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The festive season has concluded, and it’s now time to hit the ground running during the course of 2015. This week has been extremely busy in the world of technology. Not only have industry experts shared their insights and opinions with us, but we have also seen quite a few highly regarded companies hit the headlines this week.

Gracing the headlines this week was Safaricom. Safaricom has ordered payments company Fortumo to withdraw any statements, whether published or unpublished, regarding the signing of a mutually beneficial billing agreement between the two companies. Moving over to Ghana, Tigo has partnered with Ericsson in order to provide quality network service delivery and maintenance.


Also in the headlines this week, social media giant Facebook has launched a pilot project dubbed “Facebook at Work.” However, Patrick Rusby, Research Analyst at Analysys Mason, has raised his concerns over the upcoming pilot project.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend. The top stories of the week can be found below.

News

Huawei showcases mobile offerings at CES 2015
Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) showcased more than one hundred products at CES 2015 including its latest flagship smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, mobile access devices, home access devices, smart home devices, OTT and vehicle-mounted modules. Read More.

Safaricom denies Fortumo billing deal claims
Back in January 2015, Fortumo had published a statement claiming it had entered into a partnership with Safaricom, and that this was the third deal it had secured in Africa. Read More.

Ghana: Tigo looks to Ericsson for maintenance
Tigo Ghana CEO Roshi Motman said the partnership would culminate in the improvement of the company’s network as well as increase its penetration in the countryside. Read More.

Will “Facebook at Work” become a disruptive force?
Social media giant Facebook has begun testing a pilot project dubbed “Facebook at Work” with its partners. The app will be visible in iOS and Android App Stores and accessible to pilot partners only. Read More.

Côte d’Ivoire: Gemalto expands presence in Africa
Gemalto has revealed the opening of its new office in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. According to Gemalto, the move is set to better meet the needs of its customers on the ground throughout West Africa. Read More.

Nigeria sees 18,870 domains registered in 2014
According to the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Nigeria saw a drop in domain name purchases in late 2014. NiRA recorded, at the end of 2014, that there were only 18,870 domain names registered within Nigeria. NiRA also reported that domain renewals also saw a drop across the country. Read More.

Nigeria: Natcom pays USD 75.7 Million towards Nitel
Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has revealed that Natcom Consortium, the preferred bidder at the recently held liquidation of Nitel/Mtel, has paid USD 75.7 million as part payment of its USD 252.5 million bid price. Read More.

MTN appoints senior IT exec to drive enterprise business
In a move to further strengthen its position in the enterprise business segment, MTN Group revealed the appointment of Debbie Minnaar, a former executive at IBM South Africa, as General Manager for Products and Services within its Group Enterprise Business Unit. Read More.

Opinions

Is CYOD better than BYOD?
Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) should be considered over Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), however, it is way more than just another trend. That’s because CYOD is doing what BYOD never could – putting control of business data firmly back into the hands of the organisation, meeting employees’ functional needs and catering to their all-important aesthetic sensibilities. Read More.

Is mCommerce a game changer for African retailers?
New technologies such as cloud computing are revolutionising the way people do business across the globe. In the African market, infrastructure has traditionally proven to be a challenge that has hindered adoption of new technologies. However, mobility is one area where Africa is leading the game, particularly when it comes to mobile phones. Read More.

Top 5 tech trends to look out for in 2015
Every year the technology industry debates which technologies will ‘break through’ in the coming year and become dominant trends that reshape industries and consumer behaviour. Read More.

Interviews

Airtel to improve network & efficiency moving forward – Airtel CEO
IT News Africa had an exclusive interview with Christian De Faria, CEO – Airtel Africa AfricaCom 2014. The Airtel Africa CEO explains in the interview that Airtel is focusing on its customers, expanding in Africa, and improving the overall efficiency of the network moving forward. Watch the interview here.

Internet connectivity changes lives – Facebook VP
At AfricaCom 2014, IT News Africa had an exclusive interview with Chris Daniels, Facebook’s Vice President for Internet.org. Daniels explains in the interview that Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected. Daniels also explains that Internet.org also has a mission, which is connecting the two thirds of the world that don’t have access to the internet. Watch the interview here.

Top Feature

How ICT is responding to Ebola in Africa
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. Read More. Read More.

Bringing the ultra-broadband revolution to the people of Africa
Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent has shared his vision for Africa. According to Combes, “Africa is among Alcatel-Lucent’s most promising markets,” and here is why: Read More.

Top List

2014′s Most Important Africans in Tech
The technology space in Africa is growing at an exponential rate. Naturally, the African continent is booming with potential in this sector.

Over the past few months, we have seen a great number of influential technology leaders as well as entrepreneurs greet the technology scene with innovative concepts and inspirational ideas. These African tech leaders are essentially placing Africa on the “map of innovation”. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Review: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Nintendo is really treating gamers to some spectacular titles lately. While Nintendo did have a bit of a bad run during the launch phase of the Wii U, it is great to see that the console has risen from strength to strength over the past year. Nintendo’s latest title to hit the Wii U, which comes in the form Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, is one of the Nintendo Wii U’s highlights of 2014. Read More.

Review: Dragon Age Inquisition
The Dragon Age series has seen its share of ups and downs with Dragon Age: Origins being a great first entry while Dragon Age 2 unfortunately fell somewhat short in some areas. After much anticipation, Dragon Age: Inquisition has been released and looks to right some wrongs while still delivering a thoroughly enjoyable RPG experience. Read More.

Review: Xbox One – Then and Now
Microsoft’s Xbox One console caused a great deal of hype and controversy in the gaming industry when it was first announced. Microsoft leaned towards enforcing Digital Rights Management (DRM) in the early stages; however, the company saw fit to reverse the decision in order to capture its audience once again. While Microsoft hit a massive hole in the road with DRM, the truth is… that was then, and this is now. The Xbox One has been around for just over a year, but has the console moved from strength-to-strength over that year? Read More.

Review: Nextbook 2-in-1 Windows Tablet
When looking at the average price of a Tablet, Smartphone, or even a Laptop you can expect to come across devices prices that don’t essentially fit the budget. As Africa is becoming more mobile driven consumers as well as businesses are looking towards cheaper, yet fully functional devices. Read More.

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