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Amr-Shady, CEO of TA Telecoms

TA Telecom to map identity of Africa with mobile tech

October 13, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on TA Telecom to map identity of Africa with mobile tech

TA Telecom has revealed that the beta trials for Nafsi, Africa’s most ambitious big data analysis project according to the company, is now underway in Egypt, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. The survey aims to use mobile technology to collect data from individual countries and map the personalities of the people living there. Nafsi, which [&hellip...

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AfricaCom Awards 2014 shortlist revealed

October 13, 2014 • East Africa, Events, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on AfricaCom Awards 2014 shortlist revealed

The AfricaCom Awards are set to take place on the 12th November 2014, at The Waterfront Lookout in Cape Town. The event celebrates and acknowledges leaders in digital technology, ICT, Telecommunications and Media across Africa. As the event grows each year,...

Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa. (Image Credit: Darryl Linington).

Top 10 benefits of the $50 smartphone in Africa

October 10, 2014 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Top 10 benefits of the $50 smartphone in Africa

Tech4Africa is still underway at the SciBono Discovery Center, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg. IT News Africa caught up with Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa, in order to discuss the top 10 benefits of the extremely sought after USD $50...

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Kenya king of mobile banking even with privacy concerns

October 10, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya king of mobile banking even with privacy concerns

Mobile privacy is the single biggest concern for today’s mobile consumers and remains the largest obstacle to growth, according to MEF’s fourth Global Consumer Survey, which analysed consumer behaviour from 15,000 respondents in 15 countries. According to...

Rwanda: Fixed telephone users increase by 44.9 percent

Ghana: 1million users register with mobile firms in 8 months

October 9, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Ghana: 1million users register with mobile firms in 8 months

According to reports, mobile networks across Ghana saw over 1 million new subscribers subscribe to services within a period of 8 months. This has increased the penetration rate to 111 percent. The latest stats presented by the National Communication Authority...

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East African Telecoms rush to cut calling rates

October 8, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on East African Telecoms rush to cut calling rates

According to reports MTN Rwanda announced on Monday, October 6, that it has cut down charges on call for its roaming subscribers ahead of Wednesday’s launch of One Network Area Agreement. MTN follows Kenya’s Safaricom who slashed their rates to...

MTN Nigeria Introduces 17-Digit Recharge PIN

MTN Rwanda slashes roaming tariffs in Kenya

October 8, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on MTN Rwanda slashes roaming tariffs in Kenya

MTN Rwanda has lowered its roaming charges across East Africa by implementing the One Network Area concept within the East Africa Community (EAC). According to MTN, customers roaming on all networks in Kenya, both prepaid and post-paid, will now be charged...

Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa. (Image Credit: Darryl Linington).

The $50 smartphone will drive mobile in Africa

October 8, 2014 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on The $50 smartphone will drive mobile in Africa

The Tech4Africa “un-conference” is underway at the SciBono Discovery Center, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg. IT News Africa caught up with Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa in order to discuss the concept of the USD $50...

Taking voice communications in a whole new direction

Kenya: Equity Bank challenges M-Pesa’s monopoly with Smart SIM

October 7, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Equity Bank challenges M-Pesa’s monopoly with Smart SIM

Taisys Technologies has revealed that Kenya’s Equity Bank will be issuing a ultra-thin mobile banking smart SIM, which incorporates technology from Taisys. According to Equity Bank, customers can now transfer funds, make micro-payments and gain access to...

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Aflix extends service to 30 African countries

October 7, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Aflix extends service to 30 African countries

Online mobile video streaming application, Aflix, has extended its Hollywood mobile streaming service to 30 more countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The service originally launched in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. According to the company, the service will now be...

Nokia Lumia 530

Nokia Lumia 530 arrives in Kenya

October 6, 2014 • East Africa, Gadgets and GamingComments Off on Nokia Lumia 530 arrives in Kenya

Microsoft has launched the Lumia 530 smartphone at all Orange Kenya and authorised dealer shops, in both the single SIM 3G and dual SIM 3G variants. The Lumia 530 will be available in a range of colours along with a selection of changeable shells in a variety...

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Asus & Intel launch Fonepad 7 Tablet in Uganda

October 6, 2014 • East Africa, Gadgets and GamingComments Off on Asus & Intel launch Fonepad 7 Tablet in Uganda

Asus and Intel East Africa have launched the Asus Fonepad 7 tablet in Uganda. According to the both parties, the device offers 3G connectivity and the calling features of a smartphone with the hybrid style of a 7-inch Android tablet. The Fonepad 7 Tablet also...

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Safaricom slashes Kenya & Rwanda roaming rates

October 3, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Safaricom slashes Kenya & Rwanda roaming rates

Safaricom has slashed its call and roaming rates between Kenya and Rwanda. The rate cut has already been implemented and will allow its customers visiting Rwanda to receive up to 60 percent discount. Safaricom customers visiting Rwanda will make calls to...

Microsoft launches Kaizala mobile app in Kenya

7 African start-ups to receive Microsoft innovation grants

October 2, 2014 • East Africa, North Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on 7 African start-ups to receive Microsoft innovation grants

To fast-track their growth and provide a roadmap to highlight Africa’s ‘future growth pole’, Microsoft has revealed the 7 new African start-ups to receive funding, technical support and mentorship. According to Microsoft, one of the goals of the...

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Leading App offers free calls to Nigeria on October 1

September 30, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Leading App offers free calls to Nigeria on October 1

Leading international calling app Ringcredible will be offering free calls to Nigeria for 24 hours on October 1, 2014, to mark West African country’s independence day. According to the company, only a connection fee will be charged ($0.07 USD) for calls...

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Liquid Telecom planning USD 34m investment in Rwanda

September 29, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Liquid Telecom planning USD 34m investment in Rwanda

Liquid Telecom has announced that it is planning to invest USD 34 million in Rwanda. The investment forms part of the company’s USD 200 million Africa expansion plans. Sam Nkusi, Liquid Telecom Rwanda CEO, stated that: “The money will be used to...