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(l-r): Director, Consumer Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Adeola Dairo; Managing Director, Samsung West Africa, Paul Lee and Vice President, Marketing, Etisalat Nigeria, Adebisi Idowu, at the launch of the Samsung Experience Zone in the Etisalat Experience Centre, Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Etisalat expands service footprints with Samsung Experience Zone

December 8, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigerian telecommunications network, Etisalat Nigeria, has launched a Samsung Experience Zone within the Etisalat Experience Centre in Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos. Etisalat in partnership with Samsung West Africa unveiled the first of many Samsung Experience Zones which it aims to launch in major Etisalat Experience Centres, across the country....

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Nirmal Nair, Head of Products, SVP Marketing and Digital Sales at Clickatell.

Forget mobile-first, your customer is demanding mobile-always

December 8, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, OpinionComments (0)

As smartphones reach saturation point in developing markets and make up a significant part of phone ownership in developing nations, customers are demanding an entirely different way of engaging with brands. This seismic shift towards mobile requires an...

De Wet Bisschoff, Managing Director of Communications, Media and Technology at Accenture in South Africa.

Opinion: Telcos risk becoming single-digit-margin businesses

December 7, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, OpinionComments (0)

Over the past two decades the telecommunications industry has been driven by new and faster technology, coupled with strong demand for connectivity—moving from the wireline arena to the mobile boom, and finally to the convergence of voice and data services....

FNB app

FNB launches Smart Device festive season deals

December 6, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

FNB has unveiled five exciting promotional deals aimed at keeping customers and their loved ones connected at all times, no matter where they find themselves in South Africa during the busy festive season. New and existing FNB customers will now be able to...

ZAOU acting Vice-Chancellor,  Professor Yerokun Olusegun Adedayo.

ZAOU partners eLearnAfrica to extend learning throughout Africa

December 6, 2016 • Education, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Zambian Open University (ZAOU) announced its courses and degree programs will be available on eLearnAfrica, further extending the university’s reach into the country and across the continent. eLearnAfrica.com is a newly launched mobile application and...

Android Nougat 7.0

Onyx to build Africa’s first smartphone plant

December 6, 2016 • Hardware, Mobile and Telecoms, Software, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by TimesLive, South African start-up, Onyx Connect is set to become the first to manufacture smartphones in Africa. Onyx is licensed to load Google software like Android and Chrome onto devices sold under the company’s own brand or...

Yolande Steyn, Head of Innovation at FNB.

FNB Banking App wins global technology award

December 6, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

FNB was recognised for having the ‘Best Mobile System/Service Initiative’ for its innovative FNB Banking App during the Annual Banking Technology Awards 2016 held in London last week. The FNB Banking App demonstrated excellence and the best innovative...

ShowMax is now available on an even wider range of smart TVs as well as smartphones, tablets, web browsers, Apple TV.

ShowMax is now available on Android TV

December 6, 2016 • Gadgets and Gaming, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

With the release of a new version of its Android app, ShowMax has increased the base of supported devices to include media players and smart TVs running Android TV. ShowMax is now available on an even wider range of smart TVs as well as smartphones, tablets,...

MTN mobile money

Ghana: MTN partners DataMi, Viotech for sponsored data service

December 2, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN Ghana has announced it will be launching the first sponsored data service in Ghana in partnership with Datami and Viotech. The sponsored data services will allow customers to use data services at the expense of a third party company. The service will...

The SARCS app was created with Connectik, after their resounding success with the Kenya Red Cross Society App. (image: Jan Persiel)

Game developers monetise anonymous data from mobile apps

December 1, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, SoftwareComments (0)

Tutela has announced that it is re-opening its partnership program and adding to its network of mobile app partners, offering an additional revenue stream to select mobile games and app developers. Typical annual revenues for participants with apps with 3-5M...

Stephen Ha, TECNO Mobile’s Managing Director, and Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer for City Football Group, moments after signing the partnership agreement between TECNO Mobile and Manchester City. (FTP Edelman)

Manchester City partners with TECNO Mobile

November 30, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (5)

TECNO Mobile, and the Premier League’s Manchester City, are celebrating the launch of their new global multi-year partnership. As the Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club, TECNO Mobile will work with the Club to grow their...

Vodafone Foundation helps save mothers’ and children’s lives in Lesotho. (image: Vodafone group)

Lesotho: How mobile technologies are saving thousands

November 30, 2016 • Healthcare, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Vodafone Foundation announced a mobile-based HIV programme in Lesotho, where an estimated 23% of the population is HIV positive, many of whom live in extreme poverty in remote rural communities separated by mountainous terrain with minimal infrastructure....

Nigeria's prepare to pay more for their data starting December 1, 2016.

Nigeria: Social Media reacts to data hikes

November 30, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

With reports making the rounds about an increase in data tarrifs with effect from December 1, 2016, social media has been abuzz in Nigeria. Acting on a directive given by the national regulator, a number of mobile operators, including MTN and Globacom...

Apps for business

Zimbabwe: Steward Bank launches SMS banking solution

November 28, 2016 • Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

In a bid to make banking easier in Zimbabwe, according to ZimTech Steward bank has announced the launch of Square Banking, a banking facility that performs banking transactions on a mobile device. The solution enables customers and businesses to access...

Johan Meyer is founder and CEO of Wallettec.

Wallettec simplifies mobile payments in Africa

November 28, 2016 • Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Wallettec is making possible for businesses to transact different digital wallets. The Cape Town based company enables businesses to accept any mobile transaction or currency type at a Point of Sale. It operates in more than 20 countries across Africa,...

e-learning

Wizitup e-Learning platform introduced in Nigeria

November 25, 2016 • Education, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Vericore Technologies Limited launched Wizitup, a learning platform for students and teachers. The platform is suitable for classroom use, as a solution for teachers and as a School Information and Administrative System (SIAS). It uses different methodologies...