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Telecom Namibia to complete phase 1 of fibre grid in Q1

January 28, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Telecom Namibia has stated that plans are at an advanced stage to construct a fibre-based network to connect all regional capitals in the country. Telecom Namibia’s senior manager of corporate communications, Oiva Angula, said that the construction of the primary fibre route to connect regional administrative capitals is already completed. This is...

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Facebook to test Facebook Lite in Africa

January 26, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by TechCrunch, Facebook has been testing a new version of Facebook dubbed “Facebook Lite.” The app is essentially a simplified version of its mobile website, which has been specifically designed for low-end Android devices in...

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Alcatel-Lucent to build FTTH network in South Africa

January 26, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Vodacom to build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution to expand the service provider’s customer base in the enterprise and residential markets. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the converged fibre to the...

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WhatsApp makes a move to PC

January 23, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Popular messaging service “WhatsApp” has made its way to PC browsers across the African continent. The reveal was made public by the firm’s CEO Jan Koum – on the company’s Facebook page. Loum stated that: “Today, for the...

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Zimbabwe: Mobile subscriptions on the rise in Q3

January 22, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (1)

The total number of subscribers in Zimbabwe’s telecommunication sector grew by 2.6 percent to 11.4 million in the third quarter of 2014 from 11.1 million in 2013.  This is according to the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe...

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Kenya: Nokia to modernise Safaricom network infrastructure

January 21, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

In a public statement, Kenyan operator Safaricom has revealed that it has selected Nokia Networks as one of its partners to modernise and expand its 2G and 3G network infrastructure. In addition to this, Nokia will also assist Safaricom to launch the first...

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MTN inks major Mobile Money partnership for Africa

January 21, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Online money transfer service WorldRemit and telecoms operator MTN have inked a global partnership that will enable WorldRemit customers to send remittances instantly to MTN’s Mobile Money customers. The agreement is expected to extend WorldRemit’s...

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Smartphones make up 75% of GCC mobile market

January 20, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to the latest figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC), Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) shipments of 4G LTE handsets have increased more than four times over the last year and are now close to accounting for one half of all smartphones...

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Nigeria in need of USD 325 bln to expand network

January 19, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to a report by the Vanguard, Nigeria will need USD 325 billion to expand the country’s mobile network infrastructure capacity to meet international standards – according to the recently approved 30-year National Integrated Infrastructure...

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Telkom shifts focus to SMEs

January 19, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

South African telecom operator Telkom has revealed that the delivery of accessible and value-adding ICT functionality, specifically tailored to expanding Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), is its key priority in 2015. According to Telkom, the SME...

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Former Apple CEO to launch Obi Mobiles in Kenya

January 16, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (1)

Former Apple CEO, John Sculley, is preparing to launch Obi Mobiles in Kenya as well as other countries located in East Africa. The launch will be accompanied by the company’s distributor for the region, DESPEC. The company is set to roll-out a number of...

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Safaricom denies Fortumo billing deal claims

January 15, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Trouble has brewed over in Kenya. Safaricom has ordered payments company Fortumo to withdraw any statements, whether published or unpublished, regarding the signing of a mutually beneficial billing agreement between the two companies. Back in January 2015,...

According to Tigo, the installation is set to enhance customer experience and reduce the inconvenience of customers having to memorise the various short codes for different products and services.

Ghana: Tigo looks to Ericsson for maintenance

January 15, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Tigo Ghana has revealed a partnership with Ericsson in order to provide quality network service delivery and maintenance. According to Tigo Ghana, Ericsson will manage all Tigo’s network maintenance as well as boost connectivity nationwide. Tigo Ghana...

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Nigeria: Natcom pays USD 75.7 Million towards Nitel

January 13, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has revealed that Natcom Consortium, the preferred bidder at the recently held liquidation of Nitel/Mtel, has paid USD 75.7 million as part payment of its USD 252.5 million bid price. The BPE revealed that...

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Kenya: Safaricom slashes roaming rates for 21 countries

January 13, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator Safaricom is making a move to significantly reduce roaming rates for its subscribers. The company is set to create new roaming bundles that will offer its subscribers reduced roaming charges in 21 countries in North and Central Africa, Europe...

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Kenya: New Mobile Payment platform rises

January 12, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile Payments company Fortumo has launched carrier billing in Kenya for digital content merchants. The company has made a move to partner with Safaricom in order to take advantage of its 18 million customers located in Kenya. The partnership, according to...