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Airtel has invested over $3.5 billion in Nigeria

September 13, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Airtel has invested over $3.5 billion in Nigeria

Airtel Nigeria’s Regional Operations Director Olusegun Macaulay revealed that the mobile operator has invested more than $3.5 billion as part of its network expansion across the country. He commented that the expansions were made in order to boost quality of servic. “Like 18 months back, you realise the kind of services you were getting; today it...

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MTN SA, in partnership with Huawei, successfully trialed Africa’s first LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) network. (Image source: File)

Ericsson helps MTN Ghana increase data usage

September 13, 2013 • Company News, West AfricaComments Off on Ericsson helps MTN Ghana increase data usage

Ghana, situated on the west coast of Africa, has a population of approximately 25 million and over half its inhabitants live in urban areas. In 2012, mobile penetration reached 100 percent and it is expected that strong uptake of data services will continue...

Google South Africa today joined forces with its Online Child Safety Campaign partners (Image source: Google/technesstivity.com)

Google Nigeria serious about privacy says Country Manager

September 13, 2013 • Online & Social, West AfricaComments Off on Google Nigeria serious about privacy says Country Manager

  Google Nigeria’s Country Manager, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, is reported to have publicly reassured users of the security and privacy of data, saying that confidentiality is “engraved in Google’s culture”. Nigeria Communications Week has posted a...

Airtel Nigeria and Nokia have partnered to launch the Lumia 520 in the country (image: GSM Arena)

Nokia launches Lumia 520 in Nigeria

September 12, 2013 • Gadgets and Gaming, West AfricaComments Off on Nokia launches Lumia 520 in Nigeria

In a move aimed at increasing the use of voice calls from mobile phone devices, Airtel Nigeria and Nokia have partnered to launch the Lumia 520 in the country. The new hand device is aimed at increasing the smart phone penetration in the West African country...

MTN Ghana has announced that it has restored services to subscribers following last week's fire damage to a major hub. (Image source: Ghana via Shutterstock.com)

Data subscriptions drop in Ghana

September 12, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Data subscriptions drop in Ghana

Despite a major boost in overall mobile penetration in Ghana, the county’s telecommunications regulator announced that the country had seen a drop-off in the total number of data subscriptions in the country through the end of July. According to the...

MTN Zambia's LTE launch represents a move to enhance the Company's presence in the Southern Africa market (Image source: Google/wirelessfederation.com)

MTN Nigeria, Jumia partner to boost online shopping

September 10, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria, Jumia partner to boost online shopping

MTN Nigeria has announced a partnership with online store Jumia to change the online commerce landscape in the country and make it easier for users to purchase items online. According to a statement from MTN Nigeria, the partnership is also an effort to...

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MTN Cameroon delivers university pay registration

September 10, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Cameroon delivers university pay registration

In a move to help university students better manage their student tuition fees and other university related finances, mobile service provider MTM Cameroon this week launched a Mobile Money payment system for academic institutions. According to the company,...

MTN Ghana launched their annual Internet Festival (image: Warren Rohner)

Ghana’s Internet Festival kicks off

September 6, 2013 • Online & Social, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana’s Internet Festival kicks off

The third edition of MTN Ghana’s Internet Festival (IFEST) 2013 was launched yesterday in Accra, Ghana. The IFEST celebrations involve a month-long educational drive on the relevance of internet usage on everyday lives and for identifiable professionals...

Telecom Namibia will deploy Zhone’s MXK and several additional Zhone services (image: Alejandro Gabriel Alonso)

Telecom Namibia into the broadband Zhone

September 6, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Telecom Namibia into the broadband Zhone

Zhone Technologies, Inc., a global leader in FTTx network access solutions, this week announced that Telecom Namibia, headquartered in Windhoek, Namibia, will deploy Zhone’s MXK and several additional Zhone services to provide its customers with advanced...

Gabon’s My GA Registry today opened up registration for .ga domains for free (Image Credit: President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon- World Economic Forum)

Gabon provides free .ga domain names

September 4, 2013 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Gabon provides free .ga domain names

Gabon’s My GA Registry today opened up registration for .ga domains for free. My GA – the Gabon domain name – is operated by the Agence Nationale des Infrastructures Numeriques et des Frequences (ANINF) who pledges to make this national resource...

Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, Philip Sowah (image: Mobile World)

Airtel Ghana announces data roll-over

September 4, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Airtel Ghana announces data roll-over

Airtel Ghana announced this week that it would allow customers to rollover their unexpired mobile Internet bundles from month to month. The move has been praised by sector experts who said it would allow users to maintain their data packages and not lose...

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...

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...