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Nigerian consumers demand permission-based mobile marketing

November 12, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Gemalto has released the results of a new survey conducted by Ifop in South Africa and Nigeria on consumers’ perceptions of mobile marketing. The findings reveal that although 80% of respondents feel annoyed when receiving unsolicited messages, the same proportion could be won back by operators and brands if they implemented best practices to improve ...

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Facebook’s Internet.org App headed to Kenya

November 11, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Today, at AfricaCom in Cape Town, South Africa, Facebook’s Vice President of Internet.org, Chris Daniels spoke about Internet.org and the importance of making internet access available to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected. As part of this...

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Microsoft launches new eCommerce portal at AfricaCom

November 11, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

At AfricaCom 2014, Microsoft 4Afrika and Skrill have revealed their alliance in order to launch a new e-commerce portal. By integrating with mobile network operators (MNOs), the portal enables Africans to use their mobile wallets to buy from global internet...

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Gilat Satcom inks USD7.5M deal to launch satellite service

November 11, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

At Africacom, which is being held at the CTICC in Cape Town, Gilat Satcom has revealed that it has signed a two-year $7.5M contract with a leading mobile communications company in DRC. Dan Zajicek, CEO of Gilat Satcom, said “Established operators across...

H.E. Mr Jean Philbert Nsengimana Minister, Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), Rwanda (image credit: ITU)

Rwanda: 4G LTE broadband network set to launch

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

Rwanda is set to launch a high-speed (4G LTE) broadband network on 11 November 2014. The network has been established through an agreement between the Government of Rwanda and the KT Corporation. According to both parties, the network will cover 95 per cent...

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South Africa: Huawei unveils eLTE and Lampsite Solution

November 7, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Huawei has unveiled a host of solutions, which include the Huawei Lampsite Solution as well as the eLTE Broadband Trunking Solution. At the unveiling, Guohui (Peter) Hu, Managing Director of Huawei Consumer Business, and Cao Ming, Vice President of Huawei...

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Rwanda: Liquid Telecom to assist with Ebola prevention

November 7, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom has revealed that it is set to donate USD 250,000 towards the prevention of Ebola in Rwanda. According to the company, the donation, handed over to Rwanda’s ministry of health, is to supplement the government’s prevention plan. The...

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Nigeria warns Nitel/Mtel bidders to adhere to Nov 7 deadline

November 7, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The BPE, the Bureau of Public Enterprises within Nigeria, has warned pre-qualified bidders in the liquidation of Nitel/Mtel to adhere to the 07 November deadline for the submission of technical and financial proposals. The BPE warned that no proposal will be...

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GSMA reveals code of conduct for mobile money providers

November 6, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The GSMA: Mobile 360 Series – Africa is well underway at the Clock Tower Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, GSMA unveiled a Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers. The Code of Conduct outlines a series of common business...

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2014 GSMA report predicts half a billion mobile subs by 2020

November 6, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The GSMA: Mobile 360 Series – Africa has commenced at the Clock Tower Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, the GSMA revealed its 2014 report. According to the report, the number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa...

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Tanzania: Trade union unveils mobile money transfer platform

November 6, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Tanzanian Informal Sector Worker Union (ISWU) has unveiled a new mobile money transfer service. According to the Union, the mobile money transfer platform has been dubbed “Dau-Pesa.” The union has introduced the mobile money transfer platform...

Strive Masiyiwa has been included in Fortune Magazine’s annual 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list. (image: WEF)

Afreximbank & Econet exploring African mobile payment platform

November 6, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is exploring the option to introduce a mobile payment platform to support intra-African trade and payments. According to Jean-Louis Ekra, president of the bank: “This venture would essentially bring in around USD...

The acquisition received the approvals of the Communications Authority of Kenya, the Competition Authority of Kenya and the Capital Markets Authority of Kenya. (Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore (image credit: UN Foundation))

Safaricom gets regulatory approvals

November 5, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator Safaricom has revealed that it has received all regulatory approvals required to complete its USD 80 million acquisition of various assets of Essar Telecom Kenya, which operates under the Yu brand.According to the company, the acquisition...

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Firefox OS set to expand into Africa

November 5, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mozilla has revealed that the Firefox OS will soon expand to Africa. The Firefox OS ecosystem has gained support from three new key partners in the region: Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, operated by Millicom, are the first carriers working with Mozilla to...

Strive Masiyiwa has been included in Fortune Magazine’s annual 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list. (image: WEF)

Zimbabwe: Econet joins fight against Ebola

November 4, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Zimbabwe operator, Econet has joined the fight against Ebola. According to the operator, it has set up an Ebola Response Taskforce. The company revealed that the taskforce is made up of doctors and other specialists who report to a working party who are...

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Zimbabwe: Telecel inks partnership with GTel

November 4, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a statement made to media, Telecel Zimbabwe has signed a partnership deal with mobile device distribution company, GTel. According to both parties, the partnership will also see the introduction of the GTel SL5.5 in the market of Zimbabwe. The...