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Ericsson and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe sign five-year deal

November 24, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Ericsson today announced that it has been selected as the sole supplier by Zimbabwe’s largest provider of telecommunications services, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, for the company’s Core network upgrade program. The deal will see the companies working together to simplify and upgrade the existing 2G/3G/4G/LTE networks, future proofing it for the rapid...

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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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CIOs cannot extract value from data with current IT infrastructure

November 19, 2014 • Company News, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS) today announced the results of its inaugural Information Innovation Index which interviewed a sample of South African CIOs. The results highlight that nearly half (48 per cent) of surveyed South African organisations are...

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Zambia: ZICTA provides 147 towers for rural areas

November 17, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Zambia Information Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has erected 147 out of 169 new telecommunication towers, which have been earmarked for construction in selected rural parts of Zambia. According to the Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA), the...

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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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Zimbabwe: Mahindra Comviva debuts connectMoney

November 12, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mahindra Comviva announced the debut of its connectMoney Service Manager. The announcement is part of a deal with Zimbabwe operator Econet Wireless. As a part of the deployment of connectMoney Service Manager, Econet Wireless has issued MasterCard debit cards...

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Nigerian consumers demand permission-based mobile marketing

November 12, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Gemalto has released the results of a new survey conducted by Ifop in South Africa and Nigeria on consumers’ perceptions of mobile marketing. The findings reveal that although 80% of respondents feel annoyed when receiving unsolicited messages, the same...

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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...


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...

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Security research in SA uncovers heightened IT security risks

November 4, 2014 • Security, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Critical company data is at risk in South Africa as a result of organisations focusing IT security policies and resources more on external threats, such as cybercriminals and hackers, and not enough on the threat from within the business… this is...

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Zimbabwe: Econet joins fight against Ebola

November 4, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Zimbabwe operator, Econet has joined the fight against Ebola. According to the operator, it has set up an Ebola Response Taskforce. The company revealed that the taskforce is made up of doctors and other specialists who report to a working party who are...

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MTN SA introduces 49 cents per minute international call tariff

October 30, 2014 • Company News, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN South Africa has launched a new international calling promotion that will see customers being provided with the opportunity to call selected destinations from as little as 79 cents per minute. MTN will also introduce the new international calling bundle...

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Social Media pays tribute to Senzo Meyiwa

October 27, 2014 • Online, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to police reports, Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead after armed assailants entered his girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg. The South African footballer may have been trying to defend his girlfriend Kelly...


Telkom unveils SmartInternet Unlimited in SA

October 24, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Telkom recently launched SmartInternet Unlimited. According to Telkom, the bundle is aimed at business users seeking unlimited mobile data. Telkom also revealed that SmartInternet Unlimited will offer a reliable uncapped data connection over the mobile...


Jovago & UNICEF partner for Passport to Protection initiative

October 21, 2014 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

Jovago has revealed that is now supporting UNICEF’s “Passport to Protection” initiative. According to both parties, the programme advances child protection by registering children with Birth Certificates using internet technology. In terms of the...


10 African tech start-ups to look out for

October 20, 2014 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Africa is bursting with potential, especially when it comes to the tech start-up scene. A great number of companies have entered the African tech scene recently; however, 10 of these start-ups have shined, much like the glorious African sun, in the eyes of IT...