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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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Ericsson to drive e-waste disposal and recycling in Benin

January 28, 2015 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Ericsson and MTN Benin have partnered under their Ecology Management Program, to launch the first electrical and electronic equipment waste (e-waste) collection and awareness drive in Benin. According to both Ericsson and MTN, the campaign is geared towards...

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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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Fintech startup reveals money transfer service for West Africa

January 21, 2015 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Azimo, an online money transfer service, has revealed that consumers across Europe can now send money to recipients in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo in West African CFA francs for instant cash pick-up. Michael...

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Google launches online portal for Nigeria’s 2015 elections

January 20, 2015 • Online, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Google has launched an online portal (http://www.google.ng/elections/) where voters can keep an eye on the latest news about Nigerian politics in the run-up to the general elections in February. According to Google’s Communications and Public Affairs...

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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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Nigeria: UBA partners with Vodacom for data & broadband

January 19, 2015 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) has revealed that it has inked a partnership with Vodacom in Nigeria. The partnership will see Vodacom provide data and broadband communications for the bank in an effort to improve services to its customers globally....

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Nigeria in need of USD 325 bln to expand network

January 19, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to a report by the Vanguard, Nigeria will need USD 325 billion to expand the country’s mobile network infrastructure capacity to meet international standards – according to the recently approved 30-year National Integrated Infrastructure...

L-R: Olusola Oworu, Hon. Commissioner, Commerce & Industry, Lagos State; Fola Adeola, Chairman, MainOne; Omobola Johnson, Hon. Minister of Communications Technology and Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne at the launch of MainOne's new Tier III Data Center, MDX-i.

West Africa sees launch of largest data center

January 16, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MainOne, a Nigerian provider of telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa, announced the opening of the Tier III Lekki Data Center. The move behind the data center is to address the growing demand for Colocation, Cloud and Disaster...

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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...

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 looks to Ericsson for maintenance

January 15, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Tigo Ghana has revealed a partnership with Ericsson in order to provide quality network service delivery and maintenance. According to Tigo Ghana, Ericsson will manage all Tigo’s network maintenance as well as boost connectivity nationwide. Tigo Ghana...

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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...