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How ICT is responding to Ebola in Africa

November 21, 2014 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Ebola outbreak has captured the attention of many large corporations within the ICT sector. Companies like MTN, SES, Liquid Telecom, Econet, IBM, Airtel, LG and Samsung have all responded to the outbreak in a meaningful and impactful way. While Ebola is becoming a top priority for ICT companies within Africa, the virus has unfortunately ...

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Kenya: Consumers order more iPhones than Apple can provide

November 19, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Apple products are growing in popularity across Kenya. According to reports, the brand cannot keep up with the consumer demand for the device. According to figures from mobile operators as well as resellers, the demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is...

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Microsoft launches new Lumia devices in Kenya

November 18, 2014 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments (0)

Microsoft has revealed the availability of the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730 Dual SIM devices. According to Microsoft, both devices will run on its Windows Phone 8.1 OS. The Lumia 830 is one of the company’s flagship devices. According to Microsoft, the...

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Uganda: Alcatel-Lucent & Liquid Telecom to expand networks

November 14, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Alcatel-Lucent is set to provide Liquid Telecom with various GPON and DWDM technologies for the expansion of its networks in Kenya and Uganda. Alcatel-Lucent is providing upgrades to previously deployed dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) and...

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Kenya: Samsung unveils 8 new locally developed apps

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

Samsung has partnered with @iLab Africa in order to offer 8 locally developed mobile applications. The reveal was made at Samsung’s second edition of the “Show N’ Tell” event. According to Samsung, the event is intended to bring...

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MTN Group unveils “United Against Ebola” initiative

November 13, 2014 • Company News, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN Group has invited over 219 million customers across Africa and the Middle East to join hands with the company in a 3-month campaign, starting 1 December, to raise funds for a “United Against Ebola” initiative. In response an appeal from the African...

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4G LTE broadband network launched in Rwanda

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

Rwanda has stepped forward and launched a high-speed (4G LTE) broadband network. The service has gone live after it was launched in Kigali. Speaking at the launch of the service, the Minister for Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana stated that: “The...

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Huawei reveals Ascend Mate 7 & Ascend G7

November 12, 2014 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Huawei announced the launch of two new flagship smartphones that are set to hit the African market January/February 2015. The devices were revealed during AfricaCom 2014 at an exclusive event, which was held in Cape Town, South Africa. According to Huawei the...

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Rwanda: 4G LTE broadband network set to launch

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

Rwanda is set to launch a high-speed (4G LTE) broadband network on 11 November 2014. The network has been established through an agreement between the Government of Rwanda and the KT Corporation. According to both parties, the network will cover 95 per cent...

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GSMA reveals code of conduct for mobile money providers

November 6, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The GSMA: Mobile 360 Series – Africa is well underway at the Clock Tower Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, GSMA unveiled a Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers. The Code of Conduct outlines a series of common business...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...