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‘Father of African telecoms’ dies


Miko Alexis Rwayitare, known as the father of African telecommunications and credited with making the first mobile call on the continent 20 years ago, has died in Belgium. 

The 65-year-old Rwayitare succumbed to complications following routine surgery yesterday (25 September) in a Brussels hospital.
Having made the first mobile call in Africa, back in 1987, Rwayitare went on to build a number of successful mobile networks on the continent.
He is survived by his wife Consolatta and seven children.