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  1. Vodacom, Safaricom pick up M-Pesa

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    Last year, Vodafone struck a deal to sell its financial service platform M-Pesa to a joint venture from Vodacom and Safaricom. The financial details of the deal remain unclear, but it has been suggested by Safaricom that the platform is worth around $13 million.   Now, the deal has been completed…

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  2. COVID-19 won’t stand in the way of Ireland’s broadband

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    National Broadband Ireland (NBI) won the contract for the nation’s €3 billion National Broadband Plan (NBP) late last year and it has no time to waste if it wants to hit its target of connecting 130…

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  3. Negotiations for sale of BT Ireland fall through

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    In April 2019, BT announced that it was looking to offload its Irish unit, worth roughly €300 million. Bidders in the process were numerous, with London-based private equity firm Mayfair Equity Partners coming out on top…

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  4. What are UK operators doing to support their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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    April 6th   Sure, Guernsey's incumbent operator, is offering a range of measures to help keep the island connected, including upgrading all 'basic' broadband customers to 'standard', ensuring faster internet service. It also offers free roaming for those customers caught abroad and unable to return, free calls to COVID-19 support lines, and free 24-hour landline calls for customers using Piper Lifeline service or who are on the Telephone Assistance Scheme   BT's CEO Philip Jansen is generously donating his salary to NHS workers for the next six months. He also noted that frontline BT staff, who are working to keep the networks up and running, will be receiving a pay rise, and that no BT staff will lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus.   Virgin Media has announced it will give its TV customers access to 18 additional channels free of charge until May 2nd, including Comedy Central, Discovery, Fox, Gold and MTV. The move builds on last month's decision to offer a range of kids TV channels for free (see below).   April 3rd   Tesco Mobile offers all pay-as-you-go and pay-monthly customers free evening (8pm to 8am) and weekend calls.  …

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  5. China Mobile sticks with domestic vendors for $5.2bn 5G contract

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    Given the ongoing economic pressure going on between China and the US, Beijing has been keen in the last year to stress that the country’s borders were open for foreign business. However, this pledge has not stopped its largest state-owned mobile carrier, China Mobile, from giving the majority of its 5G business to domestic players…

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