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Africa’s emerging markets offer high growth for e-Commerce

October 30, 2014 • Online, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Africa offers enormous growth potential for e-retailers given that online shopping is in its infancy in the region. This is according to Sumesh Rahavendra, head of marketing for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), who says the recently released ‘Shop the World!’ report reveals that emerging markets offer the highest growth potential for the eCommerce ...

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Burundi Gov commissions Metropolitan Area Nework for Bujumbura

October 30, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Government of Burundi in conjunction with Huawei and Onatel officially commission the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) project installations for Bujumbura. The Bujumbura MAN project is as a result of a grant from the Government of the People’s Republic...

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Smart Telecom expansion set at USD 300 Million

October 30, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to Smart Telecom, it has set a budget of USD 300 Million in order to expand its telecommunications network’s across a number of East African countries including Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi over the next five years. Smart Telecom originally...

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MTN SA introduces 49 cents per minute international call tariff

October 30, 2014 • Company News, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN South Africa has launched a new international calling promotion that will see customers being provided with the opportunity to call selected destinations from as little as 79 cents per minute. MTN will also introduce the new international calling bundle...

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Rwanda accelerates plans for cashless economy

October 30, 2014 • East Africa, Features, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Government of Rwanda has moved to accelerate its plans to transform Rwanda into a cashless economy and achieve 80 percent financial inclusion by 2017. Rwanda’s commitment to using information and communications technology (ICT) for financial...

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HDS unveils 3 new options for private and hybrid cloud

October 30, 2014 • Cloud Computing, Company News, Top StoriesComments (0)

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. announced 3 new ways for customers, providers and partners to gain the benefits of the cloud without compromising the control, flexibility or security of their data. First is...

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Kenya: Azimo unveils instant M-PESA transfer service

October 30, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Azimo, an online money transfer service,  has revealed that customers across Europe can now send money instantly to the mobile “eWallets” of M-PESA’s 19 million subscribers in Kenya. Kenya boasts one of the highest global rates of mobile banking, with...

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Facebook’s Internet.org App launches in Tanzania

October 29, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Tigo has revealed that it is teaming up with Facebook to provide millions of Tanzanians with affordable Internet and free access to some basic online services through the Internet.org app. The Internet.org app will be available on October 29, and Tigo...

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Airtel Kenya to offer free mobile access to Twitter

October 29, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Airtel Kenya has revealed that it will be offering its prepaid mobile users the ability to access social media network, Twitter, free of charge until 15 January 2015. According to Airtel, the limited-time offer will allow customers to enjoy free access to...

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Uganda: Liquid Telecom to invest UGX 2 billion into Infocom

October 29, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Liquid Telecom is set to invest UGX 2 billion in its Ugandan subsidiary Infocom. The reason for the move is to extend its infrastructure across Kampala’s Central Business District and to multiple rural towns across Uganda, including Mukono, Jinja,...

According to Tigo, the installation is set to enhance customer experience and reduce the inconvenience of customers having to memorise the various short codes for different products and services.

Tigo music set to go live in Ghana

October 29, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Tigo Ghana has announced the launch of Tigo Music in partnership with Deezer, the international music streaming service. Through pre-paid data bundles, Tigo customers will from 31 October be able to access more than 35 million tracks, including African and...

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Nigeria: Smile launches 4G service in Abuja

October 29, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigeria’s Smile Communications has launched LTE broadband internet service in Abuja. The company said the Abuja roll-out, coming barely one year after its 2013 commercial unveiling of its network in Ibadan, and months after Lagos, followed more than...

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MoboFree marketplace launches in Nigeria

October 29, 2014 • Online, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Social marketplace MoboFree.com is set to launch a presence in Lagos, Nigeria. According to the online portal it has over 3 million registered users, including 2.2 million in Nigeria and a strong footprint in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Ghana. MoboFree combines a...

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Terragon Group MD to speak at GSMA Mobile 360

October 28, 2014 • Company News, Top StoriesComments (0)

Terragon Group’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Elo Umeh, will be a speaker at the GSMA Mobile 360 Africa event – which will hold on November 5-7 2014 at The Clock Tower Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. The Conference...

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IBM & Airtel to launch Ebola containment initiatives in Africa

October 28, 2014 • Company News, Top StoriesComments (0)

Airtel, IBM Research Africa and Kenya’s Echo Mobile have joined forces to launch several initiatives to help curb the spread of Ebola in West Africa. The initiatives include a citizen engagement and analytics system in Sierra Leone that enables...

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AfricaCom 2014 keynote revealed

October 28, 2014 • Events, Top StoriesComments (0)

Launches, acquisitions, growth, partnerships, broadband, new technologies & services and how to monetize digital platforms: Africa’s digital market is moving by leaps and bounds, and showing the world how innovation is done. This is the underlying...