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SnapnSave app launched in South Africa

July 14, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Software, Top StoriesComments (0)

SnapnSave, a free web and mobile shopping app developed in Cape Town, has been launched in South Africa. According to the development company, the app allows South African shoppers to get cash back, on everyday grocery items, wherever they shop in-store simply by snapping their till slip. SnapnSave has been developed with the support of [&hellip...

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Global investment increasing in Africa’s telecoms industry

July 14, 2015 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Africa’s telecoms industry forms a vital component to the country’s economic growth, affecting all aspects of the business and social sphere. Dramatic expansion in the telecoms sector has taken place over the past five years, with a 72% penetration on...


Safaricom takes another swing at Airtel

July 14, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Safaricom has taken another swing at rival, Airtel. In June 2015, Safaricom revealed that it felt resentment towards Airtel’s move to display the M-Pesa logo on its advertorial to market the Airtel Money Service. In July 2015, it looks as though both...

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MEA smartphone shipments to total 155 mln units in 2015

July 14, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Middle East and Africa (MEA) smartphone shipments are set to total 155 million units in 2015 after increasing 66% year on year during the first quarter to reach more than 36 million units, according to the latest figures announced today by global technology...

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Telkom announces next steps in turnaround strategy

July 13, 2015 • Company News, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Telkom has revealed the next steps in its strategy to position the company for a more competitive environment and to ensure its sustainability over the long term. According to Telkom, it respects the decision of the Labour Court handed down last week (8 July...

Minister-Nsengimana-Jean-Philbert, CEO of RDB Francis Gatare and CEO of oRn Patrick Yoon charting at the 4G SQUARE inauguration.

4G LTE Square inaugurated in Rwanda

July 10, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Olleh Rwanda network (ORn) has inaugurated 4G Square in Kigali City which accommodates all 4G LTE internet providers. During the inauguration, oRn CEO, Patrick Yoon said “We wanted to create a state-of-the-art facility where anyone can explore 4G LTE...


Liquid Telecom to deliver faster Internet speeds in Africa

July 10, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom has revealed that it has successfully migrated its customers to the Anycast Domain Name System (DNS). According to the company this guarantees near 100 per cent server uptime at much faster speeds than any other ISP in Africa. Speaking at the...

Back in 2009, Bharti Airtel reached the 100 million customers mark. In 2012 the company pushed on until it crossed the 200 million mark. 
(Image: Christian de Faria, CEO, Airtel Africa.)

Airtel introduces cross-border money transfers in Niger

July 9, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Bharti Airtel has revealed the launch of a cross-border money transfer service for its customer’s in Niger. Niger will join three other African countries – the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda – where Airtel Money...

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Ghana: Mobile money licence required by telcos

July 9, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile Money has become an extremely popular service within Africa; however, the service has taken a heavy blows recently. In Uganda, the service was deemed illegal. While not deemed illegal in Ghana, as of yet, Ghana’s central bank (BoG) has now...


“Mobile is changing everything” – Qualcomm VP

July 9, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

In many developing regions, including large parts of Africa, mobile connectivity is more prevalent than electricity or running water. According to the GSMA Mobile Economy sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) report, in the last five years SSA has been the fastest growing...

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Huawei, Vodacom launch e-Libraries programme in SA

July 7, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

In order to help advance literacy development, one of the most critical elements in the country’s education value chain, Vodacom, Huawei together with the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched their e-Libraries programme...

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MTN South Africa CEO throwing in the towel?

July 6, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN South Africa has taken quite a few blows these past few months. In May 2015, MTN was struck down by an ongoing strike led by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which crippled its call and service centres, as well as its distribution offices. In June...

CCK Director General Francis Wangusi (image: YouTube)

Kenyans will need ID number to login to Wi-Fi hotspots

July 6, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report via, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CA) is in the process of drafting regulations which will require anyone accessing the internet through public hotspots to log in using their personal credentials and details....

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Kenya: Schools in Nairobi get free internet

July 3, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Wananchi Group, owner of Pay Tv company Zuku, is installing free, unlimited, high-speed fixed internet to over 2,000 public and private schools in Nairobi County. Through a partnership with Kenya Education Network (KENET) and the County Government of Nairobi,...

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Airtel rakes in USD 1.3 bln from tower sale in Africa

July 3, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Bharti Airtel has revealed that it has raised USD 1.3 billion with the sale of various mobile towers in five African countries. According to the company, the total proceeds from the transactions will be utilised to reduce the debt of the company. In February...

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Orange connects Benin to ACE submarine cable

July 3, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Orange together with the other members of the ACE consortium, have announced the launch of the ACE cable in Cotonou, Benin and Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The connection of these two stations is part of the second phase of deployment of the ACE...