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WhatsApp Signs Up 500 Millionth Customer
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

WhatsApp the OTT messaging service has announced that it now has over 500 million active users. In a short statement, the company said that in the last few months, it has grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day. The OTT platform was founded only in February 2009, and had signed up 200 million users by February ...  [Read more]

Operators can reduce their costs and increase their competitiveness with Managed Services
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Kamar Abass is the Managing Director of Ericsson Nigeria and Head of Regional Accounts for Ericsson in Sub-Saharan Africa. He joined Ericsson in August 2008 to lead Marketing & Business Development across one of Ericsson’s largest global customer accounts. In May 2009, he took on the additional responsibility for Global Services sales and delivery across this account. In these roles, Kamar led successful Mobile Broadband campaigns, which ...  [Read more]

London’s Tube Trains to Test NFC Based Mobile Payments
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Transport for London which oversees public transport in the UK's capital city is reportedly preparing to launch a mobile payments scheme based on NFC chips in smartphones. The transport authority already supports contactless payments through its own MiFARE based payment cards, and recently added limited support for direct payments through contactless debit cards. The UK's mobile networks are now set to add support for their own mobile ...  [Read more]

Android Overtakes Apple for Mobile Advertising Traffic
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Just a few months into 2014 the mobile advertising industry is already showing signs of big shifts in mobile traffic and monetization patterns. Android has for the first time become the biggest platform globally for mobile ad traffic surpassing iOS according to Opera Mediaworks. Android phones crept up to take the majority market share from the iPhone at the end of 2013, but traditionally iOS as a platform has always captured the most ...  [Read more]

Ericsson Emphasizes Responsible business, Energy and Technology for Good in 2013
Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson Ericsson has published its 21st Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report summarizing its performance during 2013.   Highlights include: a solidified approach to responsible business including rigorous compliance processes; energy efficient solutions from the company’s product portfolio; and extended reach in providing access to communication for all, including refugees and students in ...  [Read more]

NYU Wireless And Ericsson Join Forces On 5G Mobile Technology
Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Magnus-Frodigh NYU WIRELESS and Ericsson Incorporated announced that the technology firm joined the university center as an affiliate sponsor of research exploring a new generation of wireless technologies, also known as “5G.” New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering launched NYU WIRELESS in August 2012. Focused on mass-deployable wireless devices across a wide range of applications and markets, NYU WIRELESS is the ...  [Read more]

Orange celebrates the 10 millionth Orange Money customer
Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange, gave a bonus to the 10 millionth customer of Orange Money in Dakar, Senegal: Ms Kanny G., who had gone to an Orange Money outlet to open an account, was surprised to learn that she had won a smartphone with an Orange Money credit of 100,000 FCFA (152 euros). “Orange Money is a revolution in terms of customer experience, and the appeal of this service is the best proof that we made the ...  [Read more]

MTN Ghana will not rushing to charge for WhatsApp usage
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The largest mobile telecommunication network says it is not rushing into any deal that will see it charge customers for use of the popular messenger, WhatsApp, or any other social media site beyond traditional data charges. WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook for U$19billion in February, is restructuring its business model to foster a strong working relationship with mobile carriers that will see the messenger boost its revenue streams. The ...  [Read more]

Airtel Money available at Ghana Post Offices nationwide
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Airtel Money has expanded its footprint to include Ghana Post (GP) outlets nationwide where customers can access Airtel Money services such as receiving and transferring of funds, airtime top up and payment of bills promptly and securely. The expansion is aimed at ensuring availability of e-value and cash in order to promote customer satisfaction. Commenting on the collaboration, the Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs of ...  [Read more]

Airtel Insurance Now Serves More Than 100,000 Customers in Ghana
Thursday, April 10th, 2014

In January this year, Airtel Ghana, in partnership with MicroEnsure and Enterprise Life, launched a free insurance product for Airtel customers. Since its launch, more than 100,000 customers have registered for the service. Airtel Insurance offers Airtel customers life, accidental permanent disability and hospitalization insurance with benefits increasing based on recharge and is the most comprehensive insurance product available through a ...  [Read more]

Vodafone Pays $1.5 Billion to Lift Indian Stake
Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Indian billionaire Ajay Piramal has sold his 11 percent stake in Vodafone India for 50% more than he bought it in 2011 12. His Piramal Enterprises company paid Rs 5864 crore for the stake in two separate transactions in in August 2011 and February 2012. He has sold the stake for Rs 8900 crore (USD1.5 billion). The sale of the stake was long expected as the company originally said that it only invested in Vodafone for the short term, and ...  [Read more]

YooMee Côte d’Ivoire launched the first TD-LTE in Ivory Coast!
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

YooMee Africa Group, a Swiss based provider of mobile broadband Internet in sub-Saharan Africa, launches its operations in Côte d’Ivoire. After becoming the market leader of broadband Internet in Cameroon, YooMee Africa continues its expansion by deploying its network in Côte d’Ivoire. Broadband internet in the Ivorian market YooMee Côte d’Ivoire, based in Abidjan, is launching its LTE services to individuals and businesses. These ...  [Read more]

Glo presents 10 new services
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Glo logo Globacom, a national telecom operator, has organised a live demonstration of over 10 brand new products and services. The demonstration covered a broad spectrum of the operator’s offerings, which it said was aimed at improving the way its subscribers live, work and play. The live demonstration of the products and services, which took place in Lagos, was graced by Glo ambassadors, Waje, Naeto C, Bez, Chee, and Omawunmi, with the ...  [Read more]