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  • The last thing that travelers need to worry about are roaming charges on their mobile phone (image: Roamer)

    Review: Who says international roaming has to be expensive?

    March 3, 2014 • ReviewsComments Off on Review: Who says international roaming has to be expensive?

    Travelling can be an expensive affair, and the last thing travelers want to worry about is the cost of international roaming. Well, this is where Roamer comes in: it’s a simple app that links a user’s local number to an international SIM card. All you...

  • Ericsson’s Joakim Sorelius (image: Charlie Fripp)

    GSM and CDMA will still be here in 2020

    February 26, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on GSM and CDMA will still be here in 2020

    Even with the high rate of adoption of LTE, Ericsson is of the view that older systems are definitely here to stay. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Ericsson’s Joakim Sorelius spoke to IT News Africa about the future of LTE. “LTE is...

  • Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group and member of the GSMA Board, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (image: GSMA)

    Etisalat celebrates 150 million subscribers

    February 25, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Etisalat celebrates 150 million subscribers

    During his keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group and member of the GSMA Board, praised the UAE Government initiative to provide its citizens with world class Smart...

  • Nigeria sees 2.25 million new GSM subscribers

    November 9, 2012 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Nigeria sees 2.25 million new GSM subscribers

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reported that the number of active phone subscribers in Nigeria rose to 107.4 million in September, up from 105.2 million the month before. It comes as new promotions and efforts to boost customer satisfaction...

  • LTE in Africa – call it like it is

    November 6, 2012 • FeaturesComments Off on LTE in Africa – call it like it is

    Long Term Evolution (LTE) has moved from concept stage to actual rollout, globally, and in Africa. It does exist. It is an advancement on previous wireless technology standards including GSM/EDGE, HSDPA and HSDPA+, and has been developed and rolled out to...

  • Affordable smartphones to drive broadband penetration in Africa

    October 23, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on Affordable smartphones to drive broadband penetration in Africa

      The rapid drop in smartphone pricing will play a major role in bringing Internet connectivity to Africans over the next five to 10 years, uplifting economies throughout the continent in the process. That’s the word from Aidan Baigrie, Head of...

  • Airtel accused of anti-competitive conduct

    October 18, 2012 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Airtel accused of anti-competitive conduct

    The Consumers Empowerment Organisation of Nigeria (CEON) has filed a formal complaint against mobile service operators Airtel, Globacom and MTN with the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) for alleged anti-competitive conduct. “As a consumer...

  • Nigerian Stock Exchange suspends Starcomms shares

    August 21, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Nigerian Stock Exchange suspends Starcomms shares

    This Day reports that the shares of telecoms company Starcomms have been placed on full suspension by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The suspension is reportedly because of a potential capital reconstructing exercise by Starcomms following its merger with...

  • Nigeria telephone users increase to 99-milllion

    May 30, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Nigeria telephone users increase to 99-milllion

    In the latest statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), it was revealed that the African nation now has 99.14-million active telephone subscribers as of the end of March in 2012. The data was collected from Global System for Mobile...

  • Lonestar Cell threatening Liberian telecoms service stability

    March 21, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Lonestar Cell threatening Liberian telecoms service stability

    Liberian cellular operator Lonestar Communications is allegedly responsible for taking the industry backwards, The Liberian Times reported yesterday. Lonestar Cell’s actions could disrupt national security, daily communication and other communication...

  • MTN Ghana linking up with WACS

    March 9, 2012 • Top StoriesComments (1)

    MTN Ghana CEO Michael Ikpoki has announced his company’s decision to link up with the West Africa Cable System (WACS) by April this year. MTN guarantees this measure will provide broadband services at required speeds to its subscribers across Africa....

  • Etisalat Nigeria has invested $2.4bn

    October 31, 2011 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Etisalat Nigeria has invested $2.4bn

    Etisalat Nigeria, the fourth Global System for Mobile communications (GSM)mobile operator in the region has invested $2.46 billion to build and expand its telecommunications network infrastructure. The investment which was made over the past three years...

  • Bharti Airtel, Nokia Siemens seal network deal

    September 30, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Bharti Airtel, Nokia Siemens seal network deal

    Bharti Airtel has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks to expand its 2G (GSM/EDGE) networks and deploy 3G networks in seven African countries. Under the agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks will manage end-to-end network...

  • Nigerian gov keeps CDMA + GSM tech

    August 26, 2011 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Nigerian gov keeps CDMA + GSM tech

    Nigeria is not phasing out the old Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology in favour of the modern standard, (Global System for Mobile Communications) GSM technology. The Nigerian government said most small businesses in the country still rely on CDMA...

  • SA gets new satellite broadband product

    August 18, 2011 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (2)

    South Africa’s connectivity technology service provider Maxwell Technology – a subsidiary of Barnstone Corporate Holdings  has been appointed to market a new satellite broadband offering in South Africa. SkyeMax is powered by SkyeVine, and provides...

  • Telecom Egypt loses 700 000 subscribers

    August 10, 2011 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (1)

    A new telecoms report issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Telecommunications, Mohamed Abdel Kader Mohamed Salem indicates that Telecom Egypt, a state-owned landline operator has lost about 700 000 fixed-line subscribers. According to the report, the...