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Alcatel-Lucent deploys 400G ultra-broadband network in Africa

December 2, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Alcatel-Lucent and Ooredoo Algeria have built a high-capacity optical transport network to connect Algeria’s mains cities of Algiers, Constantine and Oran- as well as smaller cities – with high-speed ultra broadband mobile access. The agile optical network which, according to the company, is Africa’s first Alcatel-Lucent 400G (gigabits-per-second)...

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Ghana set to abolish mobile phone tax

December 2, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has welcomed Ghana’s commitment to abolish pricey import duties on smartphones. The Ghanian government has announced these first steps in a drive to enable affordable internet access through policy reform....

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Ghana Government aiming for greater financial transparency

December 1, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Government of Ghana has revealed that it has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance. The reason behind the move is to enhance fiscal transparency and promote financial inclusion for all its citizens. By becoming an Alliance member, the Government has...

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Kenya launches ICT internship programme

December 1, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Private Sector as well as the Kenyan Government have come together and developed a programme to build ICT capacity in the public sector as well as improve upon efficiency and service delivery. The Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP) is expected...

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MTN dominates mobile phone usage in Nigeria

November 28, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

A survey of the telecommunication sector has revealed that a higher proportion of Nigerians use two phone lines, with 76 percent having MTN as their main line. The result of the survey by NOI Polls in Abuja shows that subscribers use two phone lines either...

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Airtel launches 4G service in Africa

November 28, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Airtel has launched, according to the company, Africa’s first 4G service in the Seychelles. According to the mobile operator, it has launched the service on a network based on FD-LTE, making the Seychelles amongst the first countries in sub Saharan Africa...

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West Africa: Sonatel reveals digital education project

November 27, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Senegalese operator Sonatel has launched the Orange Foundation’s digital education project for Africa in the presence of the country’s minister of education, Serigne Mbaye Thiam. According to the operator, the project is expected to cover Senegal,...

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Uganda: URA slams shut mobile device smuggling route

November 26, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has not only discovered a route used by individuals who smuggle mobile devices into Uganda, but it has also impounded a number of mobile devices to the value of UGX 34 Million. According to The Monitor, the smugglers were...

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Google & Unitel to build submarine fibre network

November 25, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Isabel dos Santos, CEO of Unitel, revealed that the Angolan operator has entered into a partnership with Google to launch a fibre optic submarine cable that will connect Africa to Brazil and Brazil to America, according to Diario Economico. According to...

Ericsson South Africa dismissed an employee over a racists tweet. (image: Charlie Fripp)

Ericsson and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe sign five-year deal

November 24, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Ericsson today announced that it has been selected as the sole supplier by Zimbabwe’s largest provider of telecommunications services, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, for the company’s Core network upgrade program. The deal will see the companies working...

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Mahindra Comviva wins award for Ecocash

November 24, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mahindra Comviva, a leader in providing mobility solutions received top honors at the prestigious Meffys 2014 Awards at a ceremony held recently in San Francisco. Econet’s EcoCash$ave powered by mobiquity Money was awarded in the Mobile Service category for...

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Nigeria: NCC shuts down illegal telecom firm

November 21, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has shut down telecom provider Owntel Communications. The shutdown is due to the company allegedly offering telecommunications services to customers, without obtaining operational licence. NCC enforcement team, led by...

GMD, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe with MD,CEO, Airtel Nigeria Segun Ogunsanya at the event. (Image Source: Airtel).

Nigeria: Access Bank & Airtel launch Access Money

November 21, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Financial institution, Access Bank, has collaborated with Airtel Nigeria to develop and launch mobile money service, Access Money powered by Airtel. According to the company, this service allows customers to perform simple, secure and instant financial...

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Orange to launch new Wi-Fi service in SA

November 20, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

In partnership with the City of Cape Town, telecommunications service provider Orange is currently planning the imminent launch of its new Orange Wi-Fi service, offering Wi-Fi to those living in part of the areas of Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain, in Cape...

According to Tigo, the installation is set to enhance customer experience and reduce the inconvenience of customers having to memorise the various short codes for different products and services.

Ghana: Tigo invests $3.2 Million in overhead fibre project

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

Tigo Ghana has started work on a USD 3.2 million overhead fibre-optic cable project. The project is part of efforts to boost customer experience in the Western and Ashanti regions. According to Tigo Ghana, it is expected to end indiscriminate fibre cuts by...

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Kenya: Consumers order more iPhones than Apple can provide

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

Apple products are growing in popularity across Kenya. According to reports, the brand cannot keep up with the consumer demand for the device. According to figures from mobile operators as well as resellers, the demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is...