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Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, founder of the African Innovation Foundation and the IPA

Innovation Prize for Africa finalists announced

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

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the finalists in the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Ten African innovators have created practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems, from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for paediatric antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. Chosen from almost...

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BlackBerry’s Executive Chair and CEO, John Chen

BlackBerry willing to give up making smartphones

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

Troubled handset manufacturer BlackBerry has conceded that it is open to ditching its device business. BlackBerry CEO John Chen explained that while he had no particular plans to discontinue making smartphones, it could be an option. “I don’t have a plan...

Telkom today announced that it will offer its SoftCap customers uncapped data (Image source: File)

Telkom South Africa to cut staff

April 9, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

South African telecommunications provider Telkom, will be making massive changes to its structure, as it aims to shed $100-million in costs per year for the next five years. CEO Sipho Maseko has revealed that as part of this exercise, the company will shed...

Brian Herlihy, Seacom Executive Director. (Image source: Seacom)

SEACOM partners with cloud provider Akamai

April 8, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Undersea fibre cable provider  SEACOM announced that in an effort to improve the African Internet experience, they have signed a new partnership with Akamai Technologies. SEACOM has deployed Akamai content clusters and caching nodes on its Pan-African IP...

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Bharti Airtel, MTN partner for international money transfer

April 8, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

MTN Group and Bharti Airtel today announced a cross-border remittance partnership that seeks to remove the hassles of transferring money between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso for the operators’ Mobile Money customers on either side of the border. The...

NCC's Executive Vice-Chairman, Dr. Eugene Juwah (image: file)

Nigeria: Is multiple taxation to blame for poor QoS?

April 8, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr. Eugene Juwah, believes that multiple taxation is partly responsible for poor Quality of Service in the telecommunications industry. “We have been confronted with the issue of...

MTN Group has warned of a new SIM scam (image: file)

South Africa: MTN warns of SIM scam

April 8, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

MTN South Africa has issued a warning to its customers of a new SIM swap scam that has emerged. This is another attempt by malicious users to obtain personal banking details from MTN customers. The syndicate sends an email similar to the following: “Dear...

MTN Nigeria CEO Michael Ikpoki . (Image source: File)

Nigeria: MTN to provide alternative electricity to customers

April 8, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Pan-African mobile operator MTN and Nova-Lumos, a distributed utility provider, are collaborating on a next-generation alternative “mobile electricity” service. The Nova-Lumos service will provide alternative electricity to MTN customers who are...

Yann Le Guen, Managing Director of YooMee Côte d’Ivoire (image: news.abidjan.net)

Swiss LTE provider enters Ivory Coast

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

YooMee Africa Group, a Swiss-based provider of broadband Internet in sub-Saharan Africa, launched its operations in Côte d’Ivoire over the weekend. After becoming a market leader of broadband Internet in Cameroon, YooMee Africa continues its expansion by...

The Zimbabwe Public Sector ICT Forum was a joint initiative of the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services and Huawei Technologies (image: supplied)

Huawei, Zimbabwe discuss the future of ICT

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

Telecommunications provider Huawei on Friday hosted its inaugural ICT Forum in Zimbabwe, aimed at revolutionizing the way the country responds to technological advancements and uses information technology systems to enhance its growth and development. Dubbed...