Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Canadian Group Invests $100,000 in Ghana’s VOTO Mobile
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

VOTO Mobile, a Ghanaian based web platform for mass communication by phone has received $100,000 in seed funding from Engineers Without Borders Canada to end the barriers to insightful mobile communication between organizations and their stakeholders worldwide via voice and SMS. The web-based platform that helps users connect and engage their target audience through their mobile phones via interactive voice calls (including IVR) in local ...  [Read more]

Use Internet to Grow Businesses- Google Nigeria
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The internet has huge impact on consumer behaviour according to Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Country Manager at Google Nigeria. The Google boss also stressed the need for heads of businesses to pay critical attention to how they can grow their businesses online.Juliet was speaking at the C level Breakfast event for CEOs in Lagos. She said, “Organising the C level Breakfast event for CEOs is one of the numerous ways that Google is helping ...  [Read more]

Samsung Ghana Launches  ‘Solar-Powered Internet Schools Initiative in Rural Ghana
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

South Korean multinational conglomerate, Samsung, has launched the ‘Solar-Powered Internet Schools Initiative’ to power schools in rural and remote parts of Ghana with internet access. The move is seen as making the vision of digitising Ghanaian schools within reach by the end of this year. Samsung’s Solar-powered Internet Schools consists of a shipping container fitted with desks, a 65-inch electronic board, Internet-enabled ...  [Read more]

Big Data at the Forefront of the Need for Analytics- IBM
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Big data is among the three disruptive forces driving the need for analytics, with the other two being the shift of power to the consumer as well as the pressure to do more, according to International Business Machines (IBM). Speaking at the CIO Executive Breakfast held recently to discuss Big Data and Business Intelligence, Andrew Meme, Software Group Product Development Manager, IBM said that the first driver for analytics is the emergence ...  [Read more]

Safaricom Kenya Ordered to Open Up M-Pesa
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Kenya’s telecoms regulator, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), has ruled in favour of Airtel Kenya after the company accused rival, Safaricom of anti-competitive practice in the mobile money service, a move following Safaricom’s decision to open up the network. The CAK has also prohibited the mobile operator from levying extra charges on competitors using its network. This brings to an end a long battle between Airtel and ...  [Read more]

Kenya Records Decline in Voice Traffic despite Increase in Mobile Subscriptions
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) has reported a decline in local mobile voice traffic despite a significant growth in mobile subscriptions for the period between January and March this year. According to the CAK in its quarterly sector statistics report for the period, local mobile voice traffic stood at 7.6 billion minutes, down from the 7.8 billion minutes recorded during the previous quarter. “Subscriber average minutes of ...  [Read more]

JUMIA Launches in Ghana & Cameroon Amidst Stiff Market Competition
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Rocket Internet-backed e-commerce firm, Jumia, has announced it has launched its services in Ghana and Cameroon and as well as revamped its Kampala operations. In an interview, Jumia Co-founder Sacha Poignonnec said, “We know we are early. We are coming to markets which are not as mature in terms of Internet penetration and Internet savviness but still there is a big appetite for this service.” The company said, Jumia Uganda had ...  [Read more]

Google Group  to launch US$100 Smartphone in Africa
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Tech firm, Google, has announced it will roll out its latest smartphone in Africa, the Android One, which will use stock version of Android. The device was given the name after the company’s mobile operating system Android and will set back customers less than US$100, Google said. An estimated one billion people currently use phones running Google’s Android software, stated Sundar Pichai, leader of Google’s Android division, at the ...  [Read more]

Global Micro Solutions & Microsoft SA to Boost Local Cloud Services in South Africa
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

South Africa’s Global Micro Solutions and Microsoft have partnered to boost South Africa’s cloud reseller market by providing practical advice on how to become a cloud provider and the benefits of using a local cloud partner. The companies said opportunity exists for resellers to add cloud services to their offering and how and why they need to partner with a local provider. “The Hosting Service Provider Market is part of the ...  [Read more]

Easy Taxi Receives $40m Investment from New Investors
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Online mobile taxi hailing app, Easy Taxi, says it has secured US$40 million in Series D funding led by Russian firm, Phenomen Ventures, with participation of Tengelmann Ventures, the investment company of Germany’s multi-sector retailer Tengelmann Group. According to Easy Taxi, the investment is a testimony to the investor confidence in the world’s farthest-reaching taxi app as well as its successful expansion during the past year and ...  [Read more]

Bharti Airtel Crosses 300 Million Customers Milestone
Monday, July 28th, 2014

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that it has crossed the 300 million customer mark across its operations. The milestone includes customers across mobile, fixed line and DSL, and DTH services. Bharti Airtel, which began operations in 1995, reached the 100 million customers mark in 2009 and crossed the 200 million mark in 2012. The latest ...  [Read more]

Airtel Nigeria & Kirusa Launch ‘Celebrity Connect’
Monday, July 28th, 2014

Airtel Nigeria has partnered with Kirusa, a leader in voice messaging and social media mobile apps for emerging markets, to introduce ‘Celebrity Connect’, an innovative mobile service that connects Nigerians with their favourite celebrities and personalities. The service enables fans to reach out and connect with their favorite celebs. Top celebrities like Ace Comedian, AY, Nollywood stars Mike Ezuruonye and Kate Henshaw, amongst others, ...  [Read more]

Airtel Nigeria Launches Android Internet Bundle Packages
Monday, July 28th, 2014

Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Maurice Newa Telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has unveiled the first ever Internet Bundle for android devices as the company moves to become the No1 mobile Internet service provider in Nigeria. According to Airtel, the new value offering is consistent with its key objective of providing innovative and affordable mobile Internet solutions that will make life simpler, ...  [Read more]