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Dr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah, is the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) (Image Credit: bisskey.net)

Nigeria: NCC to pay USD 2.5 million in damages to APC

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

According to a report by the Vanguard, the Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to pay the All Progressives Congress (APC) USD 2.5 million in damages for unlawfully banning its presidential campaign fundraising platform. According to the report, Judge Justice Ibrahim Buba handed down the order in its judgment ...

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Kenya: Liquid Telecom invests USD 400,000 into Kilifi

March 26, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom is set to invest $400,000 in Internet infrastructure that will see Kilifi County in Kenya opened up for interconnectivity for businesses and the county government premises. According to the firm, this is part of its $50m investment in...

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Phase3 Telecom to link Niger to Nigeria with aerial fibre

March 25, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Phase3 Telecom has revealed plans to begin the deployment of an aerial fiber optic infrastructure from Kano in Nigeria to Gazaoua in the Republic of Niger. According to Phase 3 Telecom, the network will run from Kano state through Katsina state before...

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Kenya: Telcos demand audit of ICT fund

March 25, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by The Daily Nation, Kenya’s telecommunication companies allegedly want the industry regulator to set up an audit for the Universal Service Fund and update them on its status. Through the Telecommunications Service Providers of...

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East Africa: States agree to slash SMS roaming rates

March 24, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by The East African… Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have agreed to reduce the cost of sending a SMS across the three countries. During a regional summit in Kigali, which was held on 6 March 2015, the three partner states agreed that the...

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South Africa: Telkom struck down by illegal industrial action

March 23, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a statement released by Telkom, the company has revealed that it will proceed with the automatic transfer of staff from its call centre, supply chain and IT environments to new employers on 31 March after unions failed to secure a majority...

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Kenya: I&M Bank seals partnership deal with MobiKash

March 20, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

In Kenya, I&M Bank has signed a partnership deal with MobiKash. Customers of the lending party will be able to deposit and withdraw money from the 500 mobile money transfer service agent’s network. This is according to standardmedia.co.ke. According...

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Ghana: MTN details contribution of telecoms industry to Ghanaian economy

March 20, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Telecom industry in Ghana has been a driver for economic growth, representing 7 per cent of investment in Ghana, 10 per cent of government income and 2 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana, Mr...

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Angola’s Unitel sets sights on Guine Telecom

March 18, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Unitel Angola, is allegedly waiting for the launch of an international tender to submit an offer to buy Guinea-Bissau’s Guiné Telecom. According to macauhub.com.mo, Eunice Lopes Esteves, chair of the Management and Company Restructuring Commission for...

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Is Zimbabwe set to force telcos to share infrastructure?

March 18, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by thestandard.co.zw, Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira has allegedly stated that government would force infrastructure sharing among service providers. The move is set to...

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Kenya: Liquid Telecom connects Nakuru County to Wi-Fi

March 16, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom Kenya has partnered with the Nakuru County Government to launch free Wi-Fi in Nakuru. According to Liquid Telecom, this will see the residents of Nakuru County gain access to a public street Wi-Fi connection. Internet access has been widely...

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115 ISPs risk being declared illegal in Nigeria

March 16, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to a report by The Guardian, 115 ISPs operating in Nigeria risk being declared illegal operators by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) as their licenses come to an end. The licenses of around 24 other ISPs expired before the end of the...

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Orange & Airtel enable international money transfers in Côte d’Ivoire

March 16, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to telcom operator Orange, consumers utilising Orange Money in Côte d’Ivoire can use their mobile phones to send money to customers of Airtel Money in Burkina Faso, and vice versa. This partnership between Orange and Airtel enables Orange...

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Cell C downed by network glitch in SA

March 13, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

South African Mobile network “Cell C” has been downed by a network glitch, which occurred on Friday 13 March 2015. According to Fin24, Cell C customers have complained that they are currently failing to make calls while using the network....

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Nigeria: Smartphones used mainly for product research

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

According to a report conducted by search engine Google, smartphones are becoming a vital part of online shopping in Nigeria. According to the report, 85 percent of shoppers use smartphones for product research compared to the 30 percent who use computers,...

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Maroc Telecom reveals major investment plan for West Africa

March 13, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by Telegeography.com, Maroc Telecom is planning to invest MAD 1.6 billion (USD 162.49 million) in its newly acquired West African operations over the next five years, after securing an ‘interest-free four-year loan. According to the...