” suite of solutions. Padma Ravichander (pictured), managing director of Tecnotree Corporation, said these innovative solutions will need to enable MTN to effectively respond to the changing needs of consumers, by rapidly developing new service offerings to meet the demands of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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InterSAT selects ST Engineering iDirect for tech upgrade

13 June 2022

Satellite communications specialist ST Engineering iDirect will provide internet service provider InterSAT Communication Services FZCO with a technology upgrade to deliver enhanced services to its customers across the African continent.

The upgrade to its existing Evolution platform will allow the latter to leverage new technologies and efficiencies to remain competitive in an increasingly challenging market.

One of the largest internet solutions providers, InterSAT serves a portfolio of different verticals, providing essential satellite-based connectivity across the entire African continent to NGOs, SMEs, governments, oil and gas companies, and the broadcast sector. The company is focused on offering connectivity and investing heavily in state-of-the-art technology that makes service delivery better and faster.

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