Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Cell C to square off with Icasa in Court over Rates
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

South African mobile operator, Cell C, has said it is likely to challenge communications regulator Icasa’s final call termination rates, published on Monday, though it has not disclosed on what legal basis it intends fighting the regulations. The mobile operator is “disappointed” that Icasa has significantly reduced the level of asymmetry for smaller mobile operators from the rates that had applied in the six months ended 30 ...  [Read more]

Vodacom Nigeria Introduces Cloud Services to Curb IT Challenges
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Vodacom Nigeria has introduced Cloud computing which is a leading trend in today's world because of it limitless ability to provide solutions to Information and Communication Technology, ICT, challenges. Although it is a worldwide phenomenon, only a third of Nigerian businesses are currently using Cloud technology. However, as companies establish confidence in Cloud solutions, they will move more of their solutions into the Cloud, but to ...  [Read more]

UBA Capital Launches Online Trade App ‘Investnow.ng’ in Nigeria
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Nigeria-based pan-African UBA Capital has unveiled investnow.ng, an online trading platform to give investors real time investment account funding functionality to fund their accounts directly and instantly. This move will eliminate the need to go through regular account officers plus investors will have access to a live price feed for listed stocks on the NSE, thereby giving them data to enable them make right decisions. According to ...  [Read more]

Safaricom Slashes Roaming Costs between Kenya and Rwanda
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Leading Kenyan mobile operator, Safaricom has announced cuts in cost of calls and roaming rates between Kenya and Rwanda, with effect from the October 1, 2014. The move which comes ahead of the East African Community Heads of State initiative dubbed "One Network" set to officially launch in 2015, will see the roaming rates for Safaricom customers visiting Rwanda slashed by 60%, from Kshs 25 to Kshs 10. Safaricom customers visiting ...  [Read more]

Google, Globacom Celebrate Nigeria’s Independence Day
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Major players in Nigeria’s technology sector including Google and Globacom are joining citizens in celebrating the nation’s fifty-fourth Independence Day. Google released a Doodle that showcased the major forms of road transportation in Nigeria. Similarly, Nigerian-owned telecoms company Globacom in a statement congratulated the government and people of Nigeria. According to the network, even though the nation is battling with several ...  [Read more]

Bitcoins has Huge Demand in Ghana – Beam
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Beam, a Ghana based company that allows Africans to remit money, cheaply and instantly, has revealed there is a huge demand for Bitcoins in Ghana. Falk Benke, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Beam said the demand is as a result of low level of sophistication in Ghana’s payment systems. “For example, it is very difficult for locals to buy stuffs on Amazon, it is also really hard for someone in United Kingdom to pay a freelancer in ...  [Read more]

Telkom LTE Advanced Details Surface for SA
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Telecommunications company, Telkom, has revealed that it will begin the roll-out of its LTE Advanced (LTE-A) connectivity platform to over 50 suburbs within South Africa, before the end of 2014. According to the telecom provider, LTE-A can potentially offer speeds of up to 3Gbps. With the upgrade in progress, Telkom is expected to offer its customers peak speeds of over 200 Mbps. This will essentially evolve into the expected 3Gbps speed ...  [Read more]

MTN Business Signs Services Support Partnership with City Lodge in SA
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

MTN Business has announced a partnership deal with the City Lodge Hotel Group to be the group’s connectivity and telecommunications support. This will significantly improve ICT services at the group’s 51 existing hotels in South Africa and one in Botswana, and future hotels that the group develops in South Africa. Utilising MTN’s high speed next generation fibre optic network and their ability to self-provide last mile connectivity, ...  [Read more]

Telecom Revenues in Rwanda Soars
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Telecom revenues are on the rise in Rwanda, according to the latest figures revealed by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA). Rwanda’s telecommunication and internet service companies earned a total of RWF 36.5 billion during Q2. This is a 2.7% increase from the RWF 35.6 billion recorded in Q1. MTN Rwanda revenues grew marginally to RWF 20.2 billion over the period, from RWF 19.8 billion during the first quarter. Tigo ...  [Read more]

GSM Subscribers in Nigeria Hits 130m
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Dr Eugene Juwah, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that Nigeria’s Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication subscriber figures have hit the 130 million mark. Represented by the agency’s Director, Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, at the NCC Special Day at the on-going Abuja International Trade Fair, Juwah said another revolution in the sector is in the offing, adding that it would be ...  [Read more]

Chris Wood Among 100 most Powerful People in Global Telecoms
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

In this year’s GTB Power 100 listing, Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO, climbed the rankings to #62 – up from #65 last year and #79 in 2012. He is one of only four executives from African businesses to grace the listings. Earlier this year, Chris brought the first and only direct submarine cable connectivity to the 10 million inhabitants of Somalia, masterminding the landing of the EASSy cable in Mogadishu after six years of hard work in the ...  [Read more]

Women Learning ICTs in Congo-Brazzaville
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Keeping Africa’s women and girls in the education system and orientating them to careers in science, and giving them easy access to new technologies are among the challenges of the African Renaissance. Furthermore, the education of women and girls is a matter of justice and equality in the aim of maximising a nation’s development. This recent statement by Catherine Embondza Lipiti, Congo-Brazzaville Minister for the promotion of women, ...  [Read more]

Web Exploits Threaten Businesses
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The Web is still the greatest attack surface and largest entry point for malicious code. These attacks usually happen via drive-by downloads, which see malware being downloaded and executed without the user even realizing, according to Lutz Blaeser, MD of Inact Software Distribution . “These threats make use of exploits, or tools that find and use vulnerabilities in the target user’s system,” explains Blaeser. “Unfortunately it is ...  [Read more]