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Nigeria planning to protect ICT infrastructure

December 19, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigeria’s ICT minister Omobola Johnson, who spoke during an appraisal of her ministry’s 2014 score card in Abuja, has stated that a draft legislation, which will help protect critical national ICT infrastructure from wanton destruction by vandals will soon be presented to the National Assembly. According to Johnson, critical ICT infrastructure...

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Kenya: Safaricom promotes fuel payments over M-Pesa

December 19, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator, Safaricom, has revealed an instant rewards system to incentivise customers who pay for fuel using the Lipa Na M-Pesa platform. According to Safaricom, over 134,000 motorists have already received free talk time on the Safaricom network for...

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Kenya: Mobile Matrix unveils PesaCalc App

December 18, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile Matrix, a Kenyan app developer, has revealed its latest app – PesaCalc. According to the developer, PesaCalc is a free Android app that assists mobile money users in Kenya to save money when using the mobile money services. In a statement to...

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Nigeria: ICT attracts USD 6 Billion in FDI

December 18, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

ICT Minister, Omobola Johnson, has revealed that Nigeria’s ICT sector has attracted more than USD 6 Billion in Foreign Direct Investments over the last three years. Speaking during the 2014 Ministerial Platform in the country’s second largest city...

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Kenya to receive M-SASA mobile payment platform

December 17, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Dubai Bank Kenya has revealed a partnership with Rapid Communications. The partnership aims to launch a mobile banking platform called M-SASA. According to both parties, M-SASA will allow clients to check their balances, request mini-statements, deposit and...

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Rwanda: Airtel to divest telecom tower assets to IHS

December 15, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Bharti Airtel, through its subsidiary company Bharti Airtel International, and IHS Holding Limited (IHS) have revealed an agreement under in which IHS will acquire over 1100 telecoms towers across two countries. According to Airtel, the agreement will allow...

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Orange and USAID to boost mHealth across Africa

December 12, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (1)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and telco operator Orange revealed a new alliance to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth) at the Global mHealth Forum in Washington, DC. According to both parties, these mHealth innovations will...

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Nigeria: Telkom & Blue Label Telecoms settle the score

December 12, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Telkom and Blue Label Telecoms have revealed that both parties have resolved a dispute where each company was claiming billions of rands from each other due to the failure of Multi-Links in Nigeria. Both parties announced that they have agreed to settle their...

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Tanzania’s Safe Motherhood Text Messaging Service reaches third year

December 10, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Since its launch, exactly two years ago, 500,000 men and women accumulatively received 40 million informative safe motherhood messages and reminders through the Wazazi Nipendeni SMS Service. So what makes this program so successful? According to the service,...

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Smartphone misconception in Africa disproved by 2go

December 10, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Disproving commonly held misconceptions about mobile technology in Africa, mobile social network 2go has achieved over 2 million monthly active users on its Android app in just over a year. Head of Product at 2go Peter Lockhart says the milestone reached by...

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Nigeria looking to Qatar for broadband investment

December 10, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to This Day Live, Nigeria has called on investors as well as the ICT community in Qatar to take advantage of a variety of investment opportunities in the country, especially in broadband. ICT Minister, Omobola Johnson, told the ITU Telecom World...

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Nigeria: IHS secures USD 200 Million in financing

December 10, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The IFC has offered USD 200 million in financing to IHS Nigeria. According to the IFC, the financing has been arranged in order to assist IHS Nigeria expand its tower portfolio as well as create mobile infrastructure, which will improve service quality for...

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Fly Mobile to enter Nigerian market

December 9, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments (0)

European mobile player Fly has recently introduced its devices to the Nigerian mobile market. According to the company, it will be collaborating with First Choice as its distributor. Fly MEA Managing Director, Nitin Sood, stated that: “The new product...

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Kenya: Court to rule on thin SIM tech in Jan 2015

December 9, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a media release issued to Capital FM, the High Court will determine whether a mobile operator associated with Equity Bank should roll out the thin SIM technology. The court is expected to make the ruling in January 2015. Judge Isaac Lenaola on...

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Kenya: Safaricom launches LTE Advanced

December 5, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator Safaricom has successfully launched its latest LTE Advanced Network in Kenya. According to the operator, it will roll out the 4G services in Nairobi as well as Mombasa. The company will then scale up coverage to other major towns during the...

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Millicom to support AU in fight against Ebola

December 5, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Millicom has revealed that it will be supporting the African Union’s (AU) campaign, which is intended to raise funds to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. Mobile Operators across Africa including: Airtel and Airtel Nigeria, Econet Wireless, Etisalat,...