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Nigeria: Airtel to sell Nigerian towers to ATC

November 25, 2014 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Airtel to sell Nigerian towers to ATC

American Tower Corporation and Airtel have inked an agreement for the sale of over 4,800 of Airtel’s communications towers in Nigeria. According to the agreement, Airtel will be the anchor tenant on the portfolio under a lease with a ten-year initial term. According to Telecompaper, the agreement will allow Airtel to focus on its core [&hellip...

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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 Off on How ICT is responding to Ebola in Africa

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...

Rwanda: Fixed telephone users increase by 44.9 percent

Nigeria: NCC shuts down illegal telecom firm

November 21, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: NCC shuts down illegal telecom firm

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has shut down telecom provider Owntel Communications. The shutdown is due to the company allegedly offering telecommunications services to customers, without obtaining operational licence. NCC enforcement team, led by...

Satellite Dish

Eutelsat & Spacecom partner to target West African market

November 20, 2014 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Eutelsat & Spacecom partner to target West African market

Eutelsat Communications and Spacecom have inked a partnership agreement. The agreement is set to drive the expansion of digital entertainment services in Africa. According to both parties, they have established a framework for cross-commercialisation of...

Tigo, data, internet

Ghana: Tigo invests $3.2 Million in overhead fibre project

November 19, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: Tigo invests $3.2 Million in overhead fibre project

Tigo Ghana has started work on a USD 3.2 million overhead fibre-optic cable project. The project is part of efforts to boost customer experience in the Western and Ashanti regions. According to Tigo Ghana, it is expected to end indiscriminate fibre cuts by...

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Nigeria: Tecno Mobile to launch $30 smartphone in 2015

November 18, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Tecno Mobile to launch $30 smartphone in 2015

Tecno mobile is set to launch a low-cost mobile device during the course of 2015. According to the mobile device manufacturer, the device is expected to retail for $30 USD. While no date has been given for the launch of the device, Arif Choudhary, VP of Tecno...

MTN Nigeria appeal order to pay N4.8bn to former employee

MTN Group unveils “United Against Ebola” initiative

November 13, 2014 • Company News, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Group unveils “United Against Ebola” initiative

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...

Taking voice communications in a whole new direction

Nigerian consumers demand permission-based mobile marketing

November 12, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian consumers demand permission-based mobile marketing

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 Off on Huawei reveals Ascend Mate 7 & Ascend G7

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...

SES Satellite

SES joins the fight against Ebola in West Africa

November 10, 2014 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on SES joins the fight against Ebola in West Africa

SES has launched an Ebola-focused education channel to be broadcast via satellite in West Africa. The channel, called “Fight Ebola”, will be available to both free-to-air TV viewers and Pay TV subscribers and transmitted from the ASTRA 2F satellite at...

Abi Jagun

Video Interview: Boosting the interest of ICT in Nigeria – Jugun

November 10, 2014 • Top Stories, Video, West AfricaComments Off on Video Interview: Boosting the interest of ICT in Nigeria – Jugun

IT News Africa caught up with Abi Jagun at the GSMA Mobile 360 Africa conference, which was held at the Clock Tower Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Jagun discusses how ICT is growing in Nigeria as well as assists woman to break into the...

Nitel

Nigeria warns Nitel/Mtel bidders to adhere to Nov 7 deadline

November 7, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (1)

The BPE, the Bureau of Public Enterprises within Nigeria, has warned pre-qualified bidders in the liquidation of Nitel/Mtel to adhere to the 07 November deadline for the submission of technical and financial proposals. The BPE warned that no proposal will be...

MWC 2015

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 Off on GSMA reveals code of conduct for mobile money providers

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...

BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry Passport lands in Nigeria

October 31, 2014 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on BlackBerry Passport lands in Nigeria

BlackBerry is in the process of rolling out its new qwerty keyboard smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport. According to the company, the device has now landed in Nigeria. The device features a 4.5-inch square touch screen, touch-enabled keyboard and has a 3450...

Tigo, data, internet

Tigo music set to go live in Ghana

October 29, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Tigo music set to go live in Ghana

Tigo Ghana has announced the launch of Tigo Music in partnership with Deezer, the international music streaming service. Through pre-paid data bundles, Tigo customers will from 31 October be able to access more than 35 million tracks, including African and...

Rwanda LTE

Nigeria: Smile launches 4G service in Abuja

October 29, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Smile launches 4G service in Abuja

Nigeria’s Smile Communications has launched LTE broadband internet service in Abuja. The company said the Abuja roll-out, coming barely one year after its 2013 commercial unveiling of its network in Ibadan, and months after Lagos, followed more than...