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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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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...

There are mounting fears over the fate of a man who went missing 14 days ago after tweeting pictures of an attempted jail break in Abuja (image: Shutterstock)

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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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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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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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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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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Top Google Searches of 2014 in Africa

December 17, 2014 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Google has released a list of the Top 10 Global Trending Searches throughout 2014. Each year, Google releases a list of the topics that individuals have searched for the most over the past 12 months. Additionally, Google has also revealed the Top 10 Google...

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How ICT is responding to Ebola in Africa

November 21, 2014 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Ebola outbreak has captured the attention of many large corporations within the ICT sector. Companies like MTN, SES, Liquid Telecom, Econet, IBM, Airtel, LG and Samsung have all responded to the outbreak in a meaningful and impactful way. While Ebola is...

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Microsoft set to drive innovation in North Africa

November 20, 2014 • North Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

At this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Morocco, Microsoft signed a new strategic alliance with Tunisian startup Saphon Energy, a company that specialises in the research and development of wind energy. The company also introduced the first...

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MTN Group unveils “United Against Ebola” initiative

November 13, 2014 • Company News, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN Group has invited over 219 million customers across Africa and the Middle East to join hands with the company in a 3-month campaign, starting 1 December, to raise funds for a “United Against Ebola” initiative. In response an appeal from the African...

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Huawei reveals Ascend Mate 7 & Ascend G7

November 12, 2014 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Huawei announced the launch of two new flagship smartphones that are set to hit the African market January/February 2015. The devices were revealed during AfricaCom 2014 at an exclusive event, which was held in Cape Town, South Africa. According to Huawei the...

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GSMA reveals code of conduct for mobile money providers

November 6, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The GSMA: Mobile 360 Series – Africa is well underway at the Clock Tower Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, GSMA unveiled a Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers. The Code of Conduct outlines a series of common business...