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IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

December 19, 2014 • Top StoriesComments (0)

Christmas is literally just around the corner now. With the festive season in full swing, it’s time to brave shopping malls as well as endure the wait for packages that should be arriving from online retailers just before Christmas day. To inspire gift ideas this festive season, IT News Africa has not only listed the ...

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Nairobi: Traffic jams set to drive consumers online

December 19, 2014 • East Africa, Online, Top StoriesComments (0)

The fear of getting stuck in traffic jams dotted with thousands of stationary vehicles in a bottleneck entry into Kenya’s capital is what has led to the shift in consumer trends as residents move to shop online, this is according to online retailer Jumia....


Nigeria planning to protect ICT infrastructure

December 19, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigeria’s ICT minister Omobola Johnson, who spoke during an appraisal of her ministry’s 2014 score card in Abuja, has stated that a draft legislation, which will help protect critical national ICT infrastructure from wanton destruction by vandals...

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Kenya: Safaricom promotes fuel payments over M-Pesa

December 19, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator, Safaricom, has revealed an instant rewards system to incentivise customers who pay for fuel using the Lipa Na M-Pesa platform. According to Safaricom, over 134,000 motorists have already received free talk time on the Safaricom network for...

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Kenya: Mobile Matrix unveils PesaCalc App

December 18, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile Matrix, a Kenyan app developer, has revealed its latest app – PesaCalc. According to the developer, PesaCalc is a free Android app that assists mobile money users in Kenya to save money when using the mobile money services. In a statement to...

Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson (image: file)

Nigeria: ICT attracts USD 6 Billion in FDI

December 18, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

ICT Minister, Omobola Johnson, has revealed that Nigeria’s ICT sector has attracted more than USD 6 Billion in Foreign Direct Investments over the last three years. Speaking during the 2014 Ministerial Platform in the country’s second largest city...

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Kenya to receive M-SASA mobile payment platform

December 17, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Dubai Bank Kenya has revealed a partnership with Rapid Communications. The partnership aims to launch a mobile banking platform called M-SASA. According to both parties, M-SASA will allow clients to check their balances, request mini-statements, deposit and...

Eran Feinstein, founder of 3G Direct Pay Limited

East Africa: 2015 Predictions for Businesses

December 17, 2014 • East Africa, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

2015 looks to be a great year for growth and innovation within the East African business community. Along with significant increases in tourism and advances in technology (for example, more robust mobile and Internet connections), we are seeing a much higher...

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Top Google Searches of 2014 in Africa

December 17, 2014 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Google has released a list of the Top 10 Global Trending Searches throughout 2014. Each year, Google releases a list of the topics that individuals have searched for the most over the past 12 months. Additionally, Google has also revealed the Top 10 Google...

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Tanzania: Huawei launches Ascend Mate 7

December 15, 2014 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments (0)

Huawei has launched its Ascend Mate7 in the Tanzanian market. According to Peter Zhang, Huawei Country Manager: “The recommended retail price of the smartphone is about TZS 1 million and it will be available in most key retailers.” The Ascend Mate...

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IDC reveals Top 10 ICT Predictions for 2015

December 15, 2014 • Lists, Top StoriesComments (0)

With 2014 coming to a close, the International Data Corporation (IDC) has released the Top 10 ICT predictions for Africa in 2015. The predictions were unveiled by the following members of the IDC: Mark Walker: Regional Director – Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC...

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Video Interview: The quest for service provider collaboration – Cisco CTO

December 15, 2014 • Top Stories, VideoComments (0)

Paolo Campoli is the Head of Middle East & Africa Global SP Sales and SP CTO for the EMEA Sales Region at Cisco. His responsibilities include direct Sales leadership for Global Service Providers accounts in the ME&A region, managing the entire...

Back in 2009, Bharti Airtel reached the 100 million customers mark. In 2012 the company pushed on until it crossed the 200 million mark. 
(Image: Christian de Faria, CEO, Airtel Africa.)

Rwanda: Airtel to divest telecom tower assets to IHS

December 15, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Bharti Airtel, through its subsidiary company Bharti Airtel International, and IHS Holding Limited (IHS) have revealed an agreement under in which IHS will acquire over 1100 telecoms towers across two countries. According to Airtel, the agreement will allow...

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IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

December 12, 2014 • Top StoriesComments (0)

2014 is coming to a close… Christmas is literally just around the corner, with only 13 days to go. To add to this, South Africa also has a public holiday coming up very soon – which comes in the form of Day of Reconciliation. With the  festive...

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Microsoft to support start-ups in Nigeria

December 12, 2014 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Microsoft and 88mph have revealed the expansion of the Microsoft Ventures program into Nigeria. As part of the 4Afrika Initiative, the collaboration, according to both parties, will help improve start-ups’ productivity by offering tools, resources,...


Orange and USAID to boost mHealth across Africa

December 12, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (1)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and telco operator Orange revealed a new alliance to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth) at the Global mHealth Forum in Washington, DC. According to both parties, these mHealth innovations will...