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IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

May 22, 2015 • Top StoriesComments (0)

Telkom has lit up the headlines this week. According to the telecom giant, it is still being plagued by a persistent recruitment scam. While Telkom has essentially been plagued by the scam, MTN has been struck down by strike action. According to various reports, more than 2,000 MTN employees have currently gone on strike. Sticking [&hellip...

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Tanzania: UhuruOne gives Alepo products a chance

May 22, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Tanzania Internet Service Provider UhuruOne revealed that Alepo has been chosen to support growth in the ISP’s prepaid wi-fi services in the East African country. The move aims to reduce prices and increase overall connectivity for existing users and create...

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Kenya’s BitPesa launches remittance service for Tanzania

May 22, 2015 • Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

With many Africans finding work and residence abroad, remittances are a key aspect of economies – especially in East Africa as more and more citizens travel and work outside their country of origin. The result is that more and more money is flowing back...

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Airtel Rwanda offering voice plans to Europe, South Sudan

May 22, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

In an effort to spur growth in its voice calling segment of the market, Airtel Rwanda has unveiled a new call pricing plan for users who want to ring Europe and South Sudan. The plan is part of a new international bundle that customers are able to get on to...

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New scam uses Windows Live ID to capture information

May 21, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to Kaspersky Lab, experts are warning of a new scam that uses Windows Live ID as a bait to catch personal information stored in user profiles on services like Xbox LIVE, Zune, Hotmail, Outlook, MSN, Messenger and OneDrive – Which are currently...

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EMEA accounts for 26 percent of Lenovo’s worldwide revenue

May 21, 2015 • Company News, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Lenovo Group has revealed its fourth fiscal quarter and full-year ended March 31, 2015 results. In a seasonally slow quarter with significant currency impacts, revenue was US$11.3 billion, up 21 percent year-over-year. If excluding the exchange rate...

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Technology is not the silver bullet for cyber security threats

May 21, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

In Africa as well as globally Cyber security is no longer an IT problem, but rather a priority of the highest levels at a majority of organisations. The reason for this is simple – cyber threats have become a serious issue that costs businesses money,...

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E-waste collection drive concludes in Benin

May 21, 2015 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN and Ericsson’s electrical and electronic equipment waste (e-waste) collection and awareness drive in Benin has ended. According to both companies more than 20 tons of e-waste was collected. The campaign was geared towards creating awareness about the...

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Telkom plagued by persistent recruitment scam

May 21, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

A recruitment scam offering paid “Telkom internships” at the company upon payment of a “booking fee” of R90 is currently still in operation. The scam first came to light in February 2015, according to a statement issued by Telkom. According to Telkom,...

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Nigeria: Etisalat opens data centre in Abuja

May 21, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Top StoriesComments (0)

Etisalat Nigeria has launched a new data centre in Abuja. According to the company, the data centre is set to address the growing demand for cloud and disaster recovery services. CMO, Matthew Willsher said that the investment was made to ensure that customer...

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MTN South Africa struck down by strike action

May 20, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report via EWN, Mobile service provider MTN revealed that its call and service centres as well as its distribution offices are currently being affected by the latest strike – which has essentially struck down the operator. According to...

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Hitachi Data Systems achieves Level 3 B-BBEE rating

May 20, 2015 • Company News, Top StoriesComments (0)

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has announced that it has achieved a Level 3 B-BBEE rating, having previously been rated as Level 4. This follows the multi-national company’s acquisition of its African distributor, Shoden Data Systems, in 2012 and the...

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Ghana: Alcatel-Lucent completes fibre backbone project

May 20, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Alcatel-Lucent and Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency (NITA) have revealed the completion of the Eastern corridor rural fibre-optic backbone project. The Eastern corridor network, designed and deployed by Alcatel-Lucent, spans 775km and...

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Nigeria: RLG inks manufacturing deal with Airtel

May 19, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to a report via cp-africa.com, Airtel Nigeria has inked an agreement with device manufacturing firm, RLG. The deal will see RLG produce handsets for potential Airtel subscribers. The regional director of RLG in West and Central Africa, Tosin...

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Top execs weigh in on challenges faced by African contact centres

May 19, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

As customer experience becomes the primary competitive advantage in business, the role of the contact centre is changing significantly. But whether it becomes the heart of the business or a component of the bigger machine depends on the business, say African...

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South Africa: Cell C shakes up telecom market with risky promo

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

Cell C, a South African-based mobile operator, has shaken up the telecom market within the country with its latest risky promotion. According to the company, it is now offering to give potential customers up to R10000 (USD 850, dependent on the current...