Broadband

Submarine cable laying enters second phase

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) Consortium has announced the start of the next phase of the ACE submarine cable system to expand broadband connectivity and digital services in Africa. For this phase, which is the second, the submarine cable system is being extended to South Africa. The 5 000km extension from island of Sao Tomé ...

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NCC breaks silence over MTN Nigeria fine

MTN Rwanda

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has justified the N1,04 trillion sanction imposed on MTN Nigeria. The Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, said they acted “in the interest of the public” which has been suffering security challenges. He said the fine was a result of violation of Section 20(1) of the Registration of Telephone Subscribers ...

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BREAKING: Nigeria woes claim MTN Chairman’s scalp

MTN Group President and CEO, Mr Sifiso Dabengwa, photo by Gift Ndolwane, CAJ News Africa

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE MTN Group has appointed a new chairman following the resignation of Sifiso Dabengwa, whose resignation is the latest twist in the company’s problems in Nigeria. Phuthuma Nhleko has been appointed as Executive Chairman in a temporary capacity. Dabengwa confirmed his resignation on Monday morning. “Due to the most unfortunate prevailing circumstances occurring at MTN Nigeria, I, in the interest ...

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Safaricom secures M-PESA partnerships with banks

Rwanda Mobile money

NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – SAFARICOM, Kenya ‘s leading  mobile operator, has partnered with a number of banks to enable real-time transfer of funds. The partnership with eight more financial institutions enables businesses which use Lipa Na M-PESA to transfer funds from their Lipa Na M-PESA tills to their bank accounts any day of the week. The new partnerships with KCB, ...

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BREAKING :JSE halts trade on MTN Group

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE MTN Group’s woes emanating from its hefty fine in Nigeria have taken a new twist after the Johannesburg Stock Exchange suspended all trade of stock of the mobile network operator. John Burke, Director Issuer Regulation at the JSE, confirmed the development. “The JSE has halted all trading on MTN Group Limited. Trading will resume as soon as ...

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BREAKING : MTN Nigeria suffers new setback

Mteto Nyati, MTN SA new CEO

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – MTN Nigeria has failed in its attempts to have its landmark N1,04 trillion (US$5,2 billion fine the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) imposed on it lowered, it has emerged. This follows a series of meetings between MTN management team from South Africa and Nigeria with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. An official of the telecommunications company, ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Record fine leaves SA’s MTN in a quandary in Nigeria

MTN Centre in Kigali, Rwanda

from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Lagos and SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Johannesburg LAGOS, (CAJ News) – MTN, the continent’s largest network operator by market share, finds itself in a lurch in its biggest market after the Nigeria Communications Commission fined it heavily for allegedly undermining efforts by the government to tackle security challenges and the war against terror and allied crimes. This ...

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Mobile industry reacts to record NCC penalty

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – MOBILE network operators have denounced the fine the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has imposed on fellow operator,MTN Nigeria. The country’s biggest operator has been slapped with a fine of more than N1 trillion for failing to deactivate unregistered subscriber indentify module (SIM) cards on their network, in line with directives by NCC. It is the biggest fine NCC ...

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Rwanda Internet Exchange Point secures support

KIGALI, (CAJ News) – THE Rwanda Internet Exchange Point has received a major boost after the African Union pledged its support to enable it become one of the regional internet exchange points for Eastern Africa. AU has offered its support through the Infrastructure and Energy Department, which has collaborated with the Rwanda Ministry of Youth and Information and Communications Technology of Rwanda. Through the ...

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Mobile telco reacts to hefty NCC fine

MTN Centre in Kigali, Rwanda

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – MTN has confirmed discussions were ongoing with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) after it fined it heftily for allegedly undermining efforts by the Nigerian government to tackle security challenges and the war on terror and allied crimes. This follows the failure to disconnect subscribers with unregistered and incomplete subscriber identification modules (SIM) cards within the stipulated time. On ...

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