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Within Africa, Egypt and South Africa posted the largest year-on-year handset shipment growth, at 37 percent and 32 percent respectively.

Handset sales boom in Middle-East and Africa

October 14, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) handset market grew to its largest size in ten quarters in the second quarter of 2014, expanding 27 percent year on year to 64 million units, according to a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC). According to the report, most of the growth was shown in the smartphone ...

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PayGate predicts card payments will be mobile in 5 years

October 14, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Payment service provider PayGate recently added mobile payment system Zapper to its payment options. With the addition of Zapper, PayGate has also predicted that half of card payments will become mobile in the next 5 years. This is according to general...

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Rwanda: MTN to unveil cross-border money service

October 13, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN Rwanda will integrate its mobile money system with that of MTN Uganda this coming November. This will, according to the company, allow subscribers to send and receive money between the two countries. MTN Rwanda GM, Norman Munyampundu stated that...

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Nigeria: 100GB Ultra-broadband set to boost connectivity

October 13, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Alcatel-Lucent is preparing to open up Africa’s most populous nation to the benefits of ultra-broadband connectivity by launching a 100 gigabit-per-second fibre-optic network with MTN Nigeria. MTN Nigeria, which covers more than almost 90 percent of...

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TA Telecom to map identity of Africa with mobile tech

October 13, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

TA Telecom has revealed that the beta trials for Nafsi, Africa’s most ambitious big data analysis project according to the company, is now underway in Egypt, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. The survey aims to use mobile technology to collect data from...

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Vodacom launches LTE connectivity in Lesotho

October 13, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Vodacom has launched the Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in Lesotho. According to Vodacom, the service will bring high-speed mobile internet to the people of the Mountain Kingdom as well as address the relative scarcity of fixed line connections in the...

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Kenya king of mobile banking even with privacy concerns

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

Mobile privacy is the single biggest concern for today’s mobile consumers and remains the largest obstacle to growth, according to MEF’s fourth Global Consumer Survey, which analysed consumer behaviour from 15,000 respondents in 15 countries. According to...

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Movitel named fastest-growing telco in Africa

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

Movitel, SA – a joint venture between of Viettel in Mozambiuqe – gained its second honourable international prize of the year by winning Golden Globe of “Fastest Growing of the Year in Middle-East and Africa” at the International Business Awards...

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Nigeria: Etisalat launches Kirusa entertainment services

October 10, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Kirusa has unveiled the launch of its Celeb Connect and Sports Connect services with Etisalat Nigeria. According to both entities, customers can now stay in touch with their favourite celebrities and receive exclusive sports voice bytes on their mobile...

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NEC signs deal for AAE-1 submarine cable

October 10, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

The consortium behind the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) submarine cable system have signed a supply contract with NEC for the S1H segment. According to reports, the AAE-1 will be the first high-capacity cable system to link all major South East Asian nations...

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Ghana: 1million users register with mobile firms in 8 months

October 9, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to reports, mobile networks across Ghana saw over 1 million new subscribers subscribe to services within a period of 8 months. This has increased the penetration rate to 111 percent. The latest stats presented by the National Communication Authority...

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East African Telecoms rush to cut calling rates

October 8, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to reports MTN Rwanda announced on Monday, October 6, that it has cut down charges on call for its roaming subscribers ahead of Wednesday’s launch of One Network Area Agreement. MTN follows Kenya’s Safaricom who slashed their rates to...

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MTN Rwanda slashes roaming tariffs in Kenya

October 8, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN Rwanda has lowered its roaming charges across East Africa by implementing the One Network Area concept within the East Africa Community (EAC). According to MTN, customers roaming on all networks in Kenya, both prepaid and post-paid, will now be charged...

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Ghana: Mobile phone users on the rise

October 8, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has revealed that the mobile voice subscriber base has increased from 29.37 million at the end of July to 29.53 million as at the end of August 2014. According to reports, MTN had an increase of 110,042 from July to...

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Kenya: Equity Bank challenges M-Pesa’s monopoly with Smart SIM

October 7, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Taisys Technologies has revealed that Kenya’s Equity Bank will be issuing a ultra-thin mobile banking smart SIM, which incorporates technology from Taisys. According to Equity Bank, customers can now transfer funds, make micro-payments and gain access to...

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Nigeria: Nitel cleared for privatisation

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

The Nigeria Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) has revealed confirmation for the appointment of a guided liquidator for the privatisation of Nigeria Telecommunications (Nitel) as well as its mobile counter-part, MTel. BPE, Director General, Benjamin Dikki...