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Ghana: MTN gives free access to Wikipedia

January 5, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN Ghana, with the support of the Ministry of Education, has become the country’s first mobile operator to offer free access to Wikipedia. According to MTN, this forms as part of the Wikimedia Foundation’s global Wikipedia Zero initiative. According to the company, the service enables MTN customers to access Wikipedia without being charge for...

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Firefox OS expands to 28 countries

December 29, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mozilla announced that its Firefox OS is now available on 14 smartphones offered by 14 operators in 28 countries. The phones will soon expand to Africa, taking the OS to a total five continents. Mozilla earlier announced agreements with Airtel, MTN South...

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Rwanda to introduce mobile number portability

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

According to an interview, conducted by Business Times, Rwanda is considering introducing mobile number portability. In the interview, Jean Baptiste Mutabazi, the head of communications regulator Rura, stated that they hired a consultant last year to study...

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Kenya: Nokia staff spared the axe

December 22, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to Business Daily, Nokia staff based in Kenya have been spared the axe in Microsoft’s global retrenchment plan. The global retrenchment plan is expected to be concluded in January 2015. Kunle Awosika, the Microsoft Kenya country manager,...

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ITU launches Ebola-Info-Sharing mobile app

December 22, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (1)

ITU has launched a free mobile Application to be used in the campaign against the Ebola disease outbreak. The “Ebola-Info-Sharing” mobile App facilitates coordination among organisations responding to the Ebola crisis and offers the general public access...

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Nigeria planning to protect ICT infrastructure

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

Nigeria’s ICT minister Omobola Johnson, who spoke during an appraisal of her ministry’s 2014 score card in Abuja, has stated that a draft legislation, which will help protect critical national ICT infrastructure from wanton destruction by vandals...

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Kenya: Safaricom promotes fuel payments over M-Pesa

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

Kenyan operator, Safaricom, has revealed an instant rewards system to incentivise customers who pay for fuel using the Lipa Na M-Pesa platform. According to Safaricom, over 134,000 motorists have already received free talk time on the Safaricom network for...

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Kenya: Mobile Matrix unveils PesaCalc App

December 18, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile Matrix, a Kenyan app developer, has revealed its latest app – PesaCalc. According to the developer, PesaCalc is a free Android app that assists mobile money users in Kenya to save money when using the mobile money services. In a statement to...

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Nigeria: ICT attracts USD 6 Billion in FDI

December 18, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

ICT Minister, Omobola Johnson, has revealed that Nigeria’s ICT sector has attracted more than USD 6 Billion in Foreign Direct Investments over the last three years. Speaking during the 2014 Ministerial Platform in the country’s second largest city...

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Kenya to receive M-SASA mobile payment platform

December 17, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (1)

Dubai Bank Kenya has revealed a partnership with Rapid Communications. The partnership aims to launch a mobile banking platform called M-SASA. According to both parties, M-SASA will allow clients to check their balances, request mini-statements, deposit and...

Back in 2009, Bharti Airtel reached the 100 million customers mark. In 2012 the company pushed on until it crossed the 200 million mark. 
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Rwanda: Airtel to divest telecom tower assets to IHS

December 15, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Bharti Airtel, through its subsidiary company Bharti Airtel International, and IHS Holding Limited (IHS) have revealed an agreement under in which IHS will acquire over 1100 telecoms towers across two countries. According to Airtel, the agreement will allow...

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Orange and USAID to boost mHealth across Africa

December 12, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (1)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and telco operator Orange revealed a new alliance to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth) at the Global mHealth Forum in Washington, DC. According to both parties, these mHealth innovations will...

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Nigeria: Telkom & Blue Label Telecoms settle the score

December 12, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Telkom and Blue Label Telecoms have revealed that both parties have resolved a dispute where each company was claiming billions of rands from each other due to the failure of Multi-Links in Nigeria. Both parties announced that they have agreed to settle their...

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Tanzania’s Safe Motherhood Text Messaging Service reaches third year

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

Since its launch, exactly two years ago, 500,000 men and women accumulatively received 40 million informative safe motherhood messages and reminders through the Wazazi Nipendeni SMS Service. So what makes this program so successful? According to the service,...

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Smartphone misconception in Africa disproved by 2go

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

Disproving commonly held misconceptions about mobile technology in Africa, mobile social network 2go has achieved over 2 million monthly active users on its Android app in just over a year. Head of Product at 2go Peter Lockhart says the milestone reached by...

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Nigeria looking to Qatar for broadband investment

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

According to This Day Live, Nigeria has called on investors as well as the ICT community in Qatar to take advantage of a variety of investment opportunities in the country, especially in broadband. ICT Minister, Omobola Johnson, told the ITU Telecom World...