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Kenya: Mobile subscriptions on the rise

October 31, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to reports, Kenya’s total number of mobile subscriptions grew by 5.6 percent to 32.2 million at the end of June. This is according to Q4 statistics unveiled by the Communications Authority (CA). The statistics revealed that mobile penetration in the country rose to 79.2 percent. In addition to mobile penetration, data/internet subscriptions...

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Smart Telecom expansion set at USD 300 Million

October 30, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to Smart Telecom, it has set a budget of USD 300 Million in order to expand its telecommunications network’s across a number of East African countries including Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi over the next five years. Smart Telecom originally...


Rwanda accelerates plans for cashless economy

October 30, 2014 • East Africa, Features, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Government of Rwanda has moved to accelerate its plans to transform Rwanda into a cashless economy and achieve 80 percent financial inclusion by 2017. Rwanda’s commitment to using information and communications technology (ICT) for financial...

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Tanzania set to switch to digital TV by 2015

October 27, 2014 • East Africa, Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Tanzania is expected to complete its migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting by June 2015. ICT Minister, Makame Mbarawa, told the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference that digital broadcasting covered 70 percent of the country. Mbarawa was also...

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Uganda: Huawei to offer e-lab to school in Lira

October 24, 2014 • Company News, East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Huawei is set to offer an e-lab to the Dr. Obote College School, which is located in the Lira District. According to Huawei Uganda, the e-lab is a reward for the school’s achievement for becoming champions at the recently concluded Science and...

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...

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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...


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...


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...


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...