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Kenya: Microsoft unveils ICT course for policymakers

February 6, 2015 • Company News, East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Microsoft unveils ICT course for policymakers

Microsoft and an American-based university have partnered to offer executive level training programs to Kenyan government leaders. Microsoft has collaborated with University of Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) to execute its School of Government (SOG) program, an initiative by Microsoft 4Afrika. This is according to CIO East Africa....

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Wallettec integrates Snapscan into its service in SA

February 5, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Wallettec integrates Snapscan into its service in SA

Mobile wallet integration company Wallettec has integrated Snapscan into its service. According to the company, the move is intended to assist it to become a single interface point between the Point of Sale and any mobile or e-wallet solution. According to...

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Top 10 richest countries in Africa rated

February 5, 2015 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (2)

Africa is home to some of the richest countries in the world, in part due to its oil-rich soil and human capital. With GDPs going up as high as $594.257 Billion. According to statistics provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), these are currently,...

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“He who connects wins” – SAP Africa CEO

February 3, 2015 • Company News, East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on “He who connects wins” – SAP Africa CEO

In this brave new world of the Networked Economy, one adage rings truer than ever: no company is an island. Mobile, cloud, social media and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies are creating connections between people and organisations in more ways than we...

Airtel Uganda launches LTE network

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

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...

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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 Off on Telecom Namibia to complete phase 1 of fibre grid in Q1

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 & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Facebook denies social network hack

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 & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Twitter unveils group messaging and mobile video experience

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....

Microsoft launches Kaizala mobile app in Kenya

Kenya: Microfinance institution to expand beyond tea sector

January 27, 2015 • East Africa, FinanceComments Off on Kenya: Microfinance institution to expand beyond tea sector

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...

Clickatell enables UBA to launch Chat Banking on WhatsApp in Nigeria

WhatsApp makes a move to PC

January 23, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on WhatsApp makes a move to PC

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 Off on Kenya: Nokia to modernise Safaricom network infrastructure

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...

MTN and Cisco Launch IoT Services Throughout South Africa

MTN inks major Mobile Money partnership for Africa

January 21, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN inks major Mobile Money partnership for Africa

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...

Africa's smartphone market declines despite strong performance

Smartphones make up 75% of GCC mobile market

January 20, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Smartphones make up 75% of GCC mobile market

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 Off on Gartner: IT leaders must embrace marketing

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 Off on Bringing the ultra-broadband revolution to the people of Africa

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....