Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Microsoft Acquires Game Developer Mojang for $2.5 Billion
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Technology giant, Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Mojang for a fee in the region of $2.5 billion.Mojang, the Stockholm-based game developer behind the “Minecraft” brand will join Microsoft Studios to build on names like “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more for both their fans. “Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year,” said ...  [Read more]

Easy Taxi Launches Rewards for App Referrals in Lagos and Abuja
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Online taxi hailing service, Easy Taxi Nigeria has announced the commencement of its referral programme for users in Lagos and Abuja. The company said the aim of the programme is to reward customers’ loyalty and expand their reach. In a statement Easy Taxi said, “Users of the Easy Taxi application can earn points by encouraging and referring their friends and family to download and use the mobile application thereby promoting the benefits ...  [Read more]

Conax  Signs Content Protection Deal with Millicom for its Tigo Star Brand
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and a leader in total service protection for pay-for-media, content owners and entertainment services, has announced it is providing the international telecommunications and media company, Millicom, with content protection for its expanding cable and satellite Pay TV operations under the Tigo Star brand. Conax has entered a Supply Agreement with Millicom for its Tigo DTH LatAm operations. Millicom has ...  [Read more]

Airtel Kenya Introduces Airtel Money Premier VISA Card for Premium Customers
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Telecommunications giants, Airtel Kenya, has launched an Airtel Money Premier VISA card that will enhance Premier customers’ experience and convenience on the company’s mobile money and banking services and ensure that they get added value. With this new card, Airtel money Premier customers will be able to shop and pay for goods and services using Airtel Money at Visa accepted merchants wherever they live or travel to and withdraw ...  [Read more]

Zimbabwe to Charge Taxes on Telecoms Services
Monday, September 15th, 2014

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Hon. PA Chinamasa, has proposed new taxes on airtime, data and handset costs among moves to raise additional revenue. In his 2014 Mid-term Fiscal Policy Review Statement, the Minister noted revenue shortfalls and proposed a number of measures to counter them. Among them were proposed taxes on telecoms. The Minister said, “As already alluded to, Government faces a challenge to ...  [Read more]

Smartphones Fail to Break into DRC Market
Monday, September 15th, 2014

A new report from market research company, Target Sarl, has revealed that despite harvesting an unprecedented success in other parts of the African continent, smartphones have failed to make any significant impact in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where only 25% of cellphone users have been found to be using the device. Smartphone users in the DRC are mostly men, young people between the ages of 12 and 34, pupils and students, ...  [Read more]

Smart Wearables Market to Generate $53bn Revenue by 2019- Juniper Research
Monday, September 15th, 2014

New findings from Juniper Research has revealed that the global retail revenue from smart wearable devices will treble by 2016, before reaching $53.2 billion by 2019, compared to the $4.5 billion expected this year. The market will be driven by an increase in sales of premium smart watches and smart glasses over the next five years. The extensive new report – Smart Wearable Devices: Fitness, Glasses, Watches, Multimedia, Clothing, ...  [Read more]

Seacom Boosts Internet Services in Uganda, Opens New Shop
Monday, September 15th, 2014

Leading optic fiber company, Seacom, has announced the opening of a shop at Airtel house in Kampala after obtaining an endorsement from Uganda Communications commission. The establishment a point of presence (PoP) at Airtel house will help the company connect devices to the internet. According to Byron Clatterbuck, Seacom’s Chief Commercial Officer, the company would provide different telecom services. He said, “Our new license ...  [Read more]

Oracle Academy Partners Equity Foundation to Promote ICT Growth in Kenya
Monday, September 15th, 2014

Oracle Academy and the Equity Foundation Group have joined forces on their corporate citizenship programs to help develop and grow ICT skills in Kenya through the Oracle Academy Java Fundamentals training that will introduce world-class technology to Kenyan high school students from as early as Form 1. The training targets the Equity Group Foundations’ Wings to Fly scholars and their classmates, giving them access to more advanced ...  [Read more]

Mxit Promotes M-education in SA’s Public Schools with ‘Ukufunda’
Monday, September 15th, 2014

South Africa’s Mixit Reach in partnership with UNICEF has launched an innovative learning and teaching tool Ukufunda, targeted at changing the way students are taught in public schools by supporting classroom activities. Ukufunda, which means “learn”” in isiZulu, is a mobile innovation in the South African education system that will promote equitable access to quality learning and teaching, enable teacher professional development ...  [Read more]

Mobile Telephony Makes Inroads into Rural DRC
Monday, September 15th, 2014

Mobile telephony continues to make its way – slowly but triumphantly – into the rural areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), improving the lives of millions and bringing ICTs at the doorstep of the less fortunate communities, where poverty rate stands at 76%. To date, Vodacom Congo appears to be leading the pack in this aspect, with more than 1,000 cities and villages currently covered by its network in this Central African ...  [Read more]

Liquid Telecom Reveals Sh17.71 Billion Investment in East Africa
Monday, September 15th, 2014

Liquid Telecom group has said it will invest more that $200 million (Sh17.71 billion) to expand its network across East Africa to meet the rising internet demand. It singled out Kenya as leading in regional internet demand and said it has signed a $40 million (Sh3.54 billion) deal with Nakuru, Siaya and Lamu county governments for fiber optic and satellite networks. Hans Haerdtle, Chief Technical Officer, Liquid Telecom, said the firm has ...  [Read more]

Huawei Inks Managed Services Contract with MTN Group
Monday, September 15th, 2014

Telecommunications services company, Huawei has announced a five-year managed services contract with the MTN Group. According to the deal, Huawei will provide managed services for MTN in six countries, including Ghana, Cameroon, Guinea and Benin. The company has stated that the contract covers a range of services such as managed network operations, network performance management and spare parts management. In the next five years, Huawei ...  [Read more]