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This week in technology has once again been a busy one. Samsung has revealed that it will not only be showcasing its latest Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS) in Uganda, but it will also be donating a SPIS to a school in the country.

To add to the headlines, MTN Uganda has unveiled a new tariff for calls across all networks in Uganda. The company has stated that the move will essentially slash call rates by 45%.

The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a fantastic weekend. The top tech stories for the week can be found below:


MTN Uganda slashes call rates by 45%
MTN Uganda has revealed a new tariff for calls across all networks in Uganda. According to the company, the new rate of UGX 3 per second takes effect immediately. Read More.

MTN & Ericsson ink e-waste disposal partnership in Côte D’Ivoire
Ericsson and MTN Côte d’Ivoire have announced a partnership to drive the awareness and collection of electronic waste (e-waste). This initiative is a first of its kind in the country, and will be launched October 7, 2015 in Abidjan. Read More.

Uganda: Samsung solar school to be unveiled at African summit
Samsung Africa has revealed that it will be taking part in the fifth Innovation Africa Summit in Uganda from 30 September to 2 October. During the course of the summit, Samsung will showcase the Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS) solution that has been rolled out throughout the continent in countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Mozambique. Read More.

200 African entrepreneurs to launch businesses with Microsoft support
Over 200 entrepreneurs from across Africa are set to receive the resources, networking opportunities and mentorship needed to start their own businesses. Microsoft 4Afrikahas collaborated with AMPION to provide financial, technical, and mentorship support for the 2015 Venture Bus, fellowship and accelerator programs. Read More.

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Key factors for successfully managing test environments
Testing teams today are challenged with unstable, fragmented environments due to fast changing business needs, and the majority of testers’ time is wasted on fixing environmental issues. Read More.

Asked and Answered: Seven key questions on mobile ERP
Viesturs Zalaiskalns, Channel Manager at HansaWorld South Africa, answers seven questions commonly asked by businesses on mobile ERP. Read More.

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John Kotsaftis discusses South African VOD service “ShowMax”
Video on Demand (VOD) services have boomed in South Africa. In mid August 2015, the country saw the launch of a new, exclusive VOD service dubbed “ShowMax.” Read More.

Taking a closer look at Nigeria’s connectivity evolution
Recent research from the World Bank identified broadband and connectivity as key drivers for economic growth. Therefore, it is not surprising to see many countries and governments around the world investing significantly in their communication infrastructures. Read More.

Carrier WiFi in Africa: Key considerations for Mobile Operators
While many Carriers will continue to pursue technological advancements to handle demand, they maybe reticent about Carrier WiFi in their RAN portfolio because of high cost of integration, OaM and apparent lack of business case. At the same time, long-term spectrum availability, spectrum efficiency, LTE Femto cells and continued back haul improvements are likely to be a key focus to assure continued mobile broadband momentum. Read More.

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