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Safaricom signs direct partnership with WorldRemit for digital money transfers to 28.6 million M-PESA accounts

Safaricom partners with WorldRemit for digital money transfers

August 15, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has signed a direct partnership with Safaricom to enable instant cross-border money transfers to 28.6 million M-PESA mobile money accounts in Kenya. The direct partnership marks the culmination of years of rapidly growing volumes of international money transfers to M-PESA accounts by WorldRemit users, and supports...

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78% of African countries will offer 4G services by the end of 2018

78% of African countries will offer 4G services by the end of 2018

August 15, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

A study conducted by data and analytics company, GlobalData reveals that by the end of 2018, a total of 43 out of 55 African countries (or 78%) will offer 4G services. In spite of this, there are a few laggards, one of them being Mozambique – a country of...

Safaricom considering finger biometrics to curb SIM Card fraud

Safaricom to introduce finger biometrics to curb SIM card fraud

August 14, 2018 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenya’s biggest teleco Safaricom, is in the process of developing a framework that will deal with the sim card swap fraud. This comes after ongoing sim card fraud that plagued users in the country in recent months. Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore said that such...

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple reaches new landmark with $1 trillion valuation

August 12, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Apple the culture-changing company behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad hit another milestone on Thursday, becoming the first private-sector company to surpass $1 trillion in market value. Shares of Apple hit $207.91 in afternoon trading on Wall Street, allowing...

The latest model boosts memory capacity, with options for 128 or 512 gigabytes of memory. Users also can insert a micro card to boost capacity beyond a terabyte, a record for a smartphone.

Samsung unveils newest smartphone – Galaxy Note 9

August 11, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone on Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets. The consistent leader in the global smartphone market, Samsung nonetheless suffered a 22...

MTN’s world-leading anti-rhino poaching solution saving rangers’ lives

MTN’s anti-rhino poaching solution saving rangers’ lives

August 9, 2018 • Internet of Things, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern AfricaComments (0)

As the global conservation community commemorated World Ranger Day last week, rhinos and their ranger protectors have within their reach a powerful new tool in the war against animal poaching. This Internet of Things (IoT) anti-poaching solution has been...

Cell C offers 4G for less than R5 per Gigabyte

Cell C offers 4G for less than R5 per Gigabyte

August 8, 2018 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Cell C has announced its fixed LTE-Advanced promotional offer bringing customers data access from less than R5 per Gigabyte. Customers can select from one of three packages to get the best value data deals. A 50GB contract for R359 per month (R7 per...

Ghana: NCA intervenes in Glo-Surfline dispute

Ghana: NCA intervenes in Glo-Surfline dispute

August 7, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The National Communications Authority (NCA) in Ghana has announced that it has intervened in an dispute between Glo Mobile Ghana and Surfline Ghana. The NCA met with both Glo and Surfline to determine the details and extent of the issue. Director General of...

Nigeria's mobile payment system, mCash relaunches

Nigeria’s mobile payment system, mCash relaunches

August 6, 2018 • Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments (0)

The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems together with MTN Nigeria, sixteen banks and major mobile telcos have partnered to relaunch mCash. First launched in 2016, mCASH is a mobile payment platform for making low-value retail payments designed to extend...

China-based Huawei took the second-place spot from Apple in a tightening global smartphone

Huawei overtakes Apple as second biggest smartphone seller

August 3, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Huawei overtakes Apple as second biggest smartphone seller

In a not so shocking revelation, Chinese based tech firm Huawei has overtaken Apple to become the world’s second-biggest smartphone seller, this is according to new June quater data from market research firms. Market intelligence firms IDC, IHS Markit...

Vodacom to connect over 200 new rural network sites

Vodacom to connect over 200 new rural network sites

August 3, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Vodacom to connect over 200 new rural network sites

As part of its accelerated rural coverage programme, Vodacom has announced that it will launch over 200 new rural network sites across all nine provinces in the year ahead. This comes after the company extended its South African rural coverage by 101 villages...

Sherry Zameer - Senior Vice President Internet of Things Solutions, CIS, Middle East and Africa region, Gemalto

Why identity verification matters for mobile operators in Africa

July 31, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Why identity verification matters for mobile operators in Africa

According to the 2017 Mobile Economy Report of the GSM Association, Africa currently has 420 million unique mobile subscribers representing a 43 percent penetration. By 2020, the Report predicts that 500 million Africans will be mobile subscribers, making it...

By LG Electronics SA Managing Director, CY Kim

Future cities, what’s the rush?

July 30, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Future cities, what’s the rush?

When cities first came into being, they were either near natural resources, or transport routes, or in an area that might have been easy to defend. Naturally, they evolved over time as infrastructure became necessary to support inhabitants and as...

KT Corporation builds digital system for national identification in Tanzania

KT Corporation builds digital system for national identification in Tanzania

July 29, 2018 • General, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on KT Corporation builds digital system for national identification in Tanzania

KT Corporation, South Korean telecommunications company, completed a new digital system for national identification in Tanzania, marking major progress for the company in Africa as KT continues to tap into new business opportunities throughout the continent....

Harnessing AI to transform customer experience in telecoms

Harnessing AI to transform customer experience in telecoms

July 27, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, OpinionComments Off on Harnessing AI to transform customer experience in telecoms

Telecommunications operators are generally very large enterprises, serving millions of retail consumers and thousands of enterprise / corporate clients. The sheer size of the customer base can make it very difficult to provide exceptional customer experiences...

Why settle for megabits per second when you can cruise along at gigabits per second?

Why settle for megabits per second when you can cruise along at gigabits per second?

July 25, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, OpinionComments Off on Why settle for megabits per second when you can cruise along at gigabits per second?

Some of us still remember the early days of home internet access in the 90s when access was a blistering 9600 bps, yes – that’s bits per second. It would have taken years to download enough data to fill today’s standard hard drives with information....