Malawi pilots 5G

26 May 2023

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) claims to have launched the country’s first 5G network pilot.

TNM subscribers can test the high-speed network at Clocktower Mall in Blantyre and Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, and the operator has confirmed plans to extend the trial to Mzuzu and Zomba.

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Digital Tanzania launches to drive broadband expansion

23 May 2023

The government of Tanzania has launched the Digital Tanzania project to drive the country’s broadband penetration, which will benefit over 8.5 million people across the country upon completion.

The Digital Tanzania project, which is driving the East African country’s broadband ambitions to achieve 80% penetration by 2025, is supported by the World Bank and mobile network operators, aiming to extend broadband services to 1,407 villages.

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MTN GlobalConnect rebrands as Bayobab

23 May 2023

MTN Group has rebranded its digital wholesale and infrastructure services firm MTN GlobalConnect to Bayobab.

The new name is inspired by the Baobab tree – which MTN Group says is recognised as the ‘tree of life.’ The group says that, like the tree, Bayobab is the enabler of the digital connectivity value chain across the African continent.

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Nigeria needs 700 billion naira to fill coverage gaps

15 May 2023

Nigeria needs some 700 billion naira to fill the gaps in national mobile network coverage, according to Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

These funds should be used to strengthen the national telecoms infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. According to Danbatta, this would promote the widespread availability and use of the mobile telecommunications network throughout the country. He also urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the telecom sector.

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