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CCK Director General, Francis Wangusi (image credit: CCK)

Kenya: CCK dismisses talk of tension over Safaricom

January 15, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Kenya: CCK dismisses talk of tension over Safaricom

In more news over recent discussions between the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) and the country’s mobile operators regarding service delivery to consumers, it has been reported that on the subject of license renewal, the regulatory body has said there is no tension between itself and Safaricom. On Tuesday 14 January, following a meeting...

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Will taxes kill mobile money in Africa?

January 14, 2014 • East Africa, Features, West AfricaComments Off on Will taxes kill mobile money in Africa?

One sector continues to show growth in Africa and demonstrate the genuine potential the continent has to leapfrog global counterparts: mobile money services. Stakeholders, including mobile operators, have echoed the sentiment that the market is gaining...

Cabinet Secretary - ICT, Dr Fred Matiang'i (image credit: CCK Kenya)

Kenya’s mobile operators, CCK – where to from here?

January 14, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya’s mobile operators, CCK – where to from here?

Kenya’s four mobile operators are reportedly scheduled to attend talks today with the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) over several issues – including the recent Quality of Service report detailing the operators’ failure to comply with set...

Blended learning initiative 'No-Pay' MBA to launch in April

African e-Learning service providers at the top of their class

January 13, 2014 • East Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on African e-Learning service providers at the top of their class

With South African media reports claiming that space is limited at public tertiary education institutions, the reality facing many who have matriculated is that whilst their efforts may have earned university exemption, they may not necessarily have secured a...

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Moves to regulate Uganda’s bustling mobile money market

January 13, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Moves to regulate Uganda’s bustling mobile money market

  In Uganda, mobile money agents have reportedly appealed to telecommunications companies to adhere to guidelines stipulated by the Bank of Uganda (BOU) and thereby not only help prevent unfair practices, but empower new entrants to the market with...

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China adds solar spark to Rwanda’s energy strategy

January 10, 2014 • East Africa, Mining & Energy, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on China adds solar spark to Rwanda’s energy strategy

China has reportedly donated solar energy kit systems to Rwanda in a move that is expected to bolster the East African country’s energy sector. Rural areas that have no access to the national power grid within Rwanda’s Northern, Southern and Eastern...

Apple have been found guilty by Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service of price-fixing. (image: Apple)

iPhone 5s launched in Kenya

January 10, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on iPhone 5s launched in Kenya

Mobile operator Orange has launched Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in Kenya, several months after the device’s worldwide launch, including South Africa. “The launch of these two smart devices is consistent with the company’s brand promise of...

New field of data science captivates South Africa's youth

One in four to secure university spot in South Africa?

January 9, 2014 • East Africa, Features, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on One in four to secure university spot in South Africa?

Educators offer perspective on eLearning in Africa In South Africa, the Class of 2013 has drawn widespread media attention for pass rates, distinctions and university exemptions, however educators have expressed concern over limited space at tertiary...

Al-Shabaab bans mobile internet in Somalia

January 9, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Al-Shabaab bans mobile internet in Somalia

International terror group Al-Shabaab has banned the use of internet through mobile handsets and fibre optic cables in Somalia, and warned that telecommunication companies had 15 days to comply with the order. The rebel group made the announcement during a...

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Korea Telecom may scale down Rwanda business

January 6, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Korea Telecom may scale down Rwanda business

Korea Telecom CEO Hwang Chang-gyu has revealed plans to review the company’s projects across Africa and place greater focus on bolstering the firm’s competitive edge in its domestic telecommunication market. According to a Korea Times report, this review...

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Tanzanian authorities set to move on Mobile Number Portability

December 17, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Tanzanian authorities set to move on Mobile Number Portability

From Dar es Salaam, The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is reported to be upbeat about plans to introduce Mobile Number Portability (MNP) into the country. Regional media have said that TCRA Director General Professor John Nkoma affirmed...

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

Kenya: authorities want more data from SIM card owners

December 11, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: authorities want more data from SIM card owners

Government and telecommunications industry regulator CCK (Communications Commission of Kenya) are scheduled to meet today to discuss revised SIM card registration regulations. It is expected that the outcomes of the meeting will be a revocation of the legal...

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Africa’s ICT industry responds to Mandela’s passing

December 6, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Africa’s ICT industry responds to Mandela’s passing

News of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela on 05 December 2013 has flooded worldwide communication channels, with social networks representing the medium of choice for many to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences –...

Africa’s technology news leader IT News Africa, in partnership with sponsor and global enterprise software company, Software AG, extends an invitation to the Africa’s ICT sector to to attend its forthcoming Innovation Dinner in Kenya, themed Big Data, Cloud and Accelerating Growth in the Enterprise. (Image source: Flickr/itnewsafrica.com)

Kenya looking to Big Data, Cloud to stay ahead

December 5, 2013 • Big Data, East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya looking to Big Data, Cloud to stay ahead

Recent research conducted by IDG Connect suggests that there is a definite move towards big data projects in Kenya and Nigeria. According to this research, 64% of respondents are at planning, pilot scheme or live stage of Projects. It is indicative of the...

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

Kenya: CCK double-checks on service quality

December 5, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: CCK double-checks on service quality

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced this week that it will initiate an audit of the quality of non-voice services to consumers. The regulator has confirmed that it is scouting for consultants to assist with a comprehensive Quality of...

An open air market in Arusha, Tanzania. Smile Communications this week launched a 4G network service. (Image source: Black Sheep Media/ Shutterstock.com)

Tanzania: why Internet users in Arusha are smiling

December 4, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Tanzania: why Internet users in Arusha are smiling

This week, Smile Communications Tanzania (Smile) launches its Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) services in Arusha, bringing the high speed internet revolution to businesses, organizations and residents in and around Arusha city.   LTE (Long...