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Kenya: Schools in Nairobi get free internet

July 3, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Wananchi Group, owner of Pay Tv company Zuku, is installing free, unlimited, high-speed fixed internet to over 2,000 public and private schools in Nairobi County. Through a partnership with Kenya Education Network (KENET) and the County Government of Nairobi, over 150 schools have been connected to fixed high speed internet in a piloting that began [&hellip...

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Airtel rakes in USD 1.3 bln from tower sale in Africa

July 3, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Bharti Airtel has revealed that it has raised USD 1.3 billion with the sale of various mobile towers in five African countries. According to the company, the total proceeds from the transactions will be utilised to reduce the debt of the company. In February...

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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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How to tell if your Smartphone is the real deal

July 2, 2015 • Hardware, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Counterfeit goods have become an increasingly worrying problem in Africa. Not only is the clothing industry suffering under the scourge of counterfeit goods, but the Electronics industry has also been under fire. Consumers who purchase a smartphone device...

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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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South Africa: Internet users to reach 27 mln by 2019

July 1, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

South Africa is expected to see a rise in internet traffic as more people switch to smartphones and smart devices. This is according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index 2015, which was revealed by Fin24. The report forecasts that the number of internet...

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MTN SA files charges against attackers

July 1, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN South Africa has filed criminal charges against a group of striking Communication Workers Union (CWU) members, who on 27 June 2015 allegedly attacked an MTN retail outlet. The attackers allegedly assaulted and intimidated staff in the process. The CWU has...

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Buses in South Africa get free Wi-Fi

July 1, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Radwin, a provider of sub-6 GHz broadband wireless solutions, has revealed that the City of Tshwane in South Africa is using its  FiberinMotion wireless mobility solution to provide free Wi-Fi onboard city buses – up to 100 Mbps throughput per bus....

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Microsoft, Paycorp enter mPOS partnership

June 29, 2015 • Hardware, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

ZipZap, the mobile POS (mPOS) solution from Paycorp, has partnered with Microsoft Mobile to offer businesses and retailers a mobile solution that enables them to accept payments from customers wherever they are, transacting anywhere, anytime. “Microsoft is...

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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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Mobile money transfer revenues to reach USD 4 bln by 2018

June 25, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Revenues from mobile money transfer services are expected at USD 2 billion this year and USD 4 billion in 2018, this is according to a study conducted by Juniper Research. According to the Juniper Research Study, published by CommsMEA, Africa is set to lead...

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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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Angola to receive improved internet experience

June 25, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Angola is improving the experience for all internet users by launching Angonix, which is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform situated in Luanda, the capital of the country, in West Africa. Angonix interconnects global networks, content providers and...

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Kenya: Safaricom plagued by Airtel’s aggressive advertising

June 24, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenya operator Safaricom has obtained temporary orders against its rival’s aggressive advertising on mobile money transfers, this is according Standard Digital News. According to the report, Safaricom feels resentment towards Airtel’s move to...

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Tigo Rwanda partners with Bank of Kigali

June 23, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Tigo Rwanda has partnered with Bank of Kigali Ltd (BK) to enable customers to send money between any Tigo Cash wallet and any Bank of Kigali bank account. Tongai Maramba, General Manager of Tigo Rwanda said: “The new service gives Tigo Cash users and BK...

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Nigeria: Airtel rolls out Wi-Fi service in Lagos

June 19, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (2)

Airtel Nigeria has launched a Wi-Fi service to enable residents and visitors to Lagos to access the internet in public places through their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other smart devices. According to Airtel Nigeria, the service is available to all...