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IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

July 3, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Making waves in the headlines this week was MTN South Africa. The mobile operator has allegedly filed criminal charges against a group of striking Communication Workers Union (CWU) members, who on 27 June 2015 allegedly attacked an MTN retail outlet. Also making the headlines this week was social media giant Facebook. Facebook has opened up [&hellip...

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Orange connects Benin to ACE submarine cable

July 3, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Orange together with the other members of the ACE consortium, have announced the launch of the ACE cable in Cotonou, Benin and Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The connection of these two stations is part of the second phase of deployment of the ACE...

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Nigeria: Telecoms contribute NGN 1.34 bln to economy in Q1

July 1, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that the telecommunication sector contributed NGN 1.34 billion to the Nigerian economy in the first quarter of the year. According to the report, NBS found that the sector records a monthly growth rate...

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IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

June 26, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Making the headlines this week was Nigerian-born scientist, Samuel Achilefu. Achilefu has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Louis Award for creating cancer-seeing glasses. Also making the headlines this week was telco providers Safaricom and...

Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa.

Foreign direct investments in Africa soar to new heights

June 26, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Although the number of foreign direct investments (FDI) fell by 8.4% in 2014, capital investment into Africa surged to US$128b, a year-on-year increase of 136%, according to the recently released EY 2015 Africa Attractiveness Survey and the average investment...

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Nigeria: 200 Metrotaxis in Lagos get free Wi-Fi

June 25, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Smile Communications Nigeria and auto service firm Metro-taxi have activated free Wi-Fi in over 200 MetroTaxis in Lagos. At the official announcement of the partnership, Alero Ladipo, ‎chief marketing officer, Smile Communications Nigeria, described the...

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Nigerian-born scientist wins award for cancer-seeing glasses

June 25, 2015 • Hardware, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigerian-born scientist, Samuel Achilefu, has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Louis Award for creating cancer-seeing glasses. This is according to premiumtimesng.com. According to the report, Dr. Achilefu, a professor of radiology and biomedical...

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Video Interview: Ebi Atawodi discusses Uber in Nigeria

June 23, 2015 • Top Stories, Video, West AfricaComments (0)

Mondato Summit 2015, which was held between 2nd & 3rd 2015 – at Summer Place in Johannesburg, South Africa – had a packed line-up of great speakers and intriguing panel discussions. C-level executives and thought leaders from right across the mobile...

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Evolution of Wi-Fi drives business opportunities and growth in Africa

June 17, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The introduction of affordable smartphones designed specifically for emerging markets has been a game changer for Africa and has made an impact on Wi-Fi demand, says Ruckus Wireless. In fact, according to published reports, mobile penetration in sub-Saharan...

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Ghana: Mobile data users on the rise

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

According to the National Communications Authority of Ghana, the number of mobile data subscribers in Ghana rose from 15,804,608 subscribers at the end of February 2015 to 16,106,218 at the end of March 2015, giving a penetration rate of 59.78 percent. Airtel...

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Nigeria: Swift Networks acquires Chromecom

June 10, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to a report via techcabal, Nigeria-based broadband and data services provider, Swift Networks Limited has acquired Chromecom – A subsidiary of Monarch Communications Limited. According to the report, the new acquisition is set to improve...

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Vodacom Business provides Lagos school with internet

June 9, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Vodacom Business Nigeria has revealed that it has provided The Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, in Lagos with Wi-Fi services for students and teachers in classrooms, laboratories, workshops and staff offices. According to the company it had also...

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Facebook takes Internet.org to Senegal

June 5, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Social media giant, Facebook, has revealed that it has now set its sight’s on Senegal – in order to launch Internet.org as well as more than a dozen free basic services within the country. According to Facebook, the services will be available to...

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Nigeria has over 145.4 million active phone lines

June 5, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigeria now has just over 145.4 million active telephone lines. To add to the numbers, the country’s teledensity is at a rate of 103.9 per cent. This is according to statistics revealed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The 145.4 million...

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Africa’s Top 20 most connected countries by user numbers

June 4, 2015 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to worldometers.info, the population within South Africa sits at just over 53 million individuals. To add to the figures, Nigeria currently has over 183 million individuals populating its city’s. Africa has always been viewed as a continent...

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Airtel Nigeria & 2go launch social media data bundle

June 1, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Airtel Nigeria and 2go, a mobile focused social network, have partnered to launch a new social bundle for data on Airtel’s service. According to 2go: “For only NGN 100 per week or NGN 200 monthly, Airtel subscribers can obtain unlimited access to 2go.”...