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South Africa: Govt. unveils app to counter xenophobic violence

April 28, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has unveiled a mobile app, which is set to support the government’s efforts against attacks on foreign nationals. The app launched on 24 April 2015. The ‘We are Africa’ mobile app is set to provide an online platform for the public to pledge their support for ...

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Ghana: Vodafone supports Ebola call centre

April 28, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Vodafone Ghana Foundation is set to collaborate with Ghana Health Services (GHS) and Vantage Medical Solutions, with support from World Health Organisation (WHO), to launch a ‘health-worker-to-health worker’ call service regarding Ebola....

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MEA smartphone shipments boosted by low cost devices

April 28, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Smartphone shipment volumes to the Middle East and Africa grew 83 percent in 2014, boosted the increased availability of cheaper models and dual-Sim devices, according to a media release issued by the IDC. Smartphones accounted for 41.9 percent of all mobile...


Tigo unveils new 4G LTE technology for Tanzania

April 27, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Tigo Tanzania has unveiled brand new 4G LTE technology, which according to the telecom operator, will make it the largest and fastest Internet network provider in the country. Speaking at the launch, Tigo Interim General Manager Cecile Tiano said: “This...


Kenya: CA approves mobile operators to test 4G technology

April 24, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Airtel Kenya and Orange Kenya have received regulatory approval to begin testing 4G technology on their networks. The authorisation by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) means they can begin to launch the service commercially. Safaricom has...

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Xenophobia: MTN denies Abuja attack

April 23, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to various reports, MTN’s regional office in Abuja ceased operations on Wednesday 22 April 2015, following alleged attacks by irate youths protesting the on-going xenophobic attacks in South Africa; however, the operator has now denied these...

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Airtel Africa reveals new MD for Chad operation

April 23, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, People, Top StoriesComments (0)

Bharti Airtel Africa has announced the appointment of Anwar Soussa as Managing Director for Airtel Chad. Soussa, whose appointment will take effect from May 1st 2015, will be a key part of building the company’s strategic leadership and day to day...

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MTN and Vodafone agree to interconnect Mobile Money Services

April 21, 2015 • Company News, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Customers of MTN Mobile Money and M-Pesa in East Africa will be able to transfer money to each other following an agreement between MTN Group and Vodafone Group to interconnect their mobile money services. This interconnect collaboration between the...


Kenya: Safaricom finalises M-Pesa migration

April 21, 2015 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Kenyan operator Safaricom has revealed that it has finalised the transfer of its M-Pesa servers to Kenya. According to the company, service outages on the mobile money service should be reduced now that M-Pesa is hosted locally within Kenya. According to the...

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Namibia: MTN to sell 30 percent shareholding to break monopoly

April 17, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by, MTN Namibia plans to sell a 30 percent shareholding to local shareholders. According to MTN Nigeria: “Interested investors are invited to submit a letter of intent to purchase shares of MTN Business Namibia, which...


Kenya: Safaricom suspends cross-network M-Pesa services

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

Kenyan operator Safaricom has suspended the registration of new M-Pesa customers and the transfer of cash to rival mobile phone networks until the upgrade and transfer of its IT system from Germany to Kenya is completed on 19 April. According to...


Liquid Telecom expands FTTH in Zimbabwe

April 16, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom has revealed the latest expansion of its FTTH network in Zimbabwe. Liquid Telecom has already laid fibre rings around Victoria Falls, which provide multiple routes of redundancy. It is now starting to lay fibre to homes and businesses in the...

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Kenya: Safaricom set to upgrade M-Pesa platform

April 15, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (3)

Kenyan operator Safaricom has revealed that it has started final preparations for the launch of the second generation of its M-PESA platform as it prepares to perform a full scale system upgrade aimed at improving efficiencies and speed over the next week....

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Nigeria: Active Telecoms Users Now at 142 Million

April 15, 2015 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

According to a report by, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday said that active lines in the nation’s telecommunications industry increased to 142,589,775 in February. The commission made this known in the Monthly...

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Ghana: Samsung begins preview of Galaxy S6

April 14, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Samsung has begun pre-orders for its latest handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge at the Accra Mall, Ghana. According to Samsung, the demonstration at the mall will give the general public a first-hand experience of Samsung’s latest devices and...

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Nigeria: Is MTN Group set to buy Visafone?

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

MTN Group has been extremely active over the past few years… especially when in comes to acquisitions in Africa. This time around, the MTN Group has now set its sight’s on Jim Ovia’s Nigerian mobile phone company, Visafone Communications....