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Africa: Orange Business Services appoints Giorgio Heiman as VP

November 25, 2014 • People, Top StoriesComments (0)

Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, has announced the appointment of Giorgio Heiman as Vice President of Africa, effective this month. Giorgio will share his time between Geneva and Johannesburg and takes over the leadership of the business in Africa from Jean-Luc Lasnier, who is retiring. Giorgio brings significant...

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Google & Unitel to build submarine fibre network

November 25, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Isabel dos Santos, CEO of Unitel, revealed that the Angolan operator has entered into a partnership with Google to launch a fibre optic submarine cable that will connect Africa to Brazil and Brazil to America, according to Diario Economico. According to...


Nigeria: Airtel to sell Nigerian towers to ATC

November 25, 2014 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

American Tower Corporation and Airtel have inked an agreement for the sale of over 4,800 of Airtel’s communications towers in Nigeria. According to the agreement, Airtel will be the anchor tenant on the portfolio under a lease with a ten-year initial...

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Namibia: Paratus Telecom purchases Vox Telecom

November 25, 2014 • Company News, Top StoriesComments (0)

Vox Telecom has concluded the sale of its Namibian operation to Paratus Telecom. The deal was made for an undisclosed amount and includes all assets and full staff complement. Talks between the two organisations commenced in 2013, with a view to combining the...

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MTN tops Brand Africa 100 list

November 25, 2014 • Company News, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN has again topped the Brand Africa 100 list as the Most Admired and Most Valuable African Brand. Valued at over $5.4bn, MTN is the only African brand valued over a billion dollars. The 2014 Brand Africa 100 rankings of the most admired and most valuable...

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Ericsson and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe sign five-year deal

November 24, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Ericsson today announced that it has been selected as the sole supplier by Zimbabwe’s largest provider of telecommunications services, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, for the company’s Core network upgrade program. The deal will see the companies working...


Mahindra Comviva wins award for Ecocash

November 24, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mahindra Comviva, a leader in providing mobility solutions received top honors at the prestigious Meffys 2014 Awards at a ceremony held recently in San Francisco. Econet’s EcoCash$ave powered by mobiquity Money was awarded in the Mobile Service category for...

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IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

November 21, 2014 • Top StoriesComments (0)

Quite a bit has happened in the ICT and technology sector over the past week. Included in this was the announcement of Titus Naikuni being named as Chairman for Airtel Kenya as well as Themba Khumalo being appointed as CEO of MTN Guinea. Also making waves in...

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Titus Naikuni named as Chairman for Airtel Kenya

November 21, 2014 • People, Top StoriesComments (0)

Bharti Airtel has revealed the appointment of Dr. Titus Naikuni as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Airtel Kenya. Dr. Naikuni, holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is also a graduate...

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Guinea: MTN appoints Khumalo as CEO

November 21, 2014 • People, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN has revealed that it has appointed Themba Khumalo as CEO of MTN Guinea. Khumalo succeeds Phumzile Joshua Phike. According to Agence Ecofin, MTN Guinea has shown poor financial performance since 2013, having been overtaken by its main rival Orange Guinea....

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How ICT is responding to Ebola in Africa

November 21, 2014 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Ebola outbreak has captured the attention of many large corporations within the ICT sector. Companies like MTN, SES, Liquid Telecom, Econet, IBM, Airtel, LG and Samsung have all responded to the outbreak in a meaningful and impactful way. While Ebola is...

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Nigeria: NCC shuts down illegal telecom firm

November 21, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has shut down telecom provider Owntel Communications. The shutdown is due to the company allegedly offering telecommunications services to customers, without obtaining operational licence. NCC enforcement team, led by...

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Nigeria: Access Bank & Airtel launch Access Money

November 21, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Financial institution, Access Bank, has collaborated with Airtel Nigeria to develop and launch mobile money service, Access Money powered by Airtel. According to the company, this service allows customers to perform simple, secure and instant financial...

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TomTom brings navigation technology to Acer smartphones

November 21, 2014 • Company News, Top StoriesComments (0)

TomTom has revealed a multi-year deal with Acer to bring its world-class navigation technology to new Acer smartphones. “AcerNAV” is a turn-by-turn navigation application powered by TomTom’s navigation engine, NavKit. The new app enables users to...


Orange to launch new Wi-Fi service in SA

November 20, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

In partnership with the City of Cape Town, telecommunications service provider Orange is currently planning the imminent launch of its new Orange Wi-Fi service, offering Wi-Fi to those living in part of the areas of Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain, in Cape...

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Eutelsat & Spacecom partner to target West African market

November 20, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Eutelsat Communications and Spacecom have inked a partnership agreement. The agreement is set to drive the expansion of digital entertainment services in Africa. According to both parties, they have established a framework for cross-commercialisation of...