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Tigo Introduces Internet.org App in Tanzania
Thursday, October 30th, 2014

David ZachariaTigo’s Head of Data and Devices Tanzania Mobile operator, Tigo Tanzania, has partnered with Facebook to provide millions of Tanzanians with affordable Internet and free access to some basic online services through the Internet.org app. Thus Tigo subscribers will have access to: AccuWeather; BabyCenter & MAMA; BBC News & BBC Swahili; BrighterMonday; The Citizen; Facebook; Facts for Life (a UNICEF Product); Girl ...  [Read more]

Philips Set to Introduce SMS Platform to Curb Counterfeit Products
Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Roelof AssiesGeneral Manager, Philips East Africa Royal Philips has announced it is setting up an SMS platform in a week's time that will help consumers with the authentication of the Philips Lighting portfolio in case of doubt. Once the platform is activated, consumers in Kenya will have to send the 16-digit serial number of the lighting product via SMS to 20222 and they will then receive immediate feedback on whether the product they ...  [Read more]

MTN, Afrihost Merger Gets Regulatory Nod
Thursday, October 30th, 2014

South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended the approval of MTN’s acquisition of a majority stake in Afrihost. Accordingly, the regulator said it won’t impose any conditions on its support of the deal, it said on Wednesday. In June, there were reports that the mobile operator had made an offer to acquire a controlling 50% stake in the Internet service provider for an undisclosed sum. “The commission on 29 October 2014 ...  [Read more]

Mixed Growth in Kenyan Telecoms
Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The latest industry data released by the Communications Authority of Kenya indicates growth in some areas and a decline in others. The report, released this week, said the ICT sector has continued to exhibit mixed growth.  In mobile telephony, the number of subscriptions increased by 5.6% to 32.2 million, while mobile traffic declined by 4% during the quarter to register 7.3 billion minutes, down from 7.6 billion minutes in the last ...  [Read more]

Kenya’s Azimo Introduces Instant M-Pesa Transfers from Europe
Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Michael KentCEO of Azimo Online money transfer service, Azimo, has announced that customers across Europe can now send money instantly to the mobile “eWallets” of M-PESA’s 19 million subscribers in Kenya. Kenya boasts one of the highest global rates of mobile banking, with around 60% of all Kenyans sending or receiving money via their smartphone. Between January and February 2013 almost 100 million mobile banking transactions were ...  [Read more]

Etisalat Nigeria Hits 20M Subscribers
Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Matthew WillsherChief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria Telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria, has announced that it has hit over  20 million active subscribers compared to the 17 million it had in December last year. Etisalat Nigeria said that with this new figure, it has achieved 18% growth over period under review. Matthew Willsher, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria, described the growth as a significant ...  [Read more]

Broadband Commission Pushes for Enhanced Broadband Planning Processes by Governments
Thursday, October 30th, 2014

H.E. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda Governments must enhance their National Broadband planning process to enable ICTs and broadband to catalyse socio-economic development, according to an OPEN Letter from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development to delegates attending the ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference. Through a letter personally delivered by H.E. President Paul Kagame, co-Chair of the Broadband Commission, on the 28th ...  [Read more]

BlackBerry Passport Launched in Nigeria
Thursday, October 30th, 2014

BlackBerry Passport BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications has unveiled the BlackBerry Passport, its latest device built for productivity, in Nigeria. Featuring a large square touch screen, new QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard and BlackBerry’s latest 10.3 operating system, the BlackBerry Passport gives users a wider vision to do mobile business without compromising portability. Speaking on the occasion, BlackBerry ...  [Read more]

AUC Expands Connectivity Services with Emerging Markets Communications
Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Emerging Markets Communications Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) has announced that the African Union Commission (AUC) has expanded its connectivity services with the company in Africa and renewed its existing contract. Over the past eight years, EMC has provided satellite communication services to the African Union in 20 countries throughout Africa for their corporate offices and remote locations. In addition to renewing services ...  [Read more]

Telenor Records 3.5% Q3 Revenue Growth
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Jon Fredrik BaksaasCEO,Telenor Norwegian multinational telecommunications company, Telenor, has announced a third-quarter revenue growth in line with its annual outlook. Revenues increased 3.5% on an organic basis, versus an annual target of low single-digit growth. Total revenues reached NOK 27.69 billion, up from NOK 25.95 billion a year ago, and adjusted EBITDA improved over the same period to NOK 10.26 billion from NOK 9.62 ...  [Read more]

Internet Solutions Records 100 Terabytes Downloads at rAge
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Greg MontjoieExecutive for Connectivity at IS Internet Solutions (IS) provided a record breaking 5.2Gigabit per second Internet service to gamers attending Africa's largest consumer gaming and technology expo, rAge, last weekend. "This year we have seen record breaking speeds and traffic volume in the IS-sponsored NAG LAN area at rAge. Traffic downloads reached 99.64 terabytes with 24.34 terabytes uploaded over the three days of the expo. ...  [Read more]

Diversification Paying off- Econet Wireless CEO
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Mr Douglas MboweniCEO,Econet Zimbabwean telecoms operator, Econet Wireless, says its strategy to steer the business towards value added services is beginning to bear fruit, as its overlay services showed strong growth in the half year to August 2014. Non-voice services – products such as EcoCash, data services and others – now contribute 21% to Econet’s revenues, up from below 10% this time last year. Cumulatively, the contribution ...  [Read more]

Adapt IT Reveals R200m AspiviaUnison Acquisition
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Sbu ShabalalaCEO,Adapt IT Durban-based technology services company, Adapt IT, has announced the acquisition of AspiviaUnison, a cloud telecommunications service provider, in a deal worth as much as R200m. The JSE-listed firm will acquire all intellectual property and technology developed by AspiviaUnison and will allow it to grow its customer base in financial services and elsewhere. “AspiviaUnison has a robust entrepreneurial ...  [Read more]