Africell exits Ugandan market after 7 years

UGANDA – Telecoms company Africell is to exit the Ugandan market, ceasing operations by 7 October 2021 due to what it terms as “long-term commercial outlook.” In a press release, Africell said it had worked closely with the government and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on confirming its decision. The details of this were not disclosed, however, GSMA has been notified of the termination of roaming partner agreements. Africell Uganda’s statement read:  “Africell’s decision to leave Uganda is based on a careful assessment of the long-term commercial outlook for the business…

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Africell expedites launch of mobile services in Angola with Oracle

ANGOLA – Africell has selected Oracle Communications converged charging, policy, and billing solutions to help the fast-growing network operator to monetize its mobile services in Angola while providing an easy and intuitive experience for customers. “Africell is committed to establishing fast and reliable mobile connectivity in the local communities we serve,” said Younes Chaaban, Africell’s Chief Technical Officer. “As we grow our business, we need flexible and scalable charging and revenue management systems that support our prepaid and post-paid service models and which will support future 5G services. Oracle’s complete…

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MFS Africa partners Afrimoney to enter into Sierra Leone’s market

SIERRA LEONE – Mobile money company MFS Africa has entered Sierra Leone via a partnership with mobile network operator Africell’s mobile money business, Afrimoney. As a result of the partnership between MFS Africa and Afrimoney, users of mobile transfer operators that are connected to MFS Africa’s hub, including MoneyGram, World Remit and Xoom, will be able to send money to digital currency mobile wallets within Sierra Leone. The partnership follows Africell’s receipt of a US$105 million commercial loan facility to help drive its African growth plans, last month. MFS Africa’s…

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Africell and Nokia to deploy a 5G-ready network in Angola

ANGOLA – Mobile technology company Africell has partnered with Nokia to deploy Nokia’s network technologies in Angola. The multi-million Euro deal significantly expands the footprint of both Nokia and Africell in Africa. Under the terms of the agreement, Africell will use the latest cloud technologies to achieve cost efficiency gains from shared infrastructure, as well as improved control and flexibility which enable highly differentiated products and services. For the first phase of its new network in Angola, Africell will use Nokia’s AirScale Single Radio AccessNetwork (S-RAN) across up to 700 sites. The network will support 2G,…

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Christopher Lundh appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Africell Angola

ANGOLA – Africell Group has announced the appointment of Christopher Lundh as Chief Executive Officer of Africell Angola. Under Mr. Lundh’s stewardship, Africell is expected to deliver on its promise to transform the Angolan telecoms sector by providing affordable, reliable and high-quality mobile telecommunications services to millions of consumers. Christopher Lundh joins Africell after five years as a Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Afghan Wireless. The American national previously held senior leadership roles at companies including Telecel Congo, Africa Online, and Gateway Communications and has extensive experience in…

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Mobile tech company Africell secures US$105m loan facility from international financial institutions

AFRICA – Africell, a mobile technology company, has announced the successful closing of US$105 million syndicate loan facility from a group of blue-chip international financial institutions. The move validates Africell’s long-term expansion strategy in Africa and gives the Group the financial strength required to maintain its growth across the continent. The syndicate consists of a mix of new and existing lenders to Africell, all distinguished by their experience and track record of investing successfully in emerging markets. The facility was structured and anchored by Gemcorp Capital, with Gramercy Funds Management…

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Aviat Networks signs agreement with Africell to provide 5G network across Africa

AFRICA – Aviat Networks, Inc., the leading expert in wireless transport solutions, has announced that it has signed a multi-million-dollar agreement with Africell, a mobile operator serving over 12 million subscribers throughout Africa to provide a 5G-ready end-to-end disaggregated transmission network across multiple African countries. The new network, which will be designed, installed, and maintained by Aviat, will include Aviat WTM 4000 and WTM 4800 Multi-band point-to-point radios and CTR microwave switches, and disaggregated cell site gateways (DCSGs). “Leading mobile operators like Africell recognize the operational advantages of a disaggregated…

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