Nigeria to gain 25 operators in just a few months

Nigeria's Communications Commission has recently awarded 25 Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) licences.

This development marks a crucial turning point, transitioning Nigeria from having only four major mobile operators – MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9Mobile – to welcoming nearly 30 new players.

This milestone is not merely an expansion but a strategic endeavour to foster competition, bridge the digital divide, and enhance connectivity—especially in rural and...

Nokia and Safaricom trial Africa’s first 5G FWA network slicing

Nokia and Safaricom have trialled Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network slicing on a live 4G and 5G network in Africa.

Network slicing enables operators to divide their networks into multiple virtual slices that can be optimised for a specific application or service. Each slice can be given its own priority in addition to different levels of security.

The pioneering trial utilised a multi-vendor network environment and included RAN, transport, and core as well as software...

ITU and Vodafone launch initiative to connect 3.4B unconnected

United Nations agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has partnered with Vodafone to launch an initiative to connect 3.4 billion people.

An internet connection is increasingly vital in the modern world to unlock opportunities. Faster connections can mean even greater opportunity, but any connection is better than none.

According to research (PDF) by the ITU last year, of the 3.7 billion people who are not connected to the internet, 3.4 billion live within the...