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Airtel, FirstBank Nigeria launch FirstMonie Payment Solution

July 30, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Airtel, FirstBank Nigeria launch FirstMonie Payment Solution

Leading Telecommunications Service Provider, Airtel Nigeria has gone into a partnership with First Bank Nigeria Plc to offer consumers a new mobile payment solution called Firstmonie Talkmore. The strategic partnership, which was sealed with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week in Lagos, makes it possible for Firstmonie Talkmore to...

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Nigeria: Cyber Security Bill draws closer

July 26, 2013 • Security, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (1)

Nigeria Communications Week reports that the country’s Minister of Communications Omobola Johnson has this week announced that the Cyber Security Bill is with the Federal Ministry of Justice for final drafting. Government officials from the Ministry of...

Apple buys Nigerian entrepreneur’s HopStop

July 24, 2013 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (1)

Technology giant Apple has acquired HopStop.com, the startup venture established by Nigerian entrepreneur Chinedu Echeruo, for an undisclosed amount, according to Mashable and Bloomberg. HopStop is a mobile application that provides an online city transit...

Afrinolly app available for Windows Phone

July 18, 2013 • Online & Social, West AfricaComments Off on Afrinolly app available for Windows Phone

After a month in beta testing, African entertainment app Afrinolly has announced the launch of its Windows App for Windows Phone and Windows 8. With the adding of a Windows phone app, Afrinolly is now available on all major mobile operating systems. Afrinolly...

MTN Nigeria launches Eskimi data bundle

July 15, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria launches Eskimi data bundle

MTN, a telecommunications operator in Nigeria, launched a new data bundle to provide affordable access to Eskimi, a 6 million size mobile social network in the country. The bundle is available in two packages: weekly for 25 Naira (approximately 15 US...

Ghana: Alcatel-Lucent, Surfline 4G LTE rollout

July 9, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: Alcatel-Lucent, Surfline 4G LTE rollout

Alcatel-Lucent and Surfline Communications Ltd today announced what they claim is “the first commercial deployment of a 4G LTE network in Ghana and, more general, in Western and Central Africa”. Alcatel-Lucent will provide hardware and software,...

Iris identification technology for Ghana’s banking industry

July 2, 2013 • Security, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Iris identification technology for Ghana’s banking industry

The Chronicle reports that collaboration between International Computer System (ICS), IBM and Sunnet Systems has paved the way for the introduction of iris recognition banking in Ghana. Iris recognition banking is a system that identifies a customer based on...

MTN Guinea – inadequate backhaul holding West Africa back

June 11, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Guinea – inadequate backhaul holding West Africa back

Great strides have been made to grow broadband connectivity in Africa in the past five years. However, despite this growth, West Africa still has to overcome massive challenges to fully integrate into the digital age. MTN Guinea Conakry’s CEO Phumzile...

Ivory Coast: Orange, IHS pen tower leasing agreement

April 2, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ivory Coast: Orange, IHS pen tower leasing agreement

Cote d’Ivoire Telecom, Orange Cote d’Ivoire and Orange Cameroon, subsidiaries of France Telecom-Orange, have signed an agreement with IHS, a major mobile infrastructure operator in Africa, for the operation of all the subsidiaries’ towers...

Cameroon: Telecoms regulator rejects MTN, Orange interconnection rates

February 20, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Cameroon: Telecoms regulator rejects MTN, Orange interconnection rates

The interconnection rates proposed by telecom operators Orange and MTN in Cameroon have been rejected by the country’s regulator, which refused to authorize the new rates for the current year. Orange Cameroon had initially put forward its proposal last...