Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Smart Telecom to Invest USD 300 Million in Network Expansion
Friday, October 31st, 2014

Abdellatif BouzianiCEO,Smart Telecom Group Smart Telecom, has revealed it has set aside a budget of USD 300 Million to expand its telecommunications network across a number of East African countries including Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi over the next five years. Smart Telecom originally launched its services in Uganda; however, the company revealed that it sees market potential across the East African region as a whole. “Since ...  [Read more]

Samsung Launches Unibody Metal-Clad Galaxy A5, A3; Availability, Specification Details
Friday, October 31st, 2014

Galaxy A5 smartphone Samsung Electronics has finally unveiled its Galaxy A-series smartphones A5 and A3. "The Galaxy A5 and A3 offer a beautifully crafted full metal unibody, slim design, superior hardware and the best possible social media experience," said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. "These devices make our advanced Galaxy experience even more accessible to young and trend conscious ...  [Read more]

Political Uncertainty Holds Back North African Telecoms
Friday, October 31st, 2014

North African Telecoms Social and political uncertainty is hampering investment in telecoms in North African countries such as Algeria, Libya and Egypt in spite of the evident opportunities, according to analyst firm Frost & Sullivan In its report, the Telecommunications Market in North Africa: Key Fixed and Mobile Market Indicators, Frost & Sullivan said telecoms infrastructure in the region was more developed than the rest of ...  [Read more]

MTN SA Slashes International Call Tariff to Select Countries
Friday, October 31st, 2014

Larry AnnettsChief Marketing Officer MTN SA South Afican telecoms operator, MTN, has announced a new international calling promotion that will see customers being provided with the opportunity to call selected destinations from as little as 79 cents per minute. MTN will also introduce the new international calling bundle and subscription offers which will further discount the in-bundle rates to as low as 49c per minute to selected ...  [Read more]

Microsoft Moves to Encourage Cloud Adoption Unlimited OneDrive Offer
Friday, October 31st, 2014

Cloud Adoption Unlimited OneDrive Technology firm, Microsoft has announced it is offering unlimited OneDrive storage to all its Office 365 customers at no additional cost for Home, Personal, and University customers. OneDrive and Office offer users an unrivaled combination to easily share documents with others, see what has been shared with them and vice versa and most importantly, collaborate with others simultaneously using real-time ...  [Read more]

Liquid Telecom Upgrades International Internet Gateway in Uganda
Friday, October 31st, 2014

Liquid Telecom, the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa, through its acquired Ugandan IT firm, Infocom, has unveiled a major upgrade of its international Internet gateway in Kampala - with the installation of technology to provide 16 times more international Internet capacity: in the form of advanced networks to the local Internet service providers supplied by Liquid Telecom. Liquid ...  [Read more]

Hitachi Launches 3 New Options for Private And Hybrid Cloud
Friday, October 31st, 2014

Private And Hybrid Cloud Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd, has announced 3 new ways for customers, providers and partners to gain the benefits of the cloud without compromising the control, flexibility or security of their data. First is Hitachi Cloud – Compute as a Service, a new managed private cloud solution that delivers the economics and agility of a public cloud solution. Second are ...  [Read more]

Global Smartphone Shipments Hits 317m in Q3 2014
Friday, October 31st, 2014

Juniper Research has reported that the number of smartphone shipments reached 316.6m in Q3 2014, representing 13.1% year on year growth and 5.5% quarter on quarter growth. The biggest winners this quarter are those capitalising on expanding Asian markets, such as Chinese ODM Xiaomi. The firm sold 19m devices in Q3, a 25.8% increase in sales on last quarter. Combined Lenovo-Motorola shipments are estimated to be in excess of 23 million ...  [Read more]

Burundi, Huawei, Onatel Commission Metropolitan Area Network for Bujumbura
Friday, October 31st, 2014

Burundi Government MAN Project Burundi has partnered with leading IT Services Company, Huawei and Onatel to commission a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) project installation for Bujumbura. The Bujumbura MAN project is as a result of a grant from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to the people of Burundi. The project shall be installed by Huawei Technologies Company Limited and is to run through the Bujumbura ...  [Read more]

Alcatel-Lucent Closes Sale Of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise To China Huaxin
Friday, October 31st, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has closed the sale of its subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center. Cash proceeds to Alcatel-Lucent are Eur 202 million. As previously announced, Alcatel-Lucent will retain a 15% minority stake in the divested business, as well as maintaining a commercial relationship with it in support of its growth ambitions under new ...  [Read more]

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]