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Study reveals mobile internet access reduces inequality

July 8, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Study reveals mobile internet access reduces inequality

Access to mobile internet presents revolutionary opportunities for addressing issues of inequality. This is according to a study by Vodafone published via TelecomPaper. The mobile operator has commissioned independent experts to explore the ways in which smartphones could reduce inequalities for women, micro entrepreneurs and small farmers. The report...

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Tigo Rwanda slashes roaming fees for East Africa countries

July 6, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Tigo Rwanda slashes roaming fees for East Africa countries

Tigo Rwanda has revealed an 80 percent reduction in data roaming fees for its customers travelling to Kenya and Uganda. According to the company, subscribers and visitors roaming on the Tigo network will now browse at RWF 90 per meg, down from RWF 440, with...

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Intelsat & AfricaOnline to accelerate broadband connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa

July 5, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Intelsat & AfricaOnline to accelerate broadband connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Intelsat S.A. has revealed that it has partnered with AfricaOnline in order to provide a managed broadband internet service for sub-Saharan Africa. Under the agreement, Intelsat will provide satellite services via Intelsat 28 located at 33° East, and...

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Nigeria: Etisalat reveals new super recharge offer

July 5, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Etisalat reveals new super recharge offer

Etisalat Nigeria has introduced a new offering to its clients dubbed “The Super Recharge Offer.” According to the company, its latest offering guarantees real bonuses that can be used across all networks. The latest recharge offer, according to...

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Telepresence technology connects Students in Kenya and UAE

July 5, 2016 • East Africa, Education, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Telepresence technology connects Students in Kenya and UAE

As part of its efforts to inspire youth to consider careers in technology, Cisco brought together students from Jebel Ali School in Dubai with their counterparts from Makini School in Nairobi, Kenya through Cisco Telepresence. Aligned with Cisco’s vision of...

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Nigeria: 10 rural villages receive voice and high-speed data services

July 5, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: 10 rural villages receive voice and high-speed data services

Gilat Satcom has revealed that it is providing voice and high-speed data to ten villages in the states of Adamawa, Borno, Kano, Katsina, Oyo and Yobe in the North East of Nigeria. According to the company, its Village Island system has been deployed in each...

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South Africa: MTN Group reveals new management changes

July 4, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: MTN Group reveals new management changes

MTN has revealed the appointment of Stephen van Coller as Vice President of Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions, effective 1 October 2016. According to MTN, Stephen will be the fourth Vice President of the Group, the other three having responsibility for...

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MEF survey shows South Africa’s evolving connectivity priorities

June 30, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on MEF survey shows South Africa’s evolving connectivity priorities

While slow speeds and high costs dominate most discussions about South Africa’s broadband, a survey at the MEF Johannesburg Seminar revealed that business now rates fast and agile set up and modification as its top priority. This is according to Gary...

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MTN Nigeria wins 2.6 GHz auction

June 30, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria wins 2.6 GHz auction

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has declared MTN as winner of its latest auction for a ten-year frequency spectrum licence for the 2.6GHz band, which guarantees superior performance for wireless networks, especially 4G LTE services. The NCC had...

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Nigeria takes lead with online shopping via mobile devices

June 29, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Retail, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria takes lead with online shopping via mobile devices

Nigerian consumers are increasingly comfortable with online shopping – both from local retailers and foreign online stores — and are some of the world’s most prolific users of mobile devices to do this shopping. And forecast say they are going to...

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Liquid Telecom to acquire Neotel for USD $430 million

June 28, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Liquid Telecom to acquire Neotel for USD $430 million

Liquid Telecom has revealed that it has entered into an agreement to acquire South African communications network operator, Neotel. The shareholders of Neotel – Tata Communications of India and minority shareholders led by Nexus Connexion (Nexus) – have...

Mobile Data Usage

Kenya: Mobile Money transfer subscriptions on the rise

June 24, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Kenya: Mobile Money transfer subscriptions on the rise

Kenya’s mobile money transfer subscriptions reached 24.8 million as of 31 March 2016. During this time, the number of mobile money agents grew to 147,761 compared to 141,542 agents recorded the previous quarter. This is according to a report via...

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COSON slams MTN Nigeria with N16 billion copyright lawsuit

June 23, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on COSON slams MTN Nigeria with N16 billion copyright lawsuit

According to a report via IT Pulse, MTN is currently fighting a music right infringement suit, which was filed in Nigeria by the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON). If lost, MTN may lose an additional 16 Billion Naira. This adds to the operator’s...

Tigo

Tigo Ghana set to drive data penetration

June 23, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Tigo Ghana set to drive data penetration

Smartphone penetration in the world is projected to double by the year 2020 and is expected to reach a total of 6.1 billion. It is also estimated that almost 80 percent of these new subscriptions will come from Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East. According...

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Orange acquires Airtel in Burkina Faso

June 23, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Orange acquires Airtel in Burkina Faso

Orange has stated that, together with its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the mobile operator Airtel in Burkina Faso. Since the signature of an agreement with Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV...

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Kenya: Telco Systems rolls out 10GE network for KENET

June 23, 2016 • East Africa, Education, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Telco Systems rolls out 10GE network for KENET

Telco Systems has revealed that it has deployed a new 10GE high capacity carrier Ethernet network for the Kenya Education Network (KENET) in Kenya. KENET is a not-for-profit telecommunications operator in Kenya that supports the communication needs of the...