SqwidNet owner launches Sigfox South Africa

06 September 2022

European internet of things (IOT) wireless network operator Sigfox has officially launched in South African, a year after the previous network operator in the country was wound down.

The company is the result of the extensive restructuring of Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH)-owned IOT unit SqwidNet, which was closed after it failed to make profit for its owners – six years after it was launched in November 2016.

The South African unit is is backed by a consortium of investors comprising CIVH, Discovery Insure, Fidelity ADT, Macrocomm and Buffet Investments.

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Togo-Gabon roaming deal

06 September 2022

Roaming between Togo and Gabon will incur no additional charges after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the two countries.

The agreement, signed in Libreville, Gabon, sees the abolition of roaming charges and a major reduction in prices for voice, data and SMS services while roaming. The rationale behind the decision is to promote the mobility of citizens of the two non-neighbouring countries.

“It will now be possible to use a Togolese SIM card in Gabon and vice versa without paying roaming charges,” regulators of the two countries told west African media. “In addition the two authorities said that “receiving calls will now be free and calls made in the country visited will be billed at local rates excluding packages, i.e. up to 10 times cheaper than currently”.

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Zimbabwe primed for first satellite launch

08 July 2022



Zimbabwe is set to launch its first satellite, ZimSat-1, into orbit in July, after nearly a year-long delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The nanosatellite will be launched from the Japanese KIBO Module – Japan’s science module for the International Space Station (ISS). The satellite is expected to enhance mineral exploration, monitoring of environmental hazards and droughts, mapping human settlements and disease outbreaks, among many other capabilities.

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MTN and Mafab Communications to roll out 5G from August

10 June 2022

Following the auction by the Nigerian Telecom regulator in December last year of high speed telecoms spectrum, roll out by operators of 5G is now set to commence in August.

Nigeria will soon join Kenya, South Africa and Lesotho in the limited number of countries that have deployed the next-generation technology.

MTN Nigeria Plc and Mafab Communications ltd, which emerged as winners of the latest telecoms spectrum auction, are expected to begin the rollout of 5G services from August 24. This was stated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) May 4, when it handed over the final letters of award for the 5G spectrum licenses to the two operators.

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