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Etisalat Nigeria has announced the launch of their 2013 version of the Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation (image: file)

Etisalat Nigeria launches innovation competition

September 4, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Etisalat Nigeria launches innovation competition

In an effort to bolster and increase innovation at a homegrown level, Etisalat Nigeria has announced the launch of their 2013 version of the “Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation.” The move hopes to enable young entrepreneurs to develop new concepts and push them into the telecommunications sector. The award will name the “most innovative mobile...

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Nigerian government is in the process of awarding surveillance and intelligence gathering contracts to a number of security firms (Image: Nigerian National Assembly)

Nigerian mobile phones to be spied on

September 3, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian mobile phones to be spied on

Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC) has announced their intention to award surveillance and intelligence gathering contracts to a number of security firms, which will allow the country’s Federal Government to intercept and monitor mobile phone...

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Vodafone Ghana offering free Whatsapp access

September 3, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Vodafone Ghana offering free Whatsapp access

In a new effort to boost overall user base, Vodafone Ghana announced this week that it would be offering 30 days free of Whatsapp access on a number of Nokia mobile phones. The move is aimed to entice users to make the switch to the new Nokia phone devices...

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MTN secures 3G license for Guinea

August 30, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN secures 3G license for Guinea

South African mobile operator MTN announced that it has secured a license to provide 3G mobile data services to the African nation of Guinea by signing a Convention de Concession de Licences with telecoms regulator L’Autorite de Regulation des Postes et...

Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson (image: file)

Nigeria to fast-track infrastructure rollout

August 28, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria to fast-track infrastructure rollout

Nigeria’s Minister of Communication, Omobola Johnson, has revealed the Government’s plans to speed up the delivery of much-needed ICT infrastructure. She also disclosed that her ministry would be working closely with the Federal Ministry of Works to...

Nigeria’s ICT Minster Omobola Johnson (Image source: WEF)

Phase3 Telecom to invest further $68 million in Nigeria

August 26, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Phase3 Telecom to invest further $68 million in Nigeria

Nigerian fiber optic network company Phase3 Telecom has disclosed that, to date, it has invested over $110m to ensure that broadband is extended to- and reaches both underserved and unserved areas of the country. Briefing journalists in Abuja, the...

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Top Ten most visited Nigerian websites

August 20, 2013 • Lists, West AfricaComments Off on Top Ten most visited Nigerian websites

Any company or organisation that does not have a website or, at the very least some level of online presence, in today’s highly-connected world has virtually no chance of making it on a global scale. Web information company Alexa provides global web...

MTN Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa. (Image source: File)

MTN Cloud cover for Cote d’Ivoire

August 16, 2013 • Enterprise, Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Cloud cover for Cote d’Ivoire

In keeping with its mission to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to customers, MTN today announced the extension of its bouquet of cloud services to Cote d’Ivoire. The introduction of MTN Cloud in Cote d’Ivoire this week comes on the...

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Nigeria crosses 120-million mobile subscriber mark

August 14, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria crosses 120-million mobile subscriber mark

As South African-based mobile operator MTN revealed their earnings and subscriber numbers for the quarter, Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC) revealed that the country’s mobile subscribers have reached over 120-million. Operator MTN is still well...

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Ericsson hosts workshop for Sierra Leonean officials

August 9, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ericsson hosts workshop for Sierra Leonean officials

Industry stakeholders and government officials in Sierra Leone have benefitted from an ICT workshop organized by Ericsson and its partners- Airtel, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), and the Ministry of Information and Communications. The...

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Nigeria: concern over IT project failure

July 30, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: concern over IT project failure

Nigeria Communications Week reports that experts at the Nigeria Computer Society’s 11th International Conference have expressed serious concern over the number of abandoned IT-related projects. Industry experts have reportedly urged the government to...

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Airtel, FirstBank Nigeria launch FirstMonie Payment Solution

July 30, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Airtel, FirstBank Nigeria launch FirstMonie Payment Solution

Leading Telecommunications Service Provider, Airtel Nigeria has gone into a partnership with First Bank Nigeria Plc to offer consumers a new mobile payment solution called Firstmonie Talkmore. The strategic partnership, which was sealed with the signing of a...

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Nigeria: Cyber Security Bill draws closer

July 26, 2013 • Security, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (1)

Nigeria Communications Week reports that the country’s Minister of Communications Omobola Johnson has this week announced that the Cyber Security Bill is with the Federal Ministry of Justice for final drafting. Government officials from the Ministry of...

Nigerian entrepreneur Chinedu Echeruo, creator of HotStop (Image source: INC)

Apple buys Nigerian entrepreneur’s HopStop

July 24, 2013 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (1)

Technology giant Apple has acquired HopStop.com, the startup venture established by Nigerian entrepreneur Chinedu Echeruo, for an undisclosed amount, according to Mashable and Bloomberg. HopStop is a mobile application that provides an online city transit...

Afrinolly has announced the launch of its Windows App for Windows Phone and Windows 8 (image: Afrinolly)

Afrinolly app available for Windows Phone

July 18, 2013 • Online & Social, West AfricaComments Off on Afrinolly app available for Windows Phone

After a month in beta testing, African entertainment app Afrinolly has announced the launch of its Windows App for Windows Phone and Windows 8. With the adding of a Windows phone app, Afrinolly is now available on all major mobile operating systems. Afrinolly...

MTN Nigeria launches Eskimi data bundle

July 15, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria launches Eskimi data bundle

MTN, a telecommunications operator in Nigeria, launched a new data bundle to provide affordable access to Eskimi, a 6 million size mobile social network in the country. The bundle is available in two packages: weekly for 25 Naira (approximately 15 US...