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    1. September 24, 2014

      Africa’s MTN reinvents itself via music

      Tiwa Savage, a star of the UK’s X-factor television show; Praiz, an up-and-coming soul musician; and Davido, a popular...

    2. September 4, 2014

      IHS pays $2bn to buy MTN telecoms towers

      IHS, the African mobile infrastructure group, will double the size of its business following a $2bn deal to acquire more...

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    1. August 7, 2014

      MTN presses ahead with plans for 20-year licence in Syria

      MTN is pressing ahead with plans to acquire a 20-year mobile phone licence in Syria, in spite of the four-year civil...

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      May 15, 2014

      The surge in Africa direct investment

      The multi-billion dollar wave of foreign direct investment into Africa is well known among investors. Less known is another...

    3. May 4, 2014

      Poor infrastructure holds back Nigeria’s broadband revolution

      Less than five years ago, internet speeds in Lagos were so slow that digital entertainment entrepreneur Jason Njoku used to...

    4. November 27, 2013

      Turkcell sues MTN in Johannesburg over Iran licence

      Turkcell has resumed its legal battle with MTN over the South African group’s Iran operations as it filed a lawsuit in...

    5. October 10, 2013

      Telecoms and mobile broadband can boost Nigeria GDP

      Kola Aina runs a technology solutions company in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. He owns an iPhone, which is his “primary personal...

    6. beyondbrics

      October 9, 2013

      S Africa: MTN and Vodacom face antitrust complaints

      MTN is one of Africa’s most ubiquitous brands, its sunny blue and yellow logo peppering every street corner from capital...

    7. beyondbrics

      July 16, 2013

      Can Orange cut it in Africa mobile money?

      Mobile money services in Africa isn’t just all about M-Pesa in Kenya. Orange Mobile has just rolled out its first...

    8. July 2, 2013

      Telecoms: Dealings in the danger zone

      As the international community was weighing whether to impose yet more sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme,...

    9. April 5, 2013

      Cash-laden oligarchs hunt pastures new

      Hours after Rosneft finalised a deal to buy out the oligarch founders of rival oil producer TNK-BP last month, Mikhail...

    10. April 1, 2013

      France Telecom outsources African towers

      France Telecom has agreed a deal to outsource more than 2,000 mobile towers across Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon to IHS, the...

    11. March 6, 2013

      MTN seeks telecoms licence in Myanmar

      MTN, the emerging markets mobile phone operator, has joined the list of companies expressing an interest in obtaining an...

    12. March 3, 2013

      Ericsson’s Iran role under scrutiny

      A US lawmaker is raising concerns about Ericsson’s dealings in Iran, claiming that the Swedish telecommunications equipment...

    13. December 14, 2012

      Ramaphosa returns to S Africa spotlight

      For a man who shies away from the limelight, Cyril Ramaphosa, the stalwart of the South African struggle who is now a...

    14. November 27, 2012

      Luxury: Wealth and attention to style draw in big brands

      During the oil boom of the early 1970s, Yakubu Gowon, head of state, famously declared that Nigeria’s problem was not making...

    15. November 27, 2012

      Telecoms: Status symbols that have the upper hand

      Even by the standard of Lagos’ ubiquitous traffic jams, the queue into Computer Village is bad. Cars jerk through the...

    16. beyondbrics

      November 15, 2012

      Namibia: first "Springbok" bond?

      It might be a small issue, but it’s a first: Namibia has issued a $96m bond denominated in South African rand, the first...

    17. September 24, 2012

      Rwandan Patriotic Front: Party builds a formidable business group

      Within days of seizing power in 1994, the victorious Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) was taking charge of everything from the...

    18. July 12, 2012

      S Africa suspends ambassador over Iran lawsuit

      South Africa has suspended its former ambassador to Iran in relation to corruption allegations made in a $4.2bn lawsuit...

    19. June 5, 2012

      MTN in South Africa corruption probe

      South African police have opened investigations into allegations of corruption against MTN that relate to the emerging...

    20. May 22, 2012

      Africa: MTN makes the right connection

      While brands from China, Russia, India and Brazil are now regular features in the BrandZ Top 100, until this year’s ranking...

    21. April 12, 2012

      MTN defends operations in Iran

      MTN, the emerging markets mobile phone group, mounted a blistering defence of its Iranian operations after rival Turkcell...

    22. March 13, 2012

      South Africa looks for alternatives to Iran oil

      The South African government plans to have alternatives to Iranian oil in place by the end of May as western powers tighten...

    23. beyondbrics

      March 7, 2012

      MTN: bumpy road to growth

      embed2 MTN, the South Africa-based telecoms group with operations in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, left...

    24. February 2, 2012

      MTN to probe Iran bribery allegations

      MTN, the South African telecommunications group, said on Thursday that it was setting up a special committee to investigate...

    25. November 22, 2011

      Telecoms: Mobile operators look to dial into rural market

      The red and white mobile phone signal masts scattered across the Lagos skyline are an eye-catching symbol of the growth of...

    26. November 22, 2011

      Capital markets: Meltdown opens the way for a sounder exchange

      Nearly three years after the Nigerian stock market lost two-thirds of its value in the space of 12 months, many in the...

    27. November 3, 2011

      Gateway to Africa: Investment springboard found to have flaws

      When Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer by sales, last year offered $2.4bn for a controlling stake in South Africa’s...

    28. May 30, 2011

      Reliance in upbeat mood despite fall in profits

      Just over three years ago, India’s Reliance Communications was riding high. Shares in the telecoms operator, the flagship of...

    29. March 26, 2011

      All Saints in talks for £100m injection

      All Saints is in exclusive talks with a consortium made up of Lebanese investment group M1 Group and ex-Goldman Sachs banker...

    30. March 10, 2011

      Anglo’s new African director

      Out with the old, in with the new at Anglo American. Two figures who best sum up the old South African business...

    31. January 25, 2011

      Violence after Hizbollah kingmaking

      A protester in Sidon as Lebanese security forces prepared for a ‘day of rage’ Hizbollah and its allies in Lebanon have...

    32. October 20, 2010

      Gulf telecoms set for calmer times

      Two tones: owning more than one mobile phone has become increasingly common in the region Nokia-toting teenagers and...

    33. October 6, 2010

      Algeria moves to knock Vimpelcom’s plans

      Vimpelcom’s plans to combine with most of the telecoms assets of Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian entrepreneur, have suffered a...

    34. September 29, 2010

      Row escalates over Orascom Algeria unit

      The head of Orascom Telecom’s Algerian subsidiary has been called in for police questioning over allegations that the mobile...

    35. July 5, 2010

      France Telecom hints at new web fees

      France Telecom on Monday signalled that it is preparing to follow the example of AT&T by charging its bandwidth-hungry...

    36. June 27, 2010

      Reliance seals mobile masts deal

      Reliance Communications, Anil Ambani’s flagship company, has sold its mobile mast arm in one of the biggest mergers seen in...

    37. June 14, 2010

      Wind Hellas launches strategic review

      Wind Hellas, the Greek mobile phone operator controlled by Egyptian entrepreneur Naguib Sawiris, is embarking on a strategic...

    38. June 9, 2010

      MTN halts deal talks with Orascom

      MTN of South Africa on Wednesday terminated talks about a possible deal to buy the African mobile phone assets of Orascom...

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