Xalam Blog

February 13, 2018

South Africa’s Proposed ICT Law: Full of Pitfalls, with Upside

South Africa’s proposed ICT Bill, if enacted, would be arguably the most pivotal piece of legislation to come to the market since 2005. We say the Bill is a well-meaning attempt to right the market’s wrongs; nonetheless, using 4G spectrum as the primary lever to
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February 13, 2018

Making Sense of Zimbabwe’s Surprisingly Solid Telecoms Market 🔒

In the face of one of the most systematic exercises in economic destruction Africa has ever witnessed, Zimbabwe has surprisingly emerged as one of the most important telecoms markets in the region. What's behind such a performance? The explanations leave us with much trepidation for
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January 31, 2018

Why Sanctions Against African Telcos are Skyrocketing – and Why it Matters 🔒

The number of fine procedures against African telecoms operators has tripled over the past two years. The fines are getting more diverse and costlier. This is a game that works for governments and (at some level) operators. The main loser? The African consumer, who, somewhat
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January 29, 2018

Can African Data Centers Survive a Deficient Power Supply Infrastructure?

Few places would seem as ill-fitted for the operation of a power-hungry modern data  center  as sub-Saharan Africa. And yet, African data center operators (DCOs) are doing it. How do DCOs survive a dauntingly deficient power supply infrastructure? We say they work around it.
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