Sales of digital set-top boxes, which went on sale last month in Kenya, have been sluggish. The boxes are required to convert digital terrestrial broadcasting signals so that that the East African country can switch off analogue broadcasts before the International Telecommunication
JSE-listed technology group Altech is selling its troubled East African businesses in a complex deal which will see fibre-optic telecommunications specialist Liquid Telecom taking over the assets. As part of the transaction, Altech will take an 8,6% stake in Liquid, which operates
M-Pesa, which has more than 14m subscribers in Kenya, could be forced to increase transaction costs by 10% as East African nation’s treasury looks to impose a levy on transactions made using the mobile money transfer service. Though Kenya’s treasury says it expects mobile
After switching off interconnection with state-owned mobile operator NetOne, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator, Econet Wireless, has been forced to reverse its decision by the Southern African country’s high court. Econet claims it is owed US$20m by its rival. Econet cut links with its rival last Thursday, claiming NetOne had
Econet Solar, a subsidiary of African mobile phone operator Econet Wireless, has launched a prepaid solar-powered home power station that it believes could have a meaningful impact on people’s lives on a continent where an estimated 70% of people not have access to a
Could Zimbabwe be the next big investment opportunity for emerging markets-focused telecommunications operators? A new report from Renaissance Capital suggests it might be
Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator, Econet Wireless, has secured a US$60m loan facility from Swedish export credit agency EKN to expand its infrastructure, the firm said Wednesday. The loan would see Swedish telecommunications equipment supplier Ericsson installing additional equipment to expand Econet’s infrastructure in the capital Harare, the company’s largest subscriber base.