Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Telcos to Lose $14bn to OTT Players this Year- Report
Friday, October 24th, 2014

Juniper Research has revealed that voice and messaging traffic lost to OTT (Over The Top) players such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype will cost network operators $14 billion in revenues globally this year, up by 26% on 2013, according to its latest report. The report dubbed ‘Mobile Operator Business Models: Challenges, Opportunities & Strategies 2014-2019’ revealed that in a number of markets, including Italy, Spain and the UK, ...  [Read more]

Wiko Phones Target 10% Market Share in Nigeria
Friday, October 24th, 2014

French mobile phone brand, Wiko Phones, has formally launched in Nigeria with the smartphone manufacturer saying it is targeting 10% share of the Nigerian market. Speaking at the launch, Director, African Markets, Van De Pas said after establishing a strong market position in Europe in just three years, Wiko started its operation in West Africa by launching its portfolio of 10 phones in Nigeria. De Pas said Nigerian consumers are amongst ...  [Read more]

Vodafone Ghana Launches Mobile App Competition
Friday, October 24th, 2014

Ghana’s second largest telco, Vodafone, has launched a new mobile app competition dubbed the ‘Vodafone App Star Contest’. According to the mobile operator, the contest aims to uncover creative and innovative app developers in Ghana and to offer them an opportunity to compete internationally with other developers. The annual contest, which is categorised into start-up and established developers, is part of efforts by Vodafone to bolster ...  [Read more]

LG Electronics Supports Fight against Ebola with 2,000 Smartphones
Friday, October 24th, 2014

South Korean multinational electronics company, LG, has announced it will be donating 2,000 smartphones to the United Nations, in order to help in the fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa. This comes days after another smartphone manufacturer, Samsung SA, revealed it will be donating 3,000 smartphones, worth about USD 1 million (ZAR10.9 million) to support the ongoing fight against Ebola. According to LG, the smartphones will be ...  [Read more]

Lamudi makes it 11,000 Listings in Uganda
Friday, October 24th, 2014

Online property site, Lamudi Uganda, has revealed it has hit over 11,000 listings onto its online portal in less than a year of being on the market. “We are delighted by this milestone because it shows that many people are starting to embrace the service, as  internet penetration has also increased, plus it means our efforts in sensitizing our different stakeholders such as the brokers on how to utilize the different platforms provided ...  [Read more]

Kaymu Nigeria Introduces Offline Initiative to Grow SMEs
Friday, October 24th, 2014

Rocket Internet online marketplace, kaymu.com.ng has introduced a new offline initiative to help grow small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria dubbed SME Saturdays. The maiden edition of SME Saturdays will hold this Saturday October 25th, 2014 by 12noon at the LCCI Conference and Exhibition centre, Alausa, Ikeja. According to Tomiwa Oladele, Head of  Communications for Kaymu, ”SME Saturdays was borne out of the need to boost small ...  [Read more]

Iphone 6 & Iphone 6 Plus Goes On Sale in MTN SA Stores
Friday, October 24th, 2014

MTN SA has announced it will offer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, from today, Friday, 24 October in MTN Branded stores. iPhone 6 will be available starting at R499 per month and iPhone 6 Plus will be available starting at R649 per month. MTN will allow iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers to connect to MTN’s 4G LTE network. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone ...  [Read more]

Google Announces Latest App ‘Inbox’
Friday, October 24th, 2014

Technology company, Google has announced the launch of a new mobile app called “Inbox.” According to Google, the app is only available via invitation for the meantime. The app has been developed by the Gmail team and is intended to better organise email messages. While Africa is becoming more mobile-based, the app shows a lot of potential, especially when it comes to today’s enterprise mobility scene. According to Google, Inbox is an ...  [Read more]

Airtel Supports Education in Tanzania, Donates Books Secondary School
Friday, October 24th, 2014

Telecoms company, Airtel Tanzania, has said it will continue to support government in its goal to improve delivery of education services through donation of textbooks to Mukulat Secondary School in Arumeru District, Arusha Region. In a statement, Airtel said there were still many infrastructure and resources challenges in many schools leading to poor performance of students, especially in science subjects. "One of the most acute challenges ...  [Read more]

SA’s BCX & Telkom Awaiting Regulatory Approval for Acquisition
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

South African ICT company, Business Connexion (BCX) and telecoms firm, Telkom are still awaiting regulatory approval, in a number of countries, for Telkom’s takeover of the company. According to a statement made to shareholders, the company revealed that it still needs approvals from the following the Competition Commission sectors: South African Competition Commission; Competition Authority in Botswana; The Common Market for Eastern ...  [Read more]

Nigeria’s BeepTool Aims High, Wants to be ‘WhatsApp’ of Emerging Markets
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

BeepTool, an app that allows users to make video conference, HD calls, text and share files on any devices has revealed it aims to be the ‘Whatsapp’ of the emerging markets. The app which is compatible on iOS, Android, Mac, PC and HTML5 gives users access to free calls and text messages anytime, anywhere to anyone in the world via WiFi or 3G/4G/LTE. According to John Enoh founder and CEO of BeepTool, Africa has a communication ...  [Read more]

Nigeria Education Website Goes Live to Deepen Learning
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

A new website has been launched in Nigeria to open access to education information resources for both teachers and students in a move aimed at improving learning and teaching countrywide. Launched by the Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Nigeria-education.org aims to provide access to a range of information on basic education in Nigeria, including research, researcher profiles, journals and institutions. The site is an ...  [Read more]

MTN Group Supports GSMA Mobile 360-Africa as Platinum Sponsor
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Leading telecoms service company, MTN, has announced it will be sponsoring the GSMA Mobile 360-Africa. According to the company, it is the Platinum Event Sponsor for the GSMA Mobile 360-Africa. The event will be held in Cape Town South Africa from November 5 – 7 2014. MTN also announced its Group President and CEO Sifiso Dabengwa will deliver a keynote address at the conference. The address will focus on the development of the ...  [Read more]