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Huawei invests 100 Million NGN to train Nigerian youths

August 25, 2014 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Huawei invests 100 Million NGN to train Nigerian youths

Huawei Nigeria has invested 100 million NGN ($616,956.89) in a six-month vocational training for 41 Niger Delta youths. The 41 beneficiaries attending the scholarship program left the country on Sunday for Malaysia. Before leaving the country, each beneficiary had undergone a two-week orientation and basic ICT training in order to develop their ICT skills....

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Nigeria: Easy Taxi to drive Ebola awareness campaign

August 25, 2014 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Easy Taxi to drive Ebola awareness campaign

Easy Taxi and Dettol have set up a training session for the Easy Taxi drivers during their monthly meeting to inform them on the symptoms and preventive measures of the deadly Ebola virus. The drivers who were visibly pleased with the session were also...

NCC to resolve Kogi State MTN shutdown

MTN reveals two new smartphones for Nigeria

August 25, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN reveals two new smartphones for Nigeria

MTN Nigeria has revealed two new Android powered smartphones. The devices launched include the the Sm@rt mini620 and SM@rt 720i. The devices are set to sell in the country for NGN 8,000 ($50). According to MTN, The Sm@rt Mini 620 smartphone has a 3.5-inch...

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Ghana: Tigo unveils new IVR system

August 22, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: Tigo unveils new IVR system

Tigo Ghana has unveiled the installation of an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. The system is intended for pre-paid and post-paid customers to access Tigo’s entire product offering through a unified short code, 555. According to Tigo, the...

Ghana: Samsung suspends phone swap promo due to backlash

August 22, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: Samsung suspends phone swap promo due to backlash

Samsung Ghana originally announced that consumers will be offered the opportunity to swap out their old mobile device for a new Samsung smartphone or tablet. Once swapped out, the consumer would then pay the difference for the new handset or tablet device....

Ghana: Kirusa acquires Saya Mobile

August 21, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: Kirusa acquires Saya Mobile

Mobile services developer Kirusa has stepped forward and acquired Saya Mobile. Saya Mobile is a Ghana-based provider of instant messaging apps geared at African consumers. According to the company, the acquisition is set to enhance Kirusa’s expertise...

Nigeria: MoboFree user sale volume hits $526 million

August 18, 2014 • Online & Social, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: MoboFree user sale volume hits $526 million

MoboFree.com has announced that the total volume of items currently for sale in its marketplace is worth USD 526 million and is expected to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2015. According to the online shopping portal, it has 3.3 million registered users, including...

SES launching DTH broadcast services across West Africa

August 18, 2014 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on SES launching DTH broadcast services across West Africa

SES has revealed that it will be delivering direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast television across French-speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project is aimed at the Lomé-based consortium of West African broadcasters, which is led by Africable and Media...

Nigeria: Diamond Bank & MTN launch mobile money service

August 14, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Diamond Bank & MTN launch mobile money service

Diamond Bank and MTN Nigeria have come together in order to launch a mobile money service. The service has been jointly developed for the advancement the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) cash-less initiative. The Diamond Y’ello Account is...

Cellphones

Nigeria: Government to terminate 12 million fake devices

August 13, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Government to terminate 12 million fake devices

The Nigerian government has said that it is in the process of ordering telecom companies, across the country, to effectively place a kill order on over 12 Million counterfeit mobile devices using telecom networks in the country. The mobile devices will be...

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Ghana: MTN unveils mobile money ATM withdrawals

August 11, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: MTN unveils mobile money ATM withdrawals

MTN Ghana has launched its mobile money ATM cash-out service in Kumasi. MTN is said to have signed a partnership with EcoBank and Fidelity Bank in order to enable Mobile Money users to withdraw cash from both banks, without the use of an ATM card. According...

Etisalat Nigeria & IHS sign tower sale & lease back agreement

August 11, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Etisalat Nigeria & IHS sign tower sale & lease back agreement

Etisalat Nigeria has revealed the sale of 2,136 of its towers to IHS Holding Limited. According to the company, the sale is part of a broader strategy that is intended to drive improvements in the quality of its network performance. Additionally, it is...

NCC to resolve Kogi State MTN shutdown

Ghana: MTN partnering with microfinance companies

August 11, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: MTN partnering with microfinance companies

MTN Ghana has revealed plans to partner with a variety of microfinance companies. The partnership is intended to assist customers to receive and repay loans via the Mobile Money wallet. According to MTN Ghana, Mobile Money is in partnership with the Ministry...

Ghana: Nokia X updates set to roll out

August 6, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: Nokia X updates set to roll out

Microsoft Devices has stated that Nokia X smartphone users, located in Ghana, will soon gain access to new features. The new features will be accessible through the introduction of new software by the company. According to Fred Oriunuebho, Communications...

Nigeria to decrease taxes for telecom firms

August 4, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria to decrease taxes for telecom firms

Omobola Johnson, minister of communications technology in Nigeria, has unveiled plans to essentially lower taxes on telecommunications infrastructure in order to encourage companies to invest more on the networks based in Nigeria. According to the minister of...

Airtel Uganda launches LTE network

Nigeria: Airtel launches data bundles for Android devices

August 4, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Airtel launches data bundles for Android devices

Airtel has launched a new data offering for Android users in Nigeria. This marks Airtel as the first telecoms company in Nigeria to offer the service. According to Airtel, this move is in line with its goal of making internet access an affordable option for...