Olusola Teniola, president of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and his peer of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, expressed their desires to accomplish great achievements that will thoroughly transform the local market this year.

Read more: Promising year for the telecom market in Nigeria

In light of AfricaCom 2018, Eutelsat announced the research results about the growth of satellite reception in Sub-Saharan African. Afar-reaching in-depth study, led by Nielsen, of television reception throughout Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast, has positioned Eutelsat as satellite market leader within these countries. The face-to-face interviews were conducted with 3,000 households in Nigeria, 2,000 in Cameroun and 2,000 in Ivory Coast, representative of the population of the geographical area surveyed.

Read more: Eutelsat placed as satellite market leader across three African countries

Recently, Kenyan communications authority revealed that the mobile money segment recorded 730.2 million transaction in the third quarter of 2018, which is worth 2 trillion Kenyan shillings ($19.6 billion), a 19.45% rise on a year-on-year basis. Back in Q3, 2017, the mobile money service recorded 611.3 million transactions valued for about $18.6 million.

Read more: Mobile money transactions hit $20bn in Q3 in Kenya

During his participation at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference (ITUPP) in Dubai, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt Amr Talaat has met with high level figures and peers to discuss cooperation at the level of ICT development in Egypt.

Read more: Egypt’s Minister of ICT discusses cooperation with major industry stakeholders

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it will provide $15.4 million to offer greater access to broadband internet in East Africa, thus improving communications. The region has been suffering from a gap at the level of connectivity which has had negative repercussions on the region’s economic development and innovation.

Read more: Europe commits to improving communications in East Africa

APO Group, the leading media relations consultancy and press release distribution service in Africa and the Middle East, announced the appointment of Lionel Reina as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Founder and 100% owner of APO Group, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, 43, will become Chairman. His focus will be on delivering high-level counsel for APO Group clients and developing his own investment fund dedicated to Africa.

Read more: APO Group assigns former Orange senior executive a new position

As part of its restructuring strategy, Angola has decided to create the National Data Protection Agency soon, announced Mário Oliveira, Secretary of State for Telecommunications, during a meeting of the Platform of Social Media Regulators of the Portuguese Speaking Countries (PER). The exact date of the launch hasn’t been disclosed.

Read more: Angola announces plans to establish a national data protection agency

Eutelsat Communications has ordered two new satellites from Airbus Defence and Space to replace the three existing HOTBIRD satellites at its 13° East flagship neighborhood. These all-electric high-power satellites are set to enter into service in 2022, serving Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Read more: Eutelsat replaces three HOTBIRD satellites to enhance broadcasting quality

Whale Cloud and Alibaba Group have recently announced their collaboration with the Republic of Ghana with the aim of transforming Accra into a smart city. The two Chinese companies have pledged to offer their IoT, Big Data, Cloud and AI solutions to accelerate the achievement of this goal.

Read more: African city embarks on its journey to become a smart city