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Angola to receive improved internet experience

June 25, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Angola is improving the experience for all internet users by launching Angonix, which is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform situated in Luanda, the capital of the country, in West Africa. Angonix interconnects global networks, content providers and network operators to keep local traffic local and offers international content providers and...

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Kenya: Safaricom plagued by Airtel’s aggressive advertising

June 24, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenya operator Safaricom has obtained temporary orders against its rival’s aggressive advertising on mobile money transfers, this is according Standard Digital News. According to the report, Safaricom feels resentment towards Airtel’s move to...

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Tigo Rwanda partners with Bank of Kigali

June 23, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Tigo Rwanda has partnered with Bank of Kigali Ltd (BK) to enable customers to send money between any Tigo Cash wallet and any Bank of Kigali bank account. Tongai Maramba, General Manager of Tigo Rwanda said: “The new service gives Tigo Cash users and BK...

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Nigeria: Airtel rolls out Wi-Fi service in Lagos

June 19, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (2)

Airtel Nigeria has launched a Wi-Fi service to enable residents and visitors to Lagos to access the internet in public places through their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other smart devices. According to Airtel Nigeria, the service is available to all...

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South Africa: Cell C raises concern over Vodacom-Neotel merger

June 19, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Cell C has issued a statement to IT News Africa raising concerns, according to Cell C, over the apparent approval of the Vodacom-Neotel transaction. In the statement, Cell C revealed that ICASA has not yet published its decision nor explained the reasons for...

Hon Jessica Alupo, Minister of Education & Sports, Uganda

Developing African Skills for the 21st Century

June 19, 2015 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Africa’s leading high level summit for education and innovation returns for its fifth year in 2015 and will take place in Kampala, under the patronage of the Government of Uganda, hosted by Hon Jessica Alupo, Minister of Education & Sports. The theme...

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Zimbabwe: Liquid Telecom unveils VoIP offering

June 15, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by newsday.co.zw, Liquid Telecom has begun to offer Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calling within Zimbabwe. According to report, the telco is looking to maximise its fibre optic footprint within the country with the offering. The...

Strive Masiyiwa, Member, Africa Progress Panel, and Founder, Econet Wirelessat the World Economic Forum on Africa 2013. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell

SA Reserve Bank clears EcoCash Zimbabwe transfers

June 15, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has given Econet Wireless the go-ahead to begin cross-border mobile money remittances to Zimbabwe. Under the recent SARB-licenced dispensation, the EcoCash platform will enable Zimbabwean citizens living abroad to send...

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Ghana: Mobile data users on the rise

June 15, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to the National Communications Authority of Ghana, the number of mobile data subscribers in Ghana rose from 15,804,608 subscribers at the end of February 2015 to 16,106,218 at the end of March 2015, giving a penetration rate of 59.78 percent. Airtel...

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Case Study: Using satellite connectivity to support sustainable farming

June 12, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Although not yet listed as an endangered species, Roan antelope numbers have drastically reduced across Africa in recent years. Just 60% of these animals are estimated to live in protected areas, and without urgent action the species may face extinction. In a...

Each telecom operator was vetted on eight parameters, which included: success rate, call drop rate, call set-up time, signal strength and speech quality. (Image Source: Nairobi Sun)

Kenya: Safaricom dismisses CA report on quality of service

June 11, 2015 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

According to a report by nation.co.ke, Safaricom has dismissed the Quality of Service report by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), which rated Safaricom, Airtel, Telkom Kenya and Essar Telecom as non-compliant. According to nation.co.ke, the...

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Nigeria: Swift Networks acquires Chromecom

June 10, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to a report via techcabal, Nigeria-based broadband and data services provider, Swift Networks Limited has acquired Chromecom – A subsidiary of Monarch Communications Limited. According to the report, the new acquisition is set to improve...

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Airtel CEO calls for the regulation of over-the-top operators

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

Over-the-top service (OTT) providers must be regulated as they utilise and profit from the infrastructure put in place by mobile network operators, said Christian De Faria, Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Africa. The Airtel Africa CEO spoke during the 2015...

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Vodacom Business provides Lagos school with internet

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

Vodacom Business Nigeria has revealed that it has provided The Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, in Lagos with Wi-Fi services for students and teachers in classrooms, laboratories, workshops and staff offices. According to the company it had also...

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Kenya: Airtel connects 7 schools to the internet

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

Airtel Kenya has revealed that it has connected seven schools in the Mombasa and Central regions to the internet. According to Airtel, the aim of the “Internet for Schools” project is to provide internet connectivity to millions of pupils in the...

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Kenya: SimbaPay launches M-Pesa PayBill

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

SimbaPay, a digital money transfer provider, has launched a new M-Pesa service which has been dubbed “M-Pesa Paybill.” According to the company, the new payment platform will allow citizens of Kenya to make bill payments whilst abroad. M-Pesa...