Ethio Telecom, the incumbent operator in Ethiopia, has recently announced a collaboration with the Addis Ababa city administration to implement a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) and state-of-the-art infrastructure. This initiative aims to establish seamless and reliable connectivity across various offices within the Ethiopian capital.

Read more: Ethio Telecom to Build Smart City in Addis Ababa

Cameroon's Telecommunications Regulatory Board (ART) has imposed fines totaling XAF6 billion (US$9.8 million) on the country's four mobile network operators (MNOs) for their subpar network quality. The penalties were issued due to repeated violations of quality and coverage requirements stated in their operating agreements. Among the MNOs, Orange Cameroon received the highest fine of XAF2.2 billion, followed by Viettel (Nexttel) with XAF1.6 billion, MTN Cameroon with XAF1.4 billion and CamTel (Blue) with XAF800 million.

Read more: Mobile Network Operators Fined XAF 6 Billion

Henok Teferra Shawl, chief external affairs and regulatory officer at Safaricom, recently took part in a plenary discussion organized by the IFC (International Finance Corporation) focusing on the expansion of digital solutions in the agricultural sector for its future growth.

Read more: Safaricom PLC Committed to Transforming Farming for a Sustainable Future

Celtiis, a state-owned mobile operator in Benin, achieved a 4.12% market share during its initial three months of operation, according to the country's telecom watchdog, ARCEP. With 599,727 subscribers, Celtiis entered a market previously dominated by MTN and Moov Africa. Both incumbents experienced a decline in their market share, with MTN dropping from 60.57% to 58.21% and Moov Africa decreasing from 39.43% to 37.66%. Celtiis, supported by the government and Sonatel, aims to bring more competition to Benin's mobile telephony market.

Read more: Benin's Celtiis Captures 4.12% Market Share in First Quarter of Activity

With a bold ambition to achieve 80% broadband penetration by 2025, the Tanzanian government, with support from the World Bank, has embarked on a project dubbed Digital Tanzania in partnership with mobile network operators that will see the extension of broadband services to 713 wards, which translates to 1,407 villages, and benefit over 8.5 million Tanzanians across the country upon its completion.

Read more: Vodacom Tanzania Joins Operators to Greatly Expand Coverage

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has proudly announced its pioneering achievement as the first operator in the country to introduce 5G services on a trial basis. Following the necessary approval from the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), the operator has successfully activated 5G base stations in two prominent locations: Clocktower Mall in Blantyre and the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe. TNM plans to additionally expand the reach of these accessible 5G pilot sites to include Mzuzu and Zomba in the near future.

Read more: Breaking Barriers: TNM Becomes Malawi's First 5G Pilot Operator

Safaricom Ethiopia, through its newly established and wholly owned subsidiary, Safaricom M-PESA Mobile Financial Services PLC (Private Limited Company), received the Payment Instrument Issuer License from the National Bank of Ethiopia, which enables it to avail mobile financial services to its customers under the trademark M-PESA.

Read more: Safaricom Ethiopia Receives M-PESA License

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