Uganda has deported the Belgian head of South African telecoms giant MTN's local branch, making him the fourth employee to be kicked out of the country this year. Police spokesman Fred Enanga said that MTN Uganda's chief executive Wim Vanhelleputte had been deported on “over national security”. Gordian Kyomukama, currently chief technology officer, had been appointed acting chief executive “to ensure business continuity”.
At a 5G launch event in Beijing that doubled up as a pre-briefing for the MWC Barcelona 2019, Huawei officially launched its 5G multi-mode chipset Balong 5000 – along with the first commercial 5G device powered by it, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. Together, these two new products provide the world's fastest wireless connections for your smartphone, your home, the office, and on the go.
Telecom Egypt and Orange Data announced the signing of a new agreement on bitstream access services. Orange Data is the first operator to sign this agreement aiming to provide its customers with higher speed internet services. The agreement avails the use of new technologies including fiber to the home (FTTH) and VDSL raising the maximum speed to 100Mbps from 16Mbps previously.
Etisalat today received ‘The Most Valuable Portfolio Brand’ in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by Brand Finance as recognition for the company’s impressive portfolio of brands becoming the first Middle East group to break the $10 billion barrier in terms of wider portfolio value.
Airtel Kenya, subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, has signed an agreement with Telkom Kenya to merge their respective mobile, enterprise and carrier services businesses to create a new joint entity, Airtel Telkom. This move will likely increase competition in the Kenyan market with telecom leader Safaricom.
According to sources, India’s Bharti Airtel is in talks to buy Telkom Kenya, the smallest telecoms operator in East Africa, aiming to create a stronger competitor to market leader Safaricom.
Telecom Egypt, owned by the government of Egypt with a share of 80%, announced changes in its Board of Directors by a decree from the Egyptian Prime Minister with immediate effect and for the remaining period of Board of Directors. The Board of Directors appointed Eng. Adel Hamed as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Mohamed Abdel Bassit as its new Regional CEO for Middle East and West Africa (MEWA), effective January 1, 2019.
Hélène Auriol Potier has been appointed Executive Vice President, International at Orange Business Services. She joins Orange from Microsoft where she spent 10 years, most recently as General Manager, Artificial Intelligence, Western Europe.
Safaricom announced the launch of a new service to its Mobile Money service, M-Pesa, which allows subscribers to obtain a bank overdraft directly from their mobile phone. The service is known under the name of Fuliza and it authorizes users to borrow an amount reaching 50,000 shillings ($ 490.71) with a 0.5% interest per day.