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MTN Group Appoints Ahmad Farroukh as New CEO for SA
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MTN has appointed Ahmad Farroukh as MTN South Africa CEO replacing Zunaid Bulbulia with immediate effect. Bulbulia has been named Chief Operating Officer of the MTN Group, which is the role that Farroukh has filled until now. MTN did not explain why it had decided to move Bulbulia out of its key South African operation. In a statement, it said simply that the move is “in line with MTN’s strategy to regularly rotate key talent within ...  [Read more]

MainOne Nigeria & Smile Communications Sign Capacity Agreement
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Leading telecommunications Services Company, MainOne and Smile Communications, provider of 4G LTE Broadband internet service, have signed a contract agreement for the purchase of long term capacity on the MainOne network. The agreement was signed at the Smile Communications facility in Victoria Island, Lagos recently. The new agreement will extend the tenor of Smile’s existing services with MainOne and add significant growth to support ...  [Read more]

Vendors in Emerging Market Drove Q2 Smartphone Sales – IDC
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

There are “more than a dozen vendors” that could take a top-five position in the smartphone charts in the next quarter, IDC said, with tough competition among the lower ranks. According to the company, “emerging markets supported by local vendors” continued to act as the “main catalyst” for smartphone growth. “As the death of the feature phone approaches more rapidly than before, it is the Chinese vendors that are ready to ...  [Read more]

Tigo Ghana Appoints New Marketing & Human Resource Heads
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Mobile phone operator, Tigo, has confirmed the appointment of Jesse Agyepong as Head of Marketing and Elizabeth Arhin as Head of Human Resources for its Ghana operations. Jesse assumes responsibility for developing and implementing the annual marketing strategy for Tigo Ghana leading to an enhanced brand, customer and revenue market share. He joins Tigo Ghana with 11 years of experience working as a marketing professional, driving revenue ...  [Read more]

Rlg Group Launches Uhuru Classic
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Mobile device manufacturer, Rlg, has launched its latest smartphone, the Uhuru Classic, onto the market to keep up with its desire to remain an industry leader. The latest innovative piece was launched on the company's website www.rlgglobal.com, becoming one of the few to choose that as an option. The Uhuru Classic is described as lightweight in size, heavyweight in style. It runs on Android 4.2.1, comes with crystal clear videos, photos ...  [Read more]

Vodacom Business Launches Another Data Centre
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

In line with Vodacom’s new cloud strategy, Vodacom Business has opened a new data centre in Midrand. The facility is designed to meet the increased demand for hosted services across the country. According to the company, Vodacom Business has officially opened its eighth data centre in South Africa – a 3000m2 facility in Midrand, Gauteng that has been built in line with the company’s “green” philosophy and designed to have a minimal ...  [Read more]

Samsung Electronics Records Worst Q2 Profit
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. on Thursday reported its worst quarterly profit in two years and flagged uncertain earnings prospects for its key handset business, fuelling worries about its ability to return to growth. The downbeat guidance, as well as Samsung's decision to keep its interim dividend unchanged from last year, put the shares of South Korea's biggest company by market value on track for their worst daily percentage decline in ...  [Read more]

JUMIA Nigeria Introduces Innjoo Smartphones
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Jumia has introduced one of the biggest smartphone brands in the world, Innjo to the Nigerian market. The development will see Innjo’s latest gadget the “Innjo i1s” available on Jumia.com.ng. In the past year Jumia has seen major players step up to the big brands. Tecno and Solo have mapped out the market well with new innovations on latest gadgets. Innjoo is one of the newest smartphone players joining the smartphone market ...  [Read more]

EcoCash Introduces MasterCard Debit Card in Zimbabwe
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Econet Zimbabwe’s EcoCash, has announced a landmark agreement with MasterCard that will significantly assist in reducing cash dependence and increase financial inclusion through the provision of electronic payments in the country. The collaboration will result in more than three million MasterCard debit cards being issued EcoCash’s customers in the next five years. This is the first time that physical MasterCard debit cards are ...  [Read more]

Africa Gets High-Speed Internet Network for Research & Education with UbuntuNet
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

In a bid to end slow Internet connectivity which has consequently widened the gap between the continent’s researchers and their peers globally, UbuntuNet Alliance, the research and education network for Eastern and Southern Africa; and DANTE, the operator of GÉANT, the pan-European research and education network have commissioned UbuntuNet network, the regional high-speed Internet network connecting researchers, educators and students in ...  [Read more]

MTN Group Receives Analytics Support from Flytxt
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Flytxt, a market leader in providing analytics-driven real-time, integrated, closed-loop campaign management platforms for Communication Service Providers (CSPs), has announced that it has gone live at 3 MTN Markets in Africa. Flytxt has signed a group-level partnership with MTN to deploy its real-time, on-trigger decisioning and customer engagement solution across its group operations in EMEA region. With this roll out, Flytxt platform is ...  [Read more]

LG East Africa Records 165 percent increase in Net Profit for Q2
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Device manufacturer, LG Electronics, has chalked up one of its most successful quarter profits with its smartphone sales recording a marked improvement after moving 14.5 million handsets over the last quarter. The electronics manufacturer has announced a 165% increase in second-quarter net profit compared with the same period last year, reflecting strong earnings from both the TV and mobile operations. LG reported second-quarter 2014 net ...  [Read more]

DRC Moves to Connect Country with 34,000 km Fibre Optic Network
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Internet penetration and connectivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is set to increase as the government is currently building a 34,000 km fibre optic cable network that will connect the whole country to the Muanda landing station. Internet penetration rate and fixed telephone rate in this war-hit Central African nation is about 2.3% and 0.1%, respectively, but the government is hoping that the network will connect every bank, ...  [Read more]