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“PPP’s key to fighting international epidemics” – Airtel MD

January 30, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

In August 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) formally declared Ebola an International Public Health Emergency – the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak in four-decade history of the disease. Since then, it has been a race against time to save lives in sub-Saharan Africa especially in six West African countries worst hit by ...

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Telecom Namibia to complete phase 1 of fibre grid in Q1

January 28, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Telecom Namibia has stated that plans are at an advanced stage to construct a fibre-based network to connect all regional capitals in the country. Telecom Namibia’s senior manager of corporate communications, Oiva Angula, said that the construction of...

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Facebook denies social network hack

January 28, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

On 27 January 2015 social networking platforms Facebook, Instagram and Tinder suffered an hour long outage. The outage resulted in Facebook and Instagram users within Africa, as well as the rest of the world, being unable to connect to these services. While...

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Twitter unveils group messaging and mobile video experience

January 28, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Social networking giant Twitter has unveiled the roll-out of two new services: group messaging and a new mobile video experience. According to Twitter, the following features will be available in Africa as well as globally once the roll-out commences....

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Kenya: Microfinance institution to expand beyond tea sector

January 27, 2015 • East Africa, SoftwareComments (0)

Greenland Fedha Limited (GFL), a microfinance institution for small-scale tea farmers in Kenya, has implemented a new software solution to improve its efficiency and remain competitive in the market. According to the institution, it had chosen the Microsoft...

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WhatsApp makes a move to PC

January 23, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Popular messaging service “WhatsApp” has made its way to PC browsers across the African continent. The reveal was made public by the firm’s CEO Jan Koum – on the company’s Facebook page. Loum stated that: “Today, for the...

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Kenya: Nokia to modernise Safaricom network infrastructure

January 21, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

In a public statement, Kenyan operator Safaricom has revealed that it has selected Nokia Networks as one of its partners to modernise and expand its 2G and 3G network infrastructure. In addition to this, Nokia will also assist Safaricom to launch the first...

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MTN inks major Mobile Money partnership for Africa

January 21, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Online money transfer service WorldRemit and telecoms operator MTN have inked a global partnership that will enable WorldRemit customers to send remittances instantly to MTN’s Mobile Money customers. The agreement is expected to extend WorldRemit’s...

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Smartphones make up 75% of GCC mobile market

January 20, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to the latest figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC), Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) shipments of 4G LTE handsets have increased more than four times over the last year and are now close to accounting for one half of all smartphones...

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Former Apple CEO to launch Obi Mobiles in Kenya

January 16, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (1)

Former Apple CEO, John Sculley, is preparing to launch Obi Mobiles in Kenya as well as other countries located in East Africa. The launch will be accompanied by the company’s distributor for the region, DESPEC. The company is set to roll-out a number of...

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Gartner: IT leaders must embrace marketing

January 15, 2015 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Increasing marketing technology investments are demanding more involvement from IT leaders to enable marketing to achieve full business value from its investments, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2015, IT leaders supporting marketing will need to build a...

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Bringing the ultra-broadband revolution to the people of Africa

January 14, 2015 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent has shared his vision for Africa. According to Combes, “Africa is among Alcatel-Lucent’s most promising markets,” and here is why: Combes writes: I am particularly pleased to present today my vision for Africa....

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Has social media emergent Bebuzee unleashed the beast?

January 14, 2015 • Company News, East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

The Social Network Bebuzee, have yet released another record breaker. This time it is the long awaited Bebuzee Adbuz advertising network. What you are about to read, is the first Bebuzee Adbuz related publication, since Bebuzee re-launched, the...

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Kenya: Safaricom slashes roaming rates for 21 countries

January 13, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator Safaricom is making a move to significantly reduce roaming rates for its subscribers. The company is set to create new roaming bundles that will offer its subscribers reduced roaming charges in 21 countries in North and Central Africa, Europe...

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AfriCallShop slashes call rates this festive season

December 24, 2014 • Company News, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The festive season is upon us; however, there is more to it than purchasing Christmas gifts. Often, loved ones are not based in our hometowns and are often scattered across the continent. While a simple call or SMS may be worth more than any gift… calls...

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Kenya: Airtel to offer mentorship programmes to orphans

December 23, 2014 • Company News, East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Bharti Airtel is set to offer mentorship programmes to the Good Samaritan Orphans and Destitute Centre in Kayole’s Soweto. According to the company, the programme is part of the Airtel spirit where Airtel staff voluntarily give both time and expertise at...