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SA’s Mxit appoints CEO

September 20, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, People, Southern AfricaComments Off on SA’s Mxit appoints CEO

South African mobile social network, Mxit, has appointed Francois Swart as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Swart stepped into the role of acting CEO in October 2012. Shareholder Paul Harris says, “Francois has been the de facto CEO for almost a year now and has the respect and trust of his management team, staff and [&hellip...

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Airtel Zambia launches new top-up promotion

September 20, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern AfricaComments Off on Airtel Zambia launches new top-up promotion

In an effort to continue to boost mobile phone use and the country’s telecom sector, Airtel Zambia announced the launch of a new promotion dubbed “Itebete” that allows customers to call and browse for free, and stand the chance of winning cash...

Libya to receive Bentley broadband boost

September 20, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Libya to receive Bentley broadband boost

Leading broadband satellite Internet Service Provider, Bentley Walker, has confirmed it will extend its service coverage towards Libya via its Newtec Ka-band VSAT broadband platform. The new service, which will deliver high speed broadband connectivity to...

Telkom SA reduces tariffs in Competition Commission agreement

September 19, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern AfricaComments Off on Telkom SA reduces tariffs in Competition Commission agreement

Telkom SA today announced tariff reductions on certain wholesale products in keeping with the obligations in this regard in the settlement agreement reached with the Competition Commission, which was made an order of the Competition Tribunal on 18 July 2013....

Safaricom ups investment in connectivity

September 19, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Safaricom ups investment in connectivity

Kenya’s leading mobile phone operator Safaricom has announced that it will increase its overall capital expenditure by some 8 percent for the fiscal year ending in March 2014. The move comes as it attempts to boost its cables across the country in order to...

Ghana: telecommunications regulator ponders roaming policy

September 19, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: telecommunications regulator ponders roaming policy

  Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) is considering the possibility of policy enforcement to safeguard service quality and delivery in domestic roaming. “The National Communications Authority (NCA) will be compelled to enforce a...

MTN donates R500 000 to flood relief fund

MTN Nigeria to double data with new Lumia

September 19, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria to double data with new Lumia

As part of its effort to encourage and facilitate smartphone adoption, West African mobile operator MTN Nigeria has announced the introduction of the new Nokia Lumia 625 along with the promise to double data packages for users of the new hand device. The new...

Libya to list operator Libyana

September 19, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Libya to list operator Libyana

The government of Libya announced that the state-owned mobile operator Libyana will be listed publicly next year. Local newspapers reported that the Telecommunication and Information Technology Company (LPTIC), which owns both the country’s mobile...

Tech to drive business advantage in 2018

Battling the brain drain

September 18, 2013 • Southern AfricaComments Off on Battling the brain drain

Due to a unique mix of economic and political variables, South Africa continues to suffer the devastatingconsequences of a seemingly unstoppable brain drain says Gys Kappers, CEO of WyseTalk. “As we bleed skills and knowledge, organisations’ output and...

Liquid Telecom pens fibre deal in Tanzania

September 18, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Liquid Telecom pens fibre deal in Tanzania

The Liquid Telecom Group today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) to interconnect with its fibre network in Tanzania. Liquid Telecom Kenya has built a fibre link from Nairobi to Namanga on...

High demand for qualified VSAT specialists in Africa

September 18, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on High demand for qualified VSAT specialists in Africa

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), this week announced that NetHope, a global information technology Non-Governmental Organization; the Global VSAT Forum (GVF); iDirect, a world leader in satellite-based IP communications...

Standard Chartered Bank launches digital bank in Côte d’Ivoire

Kenya’s Standard Chartered launches new mobile payment service

September 17, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Kenya’s Standard Chartered launches new mobile payment service

Standard Chartered in Kenya this week announced the launch of “Straight2Bank Mobile Wallet,” its new mobile payment service for corporate clients, in partnership with Safaricom’s M-Pesa. “Straight2Bank Mobile Wallet enables the bank’s...

Convergence keeping Neotel on the move

September 17, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern AfricaComments Off on Convergence keeping Neotel on the move

Things seem to be going very well at South African converged communications network operator Neotel and the company’s executive leadership gives little credence to ongoing speculation surrounding the sale of the company. Its latest financial results –...

Safaricom wants lower cross-border calls

September 17, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Safaricom wants lower cross-border calls

Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom is urging East African governments to lower cross-border calling rates to neighbouring countries. Chief executive Bob Collymore said it is not conducive for businesses to have higher cross-border calls than phoning the United...

Algeria: New satellite deal could seal IT growth

September 17, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Algeria: New satellite deal could seal IT growth

Algeria is hopeful that a new contract inked by satellite communication specialist Newtec and the Algerian Telediffusion d’Algerie (TDA) will boost communications infrastructure for the North African country. According to a recent report, Newtec and TDA...

XON to supply support to East Africa’s UbuntuNet

September 16, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on XON to supply support to East Africa’s UbuntuNet

XON announced this week that it has won the tender for the supply and implementation of Juniper Networks and other essential equipment necessary for IP routing, out-of-band equipment, traffic analysis software and other items for the East African UbuntuNet...