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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 2go for Android, which was launched mid-2013, is yet again positive proof that ...

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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...

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Nigeria: IHS secures USD 200 Million in financing

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

The IFC has offered USD 200 million in financing to IHS Nigeria. According to the IFC, the financing has been arranged in order to assist IHS Nigeria expand its tower portfolio as well as create mobile infrastructure, which will improve service quality for...

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Fly Mobile to enter Nigerian market

December 9, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments (0)

European mobile player Fly has recently introduced its devices to the Nigerian mobile market. According to the company, it will be collaborating with First Choice as its distributor. Fly MEA Managing Director, Nitin Sood, stated that: “The new product...

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Kenya: Court to rule on thin SIM tech in Jan 2015

December 9, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a media release issued to Capital FM, the High Court will determine whether a mobile operator associated with Equity Bank should roll out the thin SIM technology. The court is expected to make the ruling in January 2015. Judge Isaac Lenaola on...

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Kenya: Safaricom launches LTE Advanced

December 5, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator Safaricom has successfully launched its latest LTE Advanced Network in Kenya. According to the operator, it will roll out the 4G services in Nairobi as well as Mombasa. The company will then scale up coverage to other major towns during the...

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Millicom to support AU in fight against Ebola

December 5, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Millicom has revealed that it will be supporting the African Union’s (AU) campaign, which is intended to raise funds to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. Mobile Operators across Africa including: Airtel and Airtel Nigeria, Econet Wireless, Etisalat,...

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NATCOM wins $252 million bid for Nitel & Mtel

December 4, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

IT News Africa has been following the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (Nitel) and Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Limited (Mtel), liquidation closely for the past few months. Back in November 2014, the BPE, the Bureau of Public Enterprises within...

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Nigeria: Airtel reveals Catapult-a-Startup initiative

December 4, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Airtel Nigeria has revealed an entrepreneurial initiative named ‘Catapult-a-Startup,’ a platform which aims to inspire innovation and assist start-up mobile app developers towards actualising their business goals and dreams. With this initiative,...

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Liquid Telecom reveals satellite reseller programme in SA

December 3, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom South Africa has revealed details of its new reseller programme. According to the telco it has established the programme in response to increasing demand for high-speed broadband from enterprises and individuals across South Africa and as part...

Mobile Payment

New mobile payment platform launches in Middle East

December 3, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Arpu Plus has launched a new payment platform dubbed “T-Pay.” According to the company, it has already partnered with 19 mobile operators from 12 countries around the Middle East region in order to offer over 200 million mobile subscribers the...

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Alcatel-Lucent deploys 400G ultra-broadband network in Africa

December 2, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Alcatel-Lucent and Ooredoo Algeria have built a high-capacity optical transport network to connect Algeria’s mains cities of Algiers, Constantine and Oran- as well as smaller cities – with high-speed ultra broadband mobile access. The agile optical...

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Ghana set to abolish mobile phone tax

December 2, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has welcomed Ghana’s commitment to abolish pricey import duties on smartphones. The Ghanian government has announced these first steps in a drive to enable affordable internet access through policy reform....

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Ghana Government aiming for greater financial transparency

December 1, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Government of Ghana has revealed that it has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance. The reason behind the move is to enhance fiscal transparency and promote financial inclusion for all its citizens. By becoming an Alliance member, the Government has...

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Kenya launches ICT internship programme

December 1, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Private Sector as well as the Kenyan Government have come together and developed a programme to build ICT capacity in the public sector as well as improve upon efficiency and service delivery. The Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP) is expected...

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MTN dominates mobile phone usage in Nigeria

November 28, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

A survey of the telecommunication sector has revealed that a higher proportion of Nigerians use two phone lines, with 76 percent having MTN as their main line. The result of the survey by NOI Polls in Abuja shows that subscribers use two phone lines either...