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JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2021

July/August/September 2021

NEWS

  • ACE subsea cable is now live
  • Mauritius Telecom launches 5G
  • Telkom introduces embedded eSIM support for customers
  • LIT creates direct access to USA internet resources via a new POP connection
  • South Africa welcomes new satellite player
  • Speedcast wins DRC mining firm contract
  • Facebook adds three countries to undersea cable project
  • Until Money goes live
  • Vodacom invests in new solar-powered sites across SA
  • Tanzania reduced tax on mobile money imposed in July by 30%
  • MTN picks Nokia for network upgrade
  • Rwanda gets tough on SIM registration

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • Liquid appoints new CEO for South Sudan

FEATURE

  • Towers and technology

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • The role of subsea cables

FEATURE

  • Remote connectivity

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • Nokia’s all-in-one solution ‘for premium 5G mobile indoor coverage

WORLD NEWS

  • Oman issues tender for first satellite
  • Vodafone Greece deal with Grid Telecom
  • Rock Mobile becomes Jamaica’s third player
  • Ufinet moves into Brazil following acquisition of NB Telecom
  • Deutsche Telekom switches on O-RAN Town deployment in Germany
  • KT fined for slow internet
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May/June 2021

May/June 2021

NEWS

  • Juniper and NEC build new network
  • Intelsat partners with local DRC firm
  • Zamtel pens MoMo deal
  • DPA helps Econet cut carbon footprint
  • Mauritius launches first satellite

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • Ooredoo posts positive results in north Africa

FEATURE I

  • Africa’s smartest cities

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • What a difference a year makes

FEATURE II

  • Testing the network

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • Wittra takes IoT straight to ‘proof of value’

WORLD NEWS

  • More Telecom acquires Powercom Pacific
  • Orange to lay off 485 employees
  • Deutsche Telekom upgrades telecom sites
  • WIOCC extends connectivity to new locations

 

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Mar/Apr 2021

Mar/Apr 2021

NEWS

  • Ericsson and Unitel sign agreement
  • Africell and Aviat ink major 5G deal
  • Botswana aborts MNP
  • Africa set to welcome new subsea system
  • MoMo transactions down in Zimbabwe

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • Tanzania joins the OAN project with fellow east African nations

FEATURE I

  • Shaping the future of satcoms

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • Necessity is the mother of invention

FEATURE II

  • Fixed wireless access and Wi-Fi on the move

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • Teltronic presents the new MCBS

WORLD NEWS

  • Caribbean Express: next stop Jamaica
  • Brazil regulator approves 5G spectrum auction rules
  • Russia’s MTS launches pilot 5G network
  • SES supplies broadband to Indonesian villages

 

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Jan/Feb 2021

Jan/Feb 2021

NEWS

  • Vodafone and AST set for network launch
  • Eswatini makes Huawei U-turn
  • Telkom Consumer and Yahclick agree deal
  • ‘Tanzanian telcos will reach all villages’
  • Starlink internet coming to South Africa

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • Ericsson names new VP for MEA

FEATURE

  • Prior to the global pandemic that is Covid-19, 5G was making big waves in Africa. Now, approaching one-year since the first cases surfaced and subsequently grounded economies, Robert Shepherd goes back to the once hot topic

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • David Lofti, CEO at Evina, explains how mobile carriers can stop the financial havoc perpetrated by fraudsters and increase their revenue through secured mobile payments

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • Septentrio ‘credit cards’ track from the sky

WIRELESS USERS

  • Long treks are over for villagers thanks to a solar-powered base station. Here’s how it has transformed their shopping and security and access to money and healthcare

WORLD NEWS

  • CK Hutchison and Ooredoo talk Indonesia merger
  • Orange shifts fixed fibre assets
  • Etisalat launches 4G LTE service
  • CVC Capital acquires Myanmar’s Irrawady Green Towers
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Nov/Dec 2020

Nov/Dec 2020

NEWS

  • Madagascar joins free Wi-Fi party
  • Potraz boss criticises telecoms vandals
  • Vodacom invests nearly US$20m
  • New Zamtel towers boost coverage
  • SA government plans own internet satellite
  • CWS launches Wi-Fi with help from Alepo
  • New hurdles face would-be money providers
  • Nzadi cable project starts in Angola

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • Ericsson launches Graduate Program in Africa to help innovate the future

FEATURE

  • Robert Shepherd checks on mobile money during the global pandemic

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • Africa is seeing steady growth, but there are ways to make it grow faster, writes Clementine Fournier from BICS

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • Last mile unit is easy to disguise

WIRELESS USERS

  • Companies rally to donate Wi-Fi for Covid sufferers and how a new idea using basic technology aids in healthcare feedback

WORLD NEWS

  • Camilleri named non-exec chairman
  • SpaceX adds 60 satellites to Starlink
  • Japan’s PM orders operators to cut prices
  • NGMN Alliance announces board change
  • Quortus partners with TLC
  • NASA chooses Nokia for lunar network

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Aug/Sep/Oct 2020

Aug/Sep/Oct 2020

NEWS

  • Increased demand for self-care solutions
  • TTCL connects Kondoa District
  • Africell launch confirmed for 2021
  • New Zamtel towers boost coverage
  • WIOCC raises US$100m for connectivity
  • Spacecom teams up with Ignite Power

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe claims regulatory controls constrain EcoCash

FEATURE

  • Robert Shepherd takes a look at the critical comms networks in place ready to help out when things take a turn for the worse

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • Jaishun Tu takes a look at how developing countries should approach 5G

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • Intellian launches latest addition to GX range

WIRELESS USERS

  • Two farmers are now training students in 14 countries online and at low cost

WORLD NEWS

  • Fleet One to enable sustainable fisheries
  • Iliad set ‘to become Europe’s sixth largest’
  • NGMN Alliance announces board change
  • Cape Verde switches to 4G
  • Ethiopia Telecom auction set for 2021

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Jun/Jul/Aug 2020

Jun/Jul/Aug 2020

NEWS

  • Telecom26 helps testing programmes
  • TNM launches the first KaiOS-enabled phone
  • Telkom enters financial services space
  • Madagascar: Telma’s 5G network suspended
  • TN targets remote connectivity
  • Econet curbs MoMo transactions
  • Millimetre wave firm restructures
  • UFO turns out to be internet balloon
  • City threatens action against Paratus

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • Angola Telecom ditches Angorascom for Africell partnership

FEATURE

  • Should you consider Low Earth Orbit networks above geosynchronous satcoms?

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • A look at Hytera’s smart, new PoC radio with integrated DMR

WIRELESS USERS

  • Talia and KNP partner up to connect the underserved in Cameroon

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • How satellite-based cloud services offer opportunities that rural economies can rely on

WORLD NEWS

  • Huawei and UnionPay team up
  • Thuraya modernises network using Ericsson
  • Belgium grants temporary 5G licences
  • Singapore chooses Nokia over Huawei
  • Canada’s Telus picks Samsung for 5G
  • Bouygues adds users and boosts reach
  • Claro Brasil launches 5G
  • China Telecom makes push for US licence
  • Afghan and Uzbek state operators expand 4G

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Mar/Apr/May 2020

Mar/Apr/May 2020

NEWS

  • Liquid partners with Zimbabwe government
  • PowerCom denies Covid claims
  • Teal begins 4G trials in Mozambique
  • Clickatell introduces FAQ Response Solution
  • Operator denounces granting of licence
  • Gabon Telecom launches MoMo app
  • Cell C and Vodacom look to open stores
  • Zimbabwe operators get a freebie
  • CTG looks to Angola Cables
  • Angola Cables reports major growth
  • MTN wants 16 million on Ayoba service

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • Airtel Africa sales boost as more sign up for phone services

ROUNDTABLE

  • Four key industry players give us the latest on Africa’s ‘smart city’ journey

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • TE Connectivity extends M12 range with rightangle connectors for PCBs and panels

WIRELESS USERS

  • Avanti is donating solar satellite broadband connectivity and laptops to refugee settlements in east Africa

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • Changing the landscape of the cellular backhaul market in Africa and beyond

WORLD NEWS

  • Afghan and Uzbek state operators expand 4G
  • Belgium grants temporary 5G licences
  • Bolivia turns to satellites in Covid-19 battle
  • Telecom Egypt extends payment grace period
  • Telia Norway launches commercial 5G
  • Assad’s cousin facing legal action
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Jan/Feb 2020

Jan/Feb 2020

NEWS

  • SES and Gilat restore connectivity
  • Zamtel introduces biometric identification
  • Fire downs MTL Transmission Centre
  • AT resumes services
  • MeerKAT telescope receives R800m boost
  • PCCW to extend PEACE cable network
  • MTN Group chooses TEOCO
  • TCRA removes SIM card offenders
  • Econet targets Ethiopian licence

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • MTN Zambia launches new 3G and 4G Android smartphones

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • EXFO introduces ‘industry first‘ integrated test solution for DWDM networks

FEATURE

  • ROBERT SHEPHERD looks at the pros and cons associated with tower outsourcing

WIRELESS USERS

  • Netcare’s new network enables the delivery of next-gen services to hospitals across Kenya

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • The race to 5G: where does Africa stand in the race to deploy the next G?

WORLD NEWS

  • SoftBank joins up for flying telecom bases
  • Dare1 lands in Djibouti
  • Sterlite Technologies sees profits tumble
  • Turkish-German operation targets scammers
  • Poland’s Plus chooses Ericsson for 5G gear
  • MWC cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak
  • Inmarsat launches new services in Saudi
  • Bladon sign deal to supply Alkan CIT
  • Broadband growth predicted for Argentina

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Nov/Dec 2019

Nov/Dec 2019

NEWS

  • Vodacom network-locking phones
  • Vodacom Tanzania to bring 4G to Zanzibar
  • Broadcaster to enter Seychelles mobile sector
  • Telecom Namibia updates telex system
  • Seacom sub cable suffers brief outage
  • Gabon and Congo pen roaming MoU
  • ‘MTN best network in SA’ – report
  • Broadband for all ‘will cost US$100bn’
  • ‘MTN can help Cell C’
  • Interim figures boosted for Airtel Africa

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • 5G to generate billions, says Ericsson

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • New ‘TV White Space’ solution from Radwin drives broadband to remote communities

FEATURE

  • JON HOWELL and SMITA SARKAR investigate monetising 5G in Africa

WIRELESS USERS

  • How IoT has become invaluable to utilities and the world of agriculture

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • LUCKY LA RICCIA takes a look at Africa’s 5G journey so far and where to go from here

WORLD NEWS

  • Pressure on Merkel to exclude Huawei
  • Orange CEO shares supply chain fears
  • Japan’s KDDI to invest in Bangladesh
  • Thailand makes another 5G spectrum bid
  • Singapore to see early 5G rollout
  • Portugal to hold 2020 5G auction
  • Oman’s 5G roadmap
  • Bakcell gets nod for Vodafone Ukraine bid
  • New route to connect OZ with Middle East
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Sep/Oct 2019

Sep/Oct 2019

NEWS

  • Zimbabwe uses Tesla batteries
  • Francistown targets next Huawei CCTV rollout
  • ZICTA cancels Vodafone licence
  • Nimbus gets renamed to Paratus Namibia
  • Airtel faces DRC protests
  • Zamtel acts to keep regulator happy
  • Mozambique boosted by increased reach
  • SATA launches digital sharing platform
  • Fibre-optic cables vandalised in Angola

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • Ericsson and MTN launch mobile money open API platform in Ghana

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • Rajant’s latest mid-tier ES1 BreadCrumbâ node is ‘ideal for IIoT applications’

FEATURE: POWER

  • ROBERT SHEPHERD asks why, in 2019, are we still using diesel generators?

WIRELESS USERS: MEDICINE

  • Pan-African telecom group helps Mombasa hospital make telemedicine a reality for people who can’t attend a consultation

INDUSTRY VIEW: SATELLITE

  • Following the successful launch of the AMOS-17 satellite in early August, ERAN SHAPIRO tells us how it will help the African and Asian markets

WORLD NEWS

  • KT signs 5G deals with Europeans
  • NY firm lands major Saudi contract
  • Free 5G and public Wi-Fi at Beirut airport
  • Aussie complaints drop 21% in H1
  • Vodafone secures Oman deal
  • Taliban fires warning to Afghan telecom firm
  • Vietnam’s slow internet

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Jul/Aug 2019

Jul/Aug 2019

NEWS

  • Google wants partners for new cable system
  • Global chooses Eutelsat to back up WAPP
  • Zimbabwean firms hike tariffs
  • Inmarsat looks to protect wildlife
  • Mauritian PM opens “Safe City Project”
  • Africell launches virtual SIM in DR Congo
  • American Tower buys out rival
  • Google introduce new products and tools
  • The wait continues for SA operators
  • Zambia denies WSJ’s Huawei claims

WIRELESS BUSINESS

  • Orange finds partner to help with Africa’s financial services industry

WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

  • Rohde & Schwarz and Marvin Test Solutions unveil new ZNBT40

FEATURE: SMEATURE PHONES

  • ROBERT SHEPHERD asks how telecom firms plan to do business with people on low incomes

WIRELESS USERS: TRANSPORT

  • ExecuJet becomes the first business carrier to get high-speed Wi-Fi as Honeywell brings in-flight connectivity

INDUSTRY VIEW

  • ANSHOO GAUR explains how CSPs can build an agile data network

WORLD NEWS

  • HK release 5G spectrum auction details
  • Israel holds 5G tender
  • US sanctions ‘put telecom firms off Cuba’
  • Huawei to connect remote parts of Canada
  • America Movil posts solid growth
  • Australia’s broadband boom
  • Government launch Chad digital review
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