GSMA: More women in LMICs using mobile internet

23 May 2024

More women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are now using mobile internet, with a total of 1.5 billion (66%) women connected.

In 2023, an additional 120 million women accessed the internet through mobile devices. Mobile internet remains the main way people in LMICs access the internet, making up 84% of broadband connections in 2023. However, there are still 785 million women who are not connected, with around 60% of them living in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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TOA Tanzania signs US$30 million finance deal with BII

23 May 2024

TOA (TowerCo of Africa) Tanzania has signed a US$30 million financing agreement with British International Investment (BII).

The agreement will enable TOA Tanzania to deploy a further 200 telecommunications sites across Tanzania as part of its drive to close the country’s digital gap. Positioned strategically across Zanzibar and the mainland, the sites will help to boost coverage nationwide and particularly in rural regions, connecting previously isolated populations.

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Vodacom Lesotho’s new tower inaugurated

22 May 2024

A new state-of-the-art cell tower, funded by the Government of Lesotho’s Universal Service Fund (USF) through the African Development Bank (ADB) and operated by Vodacom Lesotho has been inaugurated.

The Ha Tšepe cell tower is another milestone in the government and Vodacom Lesotho’s mission to deliver connectivity to underserved communities, bridging the digital divide and equipping every Mosotho with the tools necessary to thrive in today’s interconnected society.

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Algeria’s internet subscribers up 26.1% yoy

20 May 2024

Algeria had 53.6 million subscribers to internet services (fixed and mobile) in 2023, according to the observatory of the Postal and Electronic Communications Regulatory Authority (ARPCE); this is an increase of 26.1% compared to the 42.5 million subscribers that the telecoms regulator recorded in 2020.

Between 2019 and 2023, the number of mobile subscribers increased from 45.5 million to 51.5 million. The number of fixed telephone subscribers increased from 4.78 million to 6.3 million.

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