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Nigeria: UBA reveals advanced mobile banking platform

January 6, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Nigeria: UBA reveals advanced mobile banking platform

According to a report via the Daily Trust, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) has unveiled the newest version of U-Mobile. In the report Yinka Adedeji, Divisional Head, Digital Banking stated that: “The new U-Mobile is an entirely new platform. It is not just an upgrade of the old, but a new application with enhanced [&hellip...

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Kenya: Mobile subscriptions and broadband on the rise

December 29, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Mobile subscriptions and broadband on the rise

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has stated that in the first quarter of the financial year 2015/2016, from July until September 2015, the number of mobile subscriptions grew by 4.7 percent to 37.8 million from 36.1 million in the fourth quarter....

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2016 Predictions: Carriers will monetize mobile video in radical ways

December 18, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on 2016 Predictions: Carriers will monetize mobile video in radical ways

As 2015 draws to a close, Openwave Mobility has predicted the trends the company expects to see in 2016. John Giere, President & CEO stated that: “Mobile operators will finally monetize Over The Top (OTT) mobile data in 2016. Why? Carriers across the...

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17% of adults in Rwanda have active mobile money accounts

December 17, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on 17% of adults in Rwanda have active mobile money accounts

New financial inclusion survey data from CGAP offers a first glimpse into mobile money usage in Ghana and Rwanda, where in both countries 17% of adults have active mobile money accounts. The nationally representative survey of adults provided interesting...

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Ghana: Vodafone launches M-Pesa

December 15, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Ghana: Vodafone launches M-Pesa

Vodafone has extended M-Pesa to Ghana, the 11th Vodafone market across Africa, Asia and Europe to benefit from the mobile money transfer service. The launch of the service, operating in Ghana under the ‘Vodafone Cash’ brand, follows a successful pilot...

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Liquid Telecom to link Africa to the Middle East

December 14, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Liquid Telecom to link Africa to the Middle East

Liquid Sea, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liquid Telecom, has started a project to build a new subsea cable linking Africa to the Middle East with onwards connectivity to Europe. Liquid Telecom Group CEO Nic Rudnick confirmed the Request For Tender has been...

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Vodacom South Africa expands Travel Saver offer

December 10, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern AfricaComments Off on Vodacom South Africa expands Travel Saver offer

Vodacom South Africa has stated that its Contract customers can now save on roaming rates when they travel to 180 countries. According to Vodacom, these include popular holiday destinations such as the US, UK, France, Spain, Brazil, Hong Kong, China,...

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Rwanda: MTN to support families of ex-combatants

December 10, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda: MTN to support families of ex-combatants

MTN Rwanda has handed over a cheque worth Rwf 3 million to support the families of vulnerable ex-combatants under the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission umbrella. The cheque was received by the Minister of Local Government (MINALOC), Francis...

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Spectrum off the cards for Vodacom Neotel deal

December 8, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Spectrum off the cards for Vodacom Neotel deal

In a statement to share holders, Vodacom revealed that an agreement has been made in regards to the Vodacom/Neotel merger. According to the statement, it was revealed that Vodacom will acquire the majority of Neotel’s assets related to its fixed line...

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South Africa: Neotel CEO quits

December 8, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: Neotel CEO quits

According to a media statement, issued by Neotel, the company has revealed that its CEO Sunil Joshi has resigned from his position within the company. According to Neotel, Joshi will be: “Pursuing his own interests, and will resign from Neotel with...

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Nigeria: Airtel honours outstanding UTME students

December 4, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Nigeria: Airtel honours outstanding UTME students

Airtel Nigeria, has thrown its weight behind the maiden edition of the Pass.Ng Excellence Award 2015, organized by examination preparatory and e-testing platform, Pass.ng, to honour 10 outstanding students in the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation...

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MTN fine cut to $3.9bn by NCC

December 3, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN fine cut to $3.9bn by NCC

According to a report via fin24.com, MTN has stated that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had agreed to cut the fine to $3.4bn and that this penalty needs to be paid by December 31 2015. According to the report, the company has also announced in...

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Gartner: Worldwide smartphone sales see growth in 2015

December 2, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Gartner: Worldwide smartphone sales see growth in 2015

Continued demand for affordable smartphones in emerging markets drove worldwide sales of smartphones in the third quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 353 million units, a 15.5 percent growth over the...

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Absa, MTN offer free access to internet banking service

November 30, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Absa, MTN offer free access to internet banking service

Absa has partnered with MTN to offer free access to mobile and internet banking via Absa’s banking application and via Absa.mobi for all MTN customers. According to the company, customers who don’t have data or airtime will be able to access digital...

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WeChat introduces digital wallet service in South Africa

November 27, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on WeChat introduces digital wallet service in South Africa

At an exclusive event, which was held in Johannesburg South Africa, WeChat revealed that it has extended its features with the introduction of a digital wallet service. According to the company, like a physical wallet, you can securely store your bank cards...

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Financial inclusion is still met with a number of challenges in Africa

November 26, 2015 • East Africa, General, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Financial inclusion is still met with a number of challenges in Africa

One of the most life-altering and important drives in the developed world is the drive towards financial inclusion. While this drive may be derived from the incentive for banks to increase their customer base, it is to the advantage of the newly banked...