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Tanzanian mobile operator Airtel announced yesterday that it will be affording its users free access to social network Facebook (Image source: File)

Kenya: Airtel adds tax payments to mobile money service

October 23, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Airtel Kenya has inked a partnership with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). The partnership will allow Kenyan citizens the opportunity to pay their taxes through the Airtel Money service. According to Airtel, it will now allow customers across the country to inquire for KRA services, generate KRA payment reference numbers and make quick payments through ...

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Liquid Telecom to bolster research progress in Kenya

October 22, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom Kenya has installed a Sh400m fibre optic network connecting 25 Kenya Agricultural And Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) centres and enabling the country’s agricultural research institution to use technology to bolster its research...

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Jovago & UNICEF partner for Passport to Protection initiative

October 21, 2014 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

Jovago has revealed that is now supporting UNICEF’s “Passport to Protection” initiative. According to both parties, the programme advances child protection by registering children with Birth Certificates using internet technology. In terms of the...

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10 African tech start-ups to look out for

October 20, 2014 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Africa is bursting with potential, especially when it comes to the tech start-up scene. A great number of companies have entered the African tech scene recently; however, 10 of these start-ups have shined, much like the glorious African sun, in the eyes of IT...

Chidi Okpala is the Director and Africa Head, Airtel Money at Airtel Africa. (Image Source: Airtel).

Airtel Money to launch cross border money transfer service across East Africa

October 18, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Kigali, Rwanda, October 17th, 2014 – Bharti Airtel African leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa has today announced plans to launch a cross border money transfer product in East Africa. This is a...

Learning in a Sudanese classroom is not easy, but it can be made more manageable it seems, with clever deployment of technology.

Teenagers in Sudan developing apps to teach themselves

October 18, 2014 • East Africa, Software, Top StoriesComments (0)

Khartoum: Civil war has caused a teacher shortage in Sudan, but that hasn’t stopped a group of teenagers from wanting to learn or an inspiring foreign teacher from joining the class to teach students how to teach themselves via development of their own...

According to Tigo, the installation is set to enhance customer experience and reduce the inconvenience of customers having to memorise the various short codes for different products and services.

Rwanda: Think Incubator invests in 4 new start-ups

October 15, 2014 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Rwandan technology incubator Think, in association with Tigo and Millicom, has unveiled its first round of companies selected for support. According to Think, the four selected teams represent innovative digital private sector services that demonstrate the...

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Airtel Kenya cuts roaming rates in Rwanda

October 15, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Airtel Kenya has revealed that it will reduce call rates by 60 percent and offer free incoming calls for postpaid and prepaid customers roaming in Rwanda. The move came in swiftly after Safaricom reviewed its tariff rate in Rwanda. Safaricom set the bar high...

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Video Interview: “Africa’s mobile future is exciting” – Brett Loubser

October 14, 2014 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, Video, West AfricaComments (0)

IT News Africa caught up with Brett Loubser, WeChat’s head of Africa, at the Tech4Africa conference – which was held at the Sci Bono Centre in Johannesburg. Recently, IT News Africa also spoke to Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa in order to...

Within Africa, Egypt and South Africa posted the largest year-on-year handset shipment growth, at 37 percent and 32 percent respectively.

Handset sales boom in Middle-East and Africa

October 14, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) handset market grew to its largest size in ten quarters in the second quarter of 2014, expanding 27 percent year on year to 64 million units, according to a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC). According to the...

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Rwanda: MTN to unveil cross-border money service

October 13, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN Rwanda will integrate its mobile money system with that of MTN Uganda this coming November. This will, according to the company, allow subscribers to send and receive money between the two countries. MTN Rwanda GM, Norman Munyampundu stated that...

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TA Telecom to map identity of Africa with mobile tech

October 13, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

TA Telecom has revealed that the beta trials for Nafsi, Africa’s most ambitious big data analysis project according to the company, is now underway in Egypt, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. The survey aims to use mobile technology to collect data from...

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AfricaCom Awards 2014 shortlist revealed

October 13, 2014 • East Africa, Events, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The AfricaCom Awards are set to take place on the 12th November 2014, at The Waterfront Lookout in Cape Town. The event celebrates and acknowledges leaders in digital technology, ICT, Telecommunications and Media across Africa. As the event grows each year,...

Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa. (Image Credit: Darryl Linington).

Top 10 benefits of the $50 smartphone in Africa

October 10, 2014 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Tech4Africa is still underway at the SciBono Discovery Center, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg. IT News Africa caught up with Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa, in order to discuss the top 10 benefits of the extremely sought after USD $50...

There’s a new kid on the block in the payments environment that promises to deliver even greater convenience (Image source: Google/radiohuru.com)

Kenya king of mobile banking even with privacy concerns

October 10, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile privacy is the single biggest concern for today’s mobile consumers and remains the largest obstacle to growth, according to MEF’s fourth Global Consumer Survey, which analysed consumer behaviour from 15,000 respondents in 15 countries. According to...

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Ghana: 1million users register with mobile firms in 8 months

October 9, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to reports, mobile networks across Ghana saw over 1 million new subscribers subscribe to services within a period of 8 months. This has increased the penetration rate to 111 percent. The latest stats presented by the National Communication Authority...