It's Christmas time, and what's not to like about Christmas. Time off work, time with family, time to completely unwind and refresh yourself for the new year ahead are all aspects of the festive period we are about to enter. But let's not forget what Christmas is really all...
In an effort to boost network and information technology services in the Democratic Republic of Congo, global provider of IT and network infrastructure software solutions Alepo Technologies announced last week that it has successfully deployed an affiliate module for the management of MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) partnerships within the Cielux network. It...
Ethio Telecom, has secured an $800 million mobile network deal with Chinese telecommunications equipment and network solutions provider ZTE. The deal is half of a $1.6 billion project split with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and is expected to lead to high-speed 4G broadband network in the capital Addis Ababa and...
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the inception of Mark Zuckerberg’s global social network giant Facebook. In October 2013 the Company reported financial results for the third quarter, which ended September 30, confirming its attraction of 728 million daily active users, representing a year-on-year increase of 25%. It...
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a strategic partnership with the private sector to deliver e-learning programmes in Kenya to thousands of marginalised girls. Project iMlango is an e-learning partnership, led by satellite operator Avanti Communications and its partners: sQuid, the smartcard and digital payments system provider;...
Interswitch Transnational Holding (“Interswitch”), the leading pan-African integrated payments company, announces it has reached a partnership agreement with the Paynet Group (“Paynet”), East Africa’s leading multi-institutional payments provider, to combine its businesses. Interswitch will acquire a majority shareholding in Paynet Group and Paynet’s existing shareholders will become shareholders...
As cyber-crime activities across the continent cripple business and government websites, Kenya's Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko announced last week that the country is taking steps to combat cyber-crime by forming a dedicated unit. Tobiko revealed that Kenya looses in excess of $23.3 million a year to cyber-crime. "In view...
Mobile payment platform M-Pesa, developed by Safaricom, will serve as the premium collection platform for Linda Jamii, a micro-insurance health cover offering established through partners Britam, Safaricom Limited and Changamka Micro-insurance. The companies have jointly launched an affordable micro-insurance health cover which will widen the bracket of the population with...
Safaricom has slashed its call and roaming rates between Kenya and Rwanda. The rate cut has already been implemented and will allow its customers visiting Rwanda to receive up to 60 percent discount. Safaricom customers visiting Rwanda will make calls to local Rwandan networks at Kshs. 10, which is a...
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 7 has a slim 7,9mm, ergonomically curved design made...
Tanzania is home to a growing economy. The government and tax efforts are moving slowly in order to help develop infrastructure for the budding East African country. On Friday last week, the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) announced that it had collected some TZS 4.7 billion (approximately $2,5 million) in three weeks...
The Tech4Africa "un-conference" is underway at the SciBono Discovery Center, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg. IT News Africa caught up with Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa in order to discuss the concept of the USD $50 smartphone as well as its impact on Africa. When the $50 smartphone hits there will...
According to start up "Africa 188", you can now find local services in Uganda at the click of the button. The East African tech firm, which has been supplying a mobile directory service in Kenya that bridges the information gap for both enterprises and consumers, has now introduced a...
  It has been reported that a section of Kenya’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector has contested mobile penetration figures released by the country’s telecommunications regulator, the CCK (Communications Commission of Kenya). At the same time some operators have criticised the resumption of the 16% tax charge on mobile devices. An...
One sector continues to show growth in Africa and demonstrate the genuine potential the continent has to leapfrog global counterparts: mobile money services. Stakeholders, including mobile operators, have echoed the sentiment that the market is gaining traction and offers significant opportunity. However, recent media reports have highlighted one controversial...
Microsoft and Safaricom have signed an agreement that is intended to promote entrepreneurship in the software development market. Microsoft operator channel lead for Sub-Saharan Africa Mariam Abdullahi told media in Nairobi that under the agreement, software developers on the Microsoft platform will be able to sell their products via the...
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