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Can FTTH bring an end to capped services in South Africa?

August 17, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Can FTTH bring an end to capped services in South Africa?

South Africa’s bandwidth pricing has experienced less dramatic reductions of late, after several years of more aggressive price drops – but, predicts Brian Timperley of Turrito Networks, a new round of disruption is due under the twin pressures of fibre rollout to consumers and the growth of international “over the top” (OTT) services like...

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Google’s latest video calling app launches globally

August 16, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Google’s latest video calling app launches globally

Google has unveiled its latest video calling app, which has been dubbed by the company as “Duo.” According to Google, the app has gone live globally and is available on either Android or iOS devices. Google revealed that Duo works off your phone...

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Nigeria: Govt. unveils smartphone App for flood prediction

August 15, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Govt. unveils smartphone App for flood prediction

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria has launched a smartphone application, which has been dubbed “Wetin App” for flood forecasting especially along the Niger and Benue rivers, this is according to a report via...

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Record entries received for Women in ICT Partnership for Change Awards

August 10, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Record entries received for Women in ICT Partnership for Change Awards

The inaugural Women in ICT – Partnership for Change Awards has garnered over 100 entries for the inaugural event. A panel of experts will be meeting on 12 August 2016 to judge the entries submitted. Finalists in the different categories will be announced on...

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Nigeria: Smile unveils Unlimited Premium Plan

August 8, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Smile unveils Unlimited Premium Plan

Smile Nigeria has unveiled its latest mobile offering, which has been dubbed by the company as the “Unlimited Premium Plan.” According to the company, the new plan gives customers internet freedom so that they can decide where they can download...

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Uganda: UCC warns consumers of SIM fraud

August 8, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Uganda: UCC warns consumers of SIM fraud

According to a report via TelecomPaper, the Ugandan Communications Commission (UCC) has warned the public against an emergent trend in the industry in which fraudsters impersonate subscribers. Once done, the fraudsters then attempt to extort money from the...

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MTN Business reveals winners of the App of the Year Awards 2016

August 5, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on MTN Business reveals winners of the App of the Year Awards 2016

MTN Business has revealed the winners of its 5th annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards during a ceremony held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Tonight’s ceremony honoured app developers whose winning solutions were selected from over 450...

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Ghana: Tigo launches new recharge promo

August 5, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: Tigo launches new recharge promo

Tigo has launched a recharge campaign that is intended to give away prizes every time customers purchase top-up cards to make calls and browse the internet on Tigo’s network. Termed ‘Wo suro aaa wondi’ meaning ‘you cannot win if you are afraid’,...

Internet of things

High-speed connectivity – Key to economic prosperity in Africa

August 4, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on High-speed connectivity – Key to economic prosperity in Africa

A country’s capacity to connect its economy to the internet, and make  these services available and accessible to its citizens and businesses,  is key to its success in the digital age. Fresh from the relief that South Africa has dodged a ratings...

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Nigeria: NCC appoints new commissioners

August 4, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: NCC appoints new commissioners

According to a report by TelecomPaper, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye as chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). According to the report, Buhari requested the Senate confirm the nominees into the...

Mobile technology

South Africa: Accenture launch mobile application for municipal elections

July 29, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: Accenture launch mobile application for municipal elections

The Electoral Commission of South Africa and Accenture have launched a mobile application designed to provide voters with the electoral information ahead of the Municipal Elections taking place on August. 03 2016. This collaborative approach demonstrates how...

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Networks Unlimited invests in securing Africa ’s Wi-Fi connections

July 28, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Networks Unlimited invests in securing Africa ’s Wi-Fi connections

It is estimated that 33 billion endpoints will be connected by 2020. With more than half of organisations allowing both multiple types of Internet of Things (IoT) devices as well the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomena, it really is not a great surprise...

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Tanzania: GSMA unveils rural connectivity project

July 27, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Tanzania: GSMA unveils rural connectivity project

At Mobile 360 – Africa, the GSMA announced the launch of the first active infrastructure sharing initiative in East Africa between mobile network operators (MNOs) Airtel, Millicom and Vodacom. The MNOs have committed to launch six 3G pilot sites across the...

Top mobile apps

Number of unique mobile subscribers in Africa surpasses half a billion

July 26, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Number of unique mobile subscribers in Africa surpasses half a billion

More than half a billion people across Africa are now subscribed to mobile services as the continent continues to migrate rapidly to mobile broadband networks, reveals a new GSMA study. ‘The Mobile Economy: Africa 2016 study was published at the GSMA Mobile...

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Ultra broadband is becoming more prominent in Africa

July 26, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ultra broadband is becoming more prominent in Africa

Huawei ICT Summit & UBBS (Ultra-Broadband Summit) was held in Pretoria on the 19th July 2016. With the theme of “Broadband for All, Building a Better Connected Africa”, the summit was attended by some 300 delegates, including operator...

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Nigeria: Etisalat strengthens relationship with customers in Uyo

July 26, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Etisalat strengthens relationship with customers in Uyo

Etisalat recently hosted customers on its network to a Customer Forum at Eemjim Hotel Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital. The regional Customer Forum is, according to the company, an interactive feedback session aimed at engaging customers to serve them better...