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CEO for Africa at Bharti Airtel. (Image credit: IT News Africa)

Former MTN Vice President appointed Airtel Africa CEO

August 28, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Former MTN Vice President appointed Airtel Africa CEO

Bharti Airtel, a global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced senior level organisational changes within its Africa operations. Manoj Kohli, MD & CEO (International), in-charge of Airtel’s operations in Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, will relocate to India effective Jan 1, 2014....

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SEACOM supplies Kenyan innovation hubs with broadband

August 28, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on SEACOM supplies Kenyan innovation hubs with broadband

SEACOM, the Pan-Africa ICT enabler has given 100 mbps of internet connectivity to four innovation centers in Kenya to enhance their capacity to generate local content for a global audience. The Centers – iHub, m:Lab, naiLab and 88mph – will...

Patrick Masambu, Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission (Image source: Flickr)

Uganda: end of the road for unregistered SIM cards

August 27, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Uganda: end of the road for unregistered SIM cards

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has confirmed that there will be no extension on the SIM card registration process deadline of 31 August. After this date all unregistered SIM cards will be deactivated. In May this year The Commission issued a...

Kenya will soon get a fourth generation long term evolution network (Image source: Shutterstock.com)

Kenya: Tax impacting mobile penetration

August 23, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Tax impacting mobile penetration

  It has been reported that a section of Kenya’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector has contested mobile penetration figures released by the country’s telecommunications regulator, the CCK (Communications Commission of Kenya). At...

Ethio Telecom has reportedly signed a multi-million Dollar agreement with ZTE to rollout broadband services to the country. (image source: JMR_Photography)

Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom lands $800 million ZTE deal

August 20, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom lands $800 million ZTE deal

Ethio Telecom, has secured an $800 million mobile network deal with Chinese telecommunications equipment and network solutions provider ZTE. The deal is half of a $1.6 billion project split with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and is expected to lead to...

Yahsat has partnered with South Sudan's SSCOOP to deliver high-speed satellite broadband to the country. (Image source: Google/nairaland.com)

Yahsat’s YahClick on the cards for South Sudan

August 19, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Yahsat’s YahClick on the cards for South Sudan

CIO East Africa reports that Abu Dhabi-based satellite communications operator, Yahsat, has partnered with South Sudan’s SSCOOP SS Cooperative ‘SCOOP’ to offer satellite broadband service to the country. According to the report users in business,...

CCK Director General Francis Wangusi. (Image source: Google/youtube.com)

Kenya: will CCK redirect MTR glide path?

August 15, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Kenya: will CCK redirect MTR glide path?

  According to a report posted on The Star in Kenya, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) may initiated a new cost study on the mobile market in order to decide whether or not to pursue cuts on Mobile Termination Rates (MTR) – or the rate...

According to the UCC, a number of unregistered SIM cards are remaining active (image: Shutterstock)

Kenya: Mobile money users surpass 23 million

August 12, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Mobile money users surpass 23 million

A report posted by GSMA Mobile for Development, which forms part of the membership-driven organisation’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) Programme, states that the number of Kenyans using mobile money services has surpassed 23 million. The Programme was...

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Kenya to classify telcoms infrastructure as utilities

August 9, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya to classify telcoms infrastructure as utilities

In a bid to curb the rising incidents of telecom infrastructure vandalism, the Kenyan government has made known its intention to put in place a telecom infrastructure protection law by the end of December 2013. Information Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred...

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Vodafone Global Enterprise enters Nairobi

August 8, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Vodafone Global Enterprise enters Nairobi

According to a CIO East Africa report Vodafone Global Enterprise (VGE) has announced it will engage with Safaricom Business as it establishes a base in Nairobi, Kenya. VGE is said to have been founded in 2007 and is focused on supporting businesses looking...

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Asus eyes increased market share in Kenya

August 6, 2013 • East Africa, Gadgets and GamingComments Off on Asus eyes increased market share in Kenya

Notebook vendor ASUS is set to increase its market share in the Kenyan PC market with the introduction of their Taichi convertible Ultrabook, Zenbook Touch Ultrabook and the G-Series gaming laptop. The devices which will be introduced in the current quarter...

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Will Tanzania’s Finance Bill stymie Internet growth?

August 5, 2013 • East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments Off on Will Tanzania’s Finance Bill stymie Internet growth?

Amendments to Tanzania’s recently passed Finance Bill 2013 has ushered in a 14,5% excise duty on all mobile airtime, mobile services, as well as landline and wireless telecommunication services. According to research Tanzanians will have to fork out more...

Kenya will soon get a fourth generation long term evolution network (Image source: Shutterstock.com)

SIM switch-off impacts Kenya’s mobile movers

August 2, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on SIM switch-off impacts Kenya’s mobile movers

A report posted by The Star says that Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile network operator, was the only one to have upped its call traffic volume after the process of deactivating unregistered SIM cards was initiated at the beginning of the year. According...

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Kenya: MasterCard, Paynet bank on EMV

July 31, 2013 • East Africa, SecurityComments Off on Kenya: MasterCard, Paynet bank on EMV

MasterCard today signed a deal with regional card processor Paynet Group to partner in a local initiative geared towards encouraging the switch from magnetic strip to EMV cards. Dubbed “The Great Migration to EMV Chip,” the local initiative brings...

Dr. James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank Group.
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Equity Bank, Airtel Kenya partner on m-commerce

July 31, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Equity Bank, Airtel Kenya partner on m-commerce

Equity Bank and Airtel Kenya have today entered into a partnership that will offer comprehensive mobile commerce solutions to their customers in Kenya, through Airtel Money. The service, available to all Equity Bank customers with Airtel lines, will enable...

Safaricom's Chief executive Bob Collymore (image: file)

Safaricom at risk of losing mobile operator license

July 31, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Safaricom at risk of losing mobile operator license

Safaricom, one of the largest mobile operators in Kenya, is at risk of losing its operator’s license if it fails to comply with the Communications Commission of Kenya’s (CCK) directives to improve services across the country. The Commission ordered the...