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‘Father of African telecoms’ dies

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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.