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MEF survey shows South Africa’s evolving connectivity priorities

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

While slow speeds and high costs dominate most discussions about South Africa’s broadband, a survey at the MEF Johannesburg Seminar revealed that business now rates fast and agile set up and modification as its top priority. This is according to Gary Williams, MEF EMEA Marketing Co-Chair and Business Development for Microsemi Corporation and the Carrier...

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MTN Nigeria wins 2.6 GHz auction

June 30, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has declared MTN as winner of its latest auction for a ten-year frequency spectrum licence for the 2.6GHz band, which guarantees superior performance for wireless networks, especially 4G LTE services. The NCC had...

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Nigeria takes lead with online shopping via mobile devices

June 29, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Retail, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigerian consumers are increasingly comfortable with online shopping – both from local retailers and foreign online stores — and are some of the world’s most prolific users of mobile devices to do this shopping. And forecast say they are going to...

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Liquid Telecom to acquire Neotel for USD $430 million

June 28, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom has revealed that it has entered into an agreement to acquire South African communications network operator, Neotel. The shareholders of Neotel – Tata Communications of India and minority shareholders led by Nexus Connexion (Nexus) – have...

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Kenya: Mobile Money transfer subscriptions on the rise

June 24, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Kenya’s mobile money transfer subscriptions reached 24.8 million as of 31 March 2016. During this time, the number of mobile money agents grew to 147,761 compared to 141,542 agents recorded the previous quarter. This is according to a report via...

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COSON slams MTN Nigeria with N16 billion copyright lawsuit

June 23, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to a report via IT Pulse, MTN is currently fighting a music right infringement suit, which was filed in Nigeria by the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON). If lost, MTN may lose an additional 16 Billion Naira. This adds to the operator’s...

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Tigo Ghana set to drive data penetration

June 23, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Smartphone penetration in the world is projected to double by the year 2020 and is expected to reach a total of 6.1 billion. It is also estimated that almost 80 percent of these new subscriptions will come from Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East. According...

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Orange acquires Airtel in Burkina Faso

June 23, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Orange has stated that, together with its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the mobile operator Airtel in Burkina Faso. Since the signature of an agreement with Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV...

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Kenya: Telco Systems rolls out 10GE network for KENET

June 23, 2016 • East Africa, Education, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Telco Systems has revealed that it has deployed a new 10GE high capacity carrier Ethernet network for the Kenya Education Network (KENET) in Kenya. KENET is a not-for-profit telecommunications operator in Kenya that supports the communication needs of the...

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WAPA calls of South African Govt. to rethink Wi-Fi

June 21, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

In the wake of World Wi-Fi Day, WAPA, the Wireless Access Providers Association, is calling on government and industry in South Africa to rethink Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is a transformative technology that makes life convenient for some, but it is also the only...

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Ghana: Tigo to equip undergraduates with technology skills

June 21, 2016 • Education, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Tigo Ghana has launched its undergraduate internship programme with the first batch of 30 students taking up various positions within the organization; namely the Technology, Marketing, Customer Operations, Sales and Tigo Business departments. The Tigo...

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Tanzania: Govt. orders mobile operators to serve remote areas

June 20, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Tanzania’s government, according to thecitizen.co.tz, has warned mobile operators that heavy penalties will be dished out for delays in extending telecommunication services to remote areas through the Universal Communication Services Access Fund...

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Rwanda: Olleh Networks slashes 4G internet prices

June 20, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Olleh Rwanda Networks (ORN) has revealed a 30 percent reduction in its prices for 4G internet. The company revealed that the reason behind the price reduction was to boost the uptake of LTE mobile phone subscribers in Rwanda. The 30 percent reduction covers...

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Safaricom Kenya denies KRA access to taxpayers M-Pesa accounts

June 17, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Safaricom Kenya denies KRA access to taxpayers M-Pesa accounts

According to a report published via Business Daily, Kenyan operator Safaricom has rejected the Kenya Revenue Authority’s (KRA) request to gain access to its customers’ mobile money records. This move, according to the report, prevents the KRA from...

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Rwanda: Mobile phone subscribers plummet

June 17, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda: Mobile phone subscribers plummet

The number of mobile subscribers in Rwanda has decreased by 0.04 percent to 8.80 million in April 2016 from 8.89 million in the previous month. This is according to a report, via Telecompaper. by the Rwandan Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA). The report...

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Nigeria Govt. warns of ISIS mobile app targeting children

June 17, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria Govt. warns of ISIS mobile app targeting children

The Federal Government of Nigeria has alerted Nigerians to the existence of a newly-launched mobile application developed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for propagating jihad to children. In a statement issued to media by the Government, the...

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