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Vodafone Foundation helps save mothers’ and children’s lives in Lesotho. (image: Vodafone group)

Lesotho: How mobile technologies are saving thousands

November 30, 2016 • Healthcare, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Lesotho: How mobile technologies are saving thousands

The Vodafone Foundation announced a mobile-based HIV programme in Lesotho, where an estimated 23% of the population is HIV positive, many of whom live in extreme poverty in remote rural communities separated by mountainous terrain with minimal infrastructure. The Vodafone Foundation programme combines Vodafone’s M-Pesa mobile money service – which...

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Nigeria's prepare to pay more for their data starting December 1, 2016.

Nigeria: Social Media reacts to data hikes

November 30, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Social Media reacts to data hikes

With reports making the rounds about an increase in data tarrifs with effect from December 1, 2016, social media has been abuzz in Nigeria. Acting on a directive given by the national regulator, a number of mobile operators, including MTN and Globacom...

Apps for business

Zimbabwe: Steward Bank launches SMS banking solution

November 28, 2016 • Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Zimbabwe: Steward Bank launches SMS banking solution

In a bid to make banking easier in Zimbabwe, according to ZimTech Steward bank has announced the launch of Square Banking, a banking facility that performs banking transactions on a mobile device. The solution enables customers and businesses to access...

Johan Meyer is founder and CEO of Wallettec.

Wallettec simplifies mobile payments in Africa

November 28, 2016 • Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Wallettec simplifies mobile payments in Africa

Wallettec is making possible for businesses to transact different digital wallets. The Cape Town based company enables businesses to accept any mobile transaction or currency type at a Point of Sale. It operates in more than 20 countries across Africa,...

e-learning

Wizitup e-Learning platform introduced in Nigeria

November 25, 2016 • Education, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Wizitup e-Learning platform introduced in Nigeria

Vericore Technologies Limited launched Wizitup, a learning platform for students and teachers. The platform is suitable for classroom use, as a solution for teachers and as a School Information and Administrative System (SIAS). It uses different methodologies...

MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge

South Africa: MTN offers airtime and data jackpot on Black Friday

November 25, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Retail, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: MTN offers airtime and data jackpot on Black Friday

New and existing MTN subscribers are in for an airtime and data bonanza when they either purchase a 3G, LTE device, or sign up or upgrade for a 24 months MTN contract on Black Friday, on 25 November. Customers who upgrade to specified MTN tariff plans or sign...

Video calling apps

Live sports streaming gets interactive on social media

November 24, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Live sports streaming gets interactive on social media

Discover Digital, has broken traditional moulds for sports event coverage, with a simultaneous live stream of the SuperGP Championship to the SuperGP website and the organisation’s Facebook page. The DEOD (Digital Entertainment On Demand) SuperGP Champions...

23% of South Africans believe  you don’t need customer service representatives anymore and that all customer service should be done online.

The rising importance of digital channels

November 24, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on The rising importance of digital channels

More than one in every five South Africans (23%) believes you don’t need customer service representatives anymore and that all customer service should be done online. The results of a study of 2,000 consumers in South Africa, published by Verint Systems,...

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Key contributors to the rise of eCommerce in Africa

November 24, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Key contributors to the rise of eCommerce in Africa

E-Commerce has rapidly grown in the recent years across Africa and the world at large. This is conceivably because of the plentiful positive outcomes it has had on various industries including travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors, with a ripple effect on...

The MFS Hub is now connected to 120 million mobile wallets in Sub-Saharan Africa.

MFS Hub connects to 120 million mobile wallets in Africa

November 22, 2016 • Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on MFS Hub connects to 120 million mobile wallets in Africa

MFS Africa announced that its MFS Hub is now connected to 120 million mobile wallets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through partnerships with mobile network operators including Airtel, Econet, MTN, Orange, Tigo and Vodafone, MFS Africa now has unparalleled reach into...

Deon Van Heerden, CEO at Clickatell Messaging.

Clickatell calls for a transformation in customer support

November 22, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Software, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Clickatell calls for a transformation in customer support

In a response to the growing trend to bring digitalisation to business workflows, global leader in mobile messaging, Clickatell, has launched its next evolution chat-based solution for business to consumer communications. Clickatell Touch combines online chat...

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Nigeria: Airtel introduces free search info for feature phones

November 21, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Airtel introduces free search info for feature phones

Airtel Nigeria in partnership with global development organsation, Human Network International (NHI), has unveiled the 3-2-1 Service – a call-in system that provides free information – ranging from healthcare to good governance – to...

Tech Education

How VOD can boost education

November 21, 2016 • Education, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on How VOD can boost education

Video on Demand (VOD) services are ideally positioned to expand the reach of quality education and even help subsidise the cost of education. “On-demand is not just for entertainment,” says Stephen Watson, Managing Director of South African video on...

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Airbnb launches new travel app

November 18, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Airbnb launches new travel app

As the holiday season slowly creeps in, so is the urge to find affordable and comfortable accommodation. The launch of Trips by Airbnb could be a solution. Trips launches with three key areas – Experiences, Places and Homes, with Flights and Services to...

The Qantas virtual reality app aims to connect  with travellers by showcasing parts of Australia they may not be familiar with.

Qantas app gives travellers virtual experience of Australia

November 18, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Qantas app gives travellers virtual experience of Australia

Qantas has launched a new virtual reality app – Qantas VR – giving customers an interactive new way to discover and explore destinations before physically travelling there. Available for iPhone, Android, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive devices,...

Mobile Data Usage

#datafalls as Vox crashes cost of its Fat Pipe DSL packages

November 17, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on #datafalls as Vox crashes cost of its Fat Pipe DSL packages

With recent social media outrage on high priced data in South Africa, integrated ICT and connectivity provider, Vox is dropping the retail rates of its Fat Pipe Home DSL to below R1 per GB effective, 17 November 2016. ¨Our data prices are falling, just in...