September 17, 2023

Prof. Danbatta Reveals: How Nigeria’s Telecom Sector Became a $77 Billion Giant

Amidst the bustling cityscape of Kano on a sunny Saturday, a revelation that would underscore Nigeria’s telecom ascent was about to be unveiled. Prof. Umar Danbatta, the charismatic Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), met with media stakeholders to unfold a tale of exponential growth. Highlights: According to the latest figures, the telecoms […]

September 9, 2023

MTN Group’s Strategic Move: American Tower to Acquire Nigerian Tower Assets

In a significant move that underscores the dynamic nature of Africa’s wireless infrastructure landscape, MTN Group, the continent’s premier wireless carrier, has unveiled a pivotal agreement with American Tower Corp. This deal, set to reshape the operational dynamics of MTN’s Nigerian tower assets, is a testament to MTN’s strategic vision and American Tower’s growing interest […]

September 8, 2023

Nigeria: Banks’ Outstanding USSD Debt to Telcos, a Roadblock to Nigeria Financial Inclusion goals

LAGOS – In a rapidly digitizing world, financial inclusion remains a cornerstone of economic growth and empowerment. USSD, a service that allows mobile phone users to interact with a remote application, has been a linchpin in Nigeria’s push towards greater financial inclusion. However, in Nigeria, a sizable N120 billion unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) debt […]

September 2, 2023

Glo Fined N10 Million for Poor Service, Customers Demand Compensation

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fined Globacom N10 million for poor service. The fine is the result of a series of complaints from subscribers about the quality of Globacom’s network. The NCC said that Globacom had failed to meet the minimum standards set by the commission for quality of service. The commission also said […]

South Africa Bans Starlink Over Regulatory Concerns

The South African government has banned the use of Starlink, a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, over regulatory concerns. The ban was announced by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) on Monday, August 22. The DTPS said that the ban was necessary to “ensure that all stakeholders are protected and that the […]

June 6, 2021

Safaricom Wins Ethiopia Telecom License, But Challenges Remain

According to one banker familiar with the auction, the Ethiopian government, two years ago, thought it was selling the “last Coca-Cola in the desert” when it opted to reverse decades of policy by opening up the country’s telecoms monopoly to outside competition. Considering that Ethiopia is home to 114 million people and has experienced economic […]