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Interview: "Its tough for telcos to address the African market"

Interview: “It’s tough for telcos to address the African market”

October 20, 2017 • East Africa, Features, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

IT News Africa recently spoke to Rajesh Mishra, Co-Founder, President and CTO, Parallel Wireless, in an interview which looked to identify the challenges facing the African telecommunications landscape. Rajesh is the Co-Founder of Parallel Wireless, a telecoms network infrastructure company looking to reimagine the RAN and building solutions that will...

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Top 5 mid-range smartphones

Top 5 mid-range smartphones for African consumers

October 19, 2017 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Lists, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Mobile phones have almost become somewhat of an extension of ourselves. These devices, that we rely so heavily upon, can come at quite a hefty price. Not everyone can afford the almost astronomical price that you have to pay to buy premium flagship devices...

Nigerian-Canadian appointed new Uber GM for West Africa

Lola Kassim appointed new Uber GM for West Africa

October 17, 2017 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, People, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Ride-hailing mobile app Uber has appointed Lola Kassim, a Nigerian-Canadian, as its new general manager for West Africa. Lola, who most recently worked as a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Company, is a professional with over 10 years of global...

Huawei reveals Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro

Huawei reveals Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro

October 16, 2017 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

On Monday 16 October 2017 in Munich, Germany, Huawei announced the launch of the all-new Huawei Mate 10 series which, according to the company, will open the door to new AI mobile applications. The Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and Porsche design Huawei...

Winners of 2017 MTN App of the Year Awards announced

Winners of 2017 MTN Business App of the Year Awards announced

October 16, 2017 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

The sixth edition of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards took place on Thursday the 12th of October 2017 where the telecommunications company announced the overall winner, as well as the winners across various categories. The gala event hosted in...

Kenya: Dstv and Telkom partner to offer bundled internet.

Kenya: Telkom and DStv partner to offer bundled internet

October 16, 2017 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

DStv and telecommunications provider Telkom have renewed their partnership in an aim to offer Kenyans value on entertainment and Internet at an affordable cost. Customers buying a full kit DStv HD decoder, at a cost of Sh6,999 will get a free MiFi router...

Uganda Telecom (UTL) partners with WIOCC to boost internet speed.

Uganda: UTL partnership to boost internet speed

October 13, 2017 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Uganda Telecom (UTL) has announced a partnership with the West Indian Ocean Company (WIOCC) in a bid to deliver more data capacity and faster speeds in the country. UTL also aims to lower the cost of the internet. According to both firms, the partnership will...

BBM Messenger Partners with NGO Springster in South Africa & Nigeria

BBM Messenger Partners with NGO Springster in South Africa & Nigeria

October 12, 2017 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, announced on Thursday 12 October 2017 that the company has partnered with Springster, Girl Effect’s global mobile-first platform for vulnerable young women, to launch Girl Talk, a content offering aimed at...

50 percent of viewing will be mobile

Study: 50 percent of TV viewing will be mobile by 2020

October 12, 2017 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

Ericsson unveils the eighth edition of its annual ConsumerLab TV and Media report, which details the massive growth in TV and video viewing and the ongoing shift in the way consumers watch content. According to the report, 50 percent of all TV and video...

Truecaller to expand African operations

Truecaller to expand African operations

October 12, 2017 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Truecaller, a mobile app which uncovers the identity of unknown callers, has announced that it will be making Africa a key priority region and increasing its presence on the continent. As a part of this expansion on the African continent the company will be...

Airtel Kenya introduces new data bundles

Airtel Kenya rolls out new data bundles offers

October 11, 2017 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Airtel Kenya has introduced new data bundles packages for smartphone users. The new bundles, according to the company, will offer affordable data bundles for users. Airtel Kenya’s new bundles include a 1GB bundle daily offer going for Sh99, a 2GB weekly...

South Africa: severe storms damage MTN infrastructure and disrupt connectivity

South Africa: Severe storms damage MTN infrastructure and disrupt connectivity

October 10, 2017 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

On Monday 9 October 2017, parts of Johannesburg, South Africa, were hit with severe storms. The storms, according to telecommunications company, MTN, resulted in widespread power outages across many parts of Gauteng and have in turn had an impact on some MTN...

Improve your mobile typing with these 7 Android apps

Improve your mobile typing skills with these 7 Android apps

October 10, 2017 • East Africa, Lists, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

If you’re like most Android users, the keyboard probably isn’t top of mind when you think about apps you can download to improve your efficiency and overall user experience. Yet there is a rich selection of Android apps that you can pick from to improve...

MTN Rwanda rolls out new data packge

MTN Rwanda introduces new prepaid internet package

October 9, 2017 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN Rwanda has announced the introduction of MTN Internet Irekure, a tailored internet prepaid pack that gives users data to stream videos longer on YouTube and other sites. The package is aimed at increasing access to mobile internet, said the company. MTN...

Open Wifi

Smart network security choices can save you from hacker headaches

October 6, 2017 • Mobile and Telecoms, Opinion, Security, Southern AfricaComments (0)

“Open” Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere, and different cities have their own implementation strategies. While cities like Cape Town, South Africa have implemented a strategy where the city owns and manages WiFi points to the value of R10 million....

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iWayAfrica Kenya acquires Callkey Networks

October 6, 2017 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

African ISP, iWayAfrica Kenya, has secured regulatory approval to acquire the terrestrial and VSAT customer base of Callkey Networks, a Nairobi-based corporate communications service provider and a subsidiary of ImaraSat. In a strategic move to grow its local...