Airtel Africa partners Cisco to provide secure internet for SMEs

AFRICA – Airtel Africa, a telecommunications and mobile money services, has announced that its B2B provider, Airtel Business, has formed a new partnership with Cisco. The partnership will provide secure internet access to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa and will be in support of their digital transformation journeys. The partnership bundles Airtel Africa’s fixed connectivity solutions with Cisco Umbrella, a cloud-based, plug and play security solution. The combination will secure businesses’ online transaction channels. Initially, the solution will be available in Kenya, Uganda, CongoBrazzaville, and Madagascar before rolling…

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Madrid-headquartered Marco acquires controlling stake in Africa Communications Media Group

AFRICA – Marco, brand building and reputation management firm, has acquired a 51% stake in Africa Communications Media Group (ACG) as it broadens its geographic reach across the African continent. ACG is headquartered in Johannesburg (South Africa), with offices in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Nairobi (Kenya) as well as long-standing partners in Kigali (Rwanda), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Lagos (Nigeria) and additional affiliated offices in more than 40 other countries across the African continent. They work with clients including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mercedes Benz, Bloomberg and Ethiopian Airlines. ACG…

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Africa Data Centres secures US$253m to expand its business

SOUTH AFRICA – Africa Data Centres, the Carrier-neutral co-location data centre provider, has secured an investment of almost R4 billion (US$253.85m) to expand its two Johannesburg-based data centres from 30MW to 100MW of IT load, reports IT Web. The company owns and operates Africa’s largest network of interconnected, carrier- and cloud-neutral data centre facilities. It is securing land to build a third data centre location in Johannesburg (and its fourth in SA) within the next two years. This will be its largest location – generating 50MW. Africa Data Centres forms…

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MTN exits Yemen as it shifts focus on the African market

SOUTH AFRICA – MTN Group has announced the Group’s exit from our operation in Yemen in a transaction that furthers the delivery of our Ambition 2025 strategy and is in line with our intention – first announced in August 2020 – to exit the Middle East. Effective 17 November 2021, MTN Group transferred our majority shareholding in MTN Yemen to Emerald International Investment LCC. Emerald is a subsidiary of Zubair Investment Centre LLC, an affiliate of Zubair Corporation LLC, which is the minority shareholder in MTN Yemen. “The decision to…

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MTN to sell its South Africa cellphone towers to IHS in a US$413.5m deal

SOUTH AFRICA – MTN South Africa has reached an agreement to sell its cellphone towers to IHS Towers for R6.4 billion (US$413.5 million), in a transaction that would help bolster the company’s arsenal for the anticipated auction of spectrum. MTN is selling and will lease back, 5,709 of its towers in South Africa, which include some 4 000 “greenfield” and 1,700 rooftop sites. The telco will also outsource power and related services. “Proceeds will be reinvested into strategic growth initiatives, such as securing high demand spectrum frequencies, and providing MTN…

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Africa Data Centres set to develop more facilities in Nairobi

KENYA – Africa Data Centres, a leading carrier-neutral co-location data centre provider, has announced it will be developing two further facilities in Nairobi. The company has begun the development of a second data centre of up to 20MW of IT load and is securing land for a third facility. This represents an investment of more than US$200 million and will double the country’s data centre capacity. This will develop Kenya as a key digital hub, providing reliable digital infrastructure needs. “Africa Data Centres currently has the leading carrier-neutral data center…

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Airtel Money launches virtual payment solution in Zambia to improve e-commerce payments

ZAMBIA – Airtel Money, a telecommunication company, has launched the Airtel Money Mastercard virtual payment solution in Zambia, to improve e-commerce payments in the country. The Airtel Money Mastercard will Airtel Money customers in the country, even those without a bank account, to make global e-commerce payments safely and securely, underpinned by a growing demand for digital payments. This forms part of Airtel Africa’s strategic partnership with Mastercard to give over 100 million Airtel Africa mobile phone users across 14 African countries access to Mastercard’s global network. The virtual (non-plastic,…

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Global communications company launches its RTE in Africa

GHANA – Viasat Inc., a global communications company, has announced the launch of its first Real-Time Earth (RTE) facility in Africa, located in Accra, Ghana. Viasat worked in partnership with the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI), a government-based institution under Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), It is focused in coordinating all space, science, technology and related activities in Ghana, to bring new space opportunities and jobs to the region, while expanding Viasat’s ability to deliver critical earth observation and remote sensing data on-demand around the world. With this…

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SEACOM appoints Tejpal Bedi as MD and Regional Head of Sales for ENEA region

ENEA – SEACOM, a Pan-African telecommunications services provider, has announced the new appointment of Tejpal Bedi to the role of Managing Director (MD) and Regional Head of Sales for the ENEA region, effective from 1 November 2021. According to a statement from the firm, Tejpal Bedi joins SEACOM with a wealth of experience in leading and driving high performing organisations within the telecommunications and ICT sectors in East Africa. Before joining SEACOM, he was MD of CloudSmiths East Africa, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to this, he…

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Vodacom acquires stake in Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Vodacom Group says it has agreed on terms to acquire a strategic stake in Community Investment Ventures Holdings’ fibre assets to boost its fibre business, reports Businesstech. Vodacom Group will hold a co-controlling 30% equity interest in a newly formed InfraCo entity into which all of the material assets currently owned by Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and Vumatel will be transferred in addition to certain Vodacom owned fibre assets. The mobile operator said it has an option to acquire an additional 10% stake in InfraCo to 40%.…

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