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Free WhatsApp for Tanzanians

February 5, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Tigo Tanzania, has announced free WhatsApp services for its 10 million users. This makes Tigo the first telecom in the country to offer the social media service for free, once again demonstrating its leadership in delivering cutting-edge technology and innovations in market, according to the General Manager, Diego Gutierrez. Making the announcement in Dar...

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Konga.com and mi-Fone launch Mi-Tribe

February 5, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

In pursuit of its goal to constantly add value to the lives of customers, Konga.com has partnered with mi-Fone to launch the mi-Tribe series of mobile devices. mi-Fone founder and CEO Alpesh Patel said “The mi-Tribe offering is made exclusively for the...

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Liquid Telecom Kenya announces completion of Nairobi network

February 4, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Internet provider Liquid Telecom Kenya today unveiled an intensive last mile strategy for 2016 as it announced the completion of its new Nairobi Metro network, built as part of its Sh20.3bn Internet infrastructure investment programme in Kenya. According to...

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AG Mobile launches in Nigeria

February 3, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

African mobile technology brand AG Mobile has launched in Nigeria. Recognised as one of the continent’s first ODM (original design manufacturer), it was the first South African brand to release its own mobile device in 2007. This is the ninth African...

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WhatsApp hits 1B users

February 2, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile messaging app WhatsApp today hit one billion ‘monthly active users’, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced. A post on the WhatsApp blog states: As of today, one billion people are using WhatsApp. That’s nearly one in seven people on...

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Nigeria: Airtel subscribers to open bank accounts via cellphones

February 1, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

In an effort to deepen financial access in Nigeria, Access Bank in partnership with Airtel Nigeria has launched Smart Savers initiative. The initiative will enable Airtel customers open bank accounts directly from their mobile phones without the bureaucracy...

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South Africa: Telkom offers free fibre trial

February 1, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Telkom today launched an offer to more than 11 000 DSL customers across the country, who can now experience Telkom’s fibre technology, at no additional cost. In this trial, DSL customers within Telkom’s fibre footprint will be given the opportunity to...

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Kenya: Safaricom unveils M-Pesa statements service

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

Safaricom has announced a new service that allow M-PESA customers to access monthly statements free of charge via email. The service is one of the enhancements made possible to the system following the relocation of the M-PESA servers from Germany to Kenya,...

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South Africa: Vodacom responds to network outage

January 27, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (1)

On 27 January 2016 Vodacom subscribers in Gauteng reported problems on the network, via social media platform Twitter. Vodacom subscribers were unable to access data services as well as had difficulty making voice calls. According to downdetector.co.za the...

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South Africa: Twitter reacts to Vodacom outage

January 27, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Vodacom subscribers in Gauteng have reported problems on the network, via social media platform Twitter, on 27 June 2016 saying that they have been unable to access data services as well as had difficulty making voice calls. According to downdetector.co.za...

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InnJoo inks partnership with MediaTek

January 25, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

InnJoo has revealed that it has recently partnered with MediaTek in order to develop its next generation of mobility solutions. Commenting on the latest tie-up with MediaTek, the Co-founder and CEO for InnJoo, Tim Chen stated: “With this partnership in...

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Court adjourns MTN Nigeria hearing to allow settlement

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

The MTN Group has revealed that the Federal High Court, located in Lagos Nigeria, has adjourned the hearing of the case between MTN Nigeria and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) until 18 March, 2016. According to a statement issued by MTN, it...

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South Africa: Cell C offers free WhatsApp calling

January 22, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: Cell C offers free WhatsApp calling

During the course of January 2016, Cell C CEO, Jose Dos Santos, stated within an opinion piece that: “Over-The-Top (OTT) Regulation will protect Profits, not Customers.” According to Dos Santos, “MTN and Vodacom have declared war on consumer...

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Internet connectivity disrupted in Africa

January 22, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Internet connectivity disrupted in Africa

Internet connectivity was disrupted from 16:00pm (SAST) on 21 January 2016 to 19:00pm (SAST) in various parts of the African continent. According to a statement, released by South African internet service provider MWEB, it was revealed that the continent had...

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Cameroon: MTN & Orange take a USD160 million blow

January 21, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Cameroon: MTN & Orange take a USD160 million blow

According to a report via nigeriacommunicationsweek.com.ng, telecommunications companies – MTN and Orange in Cameroon – have taken a USD $160 Million blow. The report revealed that each company had allegedly been fined for failing to pay tax on...

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Nigeria: Buhari tells telcos to adhere to NCC rules

January 20, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Buhari tells telcos to adhere to NCC rules

Telecommunications companies, operating within Nigeria, have been urged by the Nigerian President – Muhammadu Buhari – to adhere strictly to rules and guidelines set out by the Nigerian Communications Commission… Especially when it comes to...