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Samsung’s Gear S Smartwatch to Have Nokia’s Mapping Service ‘Here’
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Samsung Electronics has signed a deal with Nokia to allow its mapping service appear on Samsung smartphones and the Gear S smartwatch. The agreement will see a test or a beta version of an Android app for Nokia’s ‘Here’ maps freely included on handsets.According to Samsung, the move will help the firm distinguish itself from Google, which manages Android. ‘Here’, formerly called Nokia maps, is also used by Garmin, Amazon and ...  [Read more]

Nigeria’s SimplyPay Enters Diaspora Market with Foreign Payments and Transfers
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

SimplePay, a web and mobile financial services firm that allows users and merchants to make and receive purchases or fund transfers instantly has signed an agreement that will see Nigerians in the diaspora top up accounts of their loved ones back home with ease. The partnership utilizes Consumer Bureau de Change’s foreign exchange license to allow for incoming and outgoing remittances through the SimplePay platform. With this partnership, ...  [Read more]

MTN Supports Kenya’s Concours d’Elegance Annual Car Showcase with Free Internet
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Multinational mobile operator, MTN Business, has announced it will partner the upcoming 44th Annual Concours d’Elegance car showcase in Kenya by providing free high-speed internet access to the media center and to car enthusiasts during the event.The event will be held on 28thSeptember 2014 at Ngong Racecourse, in Nairobi. According to MTN Business, its desire to sponsor the classic event was driven by demand for data (social media ...  [Read more]

MTN Ghana Sees Massive Data Subscription Through iFest
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Leading telecoms operator in Ghana, MTN, has said it recorded close to 25,000 new data subscriptions through iFest last year, indicating that iFest has been very well patronized in Ghana. MTN recently launched its 4th edition of the month-long MTN internet festival, dubbed ‘iFest’ a campaign with the objective of creating awareness about the internet and most importantly increase usage of data services on its network. Speaking at the ...  [Read more]

Malawi’s TNM Records K1.8 billion in Q1 Net Profit
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Leading Malawian telecommunications company, TNM, has revealed it continues to realise an increase in net profit from operations. In the first half of 2014, the company reported a significant jump by 230% in net profit after tax, published results for the six months ended June 30, 2014. A statement accompanying the half-year results shows that the premier mobile telecoms network provider has beaten its first half-year results for the same ...  [Read more]

Kenya’s M-KOPA Partners Safaricom to Launch M-KOPA III
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Kenyan asset financing company M-KOPA Solar has introduced a Safaricom-branded solar lighting system dubbed M-KOPA III, its third-generation pay as-you-go solar home solution also wired to M-PESA. M-KOPA Solar has saved households over KES 6 Billion and has served 3Million mobile payment transactions since launch. With two LED solar lights and one solar rechargeable LED torch, and a larger 8W panel that gives 60% more charging ...  [Read more]

Alcatel-Lucent Completes SAT-3/WASC Upgrade
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

French telecommunications equipment company, Alcatel-Lucent and the consortium operating the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE system have finalised and completed the fourth upgrade to the latest undersea cable system. According to the group, the latest upgrade has now doubled the system capacity. Operating at 40 Gbps and with full in-system protection, the system claims to have one of the lowest latency routes from Africa to Europe with connectivity ...  [Read more]

Samsung Unveils Gear S in South Africa
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Samsung Electronics has launched Gear S, its smart wearable device that expands the smartphone experience to the wrist in South Africa. The device offers users 3G connectivity and wearable optimized features. “Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation,” said JK Shin, CEO and head of IT & mobile communication at Samsung Electronics. “The Samsung Gear S redefines the ...  [Read more]

Nigeria’s eTranzact Sinks $350,000 into Mobile Money Project
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Award winning multi-application and multi-channel electronic transaction platform, eTranzact International PLC, has announced it has invested $350,000 into a mobile money activation project in collaboration with EFInA, a financial sector development organisation. The project which will be piloted in Northern and South Western Nigeria is called “The PocketMoni 500” project. The project which is in line with the Central Bank’s ...  [Read more]

NCC Declares 13 Telecoms Operators in Nigeria Defunct
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator has declared 13 telecoms operators that were hitherto vibrant, as inactive. The operators became inactive, following the total loss of their customers to other operators that are currently pulling weight in the industry. They had since gone into extinction and could no longer offer competitive services to their customers, who decided to port to other network ...  [Read more]

MTN Group Partners Information City to Offer ICT Training in UAE
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Seven hundred learners have benefitted from the latest round of computer training provided in partnership with MTN, through the “Educate a Child, Build a Nation” initiative in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Local and expatriate learners were part of the third phase of the training session, held this past weekend. The session was held in two parts, with the first taking place over three days, and the second carried out for a week in ...  [Read more]

iWayAfrica Offering Fibre Access to SMEs in Uganda
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Pan African telecoms operator, Gondwana International Networks (GIN) has announced that its iWayAfrica Uganda business has launched its new fibre connectivity service in Uganda. Ken Mwai, Managing Director, iWayAfrica Uganda, stated that: “The demand for high capacity Internet connectivity within enterprise and corporate markets in the major cities of Kampala and Entebbe are ever increasing, and an alternate provider was becoming a ...  [Read more]

Internet of Things bound to connect 40.9 Billion Wireless Devices By 2020
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

A new finding from market forecast research firm, ABI Research, has revealed that the installed base of active wireless devices are bound to increase to more than 16 billion this year, which makes it about 20% more than it was in last year. According to the report, the number of these devices will double up to up to 40.9 billion by 2020. “The driving force behind the surge in connections is that usual buzzword suspect, the Internet ...  [Read more]