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Former MTN boss joins Smile

Former MTN South Africa CEO Ahmad Farroukh is joining pan-African telecommunications group Smile as executive director for operations with immediate effect. Farroukh quit MTN in July 2015 to take up the top job at Saudi Arabia’s second

Duncan McLeod
SA telcos betting big on broadband

The South African economy may be teetering on the brink of a recession, but that isn’t keeping the country’s telecommunications operators from ramping up their capital spending. Telkom, Vodacom, MTN and Cell C, along with a host of smaller players, are all gearing up to make

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Smile raises R5bn, talks of IPO

Smile Telecoms, the wireless broadband communications company founded by former MTN executive Irene Charnley, has raised US$365m (R5bn) in new debt and equity financing to expand its coverage in Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria and establish its first presence in the

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Ericsson to manage Smile network

Smile Communications has outsourced management of its 4G/LTE networks in all its operations in Africa to Ericsson in a five-year agreement that covers Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The value of the deal has

Opinion
Challengers may own Africa’s Internet future

For more than a year, I have been saying to anyone that will listen that long-term evolution and video will be a game changer in Africa. The logic for arguing this case was based on the fact that YouTube was in the top five of every country measured by

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SA slipping in mobile broadband: Smile

South Africa is slipping behind some other African markets in providing mobile broadband, Tom Allen, the chief operating officer of Smile Telecommunications, the telecoms operator founded six years ago by former MTN executive Irene Charnley, warned on Wednesday

Duncan McLeod
Carrim is a breath of fresh air

South Africa’s hard-working new communications minister, Yunus Carrim, is tackling the challenges in his portfolio with such gusto that he appears to have taken many industry players by surprise. I had the opportunity twice this past week to watch Carrim in action

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Operators clash at Icasa hearing

MTN reaffirmed on Wednesday that it is seeking 5MHz of spectrum between 2,01GHz and 2,015GHz to provide provide mobile broadband services using time-division duplexing technology. But its rivals, Vodacom, Neotel and Cell C – along with would-be operator Smile Communications

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Smile to pump big money into 4G

Smile Telecommunications, the telecommunications operator started five years ago by former MTN executive Irene Charnley, has signed a deal that will see it investing hundreds of millions of dollars to build fourth-generation (4G) broadband networks in Uganda, Tanzania