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Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC) has announced their intention to award surveillance and intelligence gathering contracts to a number of security firms, which will allow the country’s Federal Government to intercept and monitor mobile phone conversations and electronic mail between users. The NCC released a draft policy on Lawful Interception and...
Microsoft South Africa today announced the launch of its BizSpark programme. This initiative is aimed at giving entrepreneurs and small businesses a boost. To make this happen, Microsoft has partnered with the South African government's Jobs Fund (which provided the initial financing for the project). The BizSpark programme will provide...
  On day two of SATNAC 2013, hosted by Telkom in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, Dr. Miriam Altman, Head of Strategy at Telkom SA SOC Ltd. has outlined why broadband, included in the National Development Plan 2030 aspirations, could be the transformative solution that addresses key socio-economic challenges in South...
In South Africa, Telkom Business today announced the launch of Business Circle, a truly converged voice product that is yet another value creation offering formulated specifically for the small business sector. Business Circle enables customers to create closed user groups comprising both Telkom fixed line and mobile services and allows...
Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp yesterday afternoon unveiled their 90-inch television – and according to the company is also the first of its kind in the world. “Demand doubled for televisions bigger than 60-inches in the US and it’s growing dramatically across the world. Sharp has a strong presence across the...
In a new effort to boost overall user base, Vodafone Ghana announced this week that it would be offering 30 days free of Whatsapp access on a number of Nokia mobile phones. The move is aimed to entice users to make the switch to the new Nokia phone devices...
According to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), a number of unregistered SIM cards are remaining active despite their service supposed to have been shut off during the registration period earlier this year. The UCC has called on mobile phone providers to ensure that unregistered SIM cards are not functioning as...
Telkom Internet today announced a revolutionary offer that gives customers free anytime data for specific social networking services and free data between 00:00 and 06:00 am daily. Additionally, the capacity of all Telkom Internet packages of 5GB or more will be doubled at no additional charge. Effective 1 September 2013,...
If broadband is to make any difference to consumers, there needs to be a balance in the ecosystem incorporating both infrastructure and applications – a model that continues to generate interest globally. ICT industry analysts and operators believe BRICS markets are emerging as a strong frontier in the rollout...
Mobile communications startup 2go, is building an African mobile social network to rival global players Mobile communication has grown exponentially in Africa over the last couple of years and the need for mobile users to stay in contact with one another has been the driving force behind innovation. While mobile...
Whilst South Africa’s Communications Minister Yunus Carrim has vowed to move forward on the development and rollout of a National Broadband Plan, ICT operators and industry representatives have stressed the need for a more collaborative approach and partnerships to address the need for access to cost effective broadband for...
South Africa’s Minister of Communications Yunus Carrim has emphasised the importance of a national broadband policy, specifically pointing to its role in providing essential services to the people, and committed to the rollout of a policy for the country by end November 2013. Minister Carrim, along with ICT industry leaders,...
Uganda, just like many other African nations, has implemented a SIM registration policy where mobile phone users are forced to register their SIM cards with the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) in order to reduce crimes committed with fraudulent SIM cards. However, the Uganda Human Rights Network (HRN) and Legal Brains...
The 6th SA Innovation Summit took place on 27th, 28th and 29th August in Johannesburg and offered business leaders, industry analysts, HR managers, innovators and other stakeholders the opportunity to delve into the dynamics of the country’s changing innovation landscape. Hosted by the Industrial Development Corporation of SA Ltd. (IDC), in...
Organisational culture is one of the key drivers for stimulating self-generated innovation in South Africa as it promotes innovation internally that can then have an impact externally. At FNB, for example, which focuses heavily on innovation as a differentiator in a competitive industry and environment, the following attributes help drive...
South African mobile operator MTN announced that it has secured a license to provide 3G mobile data services to the African nation of Guinea by signing a Convention de Concession de Licences with telecoms regulator L’Autorite de Regulation des Postes et Telecommunications (ARPT). CEO of MTN Guinea, Phumzile Joshua Phike said...
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