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Standard Chartered expands digital-only retail bank

Standard Chartered expands digital-only retail bank

February 1, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Standard Chartered expands digital-only retail bank

Standard Chartered has announced the start of the second phase of its digital-only retail bank across Africa. In response to growing consumer demand for innovative banking services on the continent, the Bank will launch its digital solution in four key markets during the first quarter of 2019 starting in Uganda in January, followed by Tanzania [&hellip...

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Rwanda set to launch telecom satellite sooner than expected

January 31, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda set to launch telecom satellite sooner than expected

Two years ago in 2017, Rwanda announced for 2020, the launch in space of its first telecommunications satellite. But it is finally this year that the telecom equipment will be propelled into orbit from the international space station, the Ecofin Agency...

Uganda: Social media tax payers fall to 6.8 mln

January 30, 2019 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Uganda: Social media tax payers fall to 6.8 mln

According to a quarterly report by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the number of internet subscribers who paid the social media tax reduced from 8.04 million in July 2018 to 6.84 million people in September.41 Last year, Uganda’s parliament...

Telkom expands its 4G network in Kenya

January 29, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Telkom expands its 4G network in Kenya

Telkom Kenya’s 3G/4G project expansion worth KES 1 billion and is targeting to maximize fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) product, improving its service quality for enterprise and corporate customers. This expansion, that is part of Telkom’s long-term network...

Kenya: Major telecoms firm nominated for Global Mobile Awards

January 28, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Major telecoms firm nominated for Global Mobile Awards

M-Pesa Global, Safaricom’s money transfer platform, has been nominated for the prestigious Global Mobile Awards. The service, which was launched last November, allows all M-PESA users to send money anywhere across the world. In partnership with Western...

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WATCH: Rwanda strengthens ties with fellow African countries

January 26, 2019 • East Africa, FinanceComments Off on WATCH: Rwanda strengthens ties with fellow African countries

According to Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, there are chances the continent will increasingly become globally relevant and produce better outcomes, now that Africa is focusing on cooperation and integration. Kagame was speaking in Davos, Switzerland at the...

CSquared set on 'Fiberising' Africa

CSquared set on ‘Fiberising’ Africa

January 25, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, West AfricaComments Off on CSquared set on ‘Fiberising’ Africa

  CSquared, a pan-African broadband infrastructure provider has spelt out its operational priorities that are destined to shape Africa’s digital future and trigger technological advancement that will bootstrap the continent’s youth into a...

Rwanda sheds light on new SIM card regulations

January 24, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Rwanda sheds light on new SIM card regulations

Rwanda’s telecommunications regulatory body, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), has issued a new directive regarding SIM card use. From 31 January, nationals and foreigners with work permits or refugee cards will be allowed a maximum of three SIM...

MTN Uganda mobile money boss deported

January 23, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on MTN Uganda mobile money boss deported

Uganda has moved ahead to arrest and deport Elsa Muzzolini, MTN General Manager Mobile Financial Services, in an on-going crackdown on the telecom’s employees engaged in espionage. Elsa Muzzolini and her colleague, Anthony Katamba, the General Manager...

Kenya: Major telecoms firm invests in cybersecurity business

January 23, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Major telecoms firm invests in cybersecurity business

The advent of technology and higher internet usage has made things easier and convenient for both businesses and individuals. However, this has brought with it the risk of cyber-attacks by hackers. A new cybersecurity report from Vodafone highlights that the...

The rise of mobile experience in Africa

January 22, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on The rise of mobile experience in Africa

Across Africa, the download speeds experienced by smartphone users vary greatly, even for countries with similar 4G availability. While users in South Africa, Morocco, Senegal and Kenya connect to 4G signals on average between 72% and 75% of the time,...

Telco systems upgrades carrier ethernet network for Kenet Kenya

January 17, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Telco systems upgrades carrier ethernet network for Kenet Kenya

Telco Systems, a provider of innovative SDN/NFV, CE 2.0, MPLS and IP solutions has completed an upgrade of the carrier Ethernet network of Kenya Education Network (KENET), the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Kenya, from 10GE to 100GE. As the...

WorldRemit set to boost Ethiopia's remittance income

WorldRemit set to boost Ethiopia’s remittance income

January 16, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments Off on WorldRemit set to boost Ethiopia’s remittance income

Digital remittance transfer company, WorldRemit is set to boost Ethiopia’s income from remittance by partnering with Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE). The new strategic partnership significantly increases WorldRemit’s footprint in Ethiopia, enabling...

Uganda’s border-crossing gets fast-tracked with Gemalto

January 14, 2019 • East Africa, Security, Top StoriesComments Off on Uganda’s border-crossing gets fast-tracked with Gemalto

Gemalto together with local partner SCINTL, has been awarded the contract for the supply of a Border Management System (BMS) including airport self-service eKiosks at Entebbe creating a faster and more convenient border-crossing experience for travelers and...

Publiseer to partner Google Play Book and expand to Egypt

January 10, 2019 • East Africa, Online & Social, West AfricaComments Off on Publiseer to partner Google Play Book and expand to Egypt

Nigeria’s digital publishing company, Publiseer, is set to partner with Google Play Books, to support Google’s digital book distribution service in fulfilling the publishing requests it receives in Africa. “We met Phyllis via the Google Ally...

Western Union, TerraPay to expand payout options to mobile wallets across Africa

Western Union, TerraPay to expand payout options to mobile wallets across Africa

December 14, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Western Union, TerraPay to expand payout options to mobile wallets across Africa

Western Union cross-border, cross-currency money movement, has announced an alliance with TerraPay to enable mobile wallet and bank account payout. The alliance further expands upon Western Union’s account payout network for sending remittances directly...