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Why Ethiopia has MTN and Vodacom juiced up

As part of an ambitious reform programme, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed plans to award telecommunications licences to two private operators next year, and sell a minority stake in Ethio Telecom.

Safaricom market share falls

Safaricom’s market share dropped 1.6 percentage points to 65.4% in the three months to June as Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan unit and Telkom Kenya increased mobile phone customers at a faster pace.

India’s Airtel to sell some African ops

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile phone operator, is considering mergers or stake sales at some of its Africa operations as it looks to cut debt and make its biggest overseas acquisition profitable. The moves would pare the size of operations

IHS wins Airtel tower deal

Fast-growing African-focused tower operator IHS Holding has won another deal to operate towers on behalf of a mobile operator, this time involving 1 100 sites from Bharti Airtel in Zambia and Rwanda. The latest deal expands IHS’s tower footprint in Africa to 21 000. Operators typically sell

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Africa’s MNOs are dazed and confused

The business logic is clear; only the timing remains to be settled. Everything in telecommunications, including voice, will soon be data. In a world where everything is data, there will be two types of companies. And they will not be mobile operators. There will be content companies and there will be data

Facebook expands free access to Kenya

Kenya has become the third African country after Zambia and Tanzania to get the Facebook-led application, giving Airtel customers in that country zero-rated access to a range of services, including Facebook, Wikipedia, Daily Nation, SuperSport and BBC News. Speaking at the opening keynote

Firefox OS phones coming to MTN

MTN South Africa and two other big African operators, Airtel and Tigo, intend launching phones running Mozilla’s open-source, Linux-based Firefox OS platform, it has emerged. Firefox OS is meant as a rival to platforms such

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