South Sudan made almost $1 billion from oil sales since resuming production in April, of which it had to pass on a quarter to arch foe Sudan for exporting crude through its territory, the oil ministry said on Thursday.

The landlocked African nation needs to export the crude, its economic lifeline, through two pipelines crossing Sudan, from which it seceded in 2011 after decades of civil war.

Ericsson AB, the world’s largest maker of wireless-network equipment, plans to expand its network-management services in Africa as more phone companies outsource the technical side of their business.

Ericsson, which has contracts to manage Africa network services for New Delhi-based Bharti Airtel and Atlantique Telecom, is in talks with more operators on the continent, Kamar Abass, managing director of Ericsson Nigeria Ltd. and head of regional accounts for sub-Saharan Africa, said in an interview on Aug. 27 in Lagos, the commercial capital. Atlantic Telecom is a unit of Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Telecommunications Corp. (ETISALAT), known as Etisalat.

Ethiopia Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

Ethiopian Airlines will increase its fleet of 787 Boeing Dreamliner airplanes despite the difficulties the aircraft had faced this year, the airline's CEO said on Thursday.

"We like the airplane, it is our future, we are going to order more and we are going to enjoy the benefits of this airplane," Tewolde Gebremariam told reporters.

Bharti Airtel Ltd. (BHARTI), the Indian wireless company with operations in 17 African countries, said data usage on the continent will accelerate after more than doubling in the year through June.

“We do not expect this rate of growth to show any significant change in the short-to-medium term,” Andre Beyers, chief marketing officer of Nairobi-based Airtel Africa, said in an Aug. 23 response to e-mailed questions. “If anything, with the further increase in smartphone penetration, our continuous expanding coverage and some more exciting products, this growth rate might even further improve.”

Zimbabwe Victoria Falls (Turismo)

Zimbabwe plans to build a "Disneyland in Africa" at the world famous Victoria Falls to boost tourism, a government minister has told the BBC.

The government would spend more than $300m (£193m) on the theme park, said Tourist Minister Walter Mzembi.

More than 250 companies have been invited to an international investors' conference for South Sudan in November, which was announced this week, and which officials hope will be a step forward in breaking the country's dependence on oil revenue.

“We need to boost our private sector and therefore we need to invite investors so that they can boost our economy by investing in our country," Deputy Finance Minister Mary Jervas Yak said. 

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