East Africa

Gunter Engling appointed CEO of MTN Rwanda (image credit: Movember Foundation)

MTN Rwanda gets new CEO

June 29, 2015 • East Africa, PeopleComments (0)

Gunter Engling joins MTN Rwanda as the new CEO taking it on from Ebenezer Asante who has been CEO for the past two years. Asante will go to Ghana operating as the new CEO MTN Ghana. “I am honoured to have been appointed to this role, and I look forward to working with the entire [&hellip...

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IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

June 26, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Making the headlines this week was Nigerian-born scientist, Samuel Achilefu. Achilefu has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Louis Award for creating cancer-seeing glasses. Also making the headlines this week was telco providers Safaricom and...

Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa.

Foreign direct investments in Africa soar to new heights

June 26, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Although the number of foreign direct investments (FDI) fell by 8.4% in 2014, capital investment into Africa surged to US$128b, a year-on-year increase of 136%, according to the recently released EY 2015 Africa Attractiveness Survey and the average investment...

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Digital Switch in Kenya leaves 1.3 mln citizens without TV

June 22, 2015 • East Africa, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

More than 1.3 million Kenyan citizens are unable to watch television due to the country switching from analogue to digital broadcasting. According to the The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) only 2.2 million Kenyan citizens have acquired set-top boxes...

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Evolution of Wi-Fi drives business opportunities and growth in Africa

June 17, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The introduction of affordable smartphones designed specifically for emerging markets has been a game changer for Africa and has made an impact on Wi-Fi demand, says Ruckus Wireless. In fact, according to published reports, mobile penetration in sub-Saharan...


Kenya to Host a Global Education Forum

June 6, 2015 • East Africa, EventsComments (0)

Education experts and practitioner across the world will gather in Nairobi, Kenya next month to discuss on education investments in East Africa. The forum, which will be led by Informa Plc, the largest publicly owned exhibitions and training provider in the...

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Africa’s Top 20 most connected countries by user numbers

June 4, 2015 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to, the population within South Africa sits at just over 53 million individuals. To add to the figures, Nigeria currently has over 183 million individuals populating its city’s. Africa has always been viewed as a continent...

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Uganda: Govt. plans to set up ICT Hub

June 1, 2015 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments (1)

The Ugandan ICT ministry has announced that it is establishing an innovation fund to assist young people to enter the ICT the sector. Speaking at the Uganda Communications Commission’s (UCC) ACIA awards, ICT Minister John Nasasira said the ministry...

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Kenya’s Safaricom says national police surveillance system live

May 27, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenya’s Safaricom says a new national police surveillance system has gone live. Despite a number of groups voicing concerns over the new system and what it could mean for privacy in the East African country, the country has gone ahead with the system. The...

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MTN Rwanda launches new service centers

May 12, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

In recent years, Rwanda has witnessed telecommunications infrastructure bolstered and better overall services have been delivered to subscribers on networks. Now, MTN Rwanda is announcing that four new customer service centers across the country have been...

Wang'ombe Kariuki Director-General at Competition Authority of Kenya

Kenya telecom sector and watchdogs call for truce

May 8, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenya has been in the midst of a telecommunications companies versus regulators struggle for some time, but that battle appears to be coming to an end after the country’s regulators announced they inked a new memorandum of understanding aimed at settling...


Kenya: Safaricom sees substantial rise in net profit

May 8, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator Safaricom reported that it had seen a 38 percent increase in the company’s net profit through the end of the last fiscal year through March 31. The operator says its net profit came in at KES 31.9 billion for the year, up from KES 23.04...

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What if African nations operated as one big innovation ecosystem?

May 6, 2015 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

With the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) around the corner, I am eagerly waiting to meet the creators of the latest innovations that were shortlisted for the Award. I find myself preoccupied with a subject that both excites me and...

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Tigo Tanzania offers free access to Facebook

May 6, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Staying connected with friends and family is getting one step easier in Tanzania after the country’s leading telecom operator announced that it had partnered with the social networking company to give its users free access to Facebook. Tigo Tanzania made...

Airtel Kenya confirmed that the upgrades that have been discussed have already begun to take form in Nairobi.

Airtel Kenya working to improve 3.75G Network performance

May 5, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Airtel Kenya has stated that it was working to improve the quality of its 3.75G network performance in the capital, Nairobi, as part of the company’s overall push to increase the productivity of its network and increase speed of browsing for its customers....

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ICT skills set to develop with new MOU in Kenya

April 27, 2015 • Company News, East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

The ICT Authority and Microsoft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will, among other things, see Microsoft offer support in providing a platform that will enable ICT skills training for up to 300 000 teachers. According to the memorandum,...