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MTN Ghana Gets Closer to Corporate Clients with Gulf Course
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The MTN CEO’s invitational golf tournament has been organized at the Damang Goldfields Golf Course in the Prestea Huni Valley district of the Western Region where 83 golfers from various golf clubs participated in the 18 hole tournament. Mr. Foster Korang of the Damang Golf Club recorded the longest drive and emerged ultimate winner. Mr. Serame Taukobong, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, in his address noted that the Invitational ...  [Read more]

Cross-border payments enabled on SA’s FNB app
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

First National Bank's (FNB) banking application now allows South African customers to send money to neighbouring countries Zimbabwe and Mozambique. FNB says the move to enable FNB customers in South Africa to send money via the banking app follows the launch of money transfer services via cellphone and online banking in both Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Giuseppe Virgillito, head of banking app at FNB Mobile and Connect said, "The rollout ...  [Read more]

Global Smartphone Shipments to Reach 1.2bn this Year- Report
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Mobile analyst firm Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments will approach 1.2bn this year, an increase of 19% from 985m in 2013. The market is expected to be driven by growth in emerging markets, due to a continued surge in sales and adoption of low-cost Economy ($75-$150) and Ultra-Economy (sub-$75) smartphones. The report - Smartphone Markets: Trends, Shares & Forecasts 2014-2019 - notes that the emerging ...  [Read more]

Vodacom Congo to Extend Coverage to Central DRC
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Mobile operator Vodacom is preparing to extend its network coverage to the central regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it is set to install over 61 antennas in the remote areas of the Western Kasai and diamond-rich Eastern Kasai. Both provinces of Kasai represent a population of about 15 million people. Vodacom currently covers 10 and 20 remote areas of Western Kasai and Eastern Kasai, respectively. The project's ...  [Read more]

Ultra –thin SIM Card Technology to Debut in Kenya
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Ultra-thin SIM card technology is finally expected to make its debut in Kenya.This is after the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) on Monday tacitly gave Equity Bank the green light to use the technology. Equity Bank’s 0.1mm thin SIM cards, which are made by Taiwanese headquartered firm Taisys, can be stuck onto existing SIM cards to give handset users access to more than one network. The bank planned rolling out the technology ...  [Read more]

Telecom Namibia Launches 120 MBps BroadBand Service
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A 120 Mbps broadband service has been launched in certain parts of Namibia.The service, from Telecom Namibia, forms part of the latest in a series of broadband upgrades since the West Africa Cable System (WACS) became operational in 2012. "Using fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband technology, the 120 Mbps download and 40 Mbps upload Speedlink LitePlus service will be available from today (19 September 2014) for households and ...  [Read more]

Half of the World to be Online by 2017- Report
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Over 50% of the global population will have Internet access within three years’ time, with mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets now the fastest growing technology in human history, according to the 2014 edition of the State of Broadband report. Released today in New York at the 10th meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development the report reveals that more than 40% of the world’s people are already online, with the ...  [Read more]

Nigeria to Become Africa’s First Country to Hit 75percent Tower Ownership -Expert
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Nigeria is on track to become Africa’s first country to hit the global average of 75% ownership of telecoms towers by independent firms, says an expert. Telecom firms in African nations such as Nigeria are joining their European and North American counterparts by selling off tower infrastructure to private companies. Selling off this infrastructure helps telecom operators reduce capital expenditure while also opening up leasing ...  [Read more]

BTCL Shares to be Floated in November
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) Initial Public Offering (IPO) has been in the pipeline for some time now; the Minister of Transport and Communication, Nonofo Molefhi held a press briefing on the latest developments regarding the IPO. “Many of us have waited with great anticipation to hear news of when we, too, could own a piece of this business that, in many ways, has proven to be a building block of our ...  [Read more]

Bharti Airtel Appoints new Leadership for DRC & Niger
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

India's Bharti Airtel has appointed key business leaders for its Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Niger operations.According to a report Djibril Ouattara has been appointed the new managing director for Airtel Niger. Meanwhile, for its operations in the DRC the telco has appointed Alain Kahasha as chief operating officer (COO) and Ismael Nacoulma as the chief sales officer. Outtara, the former MD of Atlantique Telecom Togo, is ...  [Read more]

Rwandan SMEs Urged to Embrace ICTs
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Rwanda should embrace ICTs to widen their market reach and export base participants at the just-concluded World Export Development Forum were told. According to Richard Newfarmer, the Rwanda country director for International Growth Centre, electronic commerce solutions and mobile telephony gives SMEs access to ideas, knowledge, inputs and markets. “If farmers could get information about weather ...  [Read more]

Swell, Demo Africa Partnership to Bring the Most Promising African Startup to Silicon Valley
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

SWELL, a global innovation partnership and corporate venture firm, today announced the African startup finalists that will be competing for the SWELL Innovation Award to be held during DEMO Africa in Lagos, Nigeria on September 25, 2014. The seven (7) finalists were carefully chosen from a pool of forty (40)startups that are scheduled to showcase their technologies and pitch at DEMO Africa from September 24-26, 2014. The SWELL finalists ...  [Read more]

MTN Nigeria Leads with Subscriber Base despite Losing 1m Subscribers in Q2
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Africa’s leading Telecoms operator, MTN Nigeria lost about one million subscribers in the second quarter of 2014 according to the latest figures released by the regulator the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). In the same period, Globacom’s subscriber base rose from 23 million in Q1 to 27 million subscribers in Q2 making it Nigeria’s second largest telecoms operator after MTN. Latest figures showed MTN still has the highest ...  [Read more]