NuRAN Wireless closes US$5 million loan facility

17 July 2024

NuRAN Wireless has closed a US$5 million loan facility with the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI), a fund managed by Cygnum Capital.

The initial drawdown of US$2.5 million, which includes a US$1.07 million refinancing of renewable energy assets in Cameroon, is underway.

Find out more

Zambia’s telcos struggle to keep the lights on

12 July 2024

MTN, Airtel and Zamtel are facing challenges in keeping their telecommunications towers operational in Zambia due to the prolonged power outages currently affecting the country.

The operators issued a joint statement under the auspices of the Global Mobile Systems Association of Zambia (GSMAZ). According to the statement, power outages lasting more than four hours compromise the quality of services provided to customers. At this level, generators require constant refuelling and more frequent maintenance cycles. 

Find out more

ITU announces broadband mapping project

11 July 2024

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has announced the launch of the Africa Broadband Maps project on the sidelines of the ITU Global Symposium for Regulators 2024, held in Kampala, Uganda.

This project, supported by the European Commission, aims to establish mapping systems to encourage investment and digital transformation in Africa. With a budget of €15 million over four years, the project will initially benefit 11 countries: Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Find out more
DR Congo assumes presidency of Board of Directors of ATU

10 July 2024

Augustin Kibassa Maliba, the minister of posts, telecommunications, new information and communication technologies (PT-NTIC) of the DR Congo, will oversee the development of the telecommunications sector in Africa.

Kibassa Maliba assumes this responsibility after his country was appointed to the presidency of the board of directors of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU). During his term, the new chairman of the board of directors wishes to achieve both individual and collective objectives.

Find out more