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MasterCard Multi-currency passport App launches in SA

February 17, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

MasterCard has launched the MasterCard Multi-currency Cash Passport mobile app in South Africa. The app aims to provide Multi-currency Cash Passport cardholders with an easier platform when managing their account’s. According to MasterCard and Access Prepaid Worldwide, the app is available on Apple and Android operating systems. When accessing the...

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African mobile money market set to grow by $1.5 Bln by 2019

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

Sub-Saharan Africa is adopting mobile financial services at a pace seen in few other places, presenting banks and mobile-network operators (MNOs) with a set of strategic choices that will go a long way toward determining their success in the region. The use...

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Telkom: “Restructuring is imperative for the survival of business”

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

South African telecom provider, Telkom SA has denied claims that the company has been planning to cut up to 55 percent of its initial 18,000 staff members. According union group Solidarity, it expected to receive a formal notice of the job cuts from Telkom on...

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Ghana: Surfline offers free data after fire cripples service

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

Surfline Communications, a Ghana-based 4G LTE operator, has revealed that it will now be offering consumers free data. According to the company, a fire broke out at one of its data centre’s, which lead to a black out in network services. Since the...

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Unitel & Ericsson hit 450 Mbps on commercial LTE network

February 16, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (1)

Ericsson and Unitel have revealed the successful demonstration of the end-to-end LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation (CA) solution, which according to both parties is capable of supporting data speeds up to 450 Mbps. The demonstration utilised 60 MHz of...

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New global trends in consumer and enterprise mobility revealed

February 12, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Citrix has revealed the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report for the first half of 2015. According to Citrix, the Mobile Analytics Report addresses both mobile subscriber and business mobility trends, drawing on data from a global cross-section of mobile network...

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Orange launches Wi-Fi in Western Kenya

February 11, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Orange Kenya has rolled out Wi-Fi in Bungoma County in Western Kenya. According to the company, the Wi-Fi service, for the moment, covers the county headquarters in Bungoma and the town. The company did however reveal that the second phase of the project,...

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Ethiopia receives support for mobile money

February 9, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Banks and micro-finance firms, located in Ethiopia, are set to launch mobile money services within the country. According to Netherlands-based company BelCash, the move is intended to assist individuals – who have little or access to banking services...

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Nigeria: InfiNet Wireless set to improve internet connectivity

February 9, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

InfiNet Wireless, a broadband connectivity company, has revealed their success in improving connectivity across the Nigerian region. According to the company, TruNorth, one of InfiNet’s resellers, has been working within the region in line with...

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Kenya: Orange taken to court over staff payout

February 9, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Orange Kenya has been accused by former employees of going against an agreement, which was inked in October 2014, for a KES 1.2 billion retirement payout. According to Telecompaper, 997 former Orange Kenya workers had signed a deed of settlement with their...

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Ghana: Vodafone denies undercutting international call rates

February 9, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

A leaked report, revealed by Ghanaweb.com, from the Revenue Assurance Audit commissioned by the National Communications Authority (NCA) has laid accusations against mobile operators, including Vodafone, for charging below the approved rate. The report also...

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Telkom considering sale of mobile phone towers in South Africa

February 6, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by Bloomberg, South African telecommunications provider Telkom, is looking to cut costs on its mobile service offering by selling off a section of mobile phone towers – in South Africa. Bloomberg cited that individuals with...

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Ghana: Buzztrick dominates MTN app challenge

February 6, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN Ghana has revealed the overall winner of its latest Apps Challenge. According to the company, an application developed by myApp Inc, dubbed “Buzztrick”, dominated the challenge. According to myApp Inc, Buzztrick is a social content aggregation...

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IFC set to grow Mobile Money usage in Uganda

February 6, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Cignifi has inked an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is aimed at expanding the delivery and usage of mobile financial services in Uganda. Cignifi will be working with the IFC to help drive the adoption and growth of Airtel...

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Wallettec integrates Snapscan into its service in SA

February 5, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile wallet integration company Wallettec has integrated Snapscan into its service. According to the company, the move is intended to assist it to become a single interface point between the Point of Sale and any mobile or e-wallet solution. According to...

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Telkom SA plagued by yet another scam

February 3, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a release issued by Telkom, the telecom operator has been made aware of a recruitment scam promising successful candidates a paid “Telkom Internship” at the company upon payment of a “learnership fee” of R90. According to Telkom: “Upon...