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Microsoft has announced the appointment of Otema Yirenkyi as the company’s first country manager for Ghana (image: Microsoft)

Meet Microsoft’s first female country manager in Africa

December 2, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Meet Microsoft’s first female country manager in Africa

Microsoft has announced the appointment of Otema Yirenkyi as the company’s first country manager for Ghana. As the company shifts its global focus to a devices and services offering, Ghana remains one of Microsoft’s critical investment markets in Africa. Otema, a native Ghanaian with over 14 years of ICT experience, will take the helm of its...

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Michael Ikpoki, CEO of MTN Nigeria (Image source: MTN)

MTN Nigeria, LG offer broadband on the box

November 27, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria, LG offer broadband on the box

From Lagos, local media have reported that MTN Nigeria, via its business-to-business division MTN Business, has partnered with LG Electronics to offer consumers bundled 4G broadband internet service with LG smart TVs. The deal means that consumers who...

Innovative Africa - Uganda Conference. (Image source: ic-events.net)

Africa’s growth under discussion at Innovative Africa Forum

November 27, 2013 • Company News, Events, North Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Africa’s growth under discussion at Innovative Africa Forum

African Business magazine has teamed up with Microsoft 4Afrika as well as African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) to lead the Innovative Africa Forum in the format of a roundtable discussion on the 27th November 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. ...

Project economic growth in key regions across Africa is expected to fuel demand for particularly high-end ICT skills. (Image source: Shutterstock.com)

Arm yourselves with the right tech skills for 2014

November 26, 2013 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Arm yourselves with the right tech skills for 2014

If global forecasts such as Computerworld’s annual Forecast Survey 2014 prove accurate, decision makers across Africa’s ICT sector will have little time to waste in recruiting the very best and most sought-after technical skill sets available. The...

Rhys Collins, Head of African Operations for SSP. (Image source: SSP)

African insurers must address looming technology challenge

November 25, 2013 • Opinion, West AfricaComments Off on African insurers must address looming technology challenge

The African Insurance Organisation has long warned that lack of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure is holding the African insurance market back. The additional challenge of getting legacy systems to provide improved risk management...

Global PC manufacturer Asus has reportedly entered into a partnership with Mitsumi Distribution Nigeria. (Image source: Charlie Fripp)

Asus appoints distributor to push Nigeria presence

November 25, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Asus appoints distributor to push Nigeria presence

Global PC manufacturer Asus is reported to have entered into a partnership with distributor Mitsumi to up its presence in Nigeria. The alliance is said to have been forged to offer users in Nigeria access to product and expose both parties to opportunities....

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Nigeria: ICT regulatory bodies unite to remove unapproved devices

November 20, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: ICT regulatory bodies unite to remove unapproved devices

A number of ICT industry regulatory bodies, including the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Phone and Allied Dealers Association of Nigeria, have united in an effort to rid the broader market of unapproved...

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria: mixed reaction to proposed wire-tap program

November 19, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: mixed reaction to proposed wire-tap program

The proposed ‘wire-tap programme’, currently under consideration by the country’s federal government, has been met with a mixed response claim news reports. For example, the Daily Trust explains that the proposal, titled ‘A Bill for An Act to Provide...

Robin Philip of payment services provider PayGate. (Image source: PayGate)

Overcoming the payments hurdle for Nigerian e-commerce

November 18, 2013 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Overcoming the payments hurdle for Nigerian e-commerce

Nigeria is not “business as usual” for new entrants to the market – but, according to Robin Philip of payment services provider PayGate, for global eCommerce providers there are many opportunities if you have the right supporting network of partners and...

RapidSMS in action. The innovation continues to have a major impact on the health of citizens throughout Africa. (Image source: Google/unicefinnovationlabs.org)

UNICEF mobile innovation making impact in Africa

November 18, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on UNICEF mobile innovation making impact in Africa

Four years after its introduction, a mobile innovation called RapidSMS, developed by two United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) employees, continues to bring about significant change in key regions throughout Africa. Africa Renewal reports on the progress...

Michael Ikpoki, CEO of MTN Nigeria (Image source: MTN)

MTN Nigeria’s latest deal to strengthen network

November 15, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria’s latest deal to strengthen network

In what is described as a new phase of development for its operation in Nigeria, mobile network operator MTN has signed a managed services contract this week with telecommunication service providers Ericsson and Huawei. Terms of the contract were covered in a...

Eckart Zollner, Head of Business Development at Jasco. (Image source: Jasco)

Telecom Namibia, Jasco partner to bolster connectivity

November 14, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Telecom Namibia, Jasco partner to bolster connectivity

Telecom Namibia has joined forces with German Internet provider Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (De-CIX) and NewTelco SA, a Jasco Group company, to establish international access points in South Africa and Namibia to the German Internet exchange...

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Mobile operators must move to capitalise on mobile money

November 13, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Mobile operators must move to capitalise on mobile money

The power of Mobile Money as an enabler of financial transactions is beginning to gain ground in Africa. Uganda is a case in point, where more than half of MTN’s customers are Mobile Money enabled and generate over 25 million transactions each...

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MTN Ghana adds Aviat muscle to microwave backbone

November 12, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Ghana adds Aviat muscle to microwave backbone

Aviat Networks, Inc., the leading expert in microwave networking solutions, today announced that it is deploying its STR600 ultra-high capacity microwave radio solution for MTN Ghana as a part of the upgrade of the leading African mobile operator’s...

MTN Nigeria CEO Michael Ikpoki . (Image source: File)

MTN Nigeria invests in 3G network upgrade

November 11, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria invests in 3G network upgrade

Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL), the company leading the world in the development and deployment of next generation microwave networks, has today announced new contracts with MTN Nigeria to upgrade and expand capacity of the operator’s 3G network. The...

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Text To Change to bolster Nigeria’s MNP Programme

November 11, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Text To Change to bolster Nigeria’s MNP Programme

World Telecom Labs (WTL) will be exhibiting at AfricaCom this week and discussing Text To Change, as well as launching Easy SMS Hubwhich enables operators in Africa to increase revenues from text messages by setting up their own SMS hubs. Text To Change...