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Nigeria planning to protect ICT infrastructure

December 19, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigeria’s ICT minister Omobola Johnson, who spoke during an appraisal of her ministry’s 2014 score card in Abuja, has stated that a draft legislation, which will help protect critical national ICT infrastructure from wanton destruction by vandals will soon be presented to the National Assembly. According to Johnson, critical ICT infrastructure...

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Nigeria: ICT attracts USD 6 Billion in FDI

December 18, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

ICT Minister, Omobola Johnson, has revealed that Nigeria’s ICT sector has attracted more than USD 6 Billion in Foreign Direct Investments over the last three years. Speaking during the 2014 Ministerial Platform in the country’s second largest city...

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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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Microsoft to support start-ups in Nigeria

December 12, 2014 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Microsoft and 88mph have revealed the expansion of the Microsoft Ventures program into Nigeria. As part of the 4Afrika Initiative, the collaboration, according to both parties, will help improve start-ups’ productivity by offering tools, resources,...


Nigeria: Telkom & Blue Label Telecoms settle the score

December 12, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Telkom and Blue Label Telecoms have revealed that both parties have resolved a dispute where each company was claiming billions of rands from each other due to the failure of Multi-Links in Nigeria. Both parties announced that they have agreed to settle their...

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Nigeria: IHS secures USD 200 Million in financing

December 10, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The IFC has offered USD 200 million in financing to IHS Nigeria. According to the IFC, the financing has been arranged in order to assist IHS Nigeria expand its tower portfolio as well as create mobile infrastructure, which will improve service quality for...

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Fly Mobile to enter Nigerian market

December 9, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments (0)

European mobile player Fly has recently introduced its devices to the Nigerian mobile market. According to the company, it will be collaborating with First Choice as its distributor. Fly MEA Managing Director, Nitin Sood, stated that: “The new product...

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Ghana: Vodafone reveals App Star winners

December 9, 2014 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Vodafone Ghana has rewarded the winners of the App Star competition, after the final contest was held in Accra. According to Vodafone, the App Star contest is a mobile app competition that uncover creative and innovative app developers in Ghana. Furthermore,...

According to Tigo, the installation is set to enhance customer experience and reduce the inconvenience of customers having to memorise the various short codes for different products and services.

Ghana: Tigo appoints Squire as head of mobile

December 8, 2014 • People, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Tigo Ghana has appointed Tara Squire as its new head of Mobile. According to the company, in his new role Squire will be responsible for both the Commercial and Mobile Financial Services strategy and execution. This includes all products and services ranging...

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Millicom to support AU in fight against Ebola

December 5, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Millicom has revealed that it will be supporting the African Union’s (AU) campaign, which is intended to raise funds to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. Mobile Operators across Africa including: Airtel and Airtel Nigeria, Econet Wireless, Etisalat,...


NATCOM wins $252 million bid for Nitel & Mtel

December 4, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

IT News Africa has been following the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (Nitel) and Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Limited (Mtel), liquidation closely for the past few months. Back in November 2014, the BPE, the Bureau of Public Enterprises within...

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Nigeria: Airtel reveals Catapult-a-Startup initiative

December 4, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Airtel Nigeria has revealed an entrepreneurial initiative named ‘Catapult-a-Startup,’ a platform which aims to inspire innovation and assist start-up mobile app developers towards actualising their business goals and dreams. With this initiative,...

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IT is a strategic lever for business growth in Nigeria

December 3, 2014 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to a recent survey conducted by EMC Corporation, over 90 per cent of business leaders in Nigeria have identified information technology as a strategic lever for business growth. The survey of 528 business and technology decision makers across...

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Ghana set to abolish mobile phone tax

December 2, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has welcomed Ghana’s commitment to abolish pricey import duties on smartphones. The Ghanian government has announced these first steps in a drive to enable affordable internet access through policy reform....


Social Media reacts to Kano bomb blast

December 2, 2014 • Online, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to reports, Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has promised to track down the perpetrators of the bomb blasts. The blast killed more than 100 people at the central mosque in the city of Kano. Jonathan said his government will “continue to...

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Ghana Government aiming for greater financial transparency

December 1, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Government of Ghana has revealed that it has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance. The reason behind the move is to enhance fiscal transparency and promote financial inclusion for all its citizens. By becoming an Alliance member, the Government has...