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MTN South Africa and Ericsson have announced South Africa's first 5G customer trial, deployment with a fixed wireless access site at technology company Netstar’s headquarters in Midrand.

Liquid Telecom has completed the acquisition of the remaining 50 per cent stake in its Zambian subsidiary, CEC Liquid Telecom, from Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC.

SOWETO – 07 SEPTEMBER 2018 – Comsol Networks, a leading provider of enterprise-grade wireless infrastructure, and Samsung South Africa have lit up Vilakazi Street in Soweto with a live 5G pilot network.

Comsol has access to the largest tranche of contiguous 28GHz in South Africa, making it the local front-runner for 5G services.

Following the auction which was carried out on 8th June 2018, TCRA hereby announces the successful conclusion of the auction of 2 x 20 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency range.

All spectrum available were assigned, and the results of the Auction are as follows:

Industry partners, MTN South Africa and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), have validated the technological prowess of fifth generation (5G) wireless technology in the first demonstration of its kind in Africa – a live feed from a car on a skid pan at the Gerotek testing facility in Pretoria, mounting terminals in a vehicle on a live 5G network trial, using 100 MHz of spectrum in the 28 GHz band, the audi

[Durban, South Africa, May 23, 2018] In a global first, MTN SA have successfully commercially deployed Huawei’s CloudAIR 2.0 solution to share spectrum between 2G, 3G, 4G and NB-IoT radio technologies in the 900 MHz band.

SEOUL, South Korea (May 14, 2018) – KT Corp.(KRX: 030200, NYSE: KT) has completed the construction of Rwanda’s nationwide LTE network, the first in Africa by Korea’s top mobile carrier, as part of its efforts to boost global exports in the field of information and communications technology (ICT).

Lusaka – Vodafone Zambia is set to launch 4G voice services (Voice over LTE – VoLTE) commercially within the next three months under a newly acquired license from the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA).

Juba, March 20, 2018 (SSNA) — South Sudan communication authority has suspended operations of Vivacell, citing noncompliance with regulations. The regulator said it acts on the directives of the ministry of information and other relevant bodies.

LUSAKA, March 19 (Reuters) - Zambia has selected a unit of Dutch company Unitel International Holdings as the country’s fourth mobile phone service provider, the communications regulator said on Monday.

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) said in a statement that Unitel had pledged to invest $350 million-plus and create more than 450 direct jobs.

Espoo, Finland - Nokia and Orange Middle East & Africa are rolling out a Nokia single radio access network and network management technology across seven African countries in a three-year modernization project to prepare for the launch of 4G services. To facilitate the deployment Nokia has set up a dedicated West and Central Africa Support Center for Orange.

COTONOU, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Benin’s telecommunications regulator has withdrawn the operating licence of Nigerian mobile telecoms company Globacom’s local unit in a dispute over new terms, according to a document seen on Tuesday.

MTN, Africa's biggest telecommunications company, gained more than 3 per cent on the JSE on Friday, despite the government of Benin expelling MTN Benin chief executive Stephen Blewett.

JOHANNESBURG - Nokia and Vodacom have signed an MoU under which the companies will trial Nokia 5G technology to accelerate the launch of the new technology and enable Vodacom to drive digitalization for the benefit of businesses and individuals in South Africa.

Vodacom’s first commercially available Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network is now operational in Gauteng. Vodacom is the first South African and one of the first African mobile network operators to announce the commercial availability of its NB-IoT network.

This decision by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MINPOSTEL) is motivated by the fact that Northwave Sarl has renounced its status as licensed telecommunications operator by surrendering its entire capital to Afrimax.

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has officially launched a 4.5G network, which the company claims is the first of its kind in the country.

The 4.5G network is expected to improve data service provision, including media streaming and messaging services.

Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone Group”) announces today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vodafone International Holdings B.V. (“Vodafone”), has agreed to transfer part of its indirect shareholding in Safaricom Limited (“Safaricom”) to Vodacom Group Limited (“Vodacom”), its sub-Saharan African subsidiary.

Luxembourg, 3 March, 2017 –Millicom International Cellular S.A. ("Millicom") and Bharti Airtel Limited (“Airtel”), today announced that they have, through their respective subsidiaries, entered into an agreement for Tigo Ghana Limited and Airtel Ghana Limited to combine their operations in Ghana.

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