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Arm yourselves with the right tech skills for 2014

November 26, 2013 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Arm yourselves with the right tech skills for 2014

If global forecasts such as Computerworld’s annual Forecast Survey 2014 prove accurate, decision makers across Africa’s ICT sector will have little time to waste in recruiting the very best and most sought-after technical skill sets available. The outcomes of this global forecast suggest next year’s level of recruitment of technical skills to be more...

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African insurers must address looming technology challenge

November 25, 2013 • West AfricaComments Off on African insurers must address looming technology challenge

The African Insurance Organisation has long warned that lack of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure is holding the African insurance market back. The additional challenge of getting legacy systems to provide improved risk management...

Asus appoints distributor to push Nigeria presence

November 25, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Asus appoints distributor to push Nigeria presence

Global PC manufacturer Asus is reported to have entered into a partnership with distributor Mitsumi to up its presence in Nigeria. The alliance is said to have been forged to offer users in Nigeria access to product and expose both parties to opportunities....

Nigeria: ICT regulatory bodies unite to remove unapproved devices

November 20, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: ICT regulatory bodies unite to remove unapproved devices

A number of ICT industry regulatory bodies, including the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Phone and Allied Dealers Association of Nigeria, have united in an effort to rid the broader market of unapproved...

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria: mixed reaction to proposed wire-tap program

November 19, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: mixed reaction to proposed wire-tap program

The proposed ‘wire-tap programme’, currently under consideration by the country’s federal government, has been met with a mixed response claim news reports. For example, the Daily Trust explains that the proposal, titled ‘A Bill for An Act to Provide...

Overcoming the payments hurdle for Nigerian e-commerce

November 18, 2013 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Overcoming the payments hurdle for Nigerian e-commerce

Nigeria is not “business as usual” for new entrants to the market – but, according to Robin Philip of payment services provider PayGate, for global eCommerce providers there are many opportunities if you have the right supporting network of partners and...

UNICEF mobile innovation making impact in Africa

November 18, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on UNICEF mobile innovation making impact in Africa

Four years after its introduction, a mobile innovation called RapidSMS, developed by two United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) employees, continues to bring about significant change in key regions throughout Africa. Africa Renewal reports on the progress...

MTN Nigeria’s latest deal to strengthen network

November 15, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria’s latest deal to strengthen network

In what is described as a new phase of development for its operation in Nigeria, mobile network operator MTN has signed a managed services contract this week with telecommunication service providers Ericsson and Huawei. Terms of the contract were covered in a...

Telecom Namibia, Jasco partner to bolster connectivity

November 14, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on Telecom Namibia, Jasco partner to bolster connectivity

Telecom Namibia has joined forces with German Internet provider Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (De-CIX) and NewTelco SA, a Jasco Group company, to establish international access points in South Africa and Namibia to the German Internet exchange...

Mobile operators must move to capitalise on mobile money

November 13, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Mobile operators must move to capitalise on mobile money

The power of Mobile Money as an enabler of financial transactions is beginning to gain ground in Africa. Uganda is a case in point, where more than half of MTN’s customers are Mobile Money enabled and generate over 25 million transactions each...

MTN Ghana adds Aviat muscle to microwave backbone

November 12, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Ghana adds Aviat muscle to microwave backbone

Aviat Networks, Inc., the leading expert in microwave networking solutions, today announced that it is deploying its STR600 ultra-high capacity microwave radio solution for MTN Ghana as a part of the upgrade of the leading African mobile operator’s...

MTN Nigeria invests in 3G network upgrade

November 11, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on MTN Nigeria invests in 3G network upgrade

Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL), the company leading the world in the development and deployment of next generation microwave networks, has today announced new contracts with MTN Nigeria to upgrade and expand capacity of the operator’s 3G network. The...

Text To Change to bolster Nigeria’s MNP Programme

November 11, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Text To Change to bolster Nigeria’s MNP Programme

World Telecom Labs (WTL) will be exhibiting at AfricaCom this week and discussing Text To Change, as well as launching Easy SMS Hubwhich enables operators in Africa to increase revenues from text messages by setting up their own SMS hubs. Text To Change...

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The 10 best Nollywood movie services online

November 8, 2013 • Lists, West AfricaComments Off on The 10 best Nollywood movie services online

Nollywood, the term of endearment bestowed upon Nigeria’s thriving film industry, is the world’s second largest film industry (after India’s Bollywood industry) – in terms of volume (including home-videos, shorts and feature films). According an...

Nigeria: Minister Johnson’s advice to new IT agency

November 8, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Minister Johnson’s advice to new IT agency

From Abuja, Nigeria, the Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, this week called on members of the newly formed National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), to focus on ways for local IT companies to grow. A report posted on...

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s biometric security project underway

November 5, 2013 • Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria’s biometric security project underway

In Nigeria, plans are underway for the development of a national integrated data and information infrastructure system designed to tackle security issues. A report by Cajnews Africa explains that the System, called the Basic Registry and Information System in...