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IT Angola Rebrands, Joins the Paratus Fold

Offices of Paratus Angola in Luanda. Angolan telecommunications service provider, Internet Technologies Angola (ITA), has officially changed its name as part of an extensive rebranding and harmonisation process led by its parent company, the pan-African Paratus Group. ITA will, with immediate effect, operate under the name ‘Paratus Angola’. This identity establishes the company within the group’s broader network and pays homage to its Angolan roots from which a 19-year heritage was born. According to the announcement of the company’s rebranding, synergy of ITA’s brand identity with that of the wider Paratus Group is of strategic importance to the company’s overall vision to deliver efficient, affordable network solutions with the end goal of transforming the continent’s digital landscape. ...

MTN Named the Number 1 African Brand

MTN Group, with operations in 17 countries across Africa, has been ranked the number one African brand and among the top 10 brands on the continent in the annual Brand Africa 100 survey. At a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria to mark Africa Day on Wednesday 25 May 2022, Brand Africa said that MTN was the #1 African brand in both the spontaneous recall (where respondents are asked to name a brand across any category and region) and prompted recall (where respondents are guided to recall an African brand) rankings. This is the first time MTN has scooped both awards. MTN was also named the highest-ranking telecoms brand on the continent. “We are humbled by the recognition and remain focused on playing a leading role in building a more digitally inclusive society across Africa,” said MTN Group Presid...

Vodacom SA Vows to Go 100% Green by 2025

Vodacom South Africa has announced that it pledges to halve its environmental impact by 2025, an effort that is well underway, according to the telco group, with a target set to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The group says that within the next three years, it aims to diversify its energy mix which includes buying electricity needed for its operations from renewable energy sources. This target will have a huge impact on Vodacom’s pledge, as electricity consumption is the primary source of the telco’s GHG emissions. Furthermore, by actioning this target, Vodacom expects to contribute nationally to a transition to a low carbon economy thereby helping government achieve its Paris Agreement goal, which requires countries to cut GHG emissions to keep global temperat...

MTN Drives Rural Expansion with 39M Injection in Eastern Cape, SA

MTN SA has today announced that it is investing $39.1-million (R624-million) into the Eastern Cape province of South Africa to drive upgrades and deploy new network infrastructure across the region this year. The company says it is focusing on launching 5G and connectivity services, especially in rural areas. This latest cash injection falls as part of MTN’s “Modernisation of Network South Africa project” (MONZA) project. Last month, the telco invested nearly $57-million in rural Limpopo in the North of South Africa. MTN says this latest investment will expand network reach into rural communities, drive 5G expansion and work to restore vandalised network infrastructure. “We are working across the country to modernise the entire MTN network. Just over 68% has already been completed national...

Liquid Lands Capacity of Subsea Cable Equiano in Nigeria & South Africa

Image sourced from Medium. Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, has announced it has acquired a fibre pair on the Equiano subsea cable, allowing Liquid to transport traffic up to 12 Terabits, bringing a much-needed increase in international connectivity in Western and Southern Africa. With older sub-sea cables almost at the end of their lifespan, Liquid through the Equiano cable system will address the growing need for Internet capacity supporting cloud services in both coastal and landlocked countries on the continent. The new Equiano subsea cable will link Africa to Europe via the West Coast of Africa when it is ready for service later in 2022, providing Terabit/s of capacity to meet the growing and varied business needs of ...

Airtel Africa Wants to Get Rid of its Towers to Cut Costs

Sourced from Comms MEA Pan-African telecommunications firm Airtel Africa has reportedly stopped investing in new tower infrastructure in Kenya, and other markets across the continent, as it prepares to sell most of its already-existing infrastructure assets. This is in efforts to reduce ownership of infrastructure as Airtel Africa looks towards leasing instead, according to Business Daily Africa. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is funding Airtel Africa, stated in an investment disclosure that Airtel is looking to focus on a cost-saving “asset-light business model” and has “divested most of its telecommunications tower portfolio” with the telecom operator now apparently in the final stages of divesting the majority of its remaining tower portfolio to other tower companies...

Tizeti Partners Microsoft to Boost High-Speed Internet in Nigeria

Sourced from Wikimedia Microsoft, the US-founded tech megacorp, and West African solar-based internet service provider Tizeti have announced a new collaboration to boost high-speed internet in Nigeria with the “Airband initiative”. The initiative will see the rollout of high-speed Airband internet infrastructure in Oyo State, in the southwest of Africa’s most populous country. According to the announcement, the Airband initiative supports both Microsoft and Tizeti’s shared goal of connecting more people to the internet in a cost-efficient way, as well as part of its commitment to empowering more Nigerians, stimulating economic activities, and widening the broadband envelope in Africa with affordable broadband connectivity. Millions of Nigerians Still Facing Digital Exclusion With forty per...

Could Vodacom Unseat Rival MTN After These 2 Massive Acquisitions?

Image sourced from SABC News. Vodacom South Africa has announced two major acquisitions today – the buying of a 55% controlling stake in Vodafone Egypt, the North African country’s largest telecom, and a major move in SA’s local fibre market through a new deal with Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) that will see a co-controlling interest in the hands of Vodacom. Currently the third-largest telecom company in Africa, these two acquisitions better position Vodacom to unseat long-time rival MTN as Africa’s top telecom. The Vodafone Egypt Deal Vodacom Group South Africa is reportedly entering the North Africa market for the first time ever after announcing that it will seek to acquire Vodafone Egypt from Vodafone Group for $2.7-billion. Vodafone Group, a UK-based mega-corp, is the parent com...

Telkom Adds MTN as Roaming Partner

Telkom has announced that its customers now have access to three networks following the group’s recent addition of telecom giant MTN as a roaming partner. Telkom operates a network of approximately 6,900 base stations & continues to expand this footprint. It entered into an agreement with Vodacom South Africa for 2G, 3G and 4G services in December 2018. In this latest agreement, effective 1 November 2021, MTN South Africa has been added for the provision of 2G, 3G & 4G services. According to Lunga Siyo, CEO of Telkom Consumer, this innovative approach to network deployment allows Telkom to give customers the best coverage the country has to offer whether on the Telkom network or through network partners. “The access to MTN South Africa’s 2G, 3G and 4G network adds coverage while re...

Telkom SA Further Slashes Data Prices for Summer

Telkom SA has launched a new set of postpaid promotional deals and prepaid LTE deals offering more value to its mobile customers. These new data price reductions come not long after the semi-private telco announced its 1GB mobile data bundle reduction to R79 and the introduction of a new and affordable 1.5GB + 1.5GB All Network data bundle at R89. Now, to kickstart summer, Telkom is revealing more Monate value through its Summer 2021 propositions available immediately. On Prepaid LTE, Telkom has introduced: 6GB data at R49 – 3GB anytime data and 3GB night surfer data, valid for 14 days, which replaces the current 2GB + 2GB at the same price; and 15GB data at R99 – 7,5GB anytime data and 7,5GB night data, valid for 61 days for anytime data and 31 days for night surfer, replacing its 5GB + 5...

Liquid Telecoms Expands Reach to Rural Communities in Malawi

Pan-African telecoms company, Liquid Telecom has announced that it will provide VSAT connectivity services to mbora, a pioneering new social enterprise in Malawi that is providing free connectivity to people living and working in rural areas through community hubs. Each hub is serviced with broadband speeds of up to 36mbps, which in turn enables mbora and its content partners to digitally deliver their services to mbora users over a free internet connection. Liquid Telecom is using the latest High-Throughput-Satellite of its long-term partner Intelsat and providing an uncapped data service to mbora. mbora is aiming to build 150 hubs encircling Lake Malawi and to expand across the region and according to the companies, the first community hub is now live in a lakeshore village near Mangochi...